La Reina del Sur is a Spanish-language telenovela that follows the female drug lord Teresa Mendoza, and her rise to fame.

Was La Reina del Sur real

La Reina del Sur is also the name of the book based on which the series was created. Recently, there has been an American adaptation of the series, called ‘Queen of the South. 

Was La Reina del Sur real?

No, it is fictitious and is not entirely based on real life events. La Reina del Sur is a Spanish telenovela based on a novel that goes by the same name, and while the book is a work of fiction, the author has taken inspiration from the story of real-life female drug lord Marllory Chacón. 

Who is Marllory Chacón?

Marllory Didiana  Chacón Rossell is the real-life female drug lord from Guatemala who earned the title ‘Queen of the South’ or, ‘La Reina del Sur’ in Spanish.

Eponymous series in English and Spanish respectively are based on a book by Arturo Pérez-Reverte which is loosely based on her life. 

Marllory Dadiana successfully (and gloriously) ran cocaine to the USA through Colombian and Mexican drug cartels; but she was eventually caught in 2015 and sentenced to 12 years of prison time.

According to latest reports, it is believed that she has already been released, owing to collaborations with the US Government or otherwise.  

Is La Reina del Sur in English? 

While the telenovela La Reina del Sur is in Spanish, there is an English remake of the same series ‘Queen of the South’ which is currently streaming on Netflix. 

What’s the difference between La Reina del Sur and Queen of the South?

When it comes to the book and the American series, one major difference is the setting. La Reina del Sur is based in Spain, and it is here entirely that Teresa Mendosa rises to infamy as a drug lord.

But in the show Queen of the South, one can see her flit between various American cities till she settles on New Orleans to carry out her deeds. 

Another difference, much to the surprise of many viewers, is that the character of James Valdez is not there in either the book or the telenovela (both going by the name ‘La Reina del Sur’).

The fan favourite character appears only in the American show Queen of the South.  

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What novel is Queen of the South based on?

American crime-drama Queen of the South is an adaptation of La Reina del Sur, the original Spanish series, which in turn is based on a book by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

The book is also called La Reina del Sur, which translates to ‘Queen of the South’. 

The book revolves around Teresa Mendoza, who is forced into the notorious world of Mexican drug cartels, after the death of her boyfriend Guero.

She finds out that her name is next in the hit list, and embarks on a dangerous (and exciting) journey and eventually ends up making a name for herself in the process. 

How many seasons are there in La Reina del Sur?

While the Spanish telenovela has two seasons, and has been renewed for a third season as well. The English adaptation of the same series ‘Queen of the South’ has a total of five seasons, and there will not be a sixth season.

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Who does Teresa marry in Queen of the South?

While the finale does not show Teresa to be ‘married’ to someone, she’s seen to be happy and in love with her boyfriend James Valdez. 

Is there a season 6 for Queen of the South?

No, there is not going to be a sixth season for Queen of the South. However, the fifth season ends on a conclusive note, providing enough closure for the fans to be satisfied with the ending of the series. 

Where is Queen of the South filmed?

The American crime-drama was shot in multiple locations which include Dallas, Texas, Lancaster and Waxahachie in the United States. FIlming also took place in Morocco, Costa Rica, Malta and Spain. 

Where is the beach house in Queen of the South?

The resort in Queen of the South is located in Parangtritis, near the beach.

Is Teresa Mendoza still alive?

Yes, Teresa Mendoza is still alive. While it is seen in the series finale that Teresa is dead, and the viewers watch her body being cremated and her ashes being spread, it is only at the end of the episode that she is still alive and well.

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Of course, metaphorically, her old life was dead. She has left it all behind to start anew.

Who plays Teresa Mendoza? 

Kate del Castillo plays Teresa Mendoza in the Spanish series La Reina del Sur, and Alice Braga plays the female drug lord in the American series Queen of the South. 

Are there still cartels in Mexico?

Yes, the Sinaloa cartel being the predominant of them all. After the arrest of Mexican drug lord El Chapo Guzmán, the Sinaloa Cartel is now under the charge of Ismael Zambada García , also known as El Mayo.

Guzmán’s sons run the cartel with him, namely Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, Ovidio Guzmán López and Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar.

How old is Teresa on Queen of the South?

Teresa Mendoza goes through the ages of 16 to about 29 over the course of the show Queen of the South. 

Are La Reina del Sur and Queen of the South the same?

Queen of the South in an English adaptation of the Spanish show La Reina del Sur. Both shows are based on the book La Reina del Sur by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

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