Absolute power is now in his hands. His enemies had him cornered, but he knew how to play his cards to beat them. This was the end of season two of 'El Chapo': the drug lord became the most powerful man in Mexico. In season three of Univision’s successful show, he’ll try to be the most powerful drug-lord in the world.
The series based on Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s life exposed the involvement of the political system. It showed the ambition of civil servants, criminals, relatives, police officers, soldiers, and of course… the drug-lord from Sinaloa himself.
'El Chapo' became the most powerful man in Mexico
He came back from pain
Before he had to lead the most important battle within the Drug War, Guzmán Loera was immersed in sorrow after the murder of his son, ‘El Moreno’. Once he found out he had provoked his death, he isolated himself and went back to his hometown, looking for comfort.
Drunk and in pain, ‘El Chapo’ bid his heir farewell from the distance. ‘El Moreno’s funeral procession, led by his mother, Graciela, was adorned by thousands of red rose petals thrown from the sky. The drug-trafficker had instructed his men to throw them from a small plane, to say goodbye to his son.
When he got over his loss, Joaquín Guzmán Loera pushed his pain aside to face his three hated enemies: Arturo Bernal Leyda, ‘El Cano’ and ‘Chente’.
The end of the enemies
‘El Chapo’ redefined the course of the war and decided to bring in new allies. The first one was Raciel Cárdenas, former leader of the Gulf Cartel, who was serving time in the United States. He and his brother, ‘Tony Tormenta’, accepted the proposal from their ex-partner to defeat ‘El Cano’ and ‘Los Emes’, who had taken over their territories.
The other ally was ‘La Muñeca’, Arturo Bernal Leyda’s right-hand man. ‘La Muñeca’ agreed to give his boss away in exchange for his lands and his power.
While ‘Los Gafes’ and Toño attacked Ciudad Juarez, ‘Chente’s den, Ismael and his men arrived to Nuevo Laredo to fight ‘El Cano’ and ‘Los Emes’. At the same time, ‘La Muñeca’ was getting ready to defeat Arturo.
After violent shootings and with the marines’ help, Ismael weakened ‘Los Emes’ and pushed ‘El Cano’ out of Nuevo Laredo, making him hide and pretend to be dead inside a forensics truck.
Not knowing anything about his betrayal, Arturo Bernal Leyda allowed ‘La Muñeca’ out of their safe house, believing he would go gather the men that would finally kill ‘El Chapo’. Once outside, the marines attacked his den without mercy. Bernal Leyda tried to defend himself, but he was killed by several shots in his chest. ‘Don Sol’ watched satisfied as he fell, getting back at him for the time he had threatened to kill him.
In Ciudad Juarez, ‘Chente’ was left behind once his men saw the end was near. Desperate, he tried to run away, but he was captured and taken to Guzmán Loera, who boasted of his victory in front of him and promised him a long time in jail.
The future presidency endangered
After ‘El Chapo’s victory, Conrado’s image improved a great deal. One of Mexico’s former presidents contacted him to inform him he would be considered for the presidential chair.
But ‘Don Sol’ lost his smile when he found out his relationship with Franco had been discovered. The former president suggested that he ended his romance if he wanted a chance to become president.
The most powerful man
His life is calm again; power won over sorrow. After defeating ‘El Cano’, Arturo Bernal Leyda and ‘Chente’, Joaquín Guzmán Loera became the most powerful man in Mexico. He dedicated his victory to his brother, ‘El Pollo’, and his son, ‘El Moreno’.
At the graves of his two murdered relatives, he promised them he would become the most powerful man in the world. What will he do to extend the reach of his empire? Find out in season three of the series.