'Power' Season 6 Spoilers: Why Ghost is Dead⁠—All the Clues

The Power Season 6 midseason finale, streaming on the Starz app in the U.S. and on Netflix internationally, left fans on the ultimate cliffhanger as James St. Patrick/Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick) got shot in the chest, causing him to fall from the balcony of his nightclub Truth.

In numerous interviews she has given since the episode aired, Power showrunner Courtney Kemp has understandably refused to reveal whether Ghost is dead, but nevertheless all of the signs seem to point to the fact that the show's lead character has died with five episodes left to go of the Starz series. The biggest clues of this include:

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The "Power" Season 6 midseason finale ended with Ghost probably dead. Starz

Showrunner hints

Though Kemp has not said Ghost is dead, a number of comments she has previously made lean towards him having been killed rather than survived.

After Angela (Lela Loren) died at the start of Power Season 6, Kemp said that after she had Angela shot, she had no choice but to kill her. She told TVLine: "Oh my God, I wanted to do that [fake her death]. There was a moment where I really wanted to do that. I really wanted to make her fake-dead and have her come back. Then I was talked out of it. Because it's a trick. It's so a trick."

If she considered having Angela come back after being shot a 'trick,' this suggests that the same will be true of Ghost⁠—he has been shot in the chest and fallen from a height, so it could be considered a 'trick' if he manages to survive.

However, Deadline broached this subject with Kemp in their post-Ghost shooting interview, asking her: "A man falling with a heart full of blood coming out the front of his white shirt, how is this man not dead?," to which she replied, "I'm not saying anything. I'm confirming nothing. I'm just...he was clearly shot. I'm not going to say anything else."

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Angela's death in "Power" Season 6 may provide some clues as to whether Ghost has died. Starz

Angela's death

In fact, Angela's death could hold another clue to the question of whether Ghost is dead. Structurally speaking, if the first part of Power Season 6 started with a main character being shot and killed in an act of revenge, then it would make sense for the last part to end with the same thing.

Kemp has often spoke of being inspired by Shakespeare for Power. For example she told Entertainment Weekly, "We've always talked about how the show is really Shakespearean. I draw from a lot of different classical references, and people aren't usually aware of them because it looks different and it's contemporary and, frankly, because it's people of color." This also suggests Ghost is probably dead as, if we have learned anything from star-crossed Shakespearean lovers like Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra or Othello and Desdemona, if one lover dies, the other lover's demise is usually not far behind.

Omari Hardwick's Instagram

After Power Season 6, Episode 10, Ghost star Omari Hardwick posted a message that many have interpreted as his goodbye message to the show and the character.

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“It is always your next move” -Napoleon Hill _____________________________ This rings true in every thing & every move we make in life.....or in fiction. Sometimes when the gift of which is given to the soul of a viewer or a listener is so definitive, lasting & powerful....the line between the 2 becomes blurred. Thank you Starz, producers, writers, directors, crew, teamsters & my beloved cast for trusting each other enough to aid majorly in this line being blurred. That is when programming shifts the culture. My belief is we accomplished that. Thank you fans for entrusting me with the job of quarterbacking this team of bandits who scored in stealing your hearts week in/week out for 6 yrs. Thank you @50cent @courtneyakemp @markcanton @shinybootz #CarmiZlotnik for your gifts & for knowing i was that QB. #ChrisAlbrecht ..thank you for the process. @gary_lennon for the wisdom. Thank you Courtney as well for allowing me to select a fellow talented female in @shanasteinprod to be at the helm of 610. Shana thank you for your security, openness, trust, challenge, love, protection, ear & sight of ALL things me (in particular), but my talented cast mates as well. Never forgotten. @naturi4real @josephsikora4 @misslloren @lala @michaelraineyjr @shane_m_johnson @theonlyelizabethrodriguez @therealvictorgarber @realdonshea for game ONE on... & ALL past & present teammates! Thank you #GlynnTurman for giving me a lifetime of a mentor & champion of my marathon🤜🏾🦅🦅🤛🏾. A gift you are. @mrsjaeh thank you for the infamous prayer of me embracing my power months before this job was brought by God. A lasting prayer answered. **& to EVERY family member, friend, colleague & most imperatively...FAN who finds themselves at an impasse between that ever present Real & Fiction right now of whether your ghOst has become just THAT...a ghost...And are in rage because of it....i overstand your emotion & if Ghost has taught you anything.....watch the company you keep & keep the company you watch. 👊🏾

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This message in part read: "Thank you Starz, producers, writers, directors, crew, teamsters & my beloved cast for trusting each other...That is when programming shifts the culture. My belief is we accomplished that. Thank you fans for entrusting me with the job of quarterbacking this team of bandits who scored in stealing your hearts week in/week out for 6 yrs."

Deadline asked Kemp about this post, to which she replied: "All I can say is that he's in the last five episodes," which seemed to confirm that he is alive. However, another hint she made revealed how Ghost could be in the last five episodes and still be dead.

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1950 film "Rashomon" has inspired the final five epiosdes of "Power." Getty


In a TVLine interview, Kemp said of the last five episodes, "what I will say is that the last five episodes are inspired by Rashomon."

For those who haven't studied up on their 20th century Japanese movie masterpieces, Rashomon is a 1950 Akira Kurosawa movie that sees four characters share their competing memories of the murder of a samurai.

As such, it seems that Power Season 6, Part 2 will see multiple account of the events leading to Ghost's murder, with the seven suspects' (Tariq, Tasha, Tommy, Tate, Dre, Paz and Saxe) sides of the story all getting shown before fans discover who really killed Ghost.

The 'Who Shot Ghost' mystery

According a Deadline interview Kemp gave in August: "The last season asks a specific question with the first 10 episodes, and answers it with the last five," and we now know that the question being answered by the last series of episodes will be who shot Ghost.

For this to work, Ghost has to not be around to tell us who shot him...after all, if he was alive, he could just say who shot him and the mystery would be over. This does imply that when Power returns it will be with Ghost gone or, at best, he will be in a coma and unable to reveal who shot him.

Power Season 6 returns on January 5, 2020