The 13 episodes of the third season of the series air on Monday through Friday, starting on July 9 at 22:00.
With less than a week before the breakout series “El Chapo” returns for its third and final season, Univision has released a new trailer previewing the downfall of the biggest drug lord of all time.
The 13-episode season premieres Monday, July 9 and will air Monday through Friday at 10 PM ET/PT on Univision Network with English subtitles. “El Chapo” is co-produced by Story House Entertainment and Netflix; season three will debut globally on Netflix at a later date to be announced.
Leading into the season three premiere on Univision Network, UniMás will air a marathon of the 12-episode second season on July 7 and 8, both nights from 5 to 11 PM ET/PT. Seasons one and two are also available for streaming on Netflix.
With his criminal organization functioning better than many legitimate international corporations, he has become one of the world’s most wanted criminals, as elusive as he is powerful—until now.
Season three sees El Chapo’s alliances within the DEA and Mexican government beginning to fall apart, setting off a chain of events that lead to the kingpin losing his strength, his allies, and ultimately his freedom.
Throughout the season viewers bear witness as El Chapo is captured by Mexican authorities, escapes from a maximum security prison, and is ultimately recaptured and extradited. The final season of the ripped-from-the-headlines drama reflects events that take place between 2009 and 2017.
Week one overview below:
EPISODE 301 / MONDAY, JULY 9 @ 10PM
El Chapo decides to take his organization global, expanding his drug empire across five continents. However, his expansion is executed behind the back of his allies inside the DEA. Believing himself to be invincible, Joaquin disobeys a warning from the DEA and the agency decides to teach him a lesson he will not forget. Meanwhile, Don Sol looks to retain his power and influence by securing himself a place in a future government. Convinced that the party he serves won’t manage to return to Los Pinos, he renews his ties with former president 62. 62 offers Don Sol the position of Secretary of the Interior in the next government and introduces him to his goddaughter Berta, who also has presidential ambitions. 62 suggests that they should get married and the three of them form an alliance to take them to power.
EPISODE 302 / TUESDAY, JULY 10 @ 10PM
As Don Sol seals a new deal with 62, the DEA puts its plan to control the Sinaloa Cartel into action: they arrest the son Ismael’s son Mayel, who oversees the organization’s international expansion, and they extradite him with unusual speed. It is a major blow to the Sinaloa leadership, and the message to Chapo is clearer than ever: if he doesn’t stay in line, he will share the same fate. Extradition is Joaquín’s worst fear, and he assures the government that he will take the steps to reassure the DEA. Nonetheless, at the pinnacle of power—traveling freely around the world with Elba—his pride gets the best of him: at Mayel’s trial, they decide to discredit the agency head-on, revealing its agreements with drug traffickers to American authorities. The strategy will backfire: the DEA regards it as treason and orders his downfall. So, begins the definitive efforts to arrest and extradite him.
EPISODE 303 / WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 @ 10PM
El Chapo manages to evade the joint DEA-Navy operation, and resists leaving his home in Culiacán. He contacts Don Sol and negotiates a new mutual-support agreement: Joaquín will help him in the upcoming election, and once in power, Don Sol will protect him so that he can once again operate in complete freedom. Nonetheless, the DEA’s pursuit doesn’t stop, and a new operation forces Joaquín to leave his family and settle in the mountains. His exile has begun. Meanwhile, Don Sol’s ties to drug traffickers start to catch up with him on the path to power. The press and new political enemies harass the current Secretary of Security about the issue, and they threaten to reveal information that would put an end to his political ambitions. Even Esteban Prieto, the young PTI presidential candidate, casts doubt on Don Sol’s inclusion in his potential cabinet. But Don Sol is not alone: alongside Berta and 62, they will put their new alliance to the test and resolve this threat.
EPISODE 304 / THURSDAY, JULY 12 @ 10PM
From his mountain exile, El Chapo must deal with the appearance of a new enemy: Isidoro, a young and ambitious Bernal Leyda boss, whose hunger for power leads him to accept the mission assigned to him by El Arriero from jail: get to El Chapo before anyone else, eliminate him and occupy his territories. Joaquín, who just received Elba’s visit and the news that she is pregnant, must leave her alone and go out to defend his territory. This time, however, he will play an unexpected role in the confrontation: rather than leading the defense, he will be protected and completely isolated. His men managed to hold on to the territory, but without intervention from him. Back in the mountains, Elba confirms that they will have twin girls, whom she has already named, and whose future she will decide, since Joaquín is sure to be absent. These events confirm Joaquín’s worst nightmare: without him, his entire world will go on. It’s a glimpse of what extradition would mean. Desperate to hold onto something, he promises Elba to be present for the birth of their twins.
EPISODE 305 / FRIDAY, JULY 13 @ 10PM
Don Sol resigns from the government to work for Esteban Prieto’s presidential campaign and the PTI, which leaves Joaquín alone, with no one in power to protect him. El Chapo, having tried everything to be present for the twins’ birth, must protect them, and sends Elba to the U.S. to give birth. He also reaffirms his pact with Don Sol and offers to support the PTI candidacy in his territories with violence and money: his being able to see his family again depends on the victory of Esteban Prieto. Prieto, young and charming, is the perfect figurehead for the PTI’s return to power, but polls are not favoring him. Alongside Berta and 62, Don Sol designs a strategy to win the election: manipulation of polls, vote buying, voter coercion, and an offer of immunity for the current president, provided that he stops supporting his own candidate. Finally, Esteban Prieto wins, Don Sol is named Secretary of the Interior, and Joaquín manages to meet the twins and celebrate their baptism. After not being able to fulfill his first promise, he makes a new one to Elba: they will never again be separated.
Joining the cast of “El Chapo” for season three are:
- Irán Castillo as actress Vanessa Espinoza
- Marcela Mar as ‘Berta,’ an ambitious Congresswoman
- Moises Arizmendi as ‘Presidente 66.’
- Marco de la O as El Chapo
- Humberto Busto as Attorney Conrado Sol aka “Don Sol,” a key political party figure
- Laura Osma as Elba, El Chapo’s third wife
- Diego Vasquez as Ismael, one of El Chapo’s most trusted partners
- Ivan Aragón as ‘Quino,’ El Chapo’s son and one of his key lieutenants
- Wilmer Cadavid as ‘Dámaso,’ a former deputy warden of a maximum security prison who is a key part of El Chapo’s plot to escape prison.