Raising Kanan’s Raq star speaks out on graphic Power Book 3 death: ‘Symbolic of something

Power Book III: Raising Kanan: First trailer for new episode

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The long-awaited Power spin-off has finally landed on Starz and after a shocking start to the series actress Patina Miller spoke out and gave fans an insight into what’s to come for the rest of season one. Two episodes in and Power Book III: Raising Kanan has already had a death, which could result in something major implications for Kanan Stark (played by Mekai Curtis)

Fans were first introduced to Kanan Stark (Curtis ‘50 Cent Jackson) in the original series of Power.

There was he was a complicated character who murdered his son Shawn Stark (Sinqua Walls) and beloved cousin Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose).

Kanan’s first appearance was him in prison after being convicted of a drug charge.

The criminal was also known for being the person who taught kingpins James ‘Ghost’ St Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) everything they knew about drug-dealing.

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After being murdered by police in season five of the prequel series, Raising Kanan was created to give fans an insight into his upbringing.

With Mekai Curtis portraying a 15-year-old Kanan Stark, fans were transported back to South Jamaica Queens, in 1991 to see how he became the criminal he was in Power.

In the spin-off, fans have learned that he was an only child raised by single mother Raquel ‘Raq’ Thomas (Patina Miller).

However, she ran the streets as a glamorous queen pin and was responsible for transporting drugs across New York.

Raq had tried to keep Kanan focused on school and sheltered from the drug life but his curiosity got the best of him.

After purposely failing his entry exam to an affluent school away from the rough streets of New York, he considered it his duty to protect his mother from the dangers of drug trafficking.

However, he did the opposite – Kanan and his friend Shawn ‘Famous’ Figueroa (Antonio Ortiz) stormed Unique’s (Joey Badass) crew and shot Buck (Donte Grey) after he spotted them selling on one of his mother’s locations.

Unbeknownst to him, Raq had made a deal with her rival Unique and given him that corner and more.

With this shootout, Kanan’s head had a price on it and Raq had no choice but to teach him how to shoot, in order to protect himself.

In one of the major scenes of episode one Raq went to Lanes nightclub to enquire if she could use the place to sell drugs.

While she was there she encountered the rude Toni Deep (AnnaLynne McCord) who disrespected her business, saying the cocaine was not pure enough to sell at their club.

In an effort to submit assertiveness, Raq took Toni’s beloved pooch that she was seen carrying around and killed it by cooking it in the microwave.

Speaking to TVLine actress Patina Miller opened up about the scene and said: “The violence that you will see on our show is part of the Power universe.”

She explained: “We only use violence to tell the story and only if it propels the narrative and moves things along, the dog’s death was symbolic of something bigger.

“When you see that scene, you already know the kind of person Raq is.”

The actress added: “When she walked into that nightclub, it isn’t something she wanted to do but the way that woman was, Raq had to check her in the worst way, Raq doesn’t resort to violence, That’s the last thing that she wants.”

Power Book III: Raising Kanan is available to watch on Starz and Starzplay in the UK.

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