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A number of factors were in play when Tariq (played by Michael Rainey Jr) took the decision to kill his own father Ghost (Omari Hardwick) in the Power finale. Starz viewers witnessed their relationship hit breaking point after Ghost’s romance with Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) tore a hole through the family unit and left mum Tasha (Naturi Naughton) devastated. Add to the mix Ghost’s fallout with Tommy (Joseph Sikora) and his continual lies and Tariq had had enough, killing his father in cold blood. However, there was one other blast from Ghost’s past which played a part in Tariq’s decision: Breeze.
Breeze was someone who may have never appeared in Power but still had a major role in making Ghost the man he’d become.
When they first entered the world of drug-dealing, Breeze was the mentor to Ghost, Tommy and Kanan (50 Cent).
Breeze taught the three the ropes of the business but, in Ghost’s own words, he “got in the way” of his future.
Ghost decided to come clean about Breeze to his son in the Power finale on Starz – although it came back to haunt him moments later.
Ghost told Tariq: “I loved Breeze. He was a brother to me. He was family to me.
“But he got in my way, son. Okay? So I had to get rid of him,” he said.
“I gave him one last chance, though. I asked him to change his mind. He forced my hand.”
It’s a quote which Tariq relayed back to his father when held him at gunpoint, telling him he was in the way before shooting his father.
And while the mysterious figure’s death seemed rather definitive on-screen, it didn’t stop some fans theorising Breeze could still be alive.
After all, Power is no stranger to bringing fans back from the dead and with Book II: Ghost premiering next month, there’s still scope for a shock return.
However, Rainey Jr has put the theory to bed in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
“Yeah I think Breeze is a goner,” Rainjey Jr began.
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He continued: “I don’t think Ghost would do a job and then say he’s dead without making sure he’s dead.
“Ghost makes sure that job is done, he don’t play around. No loose ends.”
So sadly for those wanting to see the former mastermind finally make his introduction to the Power universe, it doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen.
However, Book II will still have plenty of drama on its way as Rainey Jr explained: “Honestly, it’s been amazing.
“When I was first told that I was gonna be a lead of my own show, I didn’t believe it. 50 Cent told me when we were filming season six,
“He was like ‘yo, you know you’re gonna be the lead of your own show soon’ and I was just like ‘whatever’, it’s 50 Cent so sometimes he’ll be just like joking around.
“Then two weeks after Courtney (Kemp) [showrunner] tells me the same exact thing so that’s when I’m like ‘Oh s**t’, it definitely got real for me at that point so once Courtney told me, I was still in disbelief but honestly I really appreciate it you know.
“The workload is lit now, it’s huge but my crew and the cast make it so much easier for me. When I first started I honestly thought it was gonna be like a lot of pressure and I was kinda nervous, I never really get nervous for anything but that was the first thing I actually got a bit nervous for.”
Power Book II: Ghost premieres on Starzplay on September 6.
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