Pablo Escobar actor Wagner Moura to leave Narcos after season 2
Pablo Escobar actor Wagner Moura will leave Narcos after season 2, he has confirmed.
Moura plays the protagonist in Narcos, the infamous real-life Colombian drug kingping who became the world’s wealthiest ever criminal in the early 1990s with suspected earnings in excess of $30 billion.
However, Moura told press at the Television Critics Association yesterday (July 27) that his character is to be killed off in season 2 and he will not be returning to the series.
Moura said: “This is definitely the last season for me.
“This is the season where we’re going to start to see the fall of this guy. We’re going to see Pablo Escobar very vulnerable.”
Season 2 of Narcos will cover a shorter space of time than the first, and focus primarily on the months leading up to Escobar’s execution as his power began to decay.
The news will come as no surprise to fans who know the real-life story of Escobar, who died aged 43 in a shoot-out with the Colombian National Police. By this time, both the US and Colombian governments were searching for him, as well as a vigilante group including individuals that had suffered as a result of Escobar’s empire.
However, executive producer José Padilha was quick to say that the death of Escobar did not spell the end for Narcos the series.
He said: “The show is not about Pablo. Pablo Escobar happens to be the man who created the mass business of cocaine trade. He’s, for lack of a better word, the founding father of this business, but the show is about cocaine. It’s about drug dealers that deal cocaine.”
Another executive producer, Eric Newman, added: “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.”
It sounds like there will be enough material for at least a few more seasons, then.