WHO HE IS: The series’ protagonist, a highly successful drug kingpin (known as “Ghost”) who’s looking to go legit as a nightclub owner (known as James); currently besotted with his high school love, Angela (who calls him Jamie), much to the dismay of his wife, Tasha
WHAT’S AHEAD: Portrayer Omari Hardwick says viewers can expect “more violence this year, on another level” — which is saying a lot, considering that Season 1 found the Man of Many Names stripping down to his undershirt to make someone who crossed him seriously bloody. The carnage in Ghost’s personal life, though less gory, will be no less brutal. “Everybody around him is confused,” Hardwick previews. Tommy, especially, will be “pretty amazed that the high school thing” — aka his dalliance with Angela — “has this boy so stuck on stupid.”
Tasha St. Patrick
WHO SHE IS: Ghost’s wife, who appreciates the material wealth his drug business makes possible and who recently realized how serious (read: potentially marriage-ending) his affair with former girlfriend Angela is
WHAT’S AHEAD: “Tasha becomes more vulnerable in Season 2 than you’ve seen her,” portrayer Naturi Naughton previews. “She starts to really break down. It’s not just about the exterior anymore” — thought don’t expect Mrs. St. Patrick’s fabulous wardrobe to get any less covetable — “it’s about taking care of herself on the inside, emotionally.” Well, and it’s also about heeding her mom’s advice and squirreling away some of James’ ill-gotten gains in a private account of her own, just in case.
WHO SHE IS: James’ high school love, with whom he reconnected in Season 1 and with whom he’d like to build a legit future; also an Assistant U.S. Attorney whose investigation into a drug kingpin she knows only as “Ghost” — gulp! — grows tighter every day
WHAT’S AHEAD: “Ghost wants to go through this transformation, but he doesn’t want to lose or sacrifice anything along the way,” says Lela Loren, whose take on the situation is much more clear-headed than that of her love-addled alter ego. Angela “loves the vision that [Ghost] has for himself; she wants Jamie to evolve into the man he wants to be. Tasha doesn’t want that. She wants the man that he is,” she says, adding that she can understand each woman’s viewpoint. “Those are two powerful things. They’re both true, and they clash.” Still, once Ghost learns what his lady has been doing at her day job — and if that partial sketch of Tommy leads her closer to Ghost’s operation — how long can her life the romance last?
WHO HE IS: Ghost’s hotheaded right-hand man, who — while carrying out an execution — stumbled upon the fact that Angela is the AUSA edging ever closer to learning his real identity
WHAT’S AHEAD: How quickly Tommy brings his findings to Ghost, and what Ghost does with that information once he has it, will shape the men’s relationship this season, says portrayer Joseph Sikora. Also affecting the partnership: Kanan’s reappearance and Ghost’s renewed focus on his drug business after Truth is shut down. Whereas the old Tommy was in his comfort zone as second banana, Season 2 circumstances will force Tommy “to be more in a leadership position,” Sikora previews. “That adds a different dynamic to how he will relate to Kanan.”
WHO HE IS: Ghost and Tommy’s mentor, for whom they took control of the drug business when he went to jail a decade before
WHAT’S AHEAD: Kanan’s Season 1, planned-from-prison hits on Ghost’s crew were deadly and ruthless; now that he’s a free man, says portrayer and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Ghost better watch out. “There are no real lines with Kanan. It’s old-school,” Jackson tells TVLine. Kemp Agboh adds that the upcoming season will explore the new dynamic in the old relationship: “He was the boss, but [Ghost and Tommy] have grown past him. But what does that mean?”
WHO SHE IS: Tommy’s girlfriend, who worked at Truth… until she revealed to James that she knew he and Ghost are the same person, and then was shot moments later in an incident that eventually gets the nightclub closed for the foreseeable future
WHAT’S AHEAD: You won’t have to wait long to learn what became of the loose-lipped redhead, Kemp Agboh says. “Episode 1,” she promises. “The audience needs to know certain things very quickly.”