Power Book IV: Force ending after three seasons

The longer a show runs on a streaming network, the more expensive it becomes. It's not surprising then that Starz is ending Power Book IV: Force after three seasons.
“Power Book II: Ghost” Season 4 New York City Premiere
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It was only really a matter of time before Starz canceled Power Book IV: Force. The writing was on the wall after CEO Jeffrey Hirsch commented about keeping the costs down.

While in the world of broadcast, the costs of producing shows goes down as seasons go on—for the most part because sets are built—things are different in the world of streaming. The contracts are written to keep the costs down for the first two seasons, and then the costs rise significantly after that.

It’s why we see a lot of streaming shows only make it to three or four seasons if they’re lucky. Premium cable networks are going the same way, and Hirsch commented that the best way to keep costs down was to produce new shows instead of keeping shows going for longer.

Power Book IV: Force will end after this season

That led to the feeling that we were going to lose the fourth Power series. Yes, Power Book IV: Force will end after Season 3, which is currently in production in Chicago. That means the end of Tommy’s journey as we currenlty know it.

There is some good news within the cancellation news. It seems like the crew was given time. Showrunner Gary Lennon shares that there was time to create a proper ending for the series, so fans will be satisfied. Don’t expect any annoying cliffhangers to resolve.

It’s bittersweet, though. This is not the way Lennon and others wanted the show to end, according to TVLine.

Power Book II: Ghost is also coming to an end after four seasons. There are suggestions that Power Book III: Raising Kanan will end with Season 5, which has been confirmed.

The world of Power will continue to grow

This doesn’t mean the franchise is ending. Remember that Hirsch said he wanted more new shows. It makes sense to put those new shows within a franchise that is already loved.

This brings us to the Power franchise. Origin is in the works, according to Deadline. Like so many other franchises, the show is growing by going backward in time. It’s time to meet a young Ghost and Tommy.

This isn’t the first time that the franchise has gone back in time. Power Book III: Raising Kanan took us back to a young Kanan Stark, played by 50 Cent in the original series. Fans love to see how some of their favorites end up in the situations they are in.

Maybe we could get another show in the present day after all this. Could we see Tariq and Tommy team up to bring us more stories with them both?

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