Earlier this year, season two of Narcos catapulted us back into Colombia’s fight with drug cartels in the late ’80s. The series follows the country’s authorities pursuing notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as he went on the run, ultimately ending in his death.
In a new featurette released by Netflix, the cast and creators have discussed what it was like filming that historic scene. Instead of building a set, the crew headed to the location where the real life Escobar was actually killed.
“We did the final scene in Medellín,” says director Andres Baiz. “We approached it as realistically as possible.”
Of their intentions with the scenes leading up to Escobar’s eventual death, he explains: “We didn’t want to make a big Hollywood action sequence. We wanted to make it intense and disturbing.”
“We ended up shooting in the real house where Pablo was living and was right beside where he was killed,” says actor Wagner Moura, who plays Escobar, between energetic and dramatic clips of the drug lord’s demise.
Watch the full video above for more on how the scene was filmed, the effect filming in realistic locations had on the cast and crew and more.
Speaking to NME earlier this year, Moura said of his character’s death: “It was very emotional because we actually shot it at the same place where the real Pablo was killed, the same building. All the crew, Boyd Holbrook [Murphy] was there, so everybody involved in Narcos in the last two years knew that was the end of that character. So it was very emotional for all of us.”
Although Moura has said he won’t return to the show, Netflix has already announced that Narcos has been renewed for two more seasons.
Season 1 and 2 of Narcos are available to watch instantly on Netflix in Ultra HD 4k.