Now that extradition is officially on the table and Escobar has been chased out of Colombia by the DEA and CIA, presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán can focus on his campaign. He has a speechwriter crafting pro-extradition speeches for his rallies, as he’s refusing to back down from his stance against the narcos, no matter the danger.
The danger is clear and present though, as Galán is murdered at one of his rallies, just as he takes the stage to speak out against the narcos. As Murphy says in his voice-over, the assassination meant the end of hope and peace. He believes that Galán was not only their last hope for a politician to clean up the government and Colombia, but that the hit sees Escobar escalating his violence, showing that he will do anything to fight extradition and keep his empire intact.
For now, that means running things from Panama City. He’s offered to pay Colombia’s national debt in exchange for amnesty, but the government refuses. Escobar and the cartel are stuck in Panama, and nobody is happy about it. Tata is especially unhappy. “What’s the point of having so much money if you can’t go home?” she says. Escobar has paid no mind to others who have dissenting opinions, but his wife’s means more to him.
With her support, he decides to fight back. After he has Galán murdered, much to the chagrin of Gustavo, he assures the cartel that they can return to Colombia and take their country back. They all reluctantly board a plan, the looks on their faces suggesting they’re not so sure a return to Colombia is safe. At least Gacha is excited, because he’s always ready for a fight.
Their return to Colombia isn’t going to be so easy though. At the funeral for Galán, his son urges his dad’s speechwriter, Dr. César Gaviria, to take up his cause and become the new face of the campaign. Gaviria seems reluctant, mostly because he’s in a tough spot. After all, he did just see his friend and colleague get murdered for running up against the cartel, so a little hesitancy is understandable.
Ultimately though, he knows it’s the right thing to do, so he goes about planning to take over the campaign. He sets up a future press conference with American media where he will have to come out and say whether he supports extradition or not. He’s not sure where he stands right now, but his wife wants him to play along and go against extradition, or at least ignore the question. She wants to keep him alive.
While contemplating his decision, he gets a message from Escobar, courtesy of Valeria and Fernando. The message is that he either lets the narcos go about their illegal business or they will come after his family. Gaviria kicks them out of his office, but it’s clear that he’s shaken up.
NEXT: Under the pressure