Spoilers below for Power's Season 6 finale, which also serves as the drama's final episode ever. You have been warned.
Going into the finale of Power's deadly final season, fans no doubt had suspicions about how Ghost's shooting would get resolved, and how other characters would fare in the aftermath. But it's hard to believe anyone guessed exactly how things would pan out, with Tariq fully responsible for killing Ghost and Tasha going to prison for it, after their two failed attempts to blame others.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Power writer and executive producer Gary Levin at the Television Critics Association winter press tour for his upcoming Starz drama Hightown and, along with revealing the character it was hardest for him to let go of, he told me he thought the show gave an ending that was both inevitable and still shocking.
I'm assuming we aren't meant to believe that Tariq being will-fully forced into getting a four-year education counts for the "insane asylum" part of that breakdown. But that detail was a perfectly spot-on way for Power to saddle Tariq with his own sentencing for shooting his father.
Gary Levin had some months after production wrapped to sit with the knowledge that Power was ending. With that hindsight intact, I asked him what character it was hardest to say goodbye to or kill off. For Levin, it was Joseph Sikora's loyalty-oozing Tommy Egan. In his words:
Tommy had long been a dark horse suspect in Ghost's shooting, given the two men's closeness and heightened arguments over the years, but in the end, he was the one holding Ghost's head as he died. Tommy also had full view of Tariq being on the balcony that Ghost fell from, and may very well have killed Tariq had Ghost not stopped him, saying to let him go. That he did, though who's to know what the future has in store for both Tommy and Tariq?
Gary Levin spoke more about his and fans' love of Tommy:
In an episode filled with character's responding to information with an impassioned "Fuck," Tommy arguably had the best one, and even got to joke about it. I'm sure Gary Levin isn't the only person out there who's glad that Power didn't immolate Tommy or have Tasha put a few bullets in him.
Power is now completely wrapped up, but this universe is only getting started at Starz, which now has four Power spinoffs officially in varying forms of development. The previously announced prequel Power Book II: Ghost (starring Method Man) has now been joined by the further follow-ups Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Influence and Power Book V: Force.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
Your Daily Blend of Entertainment News
Thank you for signing up to CinemaBlend. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.