'Everyone is trying to redeem themselves and get their power back,' Naturi Naughton tells EW

By Derek Lawrence
September 01, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT
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The penultimate episode of Power‘s fourth season delivered possibly the series’ most shocking moment to date. Yet, according to star Naturi Naughton, don’t expect anything less from Sunday’s finale.

“People’s minds are going to be blown,” she tells EW. “There’s a lot more violence, death, the same old things that Power does. Everyone is trying to redeem themselves and get their power back; all the repercussions are coming to a head, so I think when they’re watching the finale, [fans] will be shocked, frustrated, angry, and emotional.”

Those descriptors could all easily sum up the reaction to the conclusion of the most recent episode, “That Ain’t Me,” when the last member of the St. Patrick family you’d ever expect to be on the receiving end of a bullet met her demise. Young, innocent Raina (Donshea Hopkins) was gunned down for standing up to the corrupt cop who was searching for her aspiring criminal brother, Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.).

Just like viewers, Naughton, who plays the family’s matriarch, Tasha, was stunned by the twist. “Oh my gosh, I was upset, in shock, and a little sad,” she shared. “My reaction was very maternal, even though, she’s not really my child. I was like, ‘Oh no, they’re taking my TV baby.’ But sometimes things like that happen on a television show.” Laughing, she adds, “The world of Power is crazy.”

The resulting tragedy will reunite the splintered St. Patrick family, plus Uncle Tommy (Joseph Sikora), with the sole goal of revenge. “We have to figure out a way now to go on as a family,” says Naughton. This won’t be easy considering the deteriorating relationship between Tasha and Ghost (Omari Hardwick).

“At this point, she’s not thinking about reconciling with Ghost. She’s thinking about how to protect her remaining children,” posits Naughton. “Tasha is tired of running behind him, tired of trying to fix their marriage. She’s doing a lot of things that people are not happy with, but I’m like, ‘Don’t be mad at Tasha. Look at what Ghost has been doing for four seasons to Tasha.'”

After watching her husband cheat with Angela (Lela Loren), leave her for his teenage love, and subsequently get thrown in jail by his spurned lover, Tasha’s finally getting some action for herself in the form of Ghost’s lawyer, Terry Silver (Brandon Victor Dixon). The two have grown close very quickly, with Tasha telling LaKeisha (La La Anthony) that she was ready to leave Ghost and their criminal life behind, something that might not be so easy following the loss of her oldest daughter. “Tasha is always choosing family first, even when it puts her at the bottom of the list,” says Naughton. “Every once in a while Tasha needs love too.”

The Power season 4 finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on STARZ.

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