‘Power’: Courtney Kemp Explains Why Ghost Didn’t Get a RIP Post

While it’s been over a year since Power ended, many people are still confused about the finale. James “Ghost” St. Patrick had been closer than ever to achieving his goal of going legit, having launched a promising bid as New York’s next lieutenant governor. But he made one too many enemies along the way, particularly with his son Tariq, who fatally shot him toward the end of the season.

While all of us witnessed the shooting, some viewers believe Ghost somehow survived. Many have pointed out that he never got an official RIP post on the show’s social media pages as other fallen characters have. But creator and showrunner Courtney Kemp says there’s a reason for that.

Courtney Kemp attends the "Power" Final Season World Premiere at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
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Why Ghost never got a RIP post, as explained by Courtney Kemp

Kemp discussed the show and its spinoffs during a Q&A session on Instagram Live in May. Asked why Ghost never received a farewell message, she said she actually had no control over that, despite what fans think.

“People have been making a lot, a lot, a lot… a big deal about that, but that’s a Starz decision,” she explained around the 19:20 mark. “I don’t know why they did that. They make those posts.”

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This marks another time she’s addressed the Ghost theories

Since the finale aired, Kemp has repeatedly shut down speculation that Ghost is still alive somewhere. But that doesn’t mean that’s the last people will see of him. As she told TVLine: “I can’t say we’ll never see that character again, but in the way that we were telling his story, where we were with him in and out every day? That was over.”

In an April interview on the podcast Higher Learning With Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay, Omari Hardwick (Ghost) mentioned that he would be open to returning to his role. “I never close the door,” he said around the 40:00 mark. “… I’m never not open. Hell, you name the guy Ghost and so there’s always, to me, a possibility of being just that.” But so far, there seemingly aren’t any official plans to bring him back.

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For now, Kemp seems more focused on the five Power spinoffs: Ghost, Raising Kanan, Force, and Influence.

Ghost, which follows Tariq as he tries to navigate life without his father, premiered in 2020 to decent reviews, with some fans even calling the show more entertaining than its predecessor. Next up is Raising Kanan, a prequel series that goes back in time to show how Kanan Stark came to be the gangster introduced in the original series.

As far as Force and Influence, there aren’t any official release dates for those just yet, which focus on Tommy Egan and Councilman Tate, respectively. But we’ll keep you posted with any news that comes up.