Power boss Courtney Kemp reveals the surprising real people who inspired Ghost

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The thrilling mystery behind the murder of Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick) was finally exposed in the season six finale of Power. Now the Starz series is preparing to launch four new spin-offs, showrunner Courtney Kemp revealed the surprising inspiration behind the show’s enigmatic protagonist.

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Season six of Power was set to be the gripping crime thriller’s last instalment, as fans tried to guess the culprit behing the shocking murder of Ghost.

James St. Patrick, better known by his street name Ghost, carried the series as a powerful drug lord trying to cut ties with his life of crime and began a new career as a legitimate business owner.

As Ghost tries to balance his life caught between two worlds he also tries to evade the police, keep his finances afloat and withstand the pressure of a crumbling marriage.

Throughout the show’s impressive six seasons Ghost became one of TV’s most watchable new characters when he was introduced to screens in 2014.

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Now the main series has concluded, fans are currently waiting for coronavirus lockdown restrictions to be lifted so Starz can begin work on the recently announced spin-offs.

In the meantime, showrunner Courtney Kemp has answered fans’ questions about the show during a live video chat on her Instagram page.

One of the biggest questions on her followers’ minds was the inspiration behind the series’ complex lead. 

A fan tuned in and proposed Ghost could have been inspired by a recurring character in The Good Wife, Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter).

Lemond was a Chicago drug lord who often caused trouble for the law firm Lockhart/Gardner and was a breakthrough role for Luke Cage star Mike Coulter.

However, Courtney was able to reveal Ghost was actually inspired by two very real figures.

During the Instagram Q&A she said: “No, Ghost was inspired by my Dad and 50 Cent.”

Famous rapper Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, began his early life selling drugs before pursuing a musical career and other business ventures.

50 Cent also served as an executive producer for Power as well as providing much of the show’s music.

Additionally, the first episode of Power was dedicated to Courtney’s father, Herbert Kemp Jr., who sadly passed away in 2011.

Courtney elaborated: “Lemond Bishop isn’t scary. He’s not really that frightening. He was played a little bit frightening, Mike Colter really played him beautifully. But it’s not the same kind of intensity as Ghost.”

After Ghost’s shocking death by his own son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.), dedicated viewers have been speculating how the spin-off series will fare following the loss of such a major presence.

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During the Q&A, Courtney also seemed to dismiss calls for Ghost to make a surprise reappearance at some point in the upcoming spin-offs.

When rejecting the idea she joked: “All of these are so adorable. I love it when people tell me how to do my job. Isn’t that great?”

Thankfully, there is still a stellar cast left to head the upcoming spin-offs, and newcomers Mary J Blige and Method Man are certain to make Power Book II essential viewing.

Power season 6 is available to watch on Netflix.


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