It's official: Riveting crime drama Power, Starz's most watched series, will end with its upcoming sixth season.

Though the news might sting for fans gripped by the saga of Ghost (Omari Hardwick), Tommy (Joseph Sikora), Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), Power co-creator and executive producer Courtney Kemp has hinted as of late that the story was coming close to an end. In a talk with TV Guide last year, co-showrunner Gary Lennon said Power had always been conceived as a six-season series. On Thursday, the network confirmed that the series is sticking to that plan and wrapping up in Season 6.

Kemp has, however, been developing multiple potential Power spin-offs for Starz, and the network is standing behind the expanding Power universe.

"Season 6 brings us to the end of what we know is just the first chapter of the Power story. However, as one chapter comes to an end, another will begin," Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik said in a statement. "There are a number of stories we plan to tell as we continue to explore and expand the Power universe."

And fans will have plenty to look forward to in the final season, which will clock in at 15 episodes instead of the usual 10. The season will also mark the directorial debut of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, who also executive produces the series and appeared in the first five seasons as Kanan.

"The last 5 seasons of Power have been an incredible ride for me and all of our supportive fans. We are far from over and I am excited to bring you more from the Power brand," said 50 Cent. "I am proud that I was able to put a lasting stamp on this chapter with my directorial debut in an episode that features one of the wildest scenes ever on the show."

The final season of Power premieres August 25 on Starz.

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora; Power