Power Book II Ghost: Are Tariq & Brayden the New Ghost & Tommy?

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Power Book II: Ghost follows Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) after the death of his father, James (Omari Hardwick). To pursue his goals, he begins selling drugs with his best friend Brayden Weston (Gianni Paolo) and forms a deal with a prominent crime family.

Many fans compare Tariq and Brayden to Ghost and Tommy, but what do the actors think? Here's what Joseph Sikora has to say about the comparison.

Power Book II Ghost: Joseph Sikora’s Reaction to Tariq & Brayden Fan Comparison

Sikora took to Twitter to respond to a video questioning whether Tariq and Brayden were the new Ghost and Tommy. He accompanied the post with a slew of emoticons, including laughing and crying faces. The actor agreed with a fan in the comments section that they aren't exactly alike, but both have a lot of room for development.

When another fan commented that Tariq and Brayden would “never be icons like James and Tommy,” Sikora said: “I don’t know. I think they will.”

He called Rainey and Paolo "excellent" actors and said Paolo deserved credit for "doing an amazing job as his own character."

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What Makes Tariq & Brayden Unique?

It's easy to see why fans might see parallels between the two characters. However, there are certain differences between them. When it comes to Tommy and Brayden in particular, Power creator Courtney Kemp noted that the two have distinct behavioral peculiarities.

“One of the things that is really a difference between Tommy and Brayden is that the way that Tommy could help Ghost was all physical. It was all force, that’s why the spinoff is called Force,” Kemp previously explained on Instagram Live.

She went on to say how well-connected Brayden is. Because of his family name, he is able to move and do things that Tommy could never have imagined, just as Tariq had access to things that Ghost could never have imagined, Kemp explained.

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Watch the Power Universe on Starz

Sikora's comments come as the first season of Tommy's spinoff airs on Starz. The show premiered on February 6, immediately following the completion of Season 2 of Power Book II: Ghost. The season will end just in time for the premiere of Power Book III: Raising Kanan, a prequel to the Kanan Stark series. While the series does not have a release date as yet, the show is slated to return later in 2022.

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