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Netflix’s Narcos has been renewed for two more seasons, according to Entertainment Weekly. The series, which just had its second season released by the streaming service on September 2, will be back for a third season beginning in 2017 and a fourth season at an undetermined date, but most likely in 2018.
Narcos premiered on Netflix in August of 2015, with a 10-episode first season, followed in 2016 by a 10-episode second season. The first and second seasons of the series were both set in Columbia, and told the story of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine. The series also dealt with Escobar’s interactions with rival drug lords and other opposing forces, including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States.
Spoiler alert: The notorious drug lord did not make it past the second season finale of Narcos. But with two more seasons to fill, what new stories will be told?
“I think that there’s a lot of story left to be told in Colombia,” executive producer Eric Newman told Entertainment Weekly previously. “… This show has always been about cocaine. We purposely did not call the show Pablo Escobar or Medellin … If somebody wants another season of the show, we would sit down and draw from the pretty massive amount of real estate and research that we’ve done and do something kind of cool.”
Based on those statements and the second season finale of Narcos, there is every indication that Colombia’s Cali Cartel may be featured next on the series.
Narcos was announced in April 2014, through a partnership deal between Netflix and Spanish language network Telemundo. Chris Brancato (Hoodlum, First Wave, Boomtown) is the show’s main writer, with direction from Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha. Padilha, known in the United States for directing the recent Robocop remake, also directed the critically and commercially successful Brazilian film Elite Squad and its sequel – which became the highest grossing film ever in that country.
Both José Padilha and Eric Newman (Children of Men) will continue to serve as executive producers on both future seasons of Narcos.