‘Power’: Omari Hardwick Still Thinks Ghost Was a Better Parent to Tariq

The last season of Power really had Ghost (Omari Hardwick) and Tasha (Naturi Naughton)’s feud come to a head. Fans have taken their sides on who was a better parent to Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) Hardwick recently shared why he thinks Ghost is the better and more thoughts on his character’s death.

Ghost was murdered on ‘Power’

Power ended with Ghost’s murderer being revealed. Tariq is the one who ends up shooting Ghost in his club and Tommy (Joseph Sikora) is the one who sees him.

The season ends with Tasha getting arrested for Ghost’s murder and goes to jail. Ghost’s will says Tariq has to finish college with a 3.5 GPA in order to receive his money. We then see that he does go to school.

Rainey Jr. talked about the fan reactions to his character throughout the past seasons. “Since Tariq started acting up in season 3, I’ve been getting messages like, ‘Why is Tariq acting up? Why you so stupid?'” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But now it’s way more. So I’ve been used to, but, honestly, it doesn’t really affect me. I just ignore it. I feel like, “Hey, they’re watching the show and they’re into it, so that means something good.”

He explained why his character decided to kill Ghost instead of letting his mother do it. “Personally, I feel like that’s a man’s job,” said Rainy Jr. “I don’t feel like any woman should have to do something like that. But I think Tariq had to step up and do the job, like, he couldn’t let his mom do that.”

He continued, “Everyone has an issue with Ghost, but Ghost is in Tariq’s way, and is about to turn Tariq in, so I feel Tariq had to do it himself because it’s his own personal problem and he wants to be the one to deal with his pops.”

He thinks Ghost was a better parent

Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton attend STARZ Power Season 6
Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton attend STARZ Power Season 6 Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Hardwick is still reflecting on his character’s demise. “At the end of the day I was a strong black father figure that wanted the best for his family especially his children and their future,” he said according to Page Six. “I felt like my character should have been gone in season 7.”

He continued, “I felt he was definitely a good father but he wasn’t so affectionate but he was present enough. My character may have had bad sides like many do but he was present…even at his children’s school.”

Tariq might have hated Ghost in the end, but Hardwick still thinks his character was the one who was looking out for him. “Out of both parents Ghost was probably the better parent,” he said. “He told his son to go to school while his wife Tasha [Naturi Naughton] told him to deal drugs.” Fans have certainly showed online and in their messages to the cast that they agree.

Power Book II: Ghost is set to premiere in summer 2020. The other spin-offs have yet to have a release date.