Who else isn't buying this kinder, gentler Ghost?
Power's antihero James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) seems to have really changed in Episode 6 ("A Changed Man"), after having bared his soul to Reverend Macedon (Chuck Cooper) in Episode 5. As part of the continued fallout from losing his daughter to murder — not to mention losing his son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) to the streets, his wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) to his bulls--t and (some of) his power to Dre (Rotimi Akinosho) — Ghost has started to showed a humility with Tasha and with Dre. At best that's unusual; at worst, wildly suspicious.
Ghost may want to be a good man, but he's just not a good one, which everybody on Power seems to know except Ghost. And with Power being the blood and guts funhouse that it is, it seems unlikely that Season 5 will end without a major character in the morgue. Dre, of course, is a marked man, but when TV Guide talked with Power executive producer Courtney Kemp at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, she dropped a hint that someone else is also in the hot seat: Ghost's increasingly antagonistic thorn on his side, councilman Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate).
''Tate is very much playing puppet master," Kemp said. "He's got Ghost and Tasha on strings right now. And Ghost does not like having someone hold his card, control him in any way and Tate's kind of arrogant about it, he's not apologetic about it."
Ghost may be on the straight and narrow, but he's never above making sure his enemies stay quiet or disappear and as Courtney Kemp put it, "it just seems like a dangerous lifestyle choice to be messing with Ghost at this level."
With Larenz Tate a series regular for the season and rumors of a spinoff starring Councilman Tate swirling, Ghost's municipal adversary probably won't end up in the East River by the end of the season but hey, this is Power. Nobody is ever safe.
Power airs Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.