Power Book II: Ghost: A look at the dramatic finale
The first season of Power Book 2: Ghost ended dramatically as a familiar face from the St Patrick family’s past returned to cause havoc. With season two entering production soon, head writer for the popular Starz series Courtney Kemp has revealed how the relationship between Tariq (played by Michael Rainey Jr) and his mother Tasha (Naturi Naughton) could evolve – and it may not be the loving mother-son bond fans are accustomed to.
Tariq could be left to fend for himself in the upcoming season of the first Power spin-off, Ghost.
At the end of the first riveting instalment, old rival Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) caught wind of the plan to frame him for the murder of James ‘Ghost’ St Patrick (Omari Hardwick).
Although he was initially presumed to have been killed in a car crash, Tommy survived Tariq’s elaborate plan and tried to take revenge on Tasha for her betrayal.
Thankfully, Tariq was able to put a stop to this just in time by reporting an impending threat to his mother’s life to the police.
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With Tasha now in Witness Protection, showrunner Kemp revealed season two will see the conflicted student strike out on his own to deal with the consequences of his reactions.
The showrunner told Deadline: “What I think I can say is that Tariq made a choice to save his mum but it’s a choice that he doesn’t have total control over because he doesn’t know where she’s going.”
It’s currently unclear whether or not Tasha will make an appearance in the second season of Power’s first spin-off.
While Kemp has maintained any and all characters who haven’t been killed off can always return, all signs are pointing to Tariq’s mother being absent for at least part of the next season.
This could mean the two St Patricks won’t be on speaking terms when Power continues, as Kemp suggested he’ll have to make some tough decisions without her guidance.
She continued: “What I think I can say is that Tariq was made a choice to save his mum but it’s a choice that he doesn’t have total control over because he doesn’t know where she’s going.
“You know in trying to build the coming-of-age story, we really did have training wheels on Tariq in the first season which was in the form of his mother.”
Tasha has certainly been a constant throughout Tariq’s life despite her tumultuous relationship with her cheating husband, Ghost.
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Following Tariq shooting Ghost at the end of Power’s sixth and final season before the spin-offs took over, Tasha made the ultimate sacrifice and took the fall for his murder.
Now the pair are separated, Tariq could start to feel stranded as he balances his studies at Stansfield with his partnership with queenpin Monet Tejada (Mary J Blige).
Book II’s season finale has left plenty of questions left unanswered, as Kemp hinted Tariq and Tasha will be at odds in the next instalment.
She explained: “So, he turns 18 and by the end of the season he’s sending his mother away.
“Part of the journey of season two is absolutely going through and making decisions without the benefit of someone to call.”
Kemp also denied speculation Tasha will return for her own solo spin-off, though did confirm Book II’s follow-up outing will mainly focus on Tariq.
She added: “What I would say is Tasha is firmly part of the Power Book II world, but this chapter of Tariq’s journey involves him being on the go.”
Will Tasha reunite with her son in the next season, or has her relationship with Tariq completely broken down after their clash with Tommy? Fans will have to wait for season two to find out.
Power Book II: Ghost is available to stream on Starzplay.
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