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