Narcos: Mexico's Amado Carillo Fuentis Is Still Alive - Theory Explained

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for Narcos: Mexico.

Narcos: Mexico's Amado Carillo Fuentes, played by actor Jose Maria Yazpik, is presumed to be dead – but some speculate that Amado is actually still alive. Also known as "El Señor de Los Cielos" (The Lord of the Skies), Amado became the richest of the veteran drug lords hailing from the notorious Guadalajara Cartel, also known as La Federacion, Mexico’s first narco union. As the jefe of the Juarez Cartel in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Amado worked with other narcotraficos like his uncle Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo (Joaquin Cosio), Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo (Diego Luna), Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (Alejandro Edda), eventually amassing an estimated personal net worth of around $25 billion.

During the finale of Narcos: Mexico season 3, which doesn't leave much room for Narcos: Mexico season 4, the narrator explains that on July 4, 1997, Amado underwent a plastic surgery procedure to alter his appearance and escape the law. This resulted in complications that led to Amado’s death on the surgical table. However, in the very last scene of Narcos: Mexico, Amado’s lover Marta Venus Caceres (Yessica Borroto) is shown at a seaside villa, where Amado promised to see Marta after settling his business in Mexico. And there, Amado’s small toy plane is seen lying on Marta’s grand piano. Amado never gave this object to Marta, and it never left his side.

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This suggests that Narcos: Mexico's Amado Carillo Fuentes is still alive. This theory is rooted in the facts surrounding Amado’s death. After Amado died, the DEA itself observed the identification procedures at the funeral home where Amado’s body was being held, leading the agency to confirm his death. That said, Amado was also mentored by Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, who was known for organizing La Federacion’s comprehensive bribery network. This means that Amado, who was worth $25 billion, could’ve simply bribed Mexican officials and DEA agents to confirm his death, which would’ve allowed him to roam free and assume a new identity. If this is true, the body that was found in the hospital wasn’t Amado, and the plastic surgery story was just used to justify the differences between Amado and his body double – many of which were pointed out by witnesses who saw Amado’s supposed corpse. Also, there is very little paperwork regarding Amado’s death, and the potential causes range from malfunctioning equipment to the side effects of certain medications.

Although there’s no proof that Amado is still alive, the fact that Amado was Mexico’s most resourceful narcotrafico, as shown in Narcos: Mexico season 3, has led many to speculate about the suspicious and vague circumstances of his death. Moreover, on November 7, 1997, the two doctors who performed Amado’s plastic surgery procedure were found dead inside steel drums. Their bodies were encased in concrete and showed signs of torture. On one hand, this could’ve been the work of the Juarez Cartel, as revenge for inadvertently killing their boss, confirming Amado’s death. On the other hand, Amado could’ve simply been covering his tracks by getting rid of anyone who can point him to the authorities. In fact, in the 1999 book From Navolato I come: biography of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, journalist Jose Alfredo Andrade Bojorquez writes about how many of those who've suggested that Amado is still alive have disappeared. Later that same year, Bojorquez himself disappeared, further fueling rumors that Amado is not only alive but is also somehow responsible for these disappearances.

Narcos: Mexico’s future spinoff, even if it’s not set in Mexico, might just tackle this mystery further. These theories concerning Amado have assured that even if he is truly dead, his story lives on and continues to capture people’s imaginations. Whether or not Amado is still alive, there’s no doubt that he left an indelible mark on the world.

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