The huge events of “The Palace in Flames” leaves Steve and Javier with no evidence against Pablo except Elisa, the former M-19 member who told Steve’s wife Connie about the attack that Pablo had arranged on the Palace of Justice by M-19. Elisa being one of the few members of the communist group not dead after the survivors of the assault were murdered by Pablo’s men.
Hidden away in Pena’s apartment Elisa can tie Escobar to the siege on the Palace of Justice by M-19 but is extremely wanted by the US for her involvement with M-19. Without her coming forward and testifying it’s impossible for them to convince the CIA and military of Pablo’s involvement with the siege or that he’d fled to Panama. Though bringing her in could mean another “McPickle” incident for Elisa and charges of treason for Steve, Javier and Connie for harboring a known communist.
After leaving a fiery farewell gift and the corpses of M-19 and countless others behind in Colombia, Pablo and the other heads of the cartel take refuge in Panama from the threat of extradition. The group discuss what their next move should be each having their own ideas on what to do. Gatcha suggests war, the Ochoas suggest they flee to Spain, while Pablo has offered to pay the debt of the Colombian government in exchange for amnesty. Fabio, the youngest Ochoa brother, blames Pablo for their situation telling him “sometimes I think you kill these people because they won’t let you in their club.”
Last episode we were introduced to Louis Galan the leading candidate for President of Colombia and outspoken enemy of the narcos, as well as his adviser Cesar Gaviria. Galan promising extradition for all charged of drug trafficking, denouncing the narcos and their corruption of Colombia, calling them a “scourge.” While Gaviria as Galan’s adviser writes his anti-narco speeches he warns against focusing too much on the narcos telling Galan “you’re pushing them into a corner.”
There seems to be a running theme in this series of well intentioned and powerful people making unwise decisions against the warnings of their more cautious and level-headed allies. At a campaign rally while giving an anti-narco speech Louis Galan is shot dead by an assassin hired by Escobar after the Colombian government refused his offer of a truce. The bullets missing his bullet-proof vest and tearing into his lower torso leaving him to quickly bleed out.
Pablo really wanted to go home and the whispering voice of his bride Tata in his ear pushed him to kill Galan. Reasoning that as Galan is the only candidate they couldn’t buy or scare, no one would “have the balls” to stand against them and they could all return home to Medellin. This idea he sells to his fellow kingpins who, Gatcha aside, are reluctant but follow Pablo anyway deciding to see how it all plays out. Gustavo confronts Pablo about the execution of Galan saying “I would’ve tried to stop you” but even Gustavo knows that the keyword there is “tried” and that even if Pablo had told him he couldn’t have done anything.
Speaking of Gustavo, out of nowhere he’s developed a secret sexual relationship with Marta Ochoa (the young woman who was kidnapped by M-19 and the Ochoa brothers’ sister) who as it turns out is actually quite the piece of work herself, suggesting the two have Pablo kill Gustavo’s wife so they can openly be together. Maybe the Ochoas aren’t too soft?
While not quite as exciting as the events of the last episode “There Will be a Future” delivers some pretty interesting and important developments laying down numerous plot threads for future episodes and starts to ramp up for an all-out war in Colombia with both sides preparing to kill and even die to win. In most series once a status quo is established it usually tries pretty hard to keep it going but it seems with Narcos change is a constant with each week shaking things up, twisting and turning closer to what promises to be a chaotic and bloody end to this awesome series.
Great – 8.2/10
“It’s war, then.” – Pablo Escobar