Why Is ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Ending After Season 3?

Narcos: Mexico follows the rise of the Mexican drug trade in the 1980s and early 90s. Created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro, the spinoff series shows the inner workings of the cartel business and the global war following the death of Pablo Escober, a notorious Colombian drug lord. When Netflix announced the show would end after the third season, fans were devastated to hear the news. Here’s why the creators chose to end Narcos: Mexico after the third season. 

‘Narcos: Mexico’ became a massive success on Netflix

Manuel Masalva, and Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio standing by a car in 'Narcos: Mexico' Season 3.
(L to R) Manuel Masalva, and Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio | Juan Rosas/Netflix

As a continuation of the crime drama Narcos, the spinoff series Narcos: Mexico proved to be a powerhouse on its own. Audiences have praised the Netflix series, with an 8.4 out of 10 rating on IMDb and a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Although the series is ending, Narcos: Mexico Season 3 has dominated the Netflix Top 10 List following its release. 

According to Ad Age, the third installment became the most viewed series from Nov. 8 to 14, edging out the South Korean survival drama Squid Game. Despite being on the platform for two months, Squid Game amassed 42.8 million viewers, while Narcos: Mexico garnered 50.3 million viewers.

Why is ‘Narcos: Mexico’ ending after Season 3?


‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 3: Showrunner Wants Viewers to ‘Feel’ the ‘Ongoing Tragedy’ of Drug Trafficking

The third installment of Narcos: Mexico will mark the end of the series. According to Newsweek, Netflix renewed the show for a third season in October 2020. However, the streaming service announced Narcos: Mexico Season 3 will be the last installment. The platform didn’t give a reason behind the decision. But, it’s worth noting its predecessor, Narcos, ended after three seasons. So, it’s a possibility the creators chose to end the series with the same number of seasons. 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Narcos: Mexico showrunner Carlo Bernard said the final installment would delve into the “origin story” of the modern drug war. “I saw this season as an origin story of the modern world that we live in,” he explained. 

Bernard continued, “For me, it felt like bringing the show up to that spot where we now recognize, for better or for worse, made sense as a place to stop it. The show has been able to lift the curtains and show you how this thing began, how it evolved. Not to say that other stories wouldn’t be compelling going forward. But to me, stopping at the moment where we had delivered the world that we now live in today made sense, thematically and narratively.”

What should fans expect from the last installment?

Narcos: Mexico Season 3 takes place in the 1990s when the drug business was booming worldwide. The final season delves into the war that ignites after Félix Gallardo’s (Diego Luna) arrest. Per Netflix, the official logline reads: “As newly independent cartels struggle to survive political upheaval and escalating violence. A new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge. But in this war, truth is the first casualty – and every arrest, murder, and take-done only pushes real victory further away.”

Narcos: Mexico Season 3 is streaming now on Netflix.