Ghost is dead, but Power lives on. The 50 Cent’s Power Sequel is this weekend. Set your DVR! You don’t want to miss this.
Power Book II: Ghost, which premieres Sep. 6, picks up shortly after the events of Power‘s series finale, when it was revealed that Ghost’s (Omari Hardwick) own son Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) was behind his murder, only for his mother Tasha (Naturi Naughton) to end up taking the fall. As she faces charges for the murder her son committed, Tariq is forced to split his time between the Ivy League university he’s attending to earn his inheritance and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean (Cliff “Method Man” Smith), the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of getting out of jail and escaping prosecution by newly minted U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson).
With no better options, Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada (Mary J. Blige) and figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better.
“The Power universe just keeps getting bigger and better and Power Book II: Ghost is getting ready to raise the bar again,” said executive producer 50 Cent in a statement. “We can’t wait for the fans to see what is in store for all of the characters they know and those they are about to meet. I have told you before, Power never ends…we are just getting started.”
We are excited for the audience to meet a host of new characters, including powerful allies like Method Man’s Davis MacLean and potential foes like Mary J. Blige’s Monet Tejada. Tariq navigates the criminal world and the academic world without ever taking his eyes off the prize: his mother’s freedom.” The cast also includes Gianni Paolo as Brayden Weston, Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Tameika Washington, Daniel Bellomy as Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Cross, Paige Hurd as Lauren Baldwin, Melanie Liburd Caridad ‘Carrie’ Milgram, Justin Marcel McManus as Jabari Reynolds, Woody McClain as Cane Tejada, Lovell Adams-Gray as Dru Tejada, and LaToya Tonodeo as Diana Tejada.
Leading into premiere weekend, Starz will also air a Power season 6 marathon on Sep. 5 with the first 10 episodes running back-to-back. The marathon continues on Sep. 6, starting with a replay of episode 10 and followed by the final five episodes.
Power Book II: Ghost premieres Sep. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz, then moves to its regular 8 p.m. ET time slot starting Sep. 13.
Whether you’re an OG fan or new to Power, below is a little rundown of the old and new faces you’ll see in the series’ first spinoff, Book II: Ghost.
TARIQ ST. PATRICK
Per the dictates of Ghost’s will, his and Tasha’s only son enrolls in Stansfield University at the start of the spinoff. But it’s not all freshman year hijinks and frat parties for the newly anointed man of the house. “He has to really just take everything on, man up and take on the responsibilities he has.” Translation: If you thought Yaz’s brother was going to suddenly abandon his nascent drug business, think again. But don’t expect the spinoff to be quite as dark as its predecessor. It’s a whole different type of energy now. Tariq is in school, he’s around more people his age. It’s more youthful.
TASHA ST. PATRICK
Ghost’s estranged wife “definitely did not see this coming,” Naturi Naughton says of her character, laughing. “She’s totally f–ked.” When the spinoff begins, Tasha looks considerably less glam than she does here, thanks to her new home: a jail cell, where she’s landed after taking the fall for her hubby’s murder. But don’t count Mrs. St. Patrick out just yet. She is screwed, but she’s not dead. Angela’s dead. LaKeisha’s dead… Tasha can live again.
The woman played by Grammy winner Mary J. Blige is a mystery going into the spinoff, and she doesn’t have a ton of lines in the premiere, but Monet’s mere presence speaks volumes. She’s as dangerous as those other characters would be to a person who’s in that lifestyle and she’s in charge of everything.
Just because he’s the newly anointed head of the U.S. Attorney’s office, don’t think that Shane Johnson’s character (aka Angela Valdes’ former frenemy) has his act together — or that he’s not still at the whim of more powerful men with agendas of their own.
PROF. CARIDAD “CARRIE” MILGRAM
We don’t want to spoil too much, but Liburd’s character is a professor at Stansfield who becomes involved in Tariq’s matriculation. Smart and seemingly kind-hearted, she may or may not be hiding a rather intriguing secret or two…
Clifford Smith — better known as rap’s Method Man — plays a flashy defense attorney named Davis Maclean, who crosses paths with the St. Patricks midway through the spinoff’s premiere. He’s a brilliant man, highly motivated, needs conflict. He challenges himself constantly. He adds that lawyers like his on-screen alter ego don’t just want to win, they want to have proven something along the way. He’s drawn into the St. Patricks’ world of turmoil, despair, murder, mayhem, and drugs. He focuses on one motivator, and that is his winning.
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