We had been warned at first of Narcos: Mexico‘s first season that the story would not have a cheerful ending, and that positively rang true on the finish of mentioned season, when the physique of DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Pena) was discovered exterior of the compound the place Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) had him tortured till he succumbed to a number of grotesque accidents.
With Kiki out of the best way and the federal government paid off, Felix retook management of the Federation and ended Season 1 again on high. The one silver lining was the arrival of one other DEA agent, Walt Breslin (Scoot Mcnairy), whom we found was the narrator of the present’s first season and who was the particular person to difficulty the warning about how this story was going to finish.
Season 2 of Narcos: Mexico, debuting Feb. 13, will choose up roughly seven months after Kiki’s homicide, with the earthquake of 1985, which not solely had the Mexican individuals clamoring for change, but additionally put a serious dent within the drug pipeline from Mexico to the U.S. As Felix scrambles to repair his dire money move points, Walt and his new group of brokers get busy making an attempt to work their method up Gallardo’s group — taking McNairy out of the voiceover sales space and placing him proper in the midst of the motion.
“I used to be actually enthusiastic about it,” McNairy advised TV Information of constructing the transition to the display. “I acquired to clearly see that complete season after which I laid down the narration, but it surely was quite a lot of discovery that I normally do not get on different jobs. By doing the voiceover for 2 weeks — and [seeing] how thorough … the producers and Eric [Newman], the showrunner, [were] throughout that voiceover — I actually had the power to kind of whittle out the character and kind of outline him with these guys in a room for 2 weeks, on daily basis, all day lengthy.”
In contrast to Camarena, who had a steady household he was making an attempt to guard as he did his undercover work in Season 1, Walt is coming from a way more dysfunctional place. Fired up by the thought of getting revenge for Camarena’s dying, Walt is keen to cross traces that his predecessor would not have, which ends up in a tough journey of self-discovery that McNairy was anxious to discover.
“Walt is de facto broken from his previous and his childhood, however what makes him fascinating, for me, on this factor, is that he does not know that,” the actor defined. “He is slowly beginning to uncover that, ‘Oh, I’ve issues and I am broken and I am not coping with it.’ That was one thing that I actually thought was an enormous throughline for his character. It appeared very predominant to me as we began to shoot and the additional we acquired into the episodes.”
Will a maverick DEA agent have the ability to deliver down a drug lord who murdered an American legislation enforcement official, although? That is spoiler free territory, however McNairy revealed that the warning at first of Season 1 nonetheless applies as viewers tune in for Season 2. After all, all you must do is activate the information to know that.
“It is simply an ongoing drug battle. It is simply as predominant now because it was again then,” McNairy mentioned of the story. “This can be a fiction present, not a documentary. It’s basically turning a mirror on that world and that battle. You possibly can see how many individuals it affected, how many individuals it damage.”
The actor hopes that total the story being advised in Narcos: Mexico is a warning to individuals making the identical errors that had been made within the ’80s. The objective is to cease historical past from repeating itself.
“These leaders of those cartels injected some huge cash into these communities and these individuals, and the individuals of Mexico. You get to actually see each side of that. On the finish of the day, all of it’s basically a tragedy,” he mentioned. “Watching the present ought to remind us of what occurred again then with the corruption in politics from inside, and the way we are able to cease that from occurring going ahead.”
Narcos: Mexico Season 2 premieres Thursday, Feb. 13 on Netflix.