Here’s Why ‘Narcos’ Season 2 Spoiled THAT Big Death Early On
Netflix Narcos viewers run a divide between those who know Pablo Escobar’s historical fate, and those spoiled by cavalier Season 2 promotion. Now, Season 2 bosses explain the Titanic influence on Season 2's surprising end, and how some lingering mystery might inform Season 3.
You’re warned of (historical?) spoilers from here on out, but Season 2 of Netflix’s Narcos telegraphed early on that Wagner Moura’s Pablo Escobar would meet his untimely death this year, first nodding toward the famous date, then allowing Moura to spill the beans himself. The Hollywood Reporter managed to catch up with executive producer Eric Newman at the Season 2 premiere, who cited historical precedent to the story’s unavoidable spoiler:
I remember the Titanic argument: Who’s going to see a movie where everyone knows the ending? The decision to be able to actually invest time spent with Pablo Escobar knowing that the end is near will allow people to experience it in a different way.
We love Pablo. We don’t love the man, but we love our character we’ve built and who Wagner has played so well. We want people to join in mourning him right away, because it’s hard to say goodbye to him.
That said, the most recent trailer alluded to the mystery of which character might have fired the final shot, a fact currently lost to history. The real Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook’s character) rejects the family theory that Escobar ultimately ended his own life (the real Pena, Pedro Pascal’s character, similarly suggested Season 2 would reveal untold details), while Murphy noted that Narcos wouldn’t necessarily die with Escobar:
We plan on stopping when cocaine stops. I think there’s a reason why we call this show Narcos and not Pablo Escobar. It’s very much about the trade. There are other drug dealers and there are alliances formed against Pablo, so there are a multitude of stories we could tackle.”
In the meantime, Narcos Season 2 will premiere all episodes on September 2, the teaser and photos for which you can find below.