Power Book 4: Reason for Tommy’s move to Chicago over California ‘rumbled’ in new theory
Power Book II: Michael Rainey Jr shares behind the scenes look
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Tommy Egan (played by Joseph Sikora) is heading to Chicago to face off against the Irish mob in the upcoming spin-off, Power Book IV: Force. Many fans were assuming the Starz’ series fourth instalment would be based in California, while a new theory suggests his time in the Windy City could just be a pit stop on the way to bigger things.
Power fans may have worked out what will draw Tommy Egan to Chicago in the third Power spin-off, Force.
The series is currently filming in Chicago and is set to premiere on Starz after the first seasons of Ghost, which concluded in January, and upcoming prequel Raising Kanan.
Much of the audience were surprised to learn the series would be based in southside Chi-town after Tommy’s departure at the end of Power’s sixth season.
Although he took a detour to confront Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) at the end of Book II, the first set photo has confirmed Book IV will be partly set around the Altgeld Gardens area of Chicago.
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This seems to have flown in the face of Tommy’s promise at the end of Power season six to head to California before taking out Spanky (Omar Scroggins).
Meanwhile, a casting update for the series has confirmed Tommy Flanagan is on board as the Irish mobster Walter Flynn, as a mentor and potential rival for Tommy Egan.
As speculation for the upcoming series reaches tipping point, fans may have deduced what draws Tommy to Chicago at the beginning of Book IV.
On Reddit, one fan proposed: “Interesting to see Tommy spending more time in Chicago before California. Might be trying to set up a pipeline.”
While another replied: “Facts! he’s going to make those connections first before he heads out to Cali.”
Despite the latest news, most viewers are still convinced Tommy will make it out to California at some point in the series’ future.
Book IV has yet to be renewed for a second season, though another instalment of Book II: Ghost is currently filming.
With Power’s popularity on the up, Tommy could eventually use his connections and experience in Chicago to set up his own network in California in a second season.
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However, others have also speculated that his rest stop could eventually turn into a more permanent stay when he discovers what Chicago has to offer.
Following the recent casting announcement, some viewers believe newcomers Claudia ‘Claud’ Flynn (Lili Simmons) or Gloria (Gabrielle Ryan) could be being set up as love interests for Tommy.
Another fan suggested: “I think Tommy Egan and Claud Flynn are gonna hookup, but Gloria will be the one that he ends up with.”
If Book IV does follow up with a second season, Tommy’s calling in California could be the catalyst that drives the tension between him and the Flynns.
Plus, Tommy is still out for revenge against Tasha for framing him for the murder of James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and his hunt could take him across the country.
Then again, there’s every chance Ghost’s former partner will settle in nicely and decide to permanently set up shop in Chicago.
Power and Book II star Naturi Naughton has just landed a lead role for new ABC drama Queens, so it’s currently unclear to what capacity she’ll be returning for future series.
As filming continues on Book IV, fans will certainly be keeping their eyes on Sikora’s social media updates for more clues for the upcoming series.
Power Book 4: Force will be released later this year on Starz and Starzplay.
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