I spoke about the first episode of season 3 a few weeks ago on our show and said how I felt like this season wasn’t going to be as good, since two of the lead characters from the first 2 seasons were gone. Boy was I wrong…once I got into it, I didn’t want to stop watching the newest season of Narcos.
Hopefully you are all caught up, or have heard from the news over the last 20+ years, but Pablo Escobar is dead. So season 3 of Narcos shifts the focus of the bad guys to another Columbian cartel, the Cali Cartel. We saw them a little bit over the previous 2 seasons, as they were operating at the same time as Escobar, but now they have taken over with him gone. The other change this season is Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) running things. He was really impressive here, even more so than in previous seasons, now that he is in charge of the DEA operations in Columbia. I also like the choice made by the show runners to drop the voice over narration we got in the previous seasons, It was unnecessary and a little cliché.
The other standout performance of the season for me was Matias Varela as Jorge Salceda. A fairly unknown actor, but he showed a lot of range here as the head of security for the cartel that works with the DEA to hopefully save his family. I look forward to seeing more from him in the future.
If you felt season 2 was kinda drawn out and then anti climactic, come back around for season 3. It really delivered as a one season storyline, with a lot of action and a nice resolution to set up season 4. The sad news there is that since season 4 will have a new location, Mexico, they were scouting for filming locations and a crew member was shot and killed. Very sad situation, but I hope it does not take away from season 4 to be able to deliver another tense story.