Power vs Power: The Analysis of Power, and a Prediction of the Powers to Come.

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I got to begin with Dre, who unlike other fans I believe to be smarter than we are led to believe. Dre is caught between two devils; Tommy and Kanan. But he is also in a position of power since he general manager of three nightclubs owned by Ghost, and has proved invaluable to as a Primera. Dre is smart, loyal, ambitious, and a hard worker. He is playing the character of weak duck.

In the last three episodes Dre has displayed strategic value; he developed an untraceable and elaborate dope-selling scheme in Truth, where the client purchases two bottles of liquor. One bottle shows up as ordered. The second bottle is removed from the shelf, disappears, and the customer is brought a small box of pills instead. Brilliant!

Secondly, Dre and Julio were brought in by the Feds for questioning. This was a funny scene. Both characters weren’t taken in together, but walked past each other downtown in the federal law building where they were questioned. Escorted by Feds. When they saw each other, Dre kept it flowing, smooth walking with only an eye to bat at Julio. Julio, however, turned his head and looked right into Dre’s eyes. Clearly a bad move.

Once Julio is released he goes to Truth and orders Dre to shut down the operation. Dre immediately goes to Tommy informing of Julio’s decision to cease drug activity in the clubs, and seed the lie that Julio was kept in the box longer than he was. Surprisingly, Tommy believed it. Now had Julio not been fucking up before by allowing Domingo to skate after smacking Grim, then Tommy might not have fed into it. See here? Dre was told to stop dealing, which meant no money for him, and with no money Dre cannot pay Kanan. Dre found the perfect scapegoat by taking advantage of an unfortunate situation. He took a problem and made it someone else’s problem thus setting for himself a path to promotion. Julio gets killed, and Dre has the chance to move up in the organization as the number two man. Dre moves up to number two and Kanan has more reason to keep Dre alive, and let’s be honest Kanan needs Dre. He is not as expendable as Kanan makes him out to be with his threats. Dre obviously sees this.

Dre wants to on the winning side, and right now it’s no telling who’s going to win. Will it be Tommy? Or will it be Kanan? Most likely Ghost since he is the main character of Power, the show is about him. But for the sake of story Dre has got to choose a side. Right now, he’s a spy for Kanan. As number two, Dre could even let Tommy and Kanan kill each other, with both bosses out the way Dre is free to take over the whole organization. The boy has a chance to win, and has increased his chances in last week’s episode by confronting Kanan with money to leave Tariq alone and a plan. Unfortunately, we were unable to hear the specifics of the plan. In that scene, we only saw them speaking through Julio’s eyes, who was surprised to see Kanan alive. First problem. The scene switches over to Tariq’s arrival at Kanan’s apartment, and he says hello to someone the audience is not exposed to. An hour later, Kanan returns home from meeting Dre to find Jukebox waiting with Tariq’s phone in her hand. Second problem.

This is where it all crashes. I have two theories: Julio redeems himself by informing Tommy about what he saw with Dre and Kanan. Tommy kills them both, and Julio is in the clear free to run as Tommy’s number two. Second theory, Tommy clips Julio before Julio can say anything leaving Dre free to continue his schemes. Now I have no reason or prediction why Julio gets killed, but it would be for his continued lack of respect on the street. The problem with Julio learning about Kanan can play out either way. It is Jukebox’s reappearance that jeopardizes Dre’s strategy. She has now convinced Kanan to kidnap Tariq, get ransom, and kill the boy and Ghost. Tommy is already suspicious about Dre since Tariq’s brief missing scare at the beginning of this season, and confronted him with the question “Who is Slim?” the codename Kanan has been using to remain anonymous. This is where things get complicated. Dre will be confronted again once Ghost receives the kill his only son has been kidnapped. How does Dre skate on this? I have no idea. Unless Dre crafts his magic like he has done before, then I’m sorry to say one of my favorite characters will die. But I strongly believe he will not die, I think there is more to Dre’s arc, and will continue to flourish in the seasons to come. And he is quick too.

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There are serious flaws in Jukebox’s plans; Ghost has no money. Milan took it all last season, the money Ghost recovered for reimbursement was spent, and his assets are still frozen by Feds despite him being cleared of the murder of Greg Knox. The assets will be thawed in a few days, since the charges were dismissed, but still anything can happen in such a short amount of time. What does Kanan do when he finds out Ghost is broke? How will Ghost raise the funds? And the final question pertains to the feelings Kanan has developed for Tariq. He has grown fond of the boy. He thanks of him as the son he never had, or the one he’s always wanted.

Kanan is very adaptive, in fact he is a better ghost than Ghost. In the beginning of the season when Kana found out Ghost was arrested he told Jukebox it is better to release Tariq and abandon the idea of kidnapping. Kanan knew with the Feds hot on Ghost and his kid missing heat would only increase and lead back to him. Dre returned Tariq home. The boy never knew what happened since he passed out from sipping lean, and continue hanging with Kanan. There were initial theories that Tariq will kill Kanan at the end of this season with discovery Kanan killed Shawn, who Tariq loved as a brother. Shawn was Kanan’s son. I highly doubt it now since Jukebox rekidnapped the boy. And my thing is Jukebox’s plan is so stupid, she already had Dre making weekly payments because the kidnapping plan fell through. The bitch is just greedy.

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The only way I see it all ending is with Ghost meeting Kanan at some warehouse. Kanan has a gun to Tariq’s head. Ghost falls to his knees, crying and begging. He apologizes to Kanan for everything; snitching on him, sending him to jail for ten years, and stealing away his only child. The hate Kanan feels finally cools as his anger toward his former student and friend melts away. He lowers his gun, but lifts it up when Jukebox comes out of the shadows with her gun ready to kill Ghost. Kanan kills Jukebox. He releases Tariq. The mentor and his student part ways not as enemies, not as friends, as two men who worked out their differences. An outcome like this allows the chance for Kanan to return in future seasons, maybe as some sort of ally to Ghost. This is another long shot theory. The parting of ways does close one story arc, and opens another. This would bring Power into its third act. 50 Cent has stated his intention end Power with season seven.

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The last three seasons should begin a new storyline for that closing act, one that wraps up the entire theme of the show. This was done in Sons of Anarchy where its main character stepped in new shoes all the while trying to find himself and leave a criminal style behind. Ghost’s arc is a stark comparison with minor differences; he’s already a king, but wants out of drug life. There’s no new shoes to walk in, but I strongly believe the events of season four will and have transformed him into a man seeking redemption for past mistakes made against family and friends. Over the past three seasons he has manipulated, lied, and hurt everyone close to him. This brings me to the character of Terry Silver, the lawyer defending Ghost. This man knew Ghost was guilty for murder. Silver is an ACLU type lawyer who has defended many innocent African-Americans and other minorities. With that kind of background this character has developed the ability to read people, to know when they are lying, and when they are innocent or guilty. Ghost tried to manipulate Silver, but it didn’t work, and Silver confronted him about that. He assumes Ghost is guilty simply because he knows this man to be a fraud and a gangster, so even though Ghost is innocent those close to him assume he’s guilty for all the harm he has done to them especially Angela. Think of it as the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf. You lie so much no one believes you when you are innocent.

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Silver is an honest man. He admits to Ghost that the money from his defense will go to men innocent sitting behind bars who need proper representation. So, this is a guy willing to accept blood money for the benefit of good purpose. A legit man operating in a corrupt world. Ghost wants to be legit, but unwilling to confess to corruption, and refuses to believe or admit the kind of man he is: manipulative, liar, deceitful, and disrespectful. Ghost has had a rude awakening in the first half of Power season four. The character of Ghost must now admit to the type of man he is rather than the one he thinks he is, and seek Redemption for all his crimes.

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Before I end this let me wrap up my predictions: Ghost and Angela will not reconnect this season. The speech she gave him when the charges were dismissed proves this. Angela will spend the rest of the season investigating who the mole was and who killed Greg. The investigation leads her to Mike, who may try to kill her, and from the trailer we see Angela pointing a gun to someone in her house. This has to be Mike. Ghost and Angela, if at all will reconnect in the season finale or season five.

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Tasha will not take Ghost back. The floater she accepted from Simon Stern will impact Ghost and his business for the remainder of the season. I am very excited to see Larenz Tate this season, still no word of who or what character he’ll be. Some say a love interest for Tasha, but we shall see.

Chicago recruits Tommy for a job to kill someone threatening their organization. They get him to do it because he’s the new guy, the recruit, and expendable. This job will most likely last two episodes, can’t see it going on until the finale. By the finale Ghost and Tommy will be reunited.

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