‘Power Book II: Ghost’: Tariq Will Have a Major Transformation in Season 2

Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) has been dealing with quite a lot in Power Book II: Ghost Season 2. Just when he thought he finally found his stride, life has thrown him a series of curveballs. His lifestyle and past actions have all led him down a very dark path. Though Tariq is currently fighting for his freedom, there is also a major transformation for him on the horizon.

Here’s what we know about what Tariq will be dealing with next.

Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick and Woody McClain as Cane Tejada speaking outside with the skyline in the background in 'Power Book II: Ghost'
Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick and Woody McClain as Cane Tejada in ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ | Starz

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Tariq is dealing with some dark things in ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Season 2

During the first season of Power Book II: Ghost, fans watched Tariq juggle his life as a college student with his work as a drug dealer for the Tejada family. Now it’s all collided. Just as he won custody of his sister Yas, Tariq was arrested for double homicide. Though he did in fact kill his professor Jabari Reynolds (Justin MacManus), he was framed by Cane Tejada (Woody McClain) for the other murder. Now Tariq is going to have to figure out how to get out of the mess he created.

“Everything is getting so much heavier now,” Rainey told Express. “He doesn’t really have anyone on his side for stuff like this,” the actor continued. “I feel like he’s really dealing with that stuff and it’s just weighing on him and in his mind. I mean, he’s doing a good job dealing with it. You know, he’s staying strong and he’s staying resilient.“

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Tariq will have a major transformation this season

Tariq is learning quite quickly that you cannot outrun your past. As a result, he’s had to really sit with himself and deal with some things. In fact, Rainey had hinted that a transformation is coming for his character. “He’s sitting up and talking politely and everything like that,” the actor told TV Fanatic. “And especially this season, he’s going through so much more things, and everything that he’s going through just forces him to grow up so much. It’s just like you get to really see him become transformed this season. You really get to see him transform this season.

Actor LaToya Tonedo who portrays Diana Tejada on the show says more twists and turns are on the horizon. “Remember when I said there’s a ton of twists and turns that the fans won’t be able to guess??!!,” she tweeted. “THIS is one of them. ZEKE IS OUR HALF-BROTHER!! #POWERGHOST

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Is Tariq dealing with PTSD?

Fighting for his freedom and grappling with the loss of his sister the foster care sister and being distant from his mother, Tariq is a ticking time bomb. Though he continues to press forward, even Rainey seems to feel like his character is on the verge of imploding.

“As a kid, obviously, the stuff is not easy to deal with, he’s definitely dealing with it in PTSD kind of way, for sure,” he explained to Express. “For Tariq it’s obviously not easy for him, navigating throughout the world, doing the school thing, doing the streets and the family man thing. He’s young, figuring everything out and I think he’s doing a pretty good job. Growing up pretty fast and he’s handling things pretty well.”

Though he’ll certainly want revenge against Cane, we could also see Tariq doing something different and subverting his late father’s opinions about him.