All the Shocking Deaths in “Power Book II: Ghost” Season 3

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Being part of the Power Universe means one of two things: you either die a painful death or live long enough to snag your own spinoff series. More often than not, there’s no in-between for most Power characters, especially if they turn down a road of betrayal. When it comes to “Power Book II: Ghost” – the sequel to the original crime drama – no one is safe from death, not even its leading star, Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.). And as seen in season three, the Grim Reaper could come knocking at any moment (or simply pull up in a Blue Mustang like the gun-toting Tommy Egan).

Death and destruction are what the Power Universe thrives on, and if you thought the original series – which ran for six seasons from 2014 to 2020 – said goodbye to a lot of key players, then it seems “Power Book II” is trying to put up even bigger numbers. The first two seasons of the spinoff centered around the loss of major characters like Professor Jabari Reynolds, Carrie Milgram, and, of course, Tariq’s father, James St. Patrick/Ghost (Omari Hardwick).

The departure of Hardwick’s Ghost made way for two “Power” spinoffs (“Power Book II” and “Power Book IV: Force”), and the impact of his death can never be overstated, especially for the series’ immediate successor. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in 2020, creator Courtney Kemp spoke about her Marvel Cinematic Universe–inspired plan to expand “Power,” starting with the continuation of Tariq’s story. “A lot of people [said], ‘Why don’t you just call this ‘Power’ season seven?’ It’s not ‘Power’ [though]; it’s really about Ghost’s absence and about how his shadow looms over everyone – especially his son,” she explained.

So far, three seasons into “Power Book II,” we’ve seen Tariq begrudgingly step into his father’s hard-bottom shoes – after he murdered him in cold blood in “Power”‘s series finale. And he’s been the demise of other “Power Book II” characters, too, whether he pulled the trigger himself or indirectly got someone caught in the crosshairs of his drug enterprise.

That being said, season three, which concluded with an explosive finale on May 26, suffered a lot of losses. Ahead, we round up the biggest character deaths, plus give watchers a theory for someone who could potentially meet their tragic fate in the future.

Related: All the Shocking Deaths in “Power Book II: Ghost” Season 3

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