‘Power’: Why Some People Think Ghost is Still Alive, And Why He’s Probably Not

Episode 11 of Power didn’t bring the level of closure some fans expected about Ghost’s status, and now it’s led to a global internet debate about whether he’s dead-dead or alive. Are people just in denial? Or do viewers need to comfortably accept that Ghost/James St. Patrick is physically gone from the world? You can’t escape this new set of theories.

Some fans think Power showrunner/creator Courtney Kemp and her team of writers cooked up an elaborate story arc that explains why we saw Ghost take a bullet and drift 10 feet downward—in slow motion. Others note that funeral arrangements need to be made for him and that’s that.

Here’s a rundown of why people believe Ghost is still among the living and why he is likely sitting in a body bag.

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No one saw a body, therefore hope is being kept alive

Ye old no body, no crime argument is at play with some thinking that no one has confirmed for sure that James St. Patrick is dead. Viewers didn’t see his corpse so that means there’s still hope, right? One theory is that he faked his death to keep his enemies at bay, either by shooting himself—albeit in the HEART—or framing someone for his death.

That connects with the idea that his death is a ruse created in partnership with the media and law enforcement to make the shooter sloppy, thereby baiting him or her out of the shadows. This would eliminate at least one of his enemies. Bottom line: NO BODY, NO DEATH.

But does this make sense given Ghost’s relationship with the law and why would he do that on the eve of hitting the campaign trail?

There are some who think it was all a dream

This theory has been floating around since the mid-season finale, but hasn’t gained as much traction as the others. Ghost/James dreamed the whole scenario at home that he was shot and wakes up alive. Poof!

At the other end of that is the notion that Ghost got shot, slipped into a coma, and pulls through to recovery. Na.

Some believe Dre’s episode was being tricky

How so? Some viewers are convinced that since episode 11 was told from Dre’s perspective, there’s a chance he had a warped sense of reality when he saw that news broadcast in the gas station. They believe he either read the TV wrong or heard things wrong, and imagined that the scales tipped in his favor.

The other aspect? Some people are arguing that there wasn’t enough time between the gunshot and Dre driving to the gas station for the news to report on it. But Detective Blanca Rodriguez was there and once she recovered from that knockout, probably called it in.

There are clear signs that point to the fact that Ghost is officially dead

There is the most obvious one that James/Ghost was shot in the heart and fell 10 feet to the floor, on his back. How does one come back from that? It wasn’t a dream, but a reality.

Additionally, on the night of the Nov. 3 mid-season finale when that it all went down, Omari Hardwick posted a lengthy message on his Instagram page thanking fans, cast, and crew for everything during the past six seasons. It sure sounded like a farewell.

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“It is always your next move” -Napoleon Hill _____________________________ This rings true in every thing & every move we make in life…..or in fiction. Sometimes when the gift of which is given to the soul of a viewer or a listener is so definitive, lasting & powerful….the line between the 2 becomes blurred. Thank you Starz, producers, writers, directors, crew, teamsters & my beloved cast for trusting each other enough to aid majorly in this line being blurred. That is when programming shifts the culture. My belief is we accomplished that. Thank you fans for entrusting me with the job of quarterbacking this team of bandits who scored in stealing your hearts week in/week out for 6 yrs. Thank you @50cent @courtneyakemp @markcanton @shinybootz #CarmiZlotnik for your gifts & for knowing i was that QB. #ChrisAlbrecht ..thank you for the process. @gary_lennon for the wisdom. Thank you Courtney as well for allowing me to select a fellow talented female in @shanasteinprod to be at the helm of 610. Shana thank you for your security, openness, trust, challenge, love, protection, ear & sight of ALL things me (in particular), but my talented cast mates as well. Never forgotten. @naturi4real @josephsikora4 @misslloren @lala @michaelraineyjr @shane_m_johnson @theonlyelizabethrodriguez @therealvictorgarber @realdonshea for game ONE on… & ALL past & present teammates! +Thank you #GlynnTurman for giving me a lifetime of a mentor & champion of my marathon. A gift you are. @mrsjaeh thank you for the infamous prayer of me embracing my power months before this job was brought by God. A lasting prayer answered. **& to EVERY family member, friend, colleague & most imperatively…FAN who finds themselves at an impasse between that ever present Real & Fiction right now of whether your ghOst has become just THAT…a ghost…And are in rage because of it….i overstand your emotion & if Ghost has taught you anything…..watch the company you keep & keep the company you watch.

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In the past, Hardwick has spoken about moving on to other roles and at times, alluded to the original plan for Ghost to die in season three.

Further, Kemp has stated in her own words in several interviews this week that Ghost is dead. Now, whether she means it in a metaphorical or physical sense is an entirely different thing, but the audience can take it at face value. But as she told TV Guide, it’s not The Ghost Show, it’s Power. That means no one is safe.

Many fans are angry that Ghost was killed off, vowing not to tune in for any more episodes of Power or its spinoffs, but at this point, it’s hard not to be invested.