Birdman finally bit the dust on Queen of the South Season 1 Episode 11, but the event wasn’t quite as satisfying as I’d expected.
Perhaps that’s because I had hoped Camila would have taken him out herself. Wouldn’t it have been great to see her pull out a gun when he walked into her club with that man’s teeth and shocked him by pulling the trigger?
But I suppose she has James as her hired gun for a reason. He makes sure the job gets done right, allows her to keep her hands clean, to a degree, and let’s her fly off to Mexico while the deed is being done.
As much as I expected Birdman to get his comeuppance, watching Camila attempt to make a deal with the Jimenez cartel took me by surprise.
By all accounts, killing Birdman without authorization should have put an immovable target on her back, but leave it to Camila to turn things around by being blunt and not cowering in fear.
Diplomacy breeds lies. It breeds deception. You cannot tell people what you really think if you are being diplomatic. And you're right, my husband is much better at it than I am.Camila
While Epifanio flounders, it looks like Camila is taking control and making alliances with the enemy. Epifanio may want to exact his revenge but his desire to fill the Governor’s seat gives Camila the leverage she needs to keep him in line.
I wonder if he has any idea what’s headed his way.
Camila trying to retain control over Teresa didn’t work nearly as well as seen in this Queen of the South quote…
Camila: I will protect you.
Teresa: I don't want to be protected.
I only hope that the attorney doesn’t overdose on all of that cocaine Teresa just gave him before he gets her and Brenda those papers.
Not to mention that I have no idea where Teresa and Brenda are going to successfully hide for the next couple of months and then make it back to Texas to safely pick up those documents to start a new life.
But Teresa and Brenda always seem to find a way. If nothing else, they both have incredible survival instincts that keep them moving forward.
Brenda, particularly has an impressive amount of bravado.
Birdman: Who are you?
Brenda: I'm the person who's going to make your day.
Whether she’s hustling guys from a bench with her son, selling drugs in clubs, or facing off with a cartel, the woman doesn’t blink.
The one person I did feel sorry for was Tony. I almost cried when the poor kid realized he was being shipped off to grandma’s. He knows there’s a possibility he may never see his mother again.
The unforeseen wildcard in all of this appears to be James. He lied to Camila about the maid being dead and he didn’t tell her about the journal page he found at Birdman’s.
Plus, I don’t know what to make of Kim. Sometimes I think she’s just the beleaguered girlfriend and other times I wonder if she’s got an agenda of her own.
With only two episodes left, I’m intrigued to find out how it all ends.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.