"El Señor de los Cielos" is back on Telemundo with a second season that will answer many of the questions raised at the end of the first season ender. Rafael Amaya returns to this iconic role after everyone believes that Aurelio Casillas died during plastic surgery to hide his identity. Now, however, we discover it was all a carefully thought-out plan to eliminate his enemies and any obstacles to extending his drug trafficking network around the world, in a new season just as full of action, intrigue, romance and suspense as the first. Aurelio has to stay in the shadows, without being seen by anyone who might recognize him, and must work fast after losing his immense fortune to his former ally, El Turco, who made off not only with his assets but also the love and devotion of his wife and, with her, his daughters and nephew. Aurelio resorts to his best weapon, his virile charm, to seduce women and close business deals that set him back on the path to power. Scroll-through our photo gallery above and don't miss "El Señor de los Cielos" Season 2 premiere May 26 at 10pm ET/PT on Telemundo.

Rafael Amaya (Aurelio Casillas): Aurelio, a tall, virile, athletic northerner, can be as discrete as his is paranoid and as brave as his is treacherous. Most of all, he is ambitious and cynical. He has no patience for idealism and can’t bear for anyone to challenge his honor. Aurelio has a tic, a head-jerking motion that gets more pronounced when his is nervous and begins the transformation from a state of calm to absolute rage. Those close to him know when they see this tic that something bad is about to happen, because Aurelio is capable of the worst atrocities. As the Second Season begins, time has passed and we see an Aurelio Casillas who is more mature, more controlled and determined to call in his debts from those who betrayed him. Many believe he died in the operating room trying to get a new face, but Aurelio is out to transform his identity in more fundamental ways. After spending time in Europe he returns to Mexico to recover his territory in a war in which victory is far from a sure thing.

Mauricio Ochmann (José María "Chema" Venegas): José María Venegas was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, in a hospital just across the US border. The son of an American mother and a Mexican father, he grew up influenced by both cultures, as well as the paranoia and astuteness of those who make their living crossing the world’s most guarded border. “El Chema” soon becomes a legendary figure thanks to his alliances with the capos of distribution rings in the United States, especially Randy and his white-collar clients, lawyers and financial advisors in the United States. Everyone in New Mexico and California has heard of “El Chema,”who combines the charisma and creativity of Pablo Escobar with the low profile and strategic intelligence of Aurelio Casillas. Raúl Méndez (Victor Casillas "Chacorta"):  Aurelio’s brother continues his dissolute ways. His ex-wife, Matilde, has declared war against him, and his son disapproves of his life as a drug trafficker. Now Victor is in love with a beautiful, cold and vain woman. Everywhere he goes he gets into trouble, often at the expense of those he loves the most.

Marlene Favela (Victoria Navárez "La Gober"): Victoria is from Zapopan, Jalisco, the only daughter of Pedro Navárez, a legendary senator from the Mexican state. Her mother dies soon after Victoria graduates high school and she moves to Mexico City to study law. Thanks to her intelligence and maturity, she quickly becomes takes the place of “first lady” at the social events her father attends, mastering the ins and outs of the world of politics. After graduating with her law degree, disillusioned by an unrequited love, Victoria decides to return to Jalisco to be closer to Don Pedro who, tired of the legislature, has decided to leave the Senate to become mayor of Guadalajara. The lovely Victoria sees first hand how the charismatic Don Pedro Navárez becomes a central figure in state politics. All of the local contractors, tequila producers and businessmen try to flatter the legendary politician they predict will become their future governor. But powerful drug traffickers also approach Don Pedro, and they have their own interests to protect. Most dangerous of all, when they offer a favor, they expect something in return. After a devastating family tragedy, a grieving Victoria throws herself into her work, providing pro bono services to teen offenders and victims of drug trafficking. Success follows success, and over time she rises to become governor of the state of Jalisco.

Fernanda Castillo (Mónica Robles):  A beautiful, strong-willed woman like Ximena, Mónica is born into the world of the cartels, but unlike her, she joins this world once she leaves college. She and her two brothers run the business their father left them. Mónica is the brains of the operations and takes over the finances after her brother Isidro dies. She is comfortable around weapons and doesn’t hesitate to use them when she has to. Ruled by her passions, she is capable of killing anyone who gets in her way. Her only weakness is Aurelio, and she reappears in his life to help him regain his drug trafficking operation. Theirs is a fruitful relationship, but one that won’t last very long.

Carmen Villalobos (Leonor Ballesteros):  A cold, direct woman who knows what she wants, Leonor doesn't let anyone know what she’s thinking or feeling, but she has a sense of humor. A special agent with Colombian intelligence, she has taken part in numerous operations to infiltrate drug cartels. She has a good heart, but a series of physical and emotional wounds have made her bury herself in her job, leaving her personal life aside. Still grieving for her beloved Marco Mejía, Leonor stays on the trail of Aurelio. She is convinced he is alive and won’t rest until she finds him.

Ximena Herrera (Ximena Latrán):  The daughter of Don Cleto, Ximena is married to Aurelio, with whom she became involved when the two were very young. With the arrogant good looks characteristic of northern women, Ximena has grown up around drug traffickers and, although she has never been directly involved in either her father’s or lover’s businesses, she understands perfectly how they operate. For a long time she had a more or less open relationship with Aurelio, tolerating his continued infidelities because she knew she was the one he really loved. Once they decided to get married, however, Aurelio promised he would be faithful. Ximena isn’t willing to let him break his promise until she finds out about his relationship with Mónica Robles (Fernanda Castillo). She feels trapped by the rules of the criminal underworld to which her family belongs, and her relationship with Aurelio begins to suffer. In El Turco, she sees a chance to get her children away from the poisonous atmosphere that surrounds her husband, but she soon discovers, to her chagrin, that El Turco is even worse than Aurelio.

Sara Corrales (Matilde Rojas): Chacorta’s wife, Matilde, is from Cali, Colombia. When Víctor first met her on his first forays into the Colombian drug world, she was singing in a seedy bar in Bogotá. They married and Matilde moved back with him to Mexico. She has never been an easy person to get along with: she is sneaky, jealous and dishonest and looks out only for herself. Her relationship with Víctor is based on a macabre combination of sexual dependency and jealousy, and she repeatedly betrays him with other men. Matilde wants to pursue her dream of singing professionally, but Chacorta’s jealousy gets in the way. He does his best to distract Matilde with alcohol, on the one hand, and the attentions of his nephew, Heriberto, on the other. Matilde will do anything to get what she wants, without regard for morals or appearances.

Erika De La Rosa (Elsa Marín):  Elsa was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, but moved to Mexico City when she was very young with her parents, administrative employees in the Ministry of Justice. An ambitious child, Elsa was never content with the middle-class world of her hardworking parents. She has always dreamed big and been determined to “make it to the top,” and this has been the guiding goal in her life. She earned a law degree and, thanks to her parents’ contacts, got a job as a telephone operator in the Ministry. Helped along by her academic credentials, she rises rapidly through the ranks, finally gaining a position in the attorney general’s office. Her ambition is paralleled only by her lack of scruples and, heedless of the gossip that spreads through the halls of the Ministry and reaches her parents’ ears, she begins a torrid romance with one of the country’s top prosecutors, a much older married man with children. Thanks to her powerful lover and his contacts, Elsa herself becomes attorney general at a very young age.

Carmen Aub (Rutila Casillas): Born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Rutila is the favorite daughter of Aurelio Casillas, the most powerful and feared drug trafficker in Mexico’s history. Only she, her mother and her two brothers know that Aurelio is still alive, along with her cousin, Víctor Jr., the person she loves most in the world. Thanks to traumatic experiences they shared as children, Rutila and Víctor have become very close, and over the years they have come to think of themselves as brother and sister. Rutila is now a young woman, with her father’s looks and her mother’s temperament. This may be why Rutila and Ximena clash so much: They are so alike, with such strong personalities, that they know how to push each other’s buttons. The two have fought bitterly since Rutila turned 15, for “Ruti” may be a fair and decent person, she is also terribly rebellious. Modest and determined, the princess of the Casillas loves to go horseback riding on the family’s ranch with her dog, “Muñeco 2,” a Labrador retriever her brother Heriberto gave her before he left for Europe. But Rutila can’t bear to take orders from anyone, especially her mother. She thinks Ximena has made too many bad decisions about men to be entitled to give her any advice.

Miguel Melo (Victor Casillas Jr.): Víctor Jr. was born into a poor household in Sinaloa, the illegitimate son of Víctor Casillas (“Chacorta”) and Aída, a schoolteacher who died in an assassination attempt against Aurelio. For Víctor Jr., who hates guns and violence, growing up in the shadow of a man like Chacorta was a painful experience.  For him, all of these things are a nightmare that bring to mind his mother, bleeding to death in the midst of a hail of bullets, gazing at her son with sadness and resignation at leaving him alone in the world. Víctor Jr. knows that destiny requires him to be strong and that he will have to get over his trauma and his memories.  He can’t show his weakness to the other members of his family, who make their living through violence.  He knows it would an unspeakable insult for Chacorta, who hopes make him his heir, to know that his son cries in secret and goes to Father Lázaro to confess his sins. Víctor Jr. dreams of dedicating his life to the church instead of the world of drug trafficking, but not even Rutila, the person he loves and trusts the most, can know his secret. He tries to keep up appearances, pretending to be braver than he really is to make her feel safe.  The love he feels for his cousin is not romantic: They adore each other because of the kinship they share and the experiences that have driven them together since they were children. 

Sahit Sosa (Ernesto Gamboa): Ernesto is from El Fuerte, in southern Sinaloa, and is the nephew of Father Lázaro, the parish priest of Culiacán. Ernesto’s father abandoned him and the boy’s mother, Leticia Gamboa, when Ernesto was very young.  The betrayal destroyed Leticia, who fell ill from cancer and died when Ernesto was only 6.  Since then, he has been raised lovingly and responsibly by Leticia’s brother, Lázaro. But Ernesto has never been interested in his uncle’s faith and values; a rebellious boy, he would rather pray to Malverde, the patron saint of drug traffickers, than to Jesus. Ernesto has always admired the drug traffickers and wanted to be like them, identifying with these criminals more than with the churchgoing men and women in his uncle’s world.  He is drawn to their outlaw code and the mystique and respect they command in their perilous profession.  To his uncle’s chagrin, Ernesto thinks the local drug traffickers are more honorable than the politicians or police.  Add to this philosophy the fact that the boy grew up in the lands controlled by Aurelio Casillas… Strongly built and handsome, Ernesto has always been popular with the girls. 

Ausencio Cruz (Pepe Johnson): José Antonio Gutiérrez Velarde took the stage name “Pepe Johnson” at a young age for his first television appearance.  From supporting roles, he rose through the ranks to become the host of a popular quiz show, keeping the audience laughing with his jokes and good-natured teasing of the contestants. He is a longstanding alcoholic and cocaine addict, forging relationships with top dealers to satisfy his cravings.  This is how he meets Chacorta, with whom he sets up a network for distributing drugs in show business circles.