Spoiler Alert: This interview comprises spoilers for the season finale of “Energy E book IV: Power,” titled “Energy, Powder, Respect,” now streaming on Starz.
Typically kingpins can’t have all of it. The “Energy E book IV: Power” Season 2 finale aired on Friday night time, leaving viewers with extra questions than solutions as followers await the fates of a number of energy gamers in Tommy’s (Joseph Sikora) story — however showrunner Gary Lennon isn’t sharing too many solutions forward of what he hopes can be Season 3 renewal.
After double-crossing the Serbs and Claudia Flynn (Lilli Simmons), leaving his crew to take over their turf, Tommy lastly secures his standing as the brand new heavyweight distributor in Chicago, with Diamond (Isaac Keys) and the remainder of CBI (now, larger than ever due to the gang-truce between them and the RDs) at his aspect. However, working with the Estrada cartel comes with its personal sacrifices.
Tommy’s competitors, Miguel (Manuel Eduardo Ramirez, who’s additionally linked to the cartel, desires to take him down by any means mandatory after studying of Tommy’s secret relationship together with his sister Mireya (Carmela Zumbado). When the pinnacle of the cartel, Che (Sammy A. Publes), tells the 2 drug lords to play good, Miguel hits Tommy the one different method he is aware of how – by sending Mireya away, leaving Tommy with out his one supply of refuge.
Not solely does Tommy lose his love, however his relationship together with his household hits a brand new low. After Tommy orchestrated a faux kidnapping to relocate D-Mac (Lucien Cambric), the household’s youngest and most ornery escapes (unbeknownst to Tommy) simply to wreak extra havoc in Chicago — all within the title of rejoining his gang, CBI. D-Mac’s difficult and harried return places pressure on the household dynamic as JP (Anthony Fleming) and Kate (Patricia Kalember) results in a heavy climax and supreme fallout that pushes Kate to relapse and nearly overdose.
Struggling to reconcile his troubled relationship together with his mom, Tommy is shaken by the considered dropping his mom for good. However, when he lastly strikes to make issues proper with JP, his brother shuts him out of their lives and cuts ties.
“One of many mantras that we wished for the season for Tommy’s arc this season, as he says early on within the season is, ‘I’m uninterested in being on the backside of the highest. I wish to be join,’” Lennon says of his inventive alternative. “So, the arc, if it’s worthwhile to put it in a paragraph, is the concept that Tommy Egan acquired what he wished — to develop into a join, nevertheless it price him every little thing that he liked. That’s the true hardship. So is it price it? He’s develop into a join, however did he lose Maria perpetually? Can he get her again?”
Lennon continues: “We thought, as a substitute of simply giving Tommy an entire win — he acquired to win professionally, criminally, if you’ll. Personally, he had a devastating loss. And that’s fascinating, as a result of in actual life, that’s the way in which issues go. Typically on the top of your profession, you’re essentially the most depressing due to private demons or one thing like that.”
The Flynn household, now fragmented by the lack of their father Walter (Tommy Flanagan), are additional at odds as Claudia makes a number of strikes to safe her long-desired spot as Chicago’s queenpin and Vic (Shane Harper) works behind the scenes with federal brokers in Stacy Marks’ (Miriam A. Hyman) activity drive to take down her and Tommy’s operation.
However in the long run, Tommy discovered himself because the clear victor on this battle. After discovering Vic’s involvement with the police, Tommy turns the tables round forcing Vic to work below his command or surrender his secret to the remainder of CBI. His different transfer lands Claudia in jail, the place he sends successful out on her and will get his lengthy awaited revenge for the demise of Liliana (Audrey Esparza).
Whereas there’s extra to be unpacked regarding the Flynn household’s destiny that’s essentially the most Lennon can say of the finale’s household cliffhangers. The remainder, he hopes followers will stick round to see when Starz greenlights the present for a 3rd season — a season, he teases, that may depart viewers questioning what they thought they knew of Tommy Egan’s universe.
Lennon took the reigns forward of Season 2 following former showrunner, Robert Munic’s exit. Munic, who created the sequence and government produced the primary season, parted methods with the Starz drama over “inventive variations,” making method for Lennon (who beforehand labored on the flagship “Energy” sequence as co-showrunner with Courtney Kemp in Season 6) and his imaginative and prescient to step up within the sophomore iteration of the spinoff.
A part of that imaginative and prescient meant “steering the ship straight once more,” as Lennon places it. Regardless of stamping a brand new file with its Season 1 premiere that garnered 3.3 million multi-platform viewers, making it Starz most-viewed premiere thus far at the moment, Lennon felt there was nonetheless a lot floor to be recovered story-wise within the newest chapter.
“After having seen the the episodes of Season 1, I wished to convey Tommy again which is actually why I titled my 201 Episode, ‘Tommy’s Again,’” says Lennon. “I felt just like the Tommy character that I knew and liked from ‘Energy’ wasn’t totally there in Season 1. He wasn’t given the fabric. His dialogue was a bit flat, and I simply wasn’t on the experience with him, actually. My job, I felt like, was take what I used to be given, lose the fats, preserve the weather that I actually liked. After which construct upon that, which is why I created Miguel and Maria and all that.”
In a method, the season served as a homecoming, as Lennon led the story again to its “Energy” roots, reminding viewers why they loved Tommy Egan as a personality within the first place. “He’s powerful,” Lennon says. “He’s ruthless. He’s felony. He’s hilarious. He’s acquired the largest coronary heart of anyone on the present. His need for household, his want to like.”
Not solely that, however Lennon wished to convey the signature “grit” that “Energy” was identified for, again to forefront — which took form in each character’s arcs this season.
Killings had been at an all-time excessive in Season 2 and nobody was secure, as director and this season’s supervising producer, Lisa Demaine beforehand informed Selection. Brothers Diamond and Jenard (Kris Lofton) misplaced their father, which spun the latter from seller to person. The Flynn household eliminated their patriarch in a deliberate coup that led to his demise. All of the whereas, energy gamers lurked within the shadows hatching schemes to take one another – from double brokers like Shanti (Adrienne Walker) and Jenard to the federal brokers within the Stacy Marks activity drive.
On the subject of the remainder of Tommy’s story, Lennon says he is aware of how the seller’s story ends, and is at present in talks with Starz about how they will make that occur — beginning with a 3rd season renewal. However the one tease he’s giving is the phrase: “By no means Say By no means.”