'Power' premiere: 50 Cent performs, Starz cast celebrates final season in New York
NEW YORK – "The Final Betrayal" is coming soon, but first things first: the final celebration.
The Season 6 premiere of "Power" got a hometown sendoff at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, with the cast, their famous friends and 11,000 fans to say goodbye to Starz's crime drama.
The event paid tribute to New York City, the backdrop for the show, with executive producer and native New Yorker Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson running the show.
What went down at the "Power Takes MSG" event, where we left off last season with James "Ghost" St. Patrick and the crew, and what to expect from the final 15 episodes.
50 Cent and special guests performed at the New York premiere
If you have to say goodbye, you might as well go out with a bang. 50 Cent gave the audience a 2-hour concert, performing some of his biggest hits, from "What Up Gangsta" and "Many Men" to "Magic Stick" and "I Run New York."
It wasn't hard for 50 Cent to prove he runs New York, surprising fans by bringing some of the hottest names in hip hop and R&B to the stage, including Trey Songz, Snoop Dogg, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Davido, Jacquees and O.T. Genasis.
The audience was just as star-studded, with Ice-T and Coco, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, Dapper Dan, Victor Cruz, Busta Rhymes and Angela Simmons in attendance.
50 Cent ended the night with a rousing performance of the show's theme song, "Big Rich Town," with cast members Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora and La La Anthony dancing alongside the show's creator, Courtney A. Kemp.
Where 'Power' Season 5 left off
Viewers had one major question at the end of the fifth season: Is Angela alive? A season of quasi-feuding between Ghost (Hardwick) and Tommy (Sikora) brought fans to the final moments of the season, as Angela (Loren) ended up with a bullet in her chest.
With the Feds breathing down their necks, Angela gathers Ghost, Tommy and Tasha, warning them to conceal evidence that might link them to crimes. Prosecutors including Cooper Saxe want to bring Ghost to justice by flipping Tasha (Naughton), Tommy, LaKeisha (Anthony), Proctor (Jerry Ferrara) and Angela, but they already have a witness willing to testify against him – Maria Suarez.
In his attempt to flip Tommy, Saxe tells him that Ghost manipulated him into killing his own father, Tony Teresi, showing him proof that Teresi implicated Ghost when he was talking to the Feds. Tommy tracks Ghost and Angela to a secret meet-up at their old high school. As the two kissed in the stairwell, Angela looks up to see Tommy pointing a gun at them from above. Angela pushes Ghost out of the way as Tommy pulls the trigger, shooting her instead of Ghost.
What fans can expect from the final season (and beyond)
The final season of "Power" debuts Sunday (8 EDT/PDT) and is split into two installments: Ten episodes this fall, and five more starting in January.
The series circles back to a central theme: Power and the struggle to maintain it. In the season premiere, Ghost seeks revenge for Tommy's shooting of Angela, whose fate is revealed quickly.
Prosecutors deal with the ramifications of the shooting and continue their quest to put Ghost in jail for good by trying to flip one of his closest associates.
Meanwhile, Ghost and Tasha's teenage son Tariq, whose exploits have turned deadly in the past two seasons, is caught in between his father and his Uncle Tommy.
The final season won't be the end for "Power" fans. Starz announced Mary J. Blige will headline a spinoff series, "Power Book II: Ghost," expected next summer. There are more sequels in development that will continue the journey of some of ‘Power’s’ most controversial characters.
'Power' spinoff:Mary J. Blige to star; 50 Cent, cast of Starz drama pay homage