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Fans of Power are eagerly waiting for Power Book II: Ghost to debut worldwide on Starzplay. The show is the first in a raft of spin-offs confirmed by US network Starz. New series Ghost will be picking up in the aftermath of the Power series finale which saw New York gangster James “Ghost” St Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick) meeting his maker as his criminal misdeeds finally caught up with him.
Did Ghost fake his death in Power?
Ghost was murdered by his own flesh and blood when his teenage son Tariq St Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr) pulled the trigger.
The precursor to this was Tasha St Patrick (Omari Hardwick) revealing to Tariq how her estranged husband Ghost had laid hands on her in a violent attack.
Tasha said she wanted Ghost dead for what he’d done, leading Tariq to act on her words.
However, this was something Tasha would later regret after Tariq decided to follow through out of a sense of loyalty towards his mother and hatred for Ghost.
Tasha failed to stop Tariq as the bullet was released and Ghost’s demise was sealed once and for all.
Despite Ghost being very much six feet under, Power fans were left distraught and inconsolable at the death of their favourite anti-hero with many refusing to believe he had be killed.
So much so, the internet was awash with rumours Ghost had somehow faked his own death and was living the good life on the low perhaps in sunnier climes.
Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to actress Naughton about her thoughts on fan theories about Ghost faking his own death and still being alive.
The star, who is reprising her role as Tasha for Book II, said: “That is hilarious to me.”
Naughton likened the refusal to accept Ghost’s death to the demise of rapper Tupac Shakur, who was killed in 1996 with fans claiming to deceased musician walking the streets and supposed sightings in Mexico.
She said her co-star Hardwick’s portrayal of Ghost created a similar aura around the character to Shakur.
The actress went on to explain: “You don’t get to die, like you actually can’t. So even if you do die, they’re waiting for you to like literally come back as a ghost. Pun intended.
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“So I think it’s I think it’s actually a little comical because Power is not a fantastical show. It doesn’t have elements of life in the spirit realm and like fantasy, it’s not sci fi.
“When you die, you die. And there is no, ‘I faked my own death and I disappeared to like Cuba. And you’ll see me with my hat and cigar on the beach’.
“No, ghost is dead and I hate it and I understand the fans. It hurts me too.
“Because of course I love you know, my fellow actor, Omari, and it’s sucks to have someone as powerful as Ghost killed.
“But it’s also kind of exciting to the world of power to show that even the greatest person or the greatest, you know, character can be killed. Anybody can go.”
Sadly, for fans looking for a glimmer of hope will be disappointed with Naughton not mincing her words on Ghost’s fate.
The death of Ghost has opened up the world of Power and it’s now ripe for drama with Tariq picking up the mantle of his late father whether he realises it or not.
The parallels between Tariq and Ghost will become more palpable as the series goes on despite the college student believing he’s managed to avoid taking the same path as his father.
Tariq will also be living with the guilt of his mother taking the fall for his crime, something which weighs heavy on his mind.
Along with Tariq’s time in college and Tasha’s incarceration, Power will be expanding with queenpin Monet Tejada (Mary J. Blige) and lawyer Davis MacLean (Cliff “Method Man” Smith).
These two characters will have a crucial role to play in the show going forward.
Power Book II: Ghost, premieres Sunday 6th September on Starzplay
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