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SPOILER ALERT: This story consists of particulars from the Queen of the South finale, “El Remaining.”

Teresa Mendoza will at all times be one step forward, even in demise.

Queen of the South’s sequence finale, written by showrunners Benjamin Lobato and Dailyn Rodriguez, follows the sequence of occasions after Teresa’s (Alice Braga) assassination. Newcomer Samara recounts the second of Teresa’s demise to officers and bids farewell to Pote (Hemky Madera), who witnesses the cremation of his pal and decides to journey again to Culiacán to unfold her ashes.

In the meantime, James (Peter Gadiot) texts Devon (Jaime Hector) footage of Teresa’s physique on the morgue, confirming that he’s saved his finish of the cut price. Over in New Orleans, Boaz (Joseph T. Campos) has not wasted any time and took management of Teresa’s house, enterprise and bar whereas rising nearer with Devon. Although Teresa could also be out of the image, Pote, Kelly Ann (Molly Burnett) and James nonetheless pose a menace to Boaz’s newfound energy. Whereas a few of Devon’s guys seek for James and Pote in Culiacán, Boaz’s crew seems to be for Kelly Ann, who swiftly escapes the suburbs to a motel the place she hopes to satisfy Pote.

Pote catches the attention of patrolling officers and winds up in jail for hijacking a stranger’s automobile to flee Boaz’s sicario. With the daddy of her youngster now in police custody, Kelly Ann is left to fend for herself. By the point Chicho (Alejandro Barrios) reaches the Sundown Motel, Kelly Ann’s room is empty, main him to concern the worst.

Joseph T. Campos as Boaz Jiminez
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Three years later, Pote’s served his sentence and seeks out Boaz to avenge Teresa, Tony and all of the family members the drug lord has taken from him. He reunites with Chicho and Dumas (Alimi Ballard), with the latter unveiling that he additionally intends to get even with the traitor. Earlier than they’ll head again to NOLA, Boaz reveals up outdoors of Chicho’s with a mini-gun, killing quite a lot of Dumas’ males and taking Chicho hostage. Pote finds Boaz at Siete Gotas, the place they have interaction in a mano a mano “Sinaloa fashion” knife struggle and severely hurt one another. Simply when it seems to be prefer it is likely to be the tip for Pote, he sweeps Boaz off his ft and offers the deadly blow.

Earlier than skipping city to lastly depart the world of medicine and violence behind him, Pote as soon as once more reunites with Chicho and Dumas. He items the previous possession of Siete Gotas, once more, and grants the latter Teresa’s waterfront property.

The subsequent we see Pote, he’s on a white sand seaside the place he finds a woman enjoying by herself. He provides her a small hand-carved wood soldier to guard her sand fort. When the woman reveals her mom the trinket she’s simply acquired, Kelly Ann seems and explains to younger Lena that the person is her father. They retreat right into a home on the shore, the place James greets Pote. Because it seems, James tracked Kelly Ann on the motel and took her to the secure home, the place Teresa, who just isn’t lifeless, has additionally been hiding.

The closing moments unfold the plan behind Teresea’s shock revival. Earlier than Teresa moved to Belize, she and her crew devised a plot to deceive Devon and satiate his circumstances. James’ eventual betrayal, Teresa’s cremation and Pote’s return to Culiacán have been all within the playing cards. Pote reassures Teresa that each one free ends have been tied, noting that Dumas and Chicho know nothing in regards to the elaborate plan.

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As they lastly sit down for a household meal with out concern of ambush or retaliation, Teresa seems to be into the gap to see her outdated, willing-to-risk-it-all self, nodding in approval of the key, mess-free life she’s made.

“That Teresa did die, however she wasn’t murdered by an enemy or a rival,” she displays. “She was killed by me, a money-changer from Culiacán who defied all odds to outlive. And if both jail or demise have been my very own choices, what have you learnt, I selected life.”

Showrunners Benjamin Lobato and Dailyn Rodriguez broke down the sequence “stunning” ending, teased what would have been season six threads and extra. Learn the total interview, which has been edited for size and readability, under.

DEADLINE: How did the Pote-centered episode come about and the way did that match into the Teresa’s large reveal?

DAILYN RODRIGUEZ: We thought the very best case situation was to finish episode 9 along with her demise, in order that we might actually persuade the viewers that she was lifeless. We felt like one of the simplest ways to try this is to make your entire episode be a Pote episode to then, utterly lull the viewers into this false concept that she’s lifeless in order that the ending may very well be actually satisfying – if you uncover that she’s faked it.

We actually felt like she had a plan like this, at the back of her thoughts, in all probability for the reason that second she received to New Orleans, in case every part went pear formed.

BENJAMIN LOBATO: Normally a majority of these gangster dramas are basically tragedies. They have been at all times constructed to be like morality tales, and inside these morality tales there’s at all times a second of grace. There’s yet one more factor they should do, which then, in the end, results in their demise. In Teresa Mendoza’s case, as a result of we’ve spent 4 seasons, actually build up that she’s somebody who’s bringing an ethical code to the cartel enterprise, we felt that she did need to get out, to flee, to outlive.

She’s by no means had blood lust or sought to construct an empire by way of violence. She has constructed an empire by constructing a household. We simply felt prefer it made sense to show the style on its head, and go from tragedy, to one thing with a contented ending.

DEADLINE: How did you decide on the concept that Pote can be the one to take down Boaz?

RODGRIGUEZ: In relation to Pote I feel he has at all times been very weary of Boaz. Pote by no means trusts this man.

To us, it’s the last word final demise of the present, and particularly coming from Pote, the place he seems like he’s lastly avenging this “demise” of Teresa. However actually, it’s about every part that Boaz’s carried out. He’s killed King George. The love of Pote’s life, he had her kidnapped, virtually had her killed, and his unborn youngster. It felt prefer it was essentially the most kind of, Shakespearean of all moments to have this man, who understands utterly who Boaz is, and will in some unspecified time in the future been Boaz, be the one to kill him.

It’s so Shakespearean for that demise not be drive by, or a taking pictures, however this visceral, mano a mano struggle. It felt prefer it was essentially the most poetic justice for each characters, for this to be the ultimate demise.

DEADLINE: The place precisely do Teresa and her household wind up within the finale?

RODRIGUEZ: We type of like the concept that it’s left to the viewers’s creativeness. It’s virtually prefer it’s someplace. We simply comprehend it’s not the USA. That a lot we all know.

LOBATO: We needed to go to Marbella, however due to COVID restrictions, we have been unable to journey. We needed to discover one thing close to our manufacturing places of work in Louisiana, and we ended up on the gulf shores of Alabama.  It was a nod to the guide. If we are able to get her to Marbella, Spain, and if there was a season six, then we might principally reboot the present, and actually dig in and begin doing extra of what the guide did.

DEADLINE: The place do you assume they’re?

LOBATO: We went backwards and forwards, as a result of it was actually about, what was the placement we are able to discover? We needed it to be a abandoned seaside, in order that there wouldn’t be different individuals round. So it might really feel secure, and secluded, and we discovered a home that was nice. Sadly, it’s a home that doesn’t appear like a spot that’s in Spain.

We went on this complete search of, the place have they got structure like this on seashores? We discovered a few locations. One is South Africa. One other one was New Zealand. In our minds, and we have been type of break up on this. As a result of the placement, geographically, didn’t essentially match both a type of completely, we simply determined to depart it open. We did an inside ballot, and all people felt that it was extra New Zealand than anything.

RODGRIGUEZ: New Zealand is so distant that it will make sense.

DEADLINE: Do you assume Devon and the CIA are absolutely shopping for that Teresa’s lifeless?

RODGRIGUEZ: One of many causes we did select to not kill Devon Finch was the potential of a season six, and leaving that doubt a bit of bit on the market. We did toy with the thought of holding that open, however as soon as we lastly received the phrase that we weren’t getting a season six, we determined to simply let sleeping canine lie when it got here to Devon Finch.

LOBATO: I imply, I feel that’s a very good query. Actually, there have been even a few scenes that we had written the place Devon Finch received some flag, virtually like {a photograph} of Teresa on  surveillance crossing by way of Greece. And the second Devon’s wanting on the file, he hears a footstep, and he turns, and James shoots him, after which, it’s all cleaned, and wrapped up tidy. As soon as it got here all the way down to the present being cancelled, there was a query of, do we want that scene?

Do we’ve the area for that, or can we need to lean in the direction of these extra emotional moments when Pote fingers the water entrance property over to Dumas and redeems him? That Pote and will get to hold on the dream that Teresa did – get out of the enterprise, clear, and elevate his neighborhood. I feel we simply landed on, let’s go for the emotion, versus the plot.

Jamie Hector as Devon Finch

DEADLINE: Talking of the ultimate sequence, what’s subsequent for James and Teresa?

RODRIGUEZ: I positively assume that there’s a world, like within the guide, that she finally ends up up pregnant. I feel they may have a household, and I do consider that these final years, whereas Pote’s been in jail, I feel what they’ve been doing is looking for who they are surely, with out the demise consistently looming over them.

The day that we have been taking pictures on the seaside, Peter mentioned, “I don’t assume I’d have these tattoos anymore. I feel I’d shed all of this, that I’m a brand new individual.” After which Alice mentioned, “I feel he’s proper, and I feel I wouldn’t have my tattoo, both. I feel we’ve spent the final three years attempting to reinvent ourselves, discover who we actually are, with out all of this demise, and destruction, and concern. These tattoos are of the previous.” I feel they have been proper.

I feel they spent the final three years looking for a degree of peace. The story in my thoughts is that they do have a household, James and Teresa, and I feel there’s a fortunately ever after there. I actually do.

DEADLINE: How do you assume Pote and Kelly Ann will fare as new mother and father?

LOBATO: Pote is a Latino male, with a daughter. So, as a Mexicano, with two daughters, I can say he’s going to spoil her, and shield her, like the remainder of his household. I, too, consider that the time in jail for Pote has additionally been a time of therapeutic in order that he can come to a spot and no longer be nervous about, who do I’ve to kill? Now it’s a matter of, how do I turn out to be the daddy that this daughter wants? How do I turn out to be the very best father that I can, to this youngster?

After I came upon that my spouse and I have been having a daughter, I had no thought what to do. I used to be asking all people questions and I ordered 100 books about how do you elevate a daughter, as a result of it was essentially the most terrifying factor on the planet, to me. I used to be within the army. I labored in legislation enforcement, however the prospect of elevating a daughter, proper now, was even scarier than that.

Lots of Pote’s perspective got here from my perspective. I feel that he’s going to be that man that’s going to be like, what do I must do. As a substitute of specializing in sharpening my knives, how do I sharpen my abilities as a father? I see him because the man who’s going to be studying the tales, and doing the tea events.

I feel that he’s going to be superb, and it’s not going to be good, as a result of he didn’t develop up with that instance. I feel that the love between him and Kelly Ann is de facto going to be redemptive, and I feel that their daughter’s going to be raised in a lovely approach, and develop as much as be, an incredible, empowered girl, as a result of she’s surrounded by them, and he or she’s surrounded by a person who sees that, and appreciates it.

Hemky Madera’s Pote Galvez and Molly Burnett’s Kelly Ann Van Awken welcome a daughter within the ‘Queen of the South’ finale.
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DEADLINE: What are among the rewards creating your individual ending for the story of Teresa Mendoza?

RODRIGUEZ: I felt this huge quantity of peace, ending the sequence, and an infinite quantity of magnificence. I feel that this sequence might be so darkish, and violent, and unhappy, on many ranges, and it begins in a really unhappy place, with what occurs to Teresa within the pilot. There’s a lot poetry, and wonder, ending the sequence on this sunny, stunning place which is like nothing we’ve ever seen earlier than on the present. It’s such as you’re residing on this darkish room and your window has paper throughout on it, and someone punches a gap by way of that paper, and that mild is available in. That’s the way it feels to me.

I discover that ending to be very, very emotionally satisfying, and I’m hoping the viewers feels the identical approach. When Ben and I have been there taking pictures, we saved one another, and we saved saying, that is so satisfying.

LOBATO: That is the primary time we truly see all of them collectively, and there’s no menace of demise hanging over them. To see them liberated, in that approach, was simply so cathartic.

The final moments of the episode sum it up precisely, and fantastically, in a approach, the place Teresa says, they instructed me my solely two choices have been jail or demise, however I selected life.

And I feel that that final line was so essential to Dailyn and myself, simply because we felt like this girl, who had been victimized, usually instances solely had these two choices. She fought and located one thing else. Particularly, popping out of this pandemic, simply to say one thing alongside the strains of I selected life, it was precisely the best way we needed it to finish.

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