Narcos still has more of an empire to build in Mexico.
Narcos: Mexico is returning for a second season, marking the fifth season overall for Netflix’s drug-cartel drama. The streamer announced the news Wednesday, less than three weeks after Narcos: Mexico made its debut (Nov. 16). There’s no word yet on a return date.
The renewal news comes as little surprise, given how the first season of Narcos: Mexico ended and showrunner Eric Newman’s overall multiyear series deal with Netflix. Though the streamer doesn’t release viewership figures for any of its offerings, Narcos is a top global performer among its original series. The commitment to continue the Narcos story also comes as both House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, two series that helped launch Netflix into the scripted originals space, are wrapping their runs (the final season of OITNB comes in 2019; House of Cards bowed its final season in November).
“I will do this as long as they’ll let me do it,” Newman had told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the renewal news, about there being more than enough real-life story material to do more Narcos seasons. “Narcos is the greatest and most satisfying professional endeavor of my life, and to write and creatively steer this show for now four seasons, it would be unique even if I hadn’t been a movie producer for the first 20 years of my career. It’s a strange transition, but man, I love it.”
It’s unclear whether Diego Luna, who also will be starring in the Star Wars prequel series for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, will return for the second season of Narcos: Mexico. The season finale suggested Luna’s character would play a big part if the series continued. When speaking to THR ahead of the launch, the actor said he wanted to see the reaction to the season before discussing the possibility of returning: “One step at a time,” he said. “Right now, the only thing I hope is that the story we told gets seen by people and opens up a debate.”