Queen of the South plot hole: Fans baffled by blunder in James and Teresa relationship

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The fourth season of the popular USA Network crime drama concluded last year with the return of a familiar face. With James Valdez making his unexpected comeback to Queen of the South, his reappearance has prompted some perceptive fans to pick up on a major plot hole with his relationship to Teresa in season two. 

Fans were stunned to see the return of James Valdez (played by James Gadiot) in the thrilling season finale of Queen of the South last year.

The series is currently on hold amid the outbreak of coronavirus, but the USA Network has assured Teresa Mendoza’s (Alice Braga) story will continue in season five. 

During the latest instalment, Teresa expanded her drug operation to New Orleans and went head-to-head with Judge Lafayette (David Andrews).

In the final moments of season four, her ex-boyfriend James made a surprise return, clutching a severe bullet wound and clinging on to life.

His arrival has teased major things for season five, as his warning to Teresa teased a new threat for the drug mogul to watch out for when the show returns. 

Following the tragic death of her hitman boyfriend Guero (Jon Ecker), Teresa and James began a brief fling in season three. 

Despite harbouring feelings for Teresa for some time, James was pushed away by Teresa’s trust issues at the end of season three. 

However, his reappearance has spurred a number of debates amongst the Queen of the South fanbase, with many viewers preferring if he stayed out of the picture.

As James is fatally injured in the finale, it remains unclear if the former sicario will stick around for a major role or bite the dust at the start of season five.

In the meantime, discussions have been raging about the duo’s dubious romance throughout the show’s previous seasons.

One fan took to Reddit when they spotted a glaring issue with James’ supposed loyalty to Teresa between seasons one and two. 

Redditor lamplighter0 explained: “James’ loyalty is his defining characteristic, so when he doesn’t tell Camila that Teresa helped the nurse escape at the end of season one, that’s a pretty significant sign that he cares about Teresa.”

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“And it seems pretty clear to me by season two that he is in love because he sacrifices himself twice so that Teresa can escape – first the militia in Texas, then the DEA at the drug bust.”

Despite pledging his allegiance to Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcón), James established his loyalty to Teresa by putting himself at risk to protect her in the first season. 

Unfortunately, this moment of trust was directly contradicted during a key moment in the very next season of Queen of the South.

The fan continued: “But does James tell Camila’s sicarios about the tracker in Tony’s gameboy at the end of season two?”

“This seems like an important point because if he told them about the tracker, he basically helped them kill her.”

Even though he puts his own life in danger to save Teresa’s skin at the beginning of season two, James seemed to undergo a major change of heart by the finale.

Over the course of 13 episodes, James somehow goes from someone who would do anything to protect the love of his life, to embracing his job as a hitman and helping his boss Camila hunt down his future girlfriend. 

Hopefully James’ return to the series for season five will help to clear up some of these glaring character faults in earlier seasons.

Queen of the South season 4 is available to stream on Netflix. 

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