Review: Narcos Mexico S02 E10

How far are you willing to go to get what you want? This is the question that characters, and real people, often come across in their arcs. How bad do you want something? For as long as he can remember, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo has wanted to be the most powerful man in Mexico. He dreamed of a system that would bring him so much power that he would become untouchable. And he worked for it. He accomplished the feats that no one could even imagine, and he brought the money that none of the plazas combined could have brought in. But he also made some bad decisions and did some very bad things. In the end, everyone has to pay for what they’ve done. It’s about time that Felix does too.

Narcos: Mexico Season 2 Episode 10 Recap

After the events of the ninth episode, everything settles down for the Guadalajara cartel. Everything is going great, and yet Felix Gallardo can’t sleep. Maybe because it is the quiet before the storm that he knows is coming for him. Chapo asks him to let Palma come back but Felix has different plans for him.

Meanwhile, the Colombians suffer a huge loss and Pacho comes looking for help from Felix. This opens a window for him and he, finally, pushes forward the deal that he had been planning for all along. This is the plan to get the Colombians out of business and consolidate his cartel above everything else. But all good things must come to an end.

Narcos: Mexico Season 2 Episode 10 Review

The finale of the second season of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ brings about the fall of an empire. The foretelling of Felix’s future was done in the second episode itself, and he, too, in his arrogance used the same reference a couple of times. His empire was compared to that of Rome and he became its Julius Caesar. After fighting so many battles and winning so many wars, it is his own ambition that kills him, and we witness the entire spectacle in all its glory.

As we have learnt from the Netflix series, the world of narcos has a lot of pieces on the board. So many, in fact, that it is easy to lose sight of them, and while you are focused on the bigger picture, it is the unexpected ones that bring you down. The same goes for Felix. He, himself, had wondered about the loyalty of one of his most important men, and yet, he continued to test it. The result was that the same person, who stayed out of his radar all this while, became the one to dismantle the Federation.

Much like the Season 2 arc of ‘Narcos’, ‘Narcos: Mexico’ also ends the war on one of the most powerful drug kingpins in a Latin American country. The difference is that Pablo Escobar went down violently, leaving behind a trail of blood. Felix Gallardo, on the other hand, was brought to his knees by conspiracy. Even though this episode has a lot lesser action as compared to the previous episode, it paints a much clearer picture of where the plazas, and their leaders, stand.

Another feat that this season pulls off wonderfully is that no one wins here. Neither Felix nor the DEA. Walt Breslin, who spends all his wit and time and loses good men while trying to do his job, doesn’t get to experience the sweet taste of victory the same way Agent Murphy got with Escobar. It looks like Camarena has been brought to justice, but Walt knows the DEA can’t really take credit for it. In the end, it is the narcos who won. And the war continues.

The finale leaves the season on balanced terms. If this was about the revenge on Camarena, then that chapter is closed. But it is not just about Camarena or Gallardo or Breslin. It is about Mexico, and there are still a lot of players out and about.

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