Narcos’ debut season attempted to balance this already brimming biography of Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) with the tales of his captors, real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal).
The Colombian police and the DEA’s search for Escobar, now a fugitive on the lam, finds allies in the newly steely President Gaviria (Raúl Méndez), the Cali cartel, and a small, secretive cabal who meets Escobar’s viciousness mutilation for mutilation.
The season premiere opens with a few of the 4,000 soldiers assigned to apprehend Escobar wondering if he can be killed at all.
Lonely, fuming, melancholy, and increasingly delusional, he sits in the dark with his remaining lackeys, reminiscing about Disneyland.
The other half of the show, devoted to Escobar’s hunters, remains a muddle.