‘Power’: Omari Hardwick Wanted the Series to Have a Season 7
Power fans were shocked when creator Courtney Kemp and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson announced the series end at the end of season 6. The crime drama followed James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a businessman living a double life as a drug kingpin. As Ghost was desperate to find a way to go legit, he was constantly grappling with one question, “Does my past dictate my future?”
The series has since spawned several spinoffs including, Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Force, and Power Book V: Influence. However, Hardwick had hoped the series would have a season 7.
Why didn’t ‘Power’ have a season 7?
When Power came to an end after season 6, it went out on top. The ratings were still booming and the fans were still very engaged with the characters and the narrative. However, Power creator Courtney Kemp felt that the series has run its course. She was focused on other stories.
“I had run out of story,” Kemp told Ad Week. “I didn’t want to continue to make a bad show. “I got inspired by the Marvel Universe. As someone who watched the X-Men cartoon as a kid, I just love the idea of creating the universe and how they did it, which was—and obviously I copied this—taking specific characters and looking at them in new ways.”
Omari Hardwick wanted ‘Power’ to have a season 7
Though Kemp says she began running out of material, Hardwick had hoped that Power would run through season 7. He even had an idea for Ghost’s death that never came to fruition. He even emailed Kemp with the idea,
“What I email her was that it’s season 7 and Ghost, like Denzel [Washington] in Man on Fire, an eye for an eye, a life for a life, he has to go help his brother, Tommy,” The Mothership actor told Entertainment Weekly. “Tommy does what he shouldn’t do and Ghost has to give his life. I share with her, she likes it. I shared it with Joe, he’s a big brain, a hell of a writer, and he excitingly goes, “Oh man, let’s take it a whole nother level.’ And we create Romeo and Romeo. So when Ghost dies, Tommy can’t live without Ghost and Tommy takes his life and he falls on top of the body of Ghost. That’s what I thought should happen.”
As we know, things didn’t quite pan out that way and Tommy lived.
Did Ghost fake his death?
Though Power fans watched Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) shoot his father in cold blood. Many fans have been convinced that Ghost faked his death and that he’s still alive in the Power Universe. There have also been rumors that someone who looks like Ghost was spotted in Power Book II: Ghost Season 1.
Power Universe creator Courtney Kemp has even weighed in on the rumors. During an Instagram Live, she explained that those who know them believe he’s dead, but she “can’t speak to if it will always be that way.” She also added that she and the writers had “written and intended” for him to die. However, “things can change” in the Powerverse.
There is a chance that Ghost is alive. However, considering the endless list of projects on Hardwick’s IMDb, we’d say it’s unlikely.