Power Book 2 season 2: Saxe star shares disappointing release update ‘Schedule is shifted’

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Season two of Power Book II: Ghost is officially in production, and fans of the series are naturally eager for any updates on the show’s return to screens. Unfortunately, principal star Shane Johnson has issued a warning for any viewers expecting the Starz drama to return in the next few months.

Power star Shane Johnson has bad news for fans looking forward to the highly anticipated return of Power Book II: Ghost.

Filming for the second season of the show’s first spin-off officially began in February, with leading man Michael Rainey Jr reprising his role as Tariq St Patrick.

A second season was officially announced back in September, but the ongoing hiatus may still have several months left to go before Power’s next premiere.

Shane Johnson, best known for his long running portrayal of FBI attorney Cooper Saxe, recently spoke to Tea with Tia on Instagram about the show’s forthcoming instalment.

He was sadly unable to share a definitive release plan, as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic have dramatically changed Power’s filming schedule going forward.

Johnson explained: “The truth is, COVID ‘f-ed’ up our first season in terms of how we were going to originally release it.

“We did five and five, and that was never the design. But because of COVID we got shut down for, like, five or six months.”

Book II started production around the time the mainline Power series was concluding its sixth season at the start of 2020.

However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, Starz were only able to release five episodes of the new spin-off when Book II began in September.

Thankfully, the series took just a short break and was soon back with five more episodes in December.

Although production shouldn’t hit any more speed bumps going ahead, Johnson is still unsure if Starz will follow a similar release pattern for season two.

He confessed: “I feel like our schedule has just completely shifted because of COVID. So, I don’t know. I don’t know.”

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The star contributed his own speculation, but made sure to note that, so far, nothing has been made concrete.

He went on: “I don’t know if they’re gonna try and get everything done, so they can do ten in a row like we typically do.

“Or if they’re gonna go ‘these five are done, let’s try and get these out as soon as we can. Then we’ll do the other five later’.”

With filming usually taking six months each season, hopefully fans will get a clearer picture once Book II reaches its final production stages later this summer.

Finally, Johnson added: “I don’t know what they’re thinking. I wish we could do 20 episodes!”

Fans would certainly appreciate more Power content, but for now it seems Book II’s follow-up season will be sticking with the first instalment’s limited ten-episode order.

Thankfully, the world of Power will continue to expand, with upcoming offshoots centred on Tommy Egan (played by Joseph Sikora) and a young Kanan Stark (Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson) also in the works.

Power Book II is available to watch on Starz and Starzplay.

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