'Power Book II: Ghost' Creator Teases a 'Big Shift' After Lorenzo's Release

Power Book II: Ghost tells the story of Tariq St. Patrick, the son of the late drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick. Left to support his family, Tariq follows in his father’s footsteps and begins selling drugs to take care of them. But getting involved with the Tejada crime family brings all sorts of trouble.

Matriarch Monet Tejada has led the organization since her husband Lorenzo’s imprisonment years ago. But changes seem to be on the horizon now that he’s finally out of prison. Showrunner and creator Courtney Kemp spoke about his release in a conversation on Instagram Live, teasing tension between him and his wife.

Lorenzo was freed from prison in ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Season 2

Lorenzo was sentenced to 25 years in prison on murder and gang charges. He’d served almost half of that time when he was released on a technicality in Power Book II: Ghost Season 2 Episode 5.

Diana Tejada secretly used Monet’s money to hire lawyers Davis MacLean and Cooper Saxe, who were able to find information leading to his release. Monet was shocked when she returned home to find Lorenzo at the table with their kids but put on a front and played it cool.

Kemp said Lorenzo’s release will cause a ‘big shift’ in their family dynamic

After the episode, Kemp went on Instagram Live to take questions from fans. She also spoke about Lorenzo’s release from prison, teasing it would cause a “big shift” in his relationship with Monet.

“I think if we want to call episode 5 a triple-hander [with] Cane, Monet, and Tariq — episode 6 has a lot of double-hander things because something horrible happens to Tariq and Monet is stuck with her husband being home, which is really a big shift,” she said.

She continued: “If you guys remember, Lorenzo has a very specific way of doing things and he likes to tell people what to do, so … there’s going to be a lot of fun with what happens to the family with Lorenzo being out. That’s going to be a really big deal.”

Making things even more complicated is Monet’s affair with Mecca, who has also been revealed as Zeke’s birth father. Kemp confirmed Monet was indeed going to leave Lorenzo for him. “But unfortunately, now that she’s about to run away with Mecca, a complication has occurred, which is that her husband is home from jail,” she added.

Kemp also teased problems for Tariq in the next episodes of ‘Power Book II: Ghost’

Meanwhile, things are just as chaotic for Tariq. The teen has been arrested on murder charges related to the deaths of Jabari Reynolds and Officer Danilo Ramirez, which Kemp says will have a large impact on him moving forward.

“Tariq has trusted a lot of people. He has been close to a lot of people. He has not had his head on a swivel like he needs to, so he’s going to have a few feelings,” she teased. “There’s going to be a few feelings. So that’s gonna happen for sure. Coming out and having the anger of being betrayed is going to shift you in a way … so just think about those things.”

She noted that Brayden could be person who helps get Tariq out. But more problems are ahead “on campus because [Tariq’s] not there.”

Fans will have to wait a little longer than usual for the next episode, as the show is on midseason break. But it’ll be back on Jan. 9.

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