At the end of season 2 Agent Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) was asked “how much do you know about the Cali cartel?”. In the aftermath of Pablo Escobar’s death, that final question will pave the way for where season 3 is going. Agent Peña will be tasked with going after the corrupt and powerful Cali cartel, as stated in the Season 3 synopsis:
Now that the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA turns its attention to the richest drug trafficking organization in the world: the Cali Cartel. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel operates much differently than Escobar’s, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.
During the new season fans will be introduced to the Kings, who are described by Netflix as follows:
Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (Damian Alcazar) – Leader of Cali Cartel, ‘boss of bosses”
Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela (Francisco Denis) – The brains behind the rise of the of Cali Cartel and Gilberto’s brother
Pacho Herrera (Alberto Ammann) – The on-the-low hitman, runs the Mexican connection and international distribution
Chepe Santacruz Londono (Pepe Rapazote) – Runs the satellite NYC empire of the Colombian drug network
Season 3 will also introduce some new characters who will certain leave their mark. They include, as per the release:
Jorge Salcedo (Matias Varela) – Cali’s head of security who prioritizes his wife and kids’ protection over his bosses
DEA agents Chris Feistl (Michael Stahl-David) and Daniel Van Ness (Matt Whelan) – They enter the operation with enthusiasm and inexperience
Franklin Jurado (Miguel Angel Silvestre)– The cartel’s money launderer who unknowingly puts his wife, Christina (Kerry Bishe) in mortal danger
David Rodriguez (Arturo Castro) – Miguel’s oldest son, who is reluctant at first to take a leading role in the cartel structure
One of the biggest conflicts fans will see this season will be when Gilberto announces his plan to walk away from the business as Agent Peña enlists the help of the American and Colombian law enforcement to take it down. And this time around, the rules aren’t the same.
The first look comes on the heels of the announcement that Boyd Holbrook would not be returning for season 3. Holbrook played Steve Murphy, one of the other real DEA agents the show is based on. Without Holbrook the show will be without half of the show’s buddy-cop duo. So when the show returns on September 1 it will be interesting to see how the absence of Holbrook will play out.
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This story was written by Samantha D’Amico. If you want to follow her on Twitter, you can do so at @SAM_iamXO.