Power Book II: Michael Rainey Jr shares behind the scenes look
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Showrunner Courtney Kemp has been teasing what fans can expect from the follow-up to Power’s exhilarating first spin-off, Power Book II: Ghost. In a recent interview, she confirmed the Starz series will feature some huge changes to Tariq St. Patrick’s (played by Michael Rainey Jr.) school schedule, which could have surprising consequences for the rest of the series.
Power’s head writer Courtney Kemp has revealed Tariq St. Patrick has a much tougher timetable at Stansfield in the second season of Book II.
Throughout the first season, Tariq studied some of the greatest works of literature in the classic canon, which had some unlikely ramifications on the series.
Every episode of the first season alluded to one of the books Tariq was reading in class, with the moral dilemma of that episode tying into the themes of each novel.
However, in a recent chat with Deadline, Kemp confirmed the next season will be taking a slightly different approach.
She explained: “Well, one thing I think I can say [in] season two, Tariq’s class, the Canonical Studies class, moves into an ethics unit.
“So, next year we will be exploring ethics and I will leave it at that.”
Rather than focusing on specific works, Tariq will face a different ethical problem both in his lessons, and his life of crime with Monet Tejada (Mary J Blige) outside the classroom.
While the writer indicated the series will take a similar meta approach to connecting Tariq’s latest challenges to his studies, these parallels may not be so overt in season two.
Kemp also suggested she’s unsure whether Book II’s follow-up will carry over the format of basing the titles around the themes of each episode.
The showrunner continued: “We may or may not be titling them in that way. I think it might be more about an ethical dilemma.
“For example, you know, is there such a thing as real greater good, right? Is there a greater good?”
Throughout the series, Tariq has already taken out his professor, Jabari Reynolds (Justin McManus) and even his own father, James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) at the end of the original series.
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As the young student/drug dealer is confronted with ethical questions in class, he may struggle to come to terms with his actions off-campus.
Courtney Kemp elaborated: “For instance, I’ll use one that we’re more familiar with, like does the end justify the means?
“When you’re asked to write a paper about that or speak about that in class and you have committed some pretty heinous acts in order to achieve your end, I think you know, that’s one I could address and say that those are some things that are coming along for sure.”
Still, she also indicated fans shouldn’t expect the upcoming episodes to be named after a famous ethical text.
She added: “No, we’re not. We’re not going to see any of that.
“There’s not going to be episode 10, ‘Macbeth’. We’re not doing that.”
Filming is currently underway on season two after Book II’s debut wrapped up in January, so fans could expect to see the show’s return before the end of the year.
Power Book II: Ghost is available to watch on Starz and Starzplay.
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