Showrunner Benjamin Lobato Discusses the Past and Final Season of USA Network’s Queen of the South [Exclusive Interview]

Queen of the South with Showrunner Benjamin Lobato

Queen of the South with Showrunner Benjamin Lobato

The drug empire journey for Teresa Mendoza is approaching to an end with the fifth and final season of Queen of the South on USA Network. The showrunner Benjamin Lobato has a surprising sendoff for the character after the visions of her demise in season one.

Based on the novel “The Queen of the South” by Arturo Perez-Reverte, the series stars as Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza as she navigates crimelords, cartels, and corrupt politicians in her pursuit to become the wealthiest woman with a drug empire in this side of the border.

Here’s the show’s synopsis:

While living in the barrio of Jalisco, Mexico, poor Teresa Mendoza falls in love with a member of a successful drug cartel, hoping the love will help her rise above the hopelessness she feels in her life. When it doesn’t happen, she is forced to flee the country after her boyfriend is murdered. She seeks refuge in America, where she teams up with an unlikely person from her past to take down the leader of the drug ring that is after her. Teresa ends up starting her own drug empire, becoming one of the world’s wealthiest women in the process. With her success, she discovers that money doesn’t fix all of her problems, and she can only depend on herself if she wants to stay one step ahead of others and stay alive.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with showrunner Benjamin Lobato on the show’s past successes and what’s in store for the fifth and final season of Queen of the South.

Benjamin Lobato is the only writer who has been on the show for the entire series’ run and wrote more than one-quarter of the series. This year, he directed episode 508, which is chosen to represent the show for Emmy consideration this year. Also, he co-wrote the ballad “Leon de Culiacan” with Espinosa Paz, which was featured in episode 204. Ben performed the song in the same episode, appearing as the narco-corrido musician Lobito. Lobato holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, along with degrees in media arts and creative writing from University of Arizona. Before his television career, he served as a military police officer and a member of the Joint Counter-Narco-Terrorism Task Force.

Queen of the South is currently streaming and playing on USA Network.

Watch the exclusive interview with Benjamin Lobato below. Let us know what you think.

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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