Narcos: Mexico season 3 is officially happening at Netflix. However, there have been some changes on screen, along with behind-the-scenes. For one, Diego Luna will not be returning. Instead, the actor will be working on the long-awaited Rogue One Prequel series for Disney+, which is expected to go into production soon. Longtime Narcos showrunner Eric Newman is also not returning and is handing over the reins to co-creator Carlo Bernard for season 3. Newman had this to say about leaving the hit series.
"I am grateful for my five years at the helm of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, and immensely proud of what this spectacular team has achieved with these shows. When we began this endeavor - making a show in two languages, in a country that had never seen this kind of production - it seemed insane. But Netflix saw its potential then and their faith in us never wavered. Carlo Bernard is the first person I ever spoke to about this project, over 10 years ago, and I am extremely pleased to leave the steering of season three of Narcos: Mexico in his extremely capable hands."
While Diego Luna is not returning for Narcos: Mexico season 3, Scoot McNairy, José Maria Yazpik, Alberto Ammann, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Hermosillo, Matt Letscher, Manuel Masalva, Alejandro Edda, and Gorka Lasaosa are all returning. Wagner Moura, who previously played Pablo Escobar on the hit Netflix series is also returning, but he will be behind the camera instead. Moura is all set to direct two of the upcoming episodes. As for how many episodes season 3 will consist of, that is unclear at this time.
Eric Newman also gave fans a tease of what they can expect with Narcos: Mexico season 3. "You can look at season one of Mexico as consolidation of power, and season two as the erosion of it - and then what comes in its place is chaos," Newman said. "If you view the Mexican chapter of Narcos as an acceleration into chaos, the end of season two is very much where we become untethered. We're hurtling out of control, and where it leads is our incredibly bloody present." Newman is currently working on a Netflix limited series about the opioid epidemic called Painkiller, along with Peter Berg and Alex Gibney.
Narcos: mexico season 3 will continue the Mexico storyline and it will open up in the '90s, "when the globalization of the drug business ignites." The story will set up what happens after Felix's empire is splinters. Independent cartels will start to struggle as "a new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge. But in this war, truth is the first casualty - and every arrest, murder and take-down only pushes real victory further away."
Narcos had previously shot on location in Mexico City and will now move to Mexico, along with a lot of other Netflix projects. Safety precautions are in place to make sure that the cast and crew will be safe when production fires back up in the coming months. You can check out the Narcos season 3 teaser above, thanks to the Netflix YouTube channel.