Alright, Power fans. We’re at the end of our road, at least for Season 3.  And so are many of the characters. This season, three major players were killed off and one’s still missing in action. Here’s what went down on the season finale “In My Best Interests.”

This season has seen power change hands multiple times – from Lobos (Enrique Murciano) to Milan (Callan Mulvey) from Kanan (Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson) to Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose) and from Ghost (Omari Hardwick) to Tommy (Joseph Sikora). It’s also been an interesting power dynamic shift between Ghost’s AUSA girlfriend Angela (Lela Loren) and scorned wife Tasha. (Naturi Naughton.)

Some of the power changes have been good. Tommy’s evolution from often disregarded sidekick to the character most fully in power at the end of Season 3 has been a great leap for a character that always seems secondary to Ghost’s ambitions. Tasha’s growth as both an actress and a character has given her the best arc on the show. Ghost, who once seemed to have an answer to every problem, became vulnerable this season to both his own emotions and his rapidly changing spot on the drug dealing chart.

Where once Lobos seemed like the most ruthless of criminals, he always had something of a genteel side as well. Milan was just ruthless. The good news is, he didn’t make it to Season 4, as Tommy and his new ally Andre (Rotimi) dispatched him and his men at Truth with the help of Andre’s old crew. Ghost got to be in on the kill and probably felt like finally, he was in the clear, with both Lobos and Milan and even Ruiz (Luis Antonio Ramos) dead.

However, Ghost didn’t figure on Angela betraying him in the end, as she arrests him for the murder of Greg Knox. (Andy Bean). Yes, Greg, who was on the Power chopping block for sure, figured out that Sandoval (David Fumero) was the leak just seconds too late to save his life. The problem with his death is that it means that the last sympathetic character on Power is gone. Maybe Tasha is still one of the good ones, but Angela, Ghost, Tommy, Kanan, and Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.) have all made dumb choices based on the most selfish of reasons and some of those choices have ended up getting people killed. And where the hell is LaKeisha? Did we just leave her storyline hanging without resolution?

Tariq’s dumb ass meanwhile, has ended up becoming the pawn in the shift of power from Kanan to Jukebox. Ever since she’s come around, Kanan has been shut down, first from his injuries after Ghost tried to burn him alive, and then by her criminal #goals, which seem clearer and less emotional than Kanan’s. For once, someone has Kanan off-guard and while he’s literally chasing ghosts, she’s all about that paper and power and using her police role to help her amass more of both. At the show’s end, she’s the one holding young St. Patrick for hostage, while a horrified Tasha tries to reach Ghost. Too late, he’s going to jail after he’s betrayed by the one woman it seems like he truly loved.

More so than the past two seasons, this season felt as though it was truncated when a few more episodes would have helped things play out in a more satisfying manner. We also don’t always get the best sense of time with this show. A lot would make more sense if we knew for sure whether seasons take place over the span of months or weeks. If, let’s say, this season played out over a matter of weeks, some of the things that aren’t as believable make more sense.

Huge plotholes like neither Holly’s ‘disappearance’ and LaKeisha’s not showing up for work at her own salon or answering calls not being a priority for Tasha, make the show less credible, not to mention the relatively quick introduction and then killing of Dean/Milan, the ridiculous way Knox was killed by Sandoval, when c’mon, Greg should have known better than to turn his back on a man he just realized was a Lobos associate; no one ever knowing what Tariq is up to despite all his acting out; and that no one ever told Ghost that Kanan was still alive? Not through the entire season? So much for an ear to the streets. And then there was Ghost having repeated sensitive conversations in a club supposedly thoroughly bugged by Milan’s people and Angela not being reassigned to another case once it was known she was dating a suspected drug distributor, yeah, Power writers, let’s do better.

Andre and Julio (J.R. Ramirez) were damn near wasted this season and both deserve a larger piece of the acting action. I wonder, too, with Tariq’s kidnapping, what happens if Michael Rainey, Jr. who is a teenager, has a growth spurt during the hiatus. (Although Power is shown in the summer, it’s shot in the winter, one of the reasons why the show always seems so dark.)

What would I like to see next season?

Tasha has to take charge more and not rely on the men in her life to handle the family business because they stay f—ing it up. Angela needs to figure out if she wants her career as an AUSA more than she wants what she once believed is her soulmate. It would be great to see Tariq wise up at some point and become as cunning as his father, if only because it would be interesting for Kanan to be betrayed by another ‘son’ or son figure again. He seemed, in the last episodes, to be legitimately drawn to the kid. Maybe, as some sons desperately seek fathers, Kanan is seeking a son.

I’m seeking a 13-episode upgrade for seasons 4 and 5. That way, the storytelling can be paced a little better. I’m also looking for someone to stand up on character, not just operate solely on greed and selfishness. Ghost reminds me a lot of Jax Teller in FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. Like Jax, he’s ruthless and willing to do what it takes to handle his business up to and including the wet work. The difference is, in Teller’s case, the motorcycle gang was family and the money and power he gained was incidental to preserving the family.

In Ghost’s case, it’s all about his dreams, his love and his ambitions, while the important things – love, loyalty, family and the legitimate business he’s working so hard to maintain, crumble around him because he can’t see the forest for the trees. Maybe some backstory at this point, would establish more sympathy for all these folks. Power has to figure out how to regain the thing that made the show unique –  which was each character’s vulnerability to love while in the midst of trying to gain or retain power.

What is your prediction/hope for Season 4? What did you think of the season finale?

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17 thoughts on “‘Power’ Season 3 Finale Recap ‘It’s All Over’

  1. geaniecoop on said:

    Ghost did wear gloves. He took one off to get the window opener out his pocket, dropped it then put his bare hand on the glass window to stand up on the fire escape, which was stupid…

  2. Even with all the hurt Ghost caused Tasha she still had his back when it counted (ride or die) unlike the one who arrested his ass but proclaimed to love him so much.

  3. But why you have to refer to Tariq as a “dumbass”, what part of he’s a child you don’t understand and children are easily impressed. Didn’t like you attacking a Black child like that! Are you sure he’s the “dumbass”?

      • Are you for real, stupid or a dumbass too?! He is a Black child playing a Black child CHARACTER that is making wrong decisions and when you made wrong decisions did that make you dumb? Not one adult did she use profanity, why the BLACK UNREAL CHILD CHARACTER?!!

  4. specialt757 on said:

    I definitely agree with the “huge plotholes” paragraph in this article. I just can’t get pass them not knowing where Tariq throughout his obvious disappearing acts. No one had questioned him up until the final episodes? Unreal.
    Who is going to be the bad guy next season, it didn’t make sense to kill Milan so soon although I’m glad he’s dead. For one second I thought Tommy was going to turn and shoot Ghost…now THAT would have been some crazy turn of events. I know, I know, can’t kill off the main character. But that would have been something to see but would have upset a lot of fans and possibly the end of the show.

    • Damn Lydia! What in the confusing real life with tv drama hell are you babbling about? The comments about Tariq being a dumb ass is only a testament to how good an actor young Mr. Rainey is. Ok. Let’s try this. Just repeat this mantra 10-15 times a day. Tariq is not real. Tariq is not real. Tariq is not real. And make sure your meds are rotated correctly. Lawd!

  5. Leslie Ferguson on said:

    I hope next season Tasha kills juice box and show them how a real black woman takes charge when all the chips are down she still knows how to come out on top! Get her son and her man back. Love to know how they’re going to prove James’s innocents! Does Tommy really know what he’s getting into! Can’t wait until next year! Until then I’ll watch Empire & Game of Thrones

  6. i would like the next season to be all about the females let them have a shot at running stuff tasha running tommy , angela running ghost and jukebox running kennen and andre role expand and have the white chick running him in the absence of ghost and then the next season it flips i met omir in jacksonville a year a so ago and we talked briefly and i asked him when were they gonna let him have his dream and a fight broke out in the club and we never got to talk but after watching this season i see what his eyes were saying that he couldnt say because of his contract he’s a true professional….just my humble opinion

  7. I Don’t understsand why Tommy killed Ruis to save Milan, if he was just going to kill Milan himself? Poor writing to have David confess to the D.A that he knew he was the informant, that just doesn’t happen in today’s writing anymore.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Andrea you’re right, that was bad writing when it came to Greg confronting his boss, no one would have done that, he knows this man carries a gun and it’s just the two of them, what the hell else did he think would happen? And again with Tommy killing Ruis, but on this one (jmo) I think the writers wanted us to think Tommy was all in with Milan.
      I also hope this is the end of ADA Valdez and Jamie’s relationship, should be no turning back now, she chose her side.

      • But what about the great big elephant in the room? Why would Ghost, dressed in his all black, from head to toe, cat burglar clothes, to prevent leaving any trace of himself in Greg’s apartment, not wear gloves? That’s what stood out for me more than anything.

      • specialt757 on said:

        I agree kates, I actually thought what ever fell out of his hand was going to be smokin’ gun, but that was a rookie mistake, no gloves. The only thing, he wasn’t going there to kill Greg he was just looking for evidence against him.

      • Yeah. I think he’s going to be able to pose this question to Angela. I was there, but so were you. I saw you. How do we know you didn’t kill him?

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