Co-showrunner Ben Lobato told Entertainment Weekly: “We wanted James to be in season four, but Peter [Gadiot] had some other things that he wanted to explore creatively, so he went off and did that.
“What that was done, he came back around and told us he was available.
“We decided to get him back in and set him up for season five and let’s go.
“Things weren’t completely planned out this way, it was something that happened through the season.
“We’re so grateful that it did, and we’re so happy to have him back.”
Queen of the South is available to watch on Netflix.