Did you see Narcos Sea­son Three?

Pe­dro Pas­cal, aka DEA agent Javier Peña, reck­ons it was the best yet, and (sort of) has news on Sea­son Four


Pas­cal as Peña: up against a car­tel that’s “seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble to take down” Narcos is the hit se­ries that since 2015 has been telling the story of the rise (sea­son One) and fall (sea­son two) of Colom­bian co­caine king­pin and hippo en­thu­si­ast Pablo es­co­bar. Any­one who knows their druglo­rds will have re­alised that tale could only have one end­ing. sure enough, sea­son two ended with (his­tor­i­cal spoiler alert) es­co­bar shot through the head on a Medellin rooftop. But the story of the co­caine trade didn’t end there. if it had, how would Be Here Now have got­ten made? in fact, the Cali car­tel rose to take over from es­co­bar, which meant the mis­sion wasn’t over for DEA agent Javier Peña.

Pe­dro Pas­cal, who plays Peña, ar­gues the change of fo­cus meant the most re­cent sea­son was the most in­ter­est­ing. “When peo­ple say there can’t be a Narcos with­out es­co­bar i’m like, ‘Are you kid­ding? What world do you live in?’” he says. “the show isn’t called ‘es­co­bar’. Co­caine sales go up af­ter he’s dead. that alone tells you what we’re up against in sea­son three. it’s an empire that’s now seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble to take down be­cause it isn’t one tar­get in the way es­co­bar was.”

the fact that es­co­bar’s story was so well known be­came part of his un­do­ing. “he built mu­se­ums and schools, but he over­played the Robin hood card,” ex­plains Pas­cal. “that’s where his ego ex­posed him and helped bring him down. the Cali peo­ple are much more hid­den. they don’t fuck up very much.”

hav­ing filmed the whole se­ries on lo­ca­tion in Colom­bia, Pas­cal does sym­pa­thise with lo­cals who feel their coun­try is al­ways por­trayed in a cer­tain light. “i think Colom­bians have ev­ery the right to be tired of be­ing as­so­ci­ated with vi­o­lent crime,” he says. “there’s a whole other side to the coun­try. i sliced my hand open – mak­ing a fuck­ing salad, ’cos that’s how wild shit is for me – and went to er and saw a hand specialist in an hour. that’s just the way the sys­tem works in Bo­gotá.”

the show has al­ready been com­mis­sioned for a fourth se­ries, but Pas­cal says he couldn’t re­veal any­thing about it even if he wanted to. “i’m just a mean­ing­less ac­tor,” he laughs. “God for­bid they let me in on what their plan is for sea­son Four. i will say there’s a com­plete­ness to sea­son three, yet it’s ob­vi­ous that you can’t stop the story from go­ing on af­ter that.” Kevin EG Perry

Narcos Sea­son Three is on Net­flix now

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