“Narcos” Season 2 promises to answer the question of who exactly killed the famed Pablo Escobar.
Real-life DEA agent Steve Murphy, who’s portrayed by Boyd Holbrook in the show, thinks that Netflix and the show creators have a social responsibility to stick to historical facts.
“This is going to sound cliche, but I think [executive producer] Eric Newman, Netflix, the writers did an outstanding job,” Murphy said at the show’s premiere on Wednesday at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. “I have no problem with it. I think they have portrayed us as larger than life characters and it’s a little embarrassing, but also flattering.”
This season of “Narcos” shows Escobar from an even more humanized perspective — the root of the show’s success, according to Newman.
“I actually think it’s dangerous to dehumanize a villain like Escobar because it says that someone is just spontaneously created and they spring into the world as bad guys and it doesn’t work that way,” Newman said. “Bad guys are made. To deny someone their humanity is to miss the point that anyone under the wrong circumstances can become a Pablo Escobar. What we did as a country by creating this demand for cocaine — hey, someone was going to fill that vacuum and it ended being him.”
Newman said he hopes to continue the show following Escobar’s inevitable demise.
“I hope there’s life for the show after Escobar,” he said. “Cocaine regrettably continues on. It is an ongoing story. I’ve always been interested in the Mexican story because it’s so big, I mean, beginning with Felix Gallardo and on from there.”
Stars Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, and Ana de la Reguera, and Netflix COO Ted Sarandos also attended the premiere.
All 10 episodes of “Narcos” Season 2 will hit Netflix on Sept. 2 at 12.01 a.m. PST.