'Power' is going to finish at the end of season six
The wildly popular crime drama Power stars Omari Hardwick as the ruthless drug kingpin Ghost, who tries to leave the criminal world behind in favor of a legitimate nightclub business. However, to quote Michael Corleone from The Godfather Part 3: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" Notably, rap superstar Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson co-produces the series, and co-stars as the villainous Kanan, a fellow drug dealer and Ghost's former mentor.
The show has thrilled viewers for five years, and now it's all coming to an end with one last super-sized season - sort of. "Season 6 brings us to the end of what we know is just the first chapter of the 'Power' story," Carmi Zlotnik, the president of programming for Starz, said in a statement. "However, as one chapter comes to an end, another will begin. Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent have created a world rich with complex and dynamic characters and there are a number of stories we plan to tell as we continue to explore and expand the 'Power' universe."
Watch a behind-the-scenes video about Power season 6
"We will follow some of your beloved 'Power' characters beyond the scope of the initial series," said series creator and executive producer Courtney A. Kemp. "But we will play with your expectations of which characters, where, and the master timeline of it all, creating a 'Power' universe as unpredictable as the original."
"The last 5 seasons of 'Power' have been an incredible ride for me and all of our supportive fans," 50 Cent said in a statement. "We are far from over and I am excited to bring you more from the 'Power' brand. "I am proud that I was able to put a lasting stamp on this chapter with my directorial debut in an episode that features one of the wildest scenes ever on the show."
The 15-episode final season, entitled 'The Final Betrayal,' premieres August 25 on Starz. There's no word on which characters the spin-offs will follow, but Deadline reports that a writer's room has been assembled for at least one spin-off. And on Instagram, 50 Cent said, "I have 4 spin off shows coming so don’t trip."
Ah, that is such refreshing news! Here I was, just seconds away from seriously tripping over Power's impending cancellation. But now, knowing that the story continues through one, possibly four spin-offs, I am far from tripping as one can possibly get. Huzzah!
(Maybe when Power ends, 50 Cent will have moretime to record his long-delayed Street King Immortal album, which was supposed to come out in 2011. Come on, 50! We know you've got music with Dr. Dre and Eminem in the vault!)