Queen of the South Season 6: The fifth season finale aired on the USA Network on June 9, 2021. Will the show return for the sixth season?
- Queen of the South is one of the best crime thriller series. It’s been a massive hit on the USA Network and Netflix.
- The fifth season of the crime drama series concluded on USA Network on June 9, 2021. Unfortunately, it was the last season of the series.
The 10th and final episode of Queen of the South season 5 aired on the USA Network on Jun 9, 2021. Season 5 arrived on Netflix US on April 7, 2022. Based on the book La Reina del Sur by author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the criminal drama series entertained the fans for more than half a decade. The first season premiered on USA Network in 2016. Since then it has emerged as one of the best crime thriller series on TV. With five blockbuster seasons aired in the last five years, Queen of the South has come to an end. This is definitely sad news for the fans as they were hoping for Teresa Mendoza’s (Alice Braga) story to continue.
Why was ‘Queen of the South’ canceled after Season 5?
Queen of the South season 5 premiered on April 7, 2021, on USA Network. The most thrilling and exciting season of the series ended with its dramatic finale on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. It was the shortest season of the series with just 10 episodes. The previous four seasons had 13 episodes each.
Unfortunately, Season 5 was the last chapter of the series. In March 2021, one month before the Season 5 premiere, USA Network announced that it would be the last season of the show. The series has run its course and reached its conclusion. It means there will be no season 6 and the fans have to look for other shows to fill the void.
In a statement, executive producers Dailyn Rodriguez, Ben Lobato, and David Friendly said: “We could not be prouder of our entire cast and crew that joined us on this magnificent journey.”
“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.”
Co-showrunner Dailyn Rodriguez spoke to Deadline about getting the chance to give the show a definitive ending. She said: “I felt this enormous amount of peace, ending the series, and an enormous amount of beauty. I think that this series can be so dark, and violent, and sad, on many levels, and it starts in a very sad place, with what happens to Teresa in the pilot. There’s so much poetry, and beauty, ending the series in this sunny, beautiful place which is like nothing we’ve ever seen before on the show…I find that ending to be very, very emotionally satisfying, and I’m hoping the audience feels the same way.”
Some reports also suggest that the series was given a proper conclusion after season 5 because USA Network is moving away from making original dramas. When Queen of the South came to an end, the channel had just three original dramas left: Queen of the South, The Sinner, and Dirty John.
USA Network canceled The Sinner after season four in November 2021. Dirty John hasn’t been renewed for the third season even after two years. USA Network did air the original drama Chucky in late 2021 but that wasn’t network exclusive. It was shared with Syfy. Currently, USA Network has no original dramas left.
Queen of the South witnessed a constant decline in rating over the years
Despite being one of the popular crime dramas on TV, Queen of the South’s rating has been declining season after season. Season 4 garnered 0.92 million viewers (average) compared to 1.13 million for Season 3. The new season garnered around 0.75 million viewers.
Crime thrillers like Queen of the South require huge production costs. So, it’s best for the producers to opt-out if the ratings are not up to the mark.
Will the be Queen of the South Season 6 on Netflix?
Queen of the South has been a massive hit on Netflix. Could Netflix decide to bring Queen of the South back? Definitely yes, but the streaming giant hasn’t revived any USA Network so far. Moreover, USA Network has given a proper conclusion to the series. It’s been around one year since season five concluded on USA Network and there is no update from Netflix yet.
Fans are suggesting a spin-off series
While fans across the world are still waiting for season 5 to arrive on Netflix, there are many suggesting possible spin-offs. Fans believe that the makers can expand the story in a form of a spin-off series. Some fans have even suggested the storyline to focus on Teresa Mendoza’s life in hiding.
Well, the makers or channel have not made any announcement yet. But seeing the craze for the series, we are hopeful for the Queen to return in some form.
Where and how to watch ‘Queen of the South’?
International viewers can stream seasons 1 to 5 of Queen of the South on Netflix.
Queen of the South is an adaptation of the hit telenovela La Reina del Sur, that aired on USA’s sister network Telemundo. Both shows are live-action adaptations of the novel La Reina Del Sur by author Arturo Perez-Reverte.
The series focuses on Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a poor Mexican woman who rises from the streets to the lord of the world’s biggest drug empire. The series showcases her rise to power in the male dominating drug business.