Season five of Queen of the South concluded with a dramatic series finale, as the producers admitted to leaving a few loose ends for the possible future.
USA Network revealed that season five of Queen of the South will be the drama’s last. However, according to the show’s creators, it was not always part of the plan to end with just five series. The series is an adaptation of the telenovela, La Reina del Sur, which happens to be an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Spanish novelist, Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
The US adaptation centered on Teresa Mendoza played by Alice Braga. She was a poor Mexican woman who became wealthy by building a drug empire. Mendoza lived in the barrio of Culiacán in Sinaloa, Mexico. She soon fell in love with a member of a drug cartel and attempted to rise above her life’s impoverished condition. She was forced to flee after her boyfriend was murdered. She crossed the border to the United States, where she teamed up with someone from her past, in an effort to take down the drug ring that was after her. Mendoza started her own drug distribution organisation and soon became very wealthy, which attracted more problems.
Fast forward to the final season, Mendoza is seen lying dead in a morgue, hinting that her death may be certain. Three years after her death, James finds Mendoza at a safe house where she had been hiding the entire time.
An official statement confirming that the show has come to an end has yet to be released, but fans are assuming it might simply be that the show has run its course.
Executive producers, Dailyn Rodriguez, Ben Lobato and David Friendly stated, “We could not be prouder of our entire cast and crew that joined us on this magnificent journey. And, of course, we could not have made this show without the talented and tireless Alice Braga, who brought our queen to life.” They also explained that they left a potential loose end in the season five finale, so there would be an opportunity for more episodes.