Michael Corleone in “The Godfather: Part III” once lamented, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” James “Ghost” St. Patrick surely can empathize.
As Season 3 of “Power” opens Sunday (July 17), on Starz, Omari Hardwick’s lead character is ready to make a fresh start with his first love, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Valdes (Lela Loren), after dismantling his drug empire to go legitimate as an owner of New York nightclubs and leave his “Ghost” persona behind. But not everybody is happy with that decision – or him.
For one, there is Ghost’s best friend and former business partner Tommy (Joseph Sikora), who has been ordered to kill Ghost by his new boss, drug cartel chief Lobos (Enrique Murciano). Lobos survived Ghost’s attempt on his life in Season 2 and now is intent on returning the favor.
Also out for revenge could be former boss and mentor Kanan (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), whom Ghost left for dead in a burning warehouse in last season’s finale. Someone managed to escape that fire. If it was Kanan, he’d certainly have reason to strike back at the man who got him sent to prison.
And then there’s Tasha (Naturi Naughton), James’ ex-wife. She has to raise his three kids and make do with less and she’s not happy about it. Worse, she knows James on a level more intimate than the others, making her especially dangerous.
Yes, the enemies are lining up for their shot at Ghost in the new season and they don’t care about his new life. And according to Hardwick, Tasha might be the first in line.
“I would definitely think that there is an enemy looming in her that to me might be the most detrimental,” Hardwick says. “… Because you know, hell really hath no fury like a woman scorned. … There’s a bond when you make kids with somebody that is pretty incredible, so that’s definitely an enemy in the making. … She can hurt him a lot worse.”
But James has an ally in a powerful woman who herself must walk a fine line between upholding the law and consorting with a known (albeit former) drug dealer. When a woman risks a reputation and high-powered career for a man, you know their love is strong.
“It’s invincible,” Hardwick says. “I mean, Lela’s been stating it and articulating it in this way … . She says she remembers feeling in her life when she was young … a guy touched her and she never wanted to be touched by another man ever after that, which is incredible. She decided to bring that to her character in terms of the love that she has for her character and for Ghost … . And so she absolutely, as she also stated in all caps, L-O-V-E, feels this way about this man.”