In recent years, Narcos and Netflix have become synonymous to each as it has become one of the most successful franchises of the channel.
After Netflix enjoyed unsurmountable success since they aired Narcos, the crime thriller detailing the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia, marshaled by drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, it was practically nailed on that show creator Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro wouldn't walk away after three seasons, and neither would Netflix. The success of this series has given birth to a standalone story, Narcos: Mexico that has shifted its focus from Colombia and tells the story of the Mexican drug trade back in the 1980s, and how it spiraled into what it is today. So, is there going to be a second season of this story? Yes, Netflix announced the news last year, just three weeks after the first season aired, which would make the next chapter the franchise's fifth installment. Here is everything we know so far about it.
No release date has been announced by Netflix as of now. The series first landed back in November 2018, and production on the new season began last year in Mexico City, where the first was also filmed. Hence if everything goes smoothly we would expect a similar premiere date for the show's latest installment.
The cast of the second season consists of Diego Luna, Scoot McNairy, Teresa Ruiz, Matt Letscher, Aaron Staton, Alejandro Edda, Clark Freeman, and Joaquín Cosio. It is not yet certain if Alyssa Diaz will be returning to reprise her role as Mika Camarena the wife of Kiki. Wagner Moura, who played the role of Escobar, is not sure to return. The actor did feature in a cameo appearance in the first season but was not seen again.
The premiere date of the series is expected somewhere near the end of 2019, don't expect to see a trailer anytime soon. But, since there is a lot of time for the new season to premiere, you can always go for a binge run.
All the three seasons of Narcos and the standalone series have ten episodes apiece, so we would expect the upcoming season to follow that pattern
At the end of season 1, Felix manages to negotiate his freedom in return for the names of corrupt high-ranking officials and this makes it official that the second season will be about catching the drug lord for good. Felix is currently serving a 37-year prison sentence for the death of DEA agent Kiki Camarena, played by Michael Peña. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, retired DEA agent James Kuykendall, who is played by Matt Letscher and also worked with Kiki said, "I think it got to the point where he was hiding most of the time and I don’t think he left Mexico. In talking to people who were still doing the job, he got picked up by the military in the latter part of 1988 and was released. When they do pick him up in 1989, you can see he was not living in a luxury mansion anymore. I don’t think he was married to the same woman... Kiki didn’t know the answers to what they wanted to know [and tortured him for]... They were willing to sacrifice everything for it... But it didn’t pay off." He also mentioned that there is much more to come. He added, "It's pretty obvious that they have Chapo (the series crosses over with Escobar) in there because they intend to go further with that part of the story. And then there are so many other drug trafficking armies at work in Mexico that they could sort of take their pick if that’s what they want to do."
Gaumont International Television the production studio behind Narcos: Mexico has done a fantastic job of keeping things under wraps. It seems like only after the production is wrapped up, we will get to see any images from season 2.
The second season has started filming but images online of production have been scarce. Diego Luna has reportedly said the filming is still going on and the actor has been posting some of the hotspots he has been visiting.
The second series is going to be same as the first one and no run time will be reduced from any of the episodes. The first season had a run time of around 55 to 69 minutes. We expect Season 2 to follow suit.