This crime drama television show is a high-action series following the life of Teresa Mendoza as she establishes herself as a drug lord.
Queen of the South is a crime drama television series that follows Teresa Mendoza, a poor Mexican woman who becomes wealthy by building a vast drug empire. The show was based on a Spanish telenovela, La Reina del Sur, which was itself based on a novel by the same name by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The series was developed by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller.
The show has had a successful run of five seasons. The high-action series was critically acclaimed and the latest season concluded last year. The story in part seems to have been inspired by Sandra Ávila Beltrán who is one of the first female drug traffickers who earned the title of boss and went by the name "The Queen of the Pacific." Will the queen have more dangerous adventures in a new season?
The show started airing in 2016. All but the fifth season had 13 episodes each and there are a total of 62 episodes. The fifth season was renewed for 10 episodes in 2019. The production was brought to a standstill in 2020 due to the pandemic. It premiered on April 7 last year. It was then announced that the series would be coming to an end and the fifth season was the final one. The series finale premiered on June 9th, 2021.
The premise of the show was about how Mendoza who is from Mexico, falls in love with a member of a drug cartel and tries to improve the conditions of her impoverished life. But she then finds out that her boyfriend has been killed and she is forced to flee. She crosses the border to the United States. She then joins forces with someone she knew from her previous life to try and take out the rival drug cartel boss who is after her. She sets up her own cartel and manages to finally become rich and makes her way out of poverty. But with that comes new problems.
The fifth season of the TV show came to a bittersweet end. (Spoiler alert!) The character of Mendoza, played by Alice Braga, brought new perspective to the role women played in the world of organized drug crime industry. They are victims of the system but not Braga's character. She decides to make a life for herself and finds a family to finally be able to enjoy a semblance of happiness. In the end, the viewers were shocked at the deadly turn of events and Mendoza's murder at the hands of James. But what was even more surprising was to find out Mendoza was well and good, living her best tropical life after faking her own death.
“We could not be prouder of our entire cast and crew that joined us on this magnificent journey,” executive producers Dailyn Rodriguez, Ben Lobato and David Friendly told DEADLINE. “Queen of the South began shooting in Mexico City, brought us to faraway places like Malta and Colombia and finally landed in New Orleans. We cannot wait to share the explosive final season with our devoted fans. And, of course, we could not have made this show without the talented and tireless Alice Braga, who brought our queen to life.”