‘Power Book II: Ghost’: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Season 2

Power Book II: Ghost follows Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.), as he navigates life as a college student and a rising drug dealer while trying to clear his mother Tasha’s (Naturi Naughton) name as his father James “Ghost St. Patrick’s (Omari Hardwick) murderer.

Fans of the original Starz series know that it was actually Tariq who killed his father and it’s been shocking to his transformation from an innocent teenager into a ruthless killer who at this point has taken down his father, his sister’s killer, and his meddling college adviser, Jabari Reynolds (Justin Marcel McManus).

However, this is only the beginning of Tariq’s journey.

Paige Hurd as Lauren and Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq in 'Power Book II: Ghost"
Paige Hurd as Lauren and Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq in ‘Power Book II: Ghost” | Starz

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When will ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Season 2 be released?

Fans have been anticipating the release date for Power Book II: Ghost Season 2 since Starz renewed the series. Though the show has been filming in New York City since January 2021, fans shouldn’t expect new episodes just yet.

“The truth is, COVID ‘f-ed’ up our first season in terms of how we were going to originally release it,” Shane Johnson who plays Cooper Saxe in the Power Universe told Tea with Tia on Instagram Live. “We did five and five, and that was never the design. But because of COVID we got shut down for, like, five or six months.”

When asked about new episodes, Johnson had no clue when they might be released. “I feel like our schedule has just completely shifted because of COVID,” he explained. “So, I don’t know. I don’t know.”

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In ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Season 2 things will change drastically for Tariq

Though Power Book II is a sequel to the original series, it has its own unique themes with a new character at the center. “We’re talking about different kinds of power,” series creator Courtney A. Kemp told USA Today. “The power of a mother’s love and the power of a son’s devotion; the power of the state; the power of the federal government to regulate our behavior; the power of the ivory tower of academia; the power of sex and sexuality; the power of family.”

In fact, Kemp has told fans to brace themselves as Tariq encounters new challenges, particularly at school when season two debuts. “Well, one thing I think I can say [in] season two, Tariq’s class, the Canonical Studies class, moves into an ethics unit,” Kemp told Deadline via Express. “So, next year, we will be exploring ethics, and I will leave it at that.”

Kemp added that further clues might be embedded in episode titles. “We may or may not be titling them in that way,” she explained. “I think it might be more about an ethical dilemma. For example, you know, is there such a thing as real greater good, right? Is there a greater good?”

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Will Tariq die in ‘Power Book II: Ghost’?

The second season of Power Book II might be delayed, but Kemp already knows the endgame for all of the characters involved, including Tariq. Just as she knew Ghost would not live through the series finale of Power, the showrunner and creator understands exactly how this first spinoff will end.

“I think I have, in my mind I have five or six seasons,” Kemp told Deadline. “The big shift that would happen in season 5, the big shift that I’m planning for season 5 would take the show in a direction where frankly it could go on forever. The show could go for 10 seasons or more considering that shift and it’s a big shift. But if that yeah, we could go forward for sure and do some fun stuff. But that depends on whether we make it there.”

At present, Tariq is following in Ghost’s footsteps. However, his journey in college may separate him from the man that his father was.