Queen of the South season 5: Is James going to die in Queen of the South series 5?

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Queen of the South has been confirmed for a fifth season by USA Network. The crime drama’s fourth series was shown last year on the American network and then on Netflix for fans to catch up on it across the world. Following the end of Queen of the South season four, the world is going to be a very different place for Teresa Mendoza (played by Alice Braga).

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Queen of the South.

In season four, Judge Lafayette (David Andrews) wanted to seek his revenge for the death of his nephew who was murdered by Javier Jiminez (Alfonso Herrera).

So Lafayette caused Tony Parra’s (Adolfo Alvarez) car to explode with both him and Teresa inside.

While Teresa eventually woke up from a coma, she was told the devastating news that her godson Tony had been killed in the blast.

Javier was also killed as he was set alight but as the flames started to go up, he grabbed Randall Green (Cory Hart) with him to avenge the death of girlfriend Emilia (Sofia Lama).


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Is James going to die in Queen of the South series 5?

Back in season three, James Valdez (Peter Gadiot) left Teresa as he said he could no longer work for someone who questioned his loyalty.

However, in reality, he went to work as a rat for Devon Finch (Jamie Hector) and the CIA in a bid to try and protect Teresa.

James was not seen for almost the entirety of season four, making many believe he was actually gone for good.

However, in the final few moments of the series, James did make a comeback.

Driving frantically up to the warehouse, James got out of the car, bleeding from his abdomen.

As Teresa went to see if he was okay, James warned her there was someone after her, leaving the season on a dramatic cliffhanger.

Talking about Gadiot’s return to the show, co-showrunner Ben Lobato told Entertainment Weekly: “We wanted James to be in season four, but Peter [Gadiot] had some other things that he wanted to explore creatively, so he went off and did that.

“What that was done, he came back around and told us he was available.

“We decided to get him back in and set him up for season 5 and let’s go. “Things weren’t completely planned out this way, it was something that happened through the season.

“We’re so grateful that it did, and we’re so happy to have him back.”

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But even though it is confirmed James will be back for the fifth season, this does not mean he won’t be killed off in the series.

Already on arrival, James has been seriously hurt even though the identity of who injured him has not yet been revealed.

So from the get-go, James will not be up to his full capabilities thanks to his new wound.

Going by the show’s history as well, James is clearly in the firing line to be killed.


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The majority of people Teresa has cared about have ended up dead, including Guero (Jon Ecker), Javier, Birdie (Chelsea Tavares), Tony and friend Brenda Parra (Justina Machado).

Lobato has described Tony’s death in particular as a “catalyst” for her to becoming the queenpin she is meant to be.

James is one of the remaining few people in her life who she really cares about and so he could be at risk.

The fact he wasn’t featured in the opening flash-forward sequence in season one also hints at how he could be killed off as he is nowhere to be seen among the small group of people Teresa does trust.

But will it finally be the end for James in season five?

Queen of the South is available to watch on Netflix.

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