Where do we go from here?
I know I gush about this show each week, but I really can't help myself. It's just that good. While the first season was good, not necessarily great, Power Season 2 has taken things to a whole other level. A Saturday night show you catch if you happen to be home has completely transformed itself into must-see television.
Going into Power Season 2 Episode 10, we were all speculating where things would wind up. Would Angela go through with bringing Ghost down? Would Ghost and Tommy finally bring Kanan down? Things where pretty much going as I suspected through much of the beginning, until multiple curveballs were thrown our way, and now we're left wondering, what the hell happens next?
If you divide this episode into thirds, the first part was kind of the calm before the storm. Angela was sad and moping around her apartment, trying to rid herself of all the gifts and mementos she had with Ghost, while Tasha and Tommy were discussing Ghost's loyalty.
Elsewhere, Ghost met with Proctor and mentioned for the hundredth time his desire to go legit. We've heard it so many times before, I didn't think much of it, although my ears did perk up when Proctor told Ghost what it would take to really leave the "business" behind.
You're right, you are good. But you don't have eyes in the back of your head. You want out, you want to walk away clean. You've gotta cut ties with everyone that knows who you are.Proctor [to Ghost]
Ghost has always been willing to do whatever he had to do to protect what's his, but how could he rid himself of everyone who knew who he was? Besides leaving town, what options did he have? This should of been the moment when I put it all together, but I must admit, I was just too invested in viewing at that point.
As Drifty and the Serb got shot, it didn't cross my mind that Ghost could of been behind it. That didn't cross my mind until much later.
The calm part also included a conversation between Ghost and Tommy that foreshadowed where this pair would end up.
The bromance between these two has long been cooled and the main issue is their complete and utter lack of communication and trust. Neither one of them has been truthful for a long time. If the blame has to be placed on anyone, it more so falls on Ghost.
Ever since Angela (it all comes back to her) came back on the scene, she has been his number one priority. Not Tasha, not the business, not Tommy. He has sacrificed all the major relationships in his life for her and a Ghost/Angela pairing, means a Ghost/Tommy pairing can never be. Excuse me while I wipe my tears.
Tommy, I burned Angela to get you out of jail. What else I gotta do to prove my loyalty to you? You know what she meant to me. It's you and me, Tommy. Just like it's always been.
That may be true Ghost, but your continuous lies have made you one deceptive man. Simply put, how can ANYONE trust you at this point?
I may hate Kanan (and I do), but damn if he doesn't speak the truth. As he filled Tommy in on all the things Ghost has done, you could almost understand why it was so apparent to him that Ghost had to go.
The stormy part of the episode began with Tasha and Ghost's tense conversation at Truth and ended with the inevitable Ghost/Kanan showdown.
That fight was something else, huh? But I have to say, it seems awfully easy on this show for people to knock guns out of their faces. And Ghost legitimately got his butt kicked the entire time! Lucky for him, there was some spare broken glass around just when he needed it.
R.I.P. Kanan. You were the WORST, and I'm fairly certain no one is going to miss the way....HOLY CRAP. Never mind.
Why would you not make sure Kanan was dead??? All you did was stab him in the side once and that was supposed to kill him instantly? You shot the Serb 27 times just to be safe! Jeez, Ghost! Rookie mistake!
Sorry about that rant, but it had to be said. Ghost is better than that. He managed to weasel his way back into Angela's life after blowing up her entire world, but he can't reach down and take someone's pulse? Ugh, that really made me mad.
Anyway, the calm after the storm saw the real, true breakdown of Tommy and Ghost's friendship, aided by the return of Holly Weaver. Once she told Tommy that Ghost was behind her disappearance, it was clear as day that Tommy was going to be done with Ghost. For whatever reason, Tommy doesn't see what everyone else sees about Holly; namely that she's awful.
Tommy chose Ghost once before, but there was no way he was going to do that again.
Angela, there is no more Ghost. Ghost is dead.
So now we have James St. Patrick only. A man who own some nightclubs, lives out of a swanky hotel and is finally openly with his high school sweetheart. I always assumed Angela would forgive him (and protect him), but I saw that coming next season. Anyone who says the love between these two isn't real, I'd love to know your reasoning.
Maybe there's something I don't see, which is very possible because this show does any amazing job at giving you just enough ambiguity to make you question everything. But I feel confident in saying that Ghost and Angela are the real deal, and next season we'll get to see what a real life between them is like. Can it ever be a life without lies?
Everything Else You Need To Know
- Ghost got his club and then some back thanks to some trickery. I somehow still don't think this is the last of Stern, though.
- Tasha identified Shawn's body, and she claims to know who the killer is. She thinks it's Ghost, right?
- Dre switched sides, and I thought he would a few episodes back. I never really warmed up to him, but he will have all next season to do that, as I assume he will have an increased presence.
- Ghost sending Ruiz away, instead of killing him, was extremely telling. Did it have more to do with him just making sure Isabelle wouldn't be at Angela's hearing? Maybe, but it was still an intriguing move.
- Mike is the rat that Lobos had inside, as many of you guessed! Next step will be figuring out how long it takes Angela to put that together.
- Another good guess that was floating around the comments was Angela's betrayal of Greg. He was not looking to hot when he confronted her and his mission to bring her down will be another major point next year.
- A real R.I.P. to the brotherhood of Ghost and Tommy. Seeing you two as enemies will be tough for me, but it was a necessary move.
This was unusually long, but there was just so much to talk about. Now it's your turn to join in. What did you think about "Ghost Is Dead"? What will Tommy do now? Can Ghost and Angela be happy together? What's next for Tasha? Are you glad Kanan survived?
Thank you all so much for coming here each and every week and creating a fun and engaging dialogue about one of the hottest shows out there. It's been a pleasure to cover this show, and I'll see you all next summer!
Whitney Evans is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.