A betrayed Ghost seeks revenge as Starz’s ‘Power’ opens its final season

‘Power’ – It’s Ghost vs. Tommy

Omari Hardwick (left) and Joseph Sikora star in “Power,” which opens its sixth and final season Sunday on Starz.

There is perhaps no deadlier relationship than when a best friend becomes a worst enemy.

In the closing frames of last season’s finale of Starz’s “Power,” drug dealer-turned-legitimate businessman James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) was seen cradling his wounded lover, prosecutor Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), in his arms after she was shot by his former partner and brother in arms Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), who was actually gunning for Ghost under the belief that Ghost had manipulated him into killing his father Tony Teresi.

And so it is when the stylish New York-set drama returns for its sixth and final season Sunday, Aug. 25, with a story arc titled “The Final Betrayal,” the two former pals are now mortal enemies, with Ghost out for revenge against Tommy, a development Sikora until this season considered unthinkable, as he told a recent gathering of journalists in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Omari Hardwick stars in “Power,” which opens its sixth and final season Sunday on Starz.

“That did surprise me,” Sikora says, “but I think that it was orchestrated in such a way that … the spirit was sucked away from Tommy, in a way that he was kind of an empty vessel by the end of that. And so, to put Ghost – you know the other side of that coin – in the same position that he was in at that point, he needed to eradicate the situation. He felt like he was kind of the walking dead and he needed to (kill) Ghost. But when it serendipitously became somebody else, he thought, OK, now we’re both at zero.’  And we have a chance now for redemption in Tommy’s mind.”

“Hell, is anybody safe on this show?” Hardwick quips.

As for Angela, that cliffhanger will be resolved early on. Throughout the series’ run, fan reaction to the Angela/Ghost romance has been strong and likely will remain that way as the show nears its end. For her part, Loren has learned to deal with it.

“You know, as a woman in the world you don’t really know,” the actress says. “Sometimes it’s water off of a duck’s back and sometimes it makes you not want to come out of your house. So there’s times where I think I feel like I’ve failed in that, because it gets to you. And then other times where you understand that having a character that’s so divisive and kicks up people’s passions is also part and parcel with this craft. And that’s our services to the storytelling and to really take it to the edge and to really elicit all those emotions from everyone.”

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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