The Creative Kingpins Behind ‘Narcos’ Reveal How To Keep Things Exciting When Everyone Knows What Happens

For executive producer Eric Newman and the rest of the Narcos kingpins at Netflix, picking up where season one left off has to feel a lot like asking viewers why the chicken crossed the road; yeah, they know how this one ends. To almost everyone, what happens in season two of Narcos (spoiler alert: not good things for Pablo Escobar) will not be a shock. It is, after all, history. What will be fascinating to watch is how the brains of the show tell a story that’s already been told in every imaginable way. According to Newman, his team was accepting of this challenge long ago, and look forward to telling the story of Pablo Escobar’s demise like no one ever has before.

“I remember the Titanic argument: Who’s going to see a movie where everyone knows the ending?” he said. “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.”

Netflix hasn’t shied away from making it clear season two is the last time viewers will see Escobar, for obvious reasons. Fans of the show knew what was eventually coming, they just didn’t know when it was coming. The fact that Netflix has arguably been dropping “spoilers” has some pretty upset. Newman understand why some fans might be upset, even having known before they started watching that this moment was on the horizon from the get-go.

“We love Pablo. We don’t love the man, but we love the character we’ve built, who Wagner (Moura) has played so well. We want people to join in mourning him right away, because it’s hard to say goodbye to them.”

As Newman tells The Hollywood Reporter, much of season two is about the journey, not the destination. The death of Pablo Escobar and the pursuit of him prior to his death by the Colombian police forces will more than captivate viewers who are fully aware of how the story ends. Newman says season two will live up to the expectations the highly successful first season earned them: “I think it’s even better than season one.”

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)