Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James Ghost St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, has always followed in his father’s footsteps as one of the biggest drug dealers in New York City on Power Book II: Ghost . As we are still early on in the second season of Power Book II , Tariq has not been seen much, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy trying to take down his father and take over New York City’s drug trade. Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father’s shoes on Power Book II: Ghost

The return of Tariq

Michael Rainey Jr. reprises his role as Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James Ghost St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, in the new spinoff series Power Book II: Ghost. Tariq is slowly following in his father’s footsteps as a drug dealer, and the new series picks up shortly after the events of the original show. It features appearances from both Ghost and Angela Valdes (played by Lela Loren).

There was an eight-year gap where we didn’t see much of Michael’s character, showrunner Courtney Kemp tells Variety. This gives us an opportunity to jump back in time.

The new spinoff also explores some of the unanswered questions from the original series finale like how did Ghost find out about Tariq’s involvement with drugs? What happened to make him realize he needed to intervene? Kemp says. That part is so big that it needs to be explored.

Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father's shoes on Power Book II: Ghost
Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father’s shoes on Power Book II: Ghost

The antihero

Michael Rainey Jr. stars as Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James Ghost St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, who is slowly following in his father’s footsteps as a drug dealer in the new Starz series Power Book II: Ghost. While Tariq is not the traditional hero, he is a complex and intriguing character that audiences can’t help but root for. Rainey Jr. has followed in his own parent’s footsteps by playing many roles in the entertainment industry. He has acted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, Naomi Watts and Will Smith in After Earth, starred alongside Jon Hamm on Mad Men and John Travolta on Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father among others. He also had a recurring role as Earl Youngs III (aka Dirty Dee) on Black Lightning last season which earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series.

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Not really an antihero

Michael Rainey Jr.’s character, Tariq, is the son of drug kingpin James Ghost St. Patrick on the STARZ show Power Book II: Ghost. While Tariq is slowly following in his father’s footsteps, he’s not quite an antihero. In fact, he’s just trying to survive and protect his family. Michael Rainey Jr. does an amazing job of portraying a young man who is struggling with the weight of his legacy and the choices he has to make. It’s definitely been interesting for me, says Michael about playing Tariq. Playing somebody who is coming from this life that I’m unfamiliar with.

Michael was drawn to the complexity of Tariq’s story and had much more freedom than he did playing Ghost Junior on season one. It was so liberating as an actor because I wasn’t boxed in by all these rules that you had to follow as Ghost Junior, says Michael about playing Tariq on Power Book II: Ghost.

Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father's shoes on Power Book II: Ghost
Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father’s shoes on Power Book II: Ghost

Michael also thinks it helped him come out of his shell as an actor since it was a different type of role than what he had done before.

Three reasons why he might be an antihero

Michael Rainey Jr.’s character, Tariq St. Patrick, is an antihero for several reasons. First, he’s the son of a drug kingpin and is slowly following in his footsteps. Second, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and will do whatever it takes to get what he wants – even if that means breaking the law. And third, he’s got a bit of a temper and can be quick to violence. But while Tariq might be the lesser of two evils when compared to his father, he still isn’t good.

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Why he’s not a stereotype

Michael Rainey Jr. is not your typical drug dealer. He’s the son of James Ghost St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, and he’s slowly following in his father’s footsteps as a drug dealer. But unlike his father, Tariq is trying to do things the right way. He’s not out to make a quick buck; he wants to build a legitimate business that will provide for his family and community. The drug business may be hard and dangerous but it’s not all bad either, there are some perks. Like getting hooked up with all the latest designer clothes and sneakers, living in the lap of luxury and driving around town in cars like Benzes

and Bentleys that most people only see on TV. The first step to becoming a better man than his dad is learning how to cook crack cocaine—something his dad never wanted him to know how to do—but

Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father's shoes on Power Book II: Ghost
Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father’s shoes on Power Book II: Ghost

The first act

Michael Rainey Jr. stars as Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James Ghost St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, in Power Book II: Ghost. Tariq is slowly following in his father’s footsteps as a drug dealer, and the first act follows him as he tries to make a name for himself in the business. While it is clear that he has the potential to be a successful dealer, he still has a lot to learn about the game. He even falls victim to an ambush by a rival gang, who try to steal all of his merchandise and take out Tariq while they’re at it. Luckily, two friends are there to save him before anything happens, but it becomes clear how little life experience he has.

Michael Rainey Jr., who plays Tariq in the show says I think  starts off trying not to follow in those footsteps because he knows what kind of legacy he’s going down if he does.

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He wants his own legacy, Michael said. But then I think people see that side of him so much that it gets hard for him not to do something about it.

The second act

Michael Rainey Jr. returns as Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James Ghost St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, in the highly anticipated sequel to the hit show Power. Tariq is slowly following in his father’s footsteps as a drug dealer, and the show picks up right where the last one left off. I’m proud of what my dad does, he says in an interview. I want to take over his business when he retires.

Michael (Rainey) loves playing this character who comes from such an important family with so much drama that goes back for generations.

It’s not always easy for him though; he has family obligations to worry about too.

My friends are like ‘why are you so obsessed with acting?’ And I’m like ‘man, this is what I was born to do.’ I was born to act.

Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father's shoes on Power Book II: Ghost
Tariq St. Patrick steps into his father’s shoes on Power Book II: Ghost

The third act

Michael Rainey Jr. plays Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James Ghost St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, who is slowly following in his father’s footsteps as a drug dealer on Power Book II: Ghost. In the third act of the show, Tariq must step up and take charge when his father is taken out of the picture. I feel like I am following in my dad’s footsteps, Michael Rainey Jr. says about the role he inherited from Omari Hardwick. We’re both trying to find balance between what we want to do with our lives and what our parents want us to do.

When asked if he has any desire to be a professional football player like his father, he replies that he does not want that life for himself because it would not make him happy. I’d rather live my own life, he says.

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