Unlike other projects that would prefer to keep the plot tightly under wraps “Narcos” is not holding anything back as producer Eric Newman talked during the show’s recent presentation in the Television Critics Association (TCA) event held last week. Prior to getting on the stage, Newman did a roundtable with a handful of media journalists laying the ground for season 2 of the show.
“Narcos” is inspired by true-to-life events about notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and with the way season 1 was told, Escobar’s death is imminent. When pressed whether the team will deviate from history to cater to fans, Newman said “Trust me, if we could find a way to keep him alive and keep Wagner on the show…” adding that Escobar will die.
He continued to explain that the show needed to be true to the story of Pablo Escobar and given that they deal with real life events, that is something that they cannot change.
Fortunately, Newman and his team has a plan laid out, so Escobar’s exit will lead to other aspects of the story.
“There are any number of things that can happen after. We have not committed to one or the other. Obviously there are a lot of other stories in this world that continue on beyond him,” he even cited Damien Lewis’ departure at the end of “Homeland’s” season 3 as an inspiration on how a show can continue greatly without its main anchor.
Outside of the story, the showrunner was also questioned regarding Chris Brancato’s departure from the show as reported just last week. Newman revealed that he and Jose Padilha, both from season 1 of the show, were still the ones who steered the whole project. While Brancato was a great writing partner, they were able to find someone as good to continue penning the show.
“The show is exactly what we want it to be and very much takes into consideration what we felt worked last season, and areas we wanted to improve on a production basis. It is very much the show we want,” Newman confidently stated reassuring fans that despite change in personnel “Narcos” is still very much a top notch production.
The production for “Narcos” season 2 is currently underway and the show is slated to comeback to Netflix sometime this year.