How does an infamous Colombian drug kingpin meet his end? There are at least two known accounts of Pablo Escobar’s (Wagner Moura) death and “Narcos” fans will soon find out which direction the show will take when the hit Netflix original series returns in September.
Official accounts say in real life, he got killed in a rooftop gunfight while trying to escape the authorities on Dec. 2, 1993. His relatives, however, are claiming that the fatal gunshot through the ear, which killed him that night, was self-inflicted.
A third theory, as reported by The Bitbag, says that a vigilante group who called themselves Los Pepes was responsible for the death of the founding father of the cocaine trade.
Whatever angle the show decides to take, “Narcos” promises a more character-driven second season that will focus on the final year in Escobar’s life and show a more emotional, more humane side to him, as Moura himself said in an interview with Slashfilm.
He also mentioned that DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Pea (Pedro Pascal) will be breaking moral barriers in their desperation to catch their prey.
“They go through a very interesting emotional journey because they get so obsessed about killing Pablo that the things they decide to do in order to kill him make them become something like him,” Moura elaborated.
The Brazilian actor also expressed bittersweet sentiments over his final season, saying that he has dedicated a big part of his life to the role of Pablo, even going so far as to uproot is family from Brazil to Colombia, learn Spanish, and gain 40 pounds. However, he was also thankful for the big learning experiences he has gained along the way.
However, Pablo’s death does not mean the end of the series, executive producer Jose Padilha told The Hollywood Reporter, further adding that “Narcos” has never been about Pablo, but is instead about the cocaine trade that he helped build.
“It’s about drug dealers that deal cocaine,” Padilha said, hinting on more future seasons for the show.
“Narcos” season 2 will return to Netflix on Sept. 2.