Queen of the South season 5 release: Alica Braga sets date on filming completion

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Fans of Alice Braga’s defiant performance as Teresa Mendoza were concerned this year when filming of Queen of the South’s fifth season was shut down amid the outbreak of coronavirus. Now, comments from the series’ star have assured viewers they’ll be able to mark their calendars with the show’s release to the USA Network and Netflix very soon. 

Headed by new showrunner Dailyn Rodriguez, Queen of the South’s fourth season took drug queenpin Teresa Mendoza (played by Alice Braga) to some dark new places.

After narrowly escaping the wrath of the Vargas cartel and having been ditched by her loyal partner James Valdez (Peter Gadiot), Teresa expanded her drug running operation to New Orleans.

Fans were on tenterhooks in the run-up to the latest outing’s thrilling season finale, as it was still unknown whether Queen of the South would return for season five.

Although the USA Network finally gave the greenlight in August last year, the series hit another speed bump when production was put on hold following the spread of COVID-19 in March.

As the popular crime thriller had already met with bouts of uncertainty in the past, it was a tough pill to swallow for the show’s faithful audience. 

Initially expected to come out over the summer, season five has only just been able to jumpstart production in New Orleans. 

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Queen of the South star Alice Braga has dispelled some fans’ concerns the series could face further delays. 

It was previously reported that season five would resume filming at the end of this month, and the star confirmed the cast would be heading back to set in the next couple of weeks.

Braga revealed: “We stopped as soon as COVID started. So we’re going to go back, I think, end of October, beginning of November. Finally, they gave us the green-light.”

As filming for the new season will primarily take place in New Orleans, the cast and crew had to wait until the area was safe enough to travel in and out of the city. 

Now the team have been given the all-clear, provided the production follows strict measures to ensure the health and safety of the show’s stars and staff. 

Braga explained: “So now we have all the protocols in place, and I do believe that we’re going to have it made by the end of the year.”

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If filming does indeed wrap before the end of December 2020, all signs are looking good for Queen of the South’s return in spring 2021. 

However, don’t expect the return of Teresa Mendoza as early as January, as the sprawling crime drama will still have to go through extensive post-production and editing periods once filming has completed.

Ahead of the show’s return, fans are still struggling to process the events of season four and finding the lengthy gap between new episodes harder and harder.

Teresa’s latest adventures saw her face off against new adversary Judge Cecil Lafayette (David Andrews), which sadly culminated in the tragic death of her godson, Tony Parra (Julian Silva).

In the finale, the main thrust of the next season came into view with the stunning return of James Valdez, who warned of an approaching threat. 

Keeping her lips tightly sealed, Braga said cryptically: “I cannot tease much. They’re going to kill me if I do! But definitely, what I can say is that Teresa’s going to get in a lot of trouble. 

“She’s becoming the boss. She already has the business, but a lot’s going to happen in season five because she got to that point where she really is a powerful woman, like everybody thought that she would be.”

As Teresa Mendoza’s journey nears its end, fans are already setting their sights on a potential sixth season to bring the series to a satisfying conclusion. 

Queen of the South season 4 is available to stream on Netflix.

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