Power: Why was this major Ghost St Patrick change made? Star reveals all

Starz series Power is going to be moving out into new directions with four spin-offs in the works. Once the COVID-19 lockdown ends, production is expected to resume on the new shows. Power first aired in 2014 and over the course of six years became a smash hit with audiences across the globe, steadily building up a cult following.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Power

The show followed James “Ghost” St Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick), an undercover drug kingpin trying to build a Fortune 500 company and go straight.

Throughout the course of Power, Ghost was attempting to leave his shady life behind him, however the lure of nefarious business ventures kept dragging him back.

While Ghost did reach the pinnacle of success as a wealthy businessman, he was still haunted by his past.

Just when it looked like, no one could touch Ghost, he was killed by his son Tariq St Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr).


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Power was created by writer Courtney A. Kemp, whose credits include Hawaii Five-0, The Good Wife and Beauty and the Beast.

In an interview with Vibe last year, Kemp spoke about the creation of Power and how the show had a completely different set-up to the one which made the final cut.

Firstly, the show was originally called The Price and the focus was going to be on addiction and recovery.

Kemp had wanted to call the show The Price because according to the Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step programme, pain is said to be the cost to enter a new life.

Ghost was still going to be a drug dealer albeit one who was in recovery from addiction and looking to build a new life for himself.

He was going to have a sponsor to help him leave his past behind him.

However, according to the publication, executives didn’t want the recovery angle, prompting Kemp to have a major re-think.

Kemp explained: “We were going to show coke on a scale and then the dollar amount.

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“So, the price would’ve been the price of the drugs, but also the price you have to pay to get a new life.”

In the end, Kemp plumped for focusing on the lack of control people have in their lives.

She said: “At its core, it’s about powerlessness. So, I called the show Power.”

The idea of powerlessness came from her own desire to control her situation.


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But she did find power from storytelling and writing which allowed her to set the agenda with her characters.

Kemp added: “I can make them say things. It’s control. Power comes to the essence of control. Controlling your universe, controlling your environment.”

The Power series finale saw this concept playing out to its natural end with the ultimate puppet master Ghost have a literal and metaphorical fall from his zenith.

Power seasons 1 to 6 are streaming on the Starz app and Netflix UK now

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