How ‘Power’s Final Season Will Be Different Than the First 5
The final season of Starz’s drama Power begins Sunday night. Ghost (Omari Hardwick) has risen up in both the drug trade and legitimate nightclub business, but every story has to come to an end eventually. Season 6 will be the end of Ghost’s story, although Starz has already announced a Power spinoff so the world will live on.
Power creator Courtney A. Kemp and producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson were part of a Television Critics Association panel for the final season of Power. Here’s what they said the final season will do differently, and they kept it spoiler-free. Power returns Sunday, August 25 at 8 p.m. on Starz.
‘Power’ will have a new theme song in season 6
50 Cent remixed the Power theme song for the final season. It’s served the show well, but the final season deserved something special.
“We wanted to offer a new energy for the sixth season of the actual show, without conceptually changing it too much, because people have grown to love the song after hearing it for six years straight in connection to their favorite show,” Jackson said. “I even left four bars of material that was from the previous song, because I was afraid to go away from the whole concept and idea that we created originally.”
So, what hints does the new theme song give you about the final season of Power?
“It’s just giving it a younger, a fresher vibe, collaborating with Trey Songz opposed to Joe, who’s an older, more mature R&B artist,” Jackson said. “E-Boogie’s participation on the song gives us youth culture. So it’s cool.”
This is exactly where 50 Cent thought ‘Power’ would end
50 Cent was confident when Power began that it would be a long running show.
“I said it would run seven seasons,” Jackson said.
Technically this is season six, but it’s a long sixth season so 50 Cent was still right.
“Well, it’s six and a half,” Jackson said. “So, technically, it’s [seven].”
50 Cent’s enthusiasm was a lot for Kemp to handle.
“When we started, I was like, ‘Can we just get through the pilot?,’ Kemp said. “He was like, ‘No, it’s going to be seven seasons.’ And I was like, ‘Could we just shoot the first season?’ And he’s like, ‘No, it’s going to be seven seasons.’ So, what you have here is an optimist and a writer.”
When Kemp reached the natural conclusion of Power, she understood what 50 Cent saw from the beginning.
“There is something to his grand, grand statement, but it’s also about the realities of how long the story is, too,” Kemp said. “I’m not trying to make a bad show that goes on for nine seasons, I’m trying to make a great show that ends when it should.”
‘Power’ might do this differently in season 6
Power still has a lot of story to tell to bring Ghost to his conclusion. They might need to make some changes to the format to fit it all in.
“I mean, we might change one or two things in the storytelling,” Kemp teased. “I am not going to explain any further.”
Could that mean using flashbacks to fill in some of the gaps from the past? Probably not.
“We don’t really do flashbacks on the show unless it’s a flashback that is something the audience has already seen,” Kemp said. “It’s not part of our storytelling. So if you see a flashback for example, on our show, you’ll see a white flash, and you’ll see part of a scene that we’ve already shot. But we don’t really do like a, back in time flashback-y situation, necessarily.”