Warning: Season 1 Spoilers Ahead!
This season of Queen of the South, which premieres on USA Network June 8, picks up after the action-packed events of last year (a season one timeline is here if you need a recap).
To get you primed for upcoming episodes, we have some juicy tidbits we learned at this year’s Hispanicize conference, directly from the talented people who work on the show. Here are five reasons to be excited about season two!
Guero’s Back and It’s Complicated
Lest you forgot the bombshell dropped at the end of last season, Guero wasn’t dead after all. Now that he’s back in the mix, we can expect some romantic conflict.
“Let me say, we have more romance this season,” revealed showrunner Natalie Chaidez. “Guero will return to the fold … he will be reunited with Teresa at some point, but it will not be an easy path because of the world that they live in.”
Jon Ecker, who plays Teresa’s long-lost boyfriend shared that Guero’s reentry into Teresa’s life could be a rocky one. “She doesn't make it easy,” Ecker said, “which is understandable. She thought I was dead for a while and I didn't let her know, so I guess I'm in the dog house for a bit. We have to see for how long, but, yeah, that makes it interesting!”
Season 2 Is All Business
Whereas season one was all about Teresa’s survival in her new surroundings, season two will be about growing the business.
“There's also the climb of Teresa and Camila as they build their business together in Dallas,” Chaidez teased. ”Camila will be seeing Teresa more and more as a partner -- as an up-and-comer in the business -- and not just a drug mule working in the packing area.”
Chaidez also pointed out how Queen of the South is unique when it comes to portraying females with power. “Their relationship is something you don't see a lot of in TV -- a powerful, strong woman teaching a younger woman the business,” Chaidez said. “Their growth together -- and the twist and turns between them -- are, I think, really something special for season two and something very specific to our show.”
We’re Starting to Veer Away From the Source Material
Queen of the South -- just as the Telemundo Super Series that came before it, Le Reina Del Sur -- is based on the international bestselling novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte, so naturally a lot of the story in season one came from the book. Now, in season two, the plot will include new adventures based on cartel research and other unique experiences.
“We took a trip to Dallas and someone told me there was a cartel horse race,” Chaidez explained. “I said, ‘We have to do that! There's a cartel horse race? That's a scene I want to see!’ Some of it just comes out of real-life research, and then, some of it is really coming from my experience as someone who's fighting for power and fighting to advance in a male-dominated business.”
There’s More Diversity in the Writers’ Room
Chaidez isn’t kidding when she says she’s a minority in the world of show business. She is one of the only female Latina showrunners working in Hollywood right now. And she has also given opportunities to more diverse talent behind the scenes this season.
“I've hired a different staff,” Chaidez said about season two, “so I'm really happy to say that seven out of eight of our writers [are] mostly Latino, which is very rare for Hollywood -- very rare. We have mostly Latinos and a black woman -- as well as bringing in more female directors and more diversity of directors which, for me, is a priority.”
Camila and Teresa’s Relationship Continues to Evolve
“One of the things I love, especially about the relationship between Teresa and Camila, is that it’s blossoming over time, it's transforming, and it's provoking things,” explained Veronica Falcon, who plays Camila Vargas.
“It's getting more intricate and more complicated. Deeper. They're friends and they’re foes. She's her mentor and she's her rival. And she's proud of her -- and she's jealous of her. It's all these feelings and the layers that come into it. Only with an actress like Alice Braga I could learn so much about this relationship.”
Season two of Queen of the South, starring Alice Braga, Peter Gadiot, Veronica Falcón, Joaquim de Almeida, and Hemky Madera, premieres Thursday, June 8 at 10/9c. Season one is currently streaming on Netflix!