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The Real Reason Ryan O'Nan Left Queen Of The South

USA's "Queen of the South," the hit crime drama that follows Teresa Mendoza's (Alice Braga) rise to power as the head of her own drug cartel, is currently airing its fifth and final season. While its Teresa herself and her bloody rise in the drug trade that has kept us coming back for each episode, some of the series' other memorable characters deserve just as much credit. This includes the eccentric smuggler King George, who was introduced in Season 2.

George is a bit of a fan favorite on the series. He's loved both for his comedic quips and his pivotal role assisting Teresa on her path to Queenpin status. It's even more impressive, then, that Ryan O'Nan — the actor who gained 45 pounds to play the part (via Twitter) — has more than one role on "Queen of the South." O'Nan also serves as a producer and writer on the show. In fact, as Express U.K. noted, his behind-the-camera roles became even more prominent as the series wore on — especially in Season 3. 

It's O'Nan's work as a producer and screenwriter on another show that briefly took him away from "Queen of the South."

Ryan O'Nan also worked on Hulu's Wu-Tang series

During Season 4, Episode 5, entitled "Noche de las Chicas," King George leaves Teresa in New Orleans to go to Belize. As Express noted, George's exit was really a way for Ryan O'Nan to leave and work on another series. As O'Nan lists on his Twitter, he's also a writer and producer for Hulu's "Wu-Tang: An American Saga." The series, which premiered in 2019, is a retelling of the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Fans wondered if O'Nan was done with "Queen Of The South" for good after his exit last season. Fortunately, O'Nan came back to reprise his role in the Season 5 premiere, setting fans everywhere at ease (via USA). In fact, O'Nan has been present for much of Season 5. With this being the final season, it will definitely be the last time we'll see King George. Considering O'Nan's busy writing schedule, maybe that's a good thing. Deadline reports that Hulu's Wu-Tang series was renewed for another season, so the guy's definitely not out of work.