Queen of the South is an American tv drama thriller series which is based on La Reina del Sur by Arturo Perez-Reverte. It premiered on 23 June 2016 and is currently in its second season. This series was rated 62% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.7/10 on IMDb.
Queen of the South has made it into one of the most trending series with the likes of Empire, Game of Thrones and Power. The series explores the theme of drugs and power and is based in Sinalona, Mexico and Texas, USA. It follows the life of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) who is thrown into the power struggle between Epifanio Vagas (Joaquim de Almeida) and his wife, Camilla Vargas (Verónica Falcón). Having been girlfriend to a drug lord boyfriend, Teresa knows the ropes of drugs and money thus it does not take time for her to rise within the ranks of Camilla Vargas’ organization. The series also explores drug trafficking, drug mules, human trafficking and drug cartels rivalries.
This series keeps its audience interested as we know at the back of our heads that Teresa is going to become powerful and rich and be the leader of her own drug cartel as she always sees visions of her future-self advising her to go on. Queen of the South is also quite unpredictable as anyone could die. No one seems to be safe. More so, the contrast between Camilla Vargas always wearing red and future Teresa Mendoza always in white provides an interesting dynamic and keeps the audience captivated and glued to their screens.
If you are interested in drug cartels drama and series such as Power and Narcos then this will be a definite winner and will definitely be worth your while! It even addresses contemporary issues such as human trafficking and it appeals to people from all walks of life. I am not one to follow drama, thrillers but 15 minutes into the first episode, I was hooked…literally!
Catch the second season of Queen of the South on Thursdays on USA network. You won’t regret this!