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Major spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched the Season 6 premiere for Starz's Power.
Of all the TV shows ending their runs in the next year or so, few will likely bow out with the same unapologetic bravado as Starz's signature hit drama Power, which kicked off its sixth and final season on Sunday night. Thankfully, in a sense, the episode quickly addressed one of the biggest questions fans had after the Season 5 finale: did Angela survive getting shot by Tommy?
That answer was a big ol' "Nope, not a chance." Not even a Ghost of a chance. For all that viewers may have hoped for the U.S. Attorney's survival, based on Lela Loren's appearance in promotional material for Season 6, the premiere's opening minutes quickly confirmed that Angela died from the gunshot wound after being taken to the hospital. It also refocused Ghost's crosshairs, with Tommy's face sitting dead-center.
Here, showrunner Courtney Kemp explains why Angela was destined to get killed off.
When one is living a life that appears that complicated within Power, that life is rarely one meant to stand the test of time. Even though Angela wasn't actually the federal witness, meaning her murderer wouldn't automatically get the death penalty, suspicions still abound over who might have killed her and why, with Ghost getting some of those accusations thrown his way. Those accusers obviously weren't there to see him shed his grief-filled tear at the end of the episode as he was leaving Angela's apartment. He's mourning, people!
In any case, Ghost's claims of not knowing who killed Angela were met with universal disbelief, which shows good instincts on the cops' part. Ghost absolutely wants to destroy Tommy's existence for shooting Angela, regardless of his own role in inspiring Tommy's vengeful actions.
Considering fans have been living with worry over Angela's fate since last September, it might have felt like a big slap in the face for Power to lay her corpse out at the morgue so quickly into the new season. It turns out showrunner Courtney Kemp originally planned on revealing the death in the same episode where she was shot, but then realized that wouldn't fully give the character's and actress' exit the breathing time it needed. Here's what else Kemp told TVLine about it:
At this point, it's almost definitely going to affect Tommy the most, in that he's likely going to be joining Angela in the choir invisible before Season 6 wraps up. But not necessarily before audiences will see Lela Loren's character at least one more time before Power is gone for good.
As seen near the end of the Season 6 trailer below, Angela and Tommy are sharing a private moment that definitely didn't occur in the premiere episode. Unfortunately, Courtney Kemp wasn't opening up about whether that moment will be a flashback or a dream sequence of some kind. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Though Season 6 will close out the current timeline story for Ghost St. Patrick and others, this is not the end of Power in general, seeing as how Starz is ready to embrace 50 Cent's Power Cinematic Universe. For now, though, check out the first half of the final season when it airs on Starz every Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.