Queen of the South season 5: Will Teresa in danger? Star teases ‘new foe’

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USA Network series Queen of the South season five saw production stopped earlier this year. Filming on season five ground to a halt in March two episodes in. There’s no word yet on when filming will be resuming but the scripts for the new series have been completed.

Will Teresa be plunged into danger in Queen of the South season 5?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Queen of the South season 4

The fourth series served as a reboot of sorts with duo Ben Lobato and Dailyn Rodriguez taking over as co-showrunners after Natalie Chaidez stepped down after two seasons.

Queen of the South saw the action shifting from the border and into New Orleans, bringing with new cultures and a distinct new flavour.

Rodriguez, who is Cuban-American, and fellow showrunner Lobato, who is Mexican-American, wanted to bring a “pan-Latin” element of Queen of the South with its move to New Orleans.

Both the writers carried out masses of research while devising the scripts for season four. In fact, Rodriguez’s father served as the inspiration for Miami drug smuggler and Teresa’s rival Raul “El Gordo” Rodriguez (played by Pêpê Rapazote).


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Season four concluded on a shocking note after queenpin Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) saw her godson Tony Parra (Julia Silva) murdered, leaving her broken.

She also struggled to contend with her nemesis Judge Cecil Lafayette (David Andrews) as she tried to run her operations in New Orleans.

Fans can expect more of the same going forward from Rodriguez and Lobato as Teresa plans to expand her business across the East Coast.

Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to co-showrunner Rodriguez about what fans could expect from the new series of Queen of the South.

Rodriguez teased there was much to come, saying: “She’s going to go up against another sort of formidable foe in season five.

“The Judge is still part of the show but there will be a shift early to mid-way in the season – a bigger bad guy, so to speak. Bigger and badder than the judge.”

She also shed light on Teresa’s arc after the businesswoman was left physically and emotionally bruised from an attack by her enemies while on a trip to Nashville.

Teresa had been hoping to take a day out from the game and spend time with her musician boyfriend Eddie Brucks (Bailey Chase), however it was a disastrous decision after she was nearly executed.

Upon returning to New Orleans, Teresa ended things with Eddie after realising she could never have a normal romance while living a life of crime.

Rodriguez explained: “Teresa is always going to have more of a moral centre than many of the bad guys you’ve seen in a similar role like a Tony Montana in Scarface. She’s always going to have a little bit more of Teresa inside her.

“But I think after the death of Tony, the shift in her is really the realisation that she can’t get close to people the way that she would really like to get close to people and still be the head of this cartel.

“There are too many variables that she can’t control. People always trying to hurt her, trying to take out people that she loves.


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“So, I think she’s going to put up a lot of walls. I think some of it is to protect herself and some of it is protect the people that she loves.

Along with Teresa facing a new antagonist and trying to retain her own moral compass, Rodriguez seemed to hint James Galvez (Peter Gadiot) could have a role to play after making a shocking comeback.

She said: “At the end of season four, we know James is back and James in the show for all of season five. I can’t really give you more than that but he’s there.”

Just what James will be up to remains to be seen, but with the dearly departed Javier Jimenez (Alfonso Herrera) going out in a literal blaze of glory, Teresa will need to shore up all her assets as things becoming more dangerous for her.

Queen of the South season 4 is streaming on Netflix UK now

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