“Tariq St. Patrick’s going to jail.”
With that declaration from Saxe (Shane Johnson), the first half of Power Book II: Ghost has concluded. Following the six-season run of Power, creator Courtney Kemp mapped out an ambitious plan to expand the universe via four spin-offs, and it’s only five episodes into the step one, but the results are a resounding success. Ghost has provided record-breaking ratings for Starz and already earned a second season renewal.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ghost was forced to shutdown production before filming wrapped, leading to a split season and Sunday’s “The Gift of the Magi” serving as the midseason finale. The remaining five episodes will premiere later this year, but fans were left with much to think about until then.
Among the notable events were Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) turning 18, Raina (Donshea Hopkins) appearing to Tasha (Naturi Naughton) in a dream, Tariq bringing his Robin, a.k.a. Brayden (Gianni Paolo), further into the fold, Tasha attempting to make a deal, Saxe recording Tariq confessing to murdering his father at Ghost’s (Omari Hardwick) grave, and Davis (Method Man) and Saxe teaming up to take Tariq down.
Got all that? Well, heading into this spinoff, OG characters such as Cooper Saxe were expected to carry old animosities that existed before Ghost’s death into this new era. However, the midseason finale just cemented that fact.
From the outside, the plot seems to be tilting one way with Davis MacLean and Saxe, but some fans have another idea.
The last scene in ‘Power Book II’ set up a new scheme
If there’s one scene that had fans talking from episode 5, it’s the handshake between MacLean and Saxe. Saxe, Ghost/James St. Patrick’s number one hater in life and death, is not done trying to take this family down.
Since Saxe recorded Tariq speaking to his dad’s tombstone, he really believes he has some sort of upper hand, when he, Davis, and we the audience know that the video is inadmissible in court. Tariq didn’t even make a clear, firm confession.
Saxe has demonstrated his incompetence and disregard for the law time and again (and season after season) yet he still feels he’s on the right path.
Once MacLean and Saxe swapped information and came to their impasse, it was the former who suggested they work in cahoots. It wasn’t Saxe’s idea at all and that’s part of the reason this whole thing will probably blow up in his face.
Is Davis MacLean playing Saxe for a fool?
To be clear, MacLean is no slouch and is smart enough to dissect people’s words and behaviors. He proved that when he figured out Tameika was hiding something and subpoenaed her.
Because Saxe’s genius reputation precedes him in the criminal justice world, Davis probably knows he’s easily swayed by proposals to clean up messes or to lock someone up.
On social media, a growing number of fans believe MacLean is playing Saxe in order to free Tasha while exposing his corruption in the process. It works.
Why would MacLean trust him? As soon as he learns about Riley helping her uncle Nancy out, MacLean will again have leverage. The man knows how to play games while earning publicity and big money.
Why this theory may be valid
What is known is that Tameika sat Davis down to tell him about Tariq and Saxe. Though she may not believe Tariq’s story about Tommy shooting Ghost, she knows Saxe is guilty of being dirty and Tasha isn’t a queen pin. She may be helping MacLean sandbag Saxe.
On the flip, Riley’s involvement in this illegal investigation will either be Saxe’s or Tariq’s downfall. Eventually, she will get found out and that will either result in her death or her ghosting Brayden for good. She’s taking someone with her and it will probably be Saxe because this is Tariq’s show.
Additionally, MacLean can just decide to tell Tariq everything or Paula will if she learns what’s happening, and he has time to formulate a solid, convincing story until Tommy shows up.
Don’t discount a surprise appearance by Egan since his name’s been dropped so many times. And somehow Tariq always escapes true consequences.
Why Fan Favorite Tommy Will Probably Show Up in Tariq’s Spinoff?
Season 6 of Power went hard with the Tommy Egan-related action and put him at odds with Ghost, Joe Proctor, two mob families, his crew, Tasha, and Tariq. In the end, he made peace with Ghost, eluded the authorities and his enemies, and rode off into the sunset.
Joseph Sikora is set to take the character in a new direction in a Tommy-centric spinoff so fans will be able to catch up with one of their favorites in this post-Ghost era. However, there is a huge chance we’ll get to see Tommy sooner than later — with or without the Mustang — in Power Book II.