Donshea Hopkins Reveals Why Raina Was Killed Off on ‘Power': ‘It Should’ve Been Tariq!’ [VIDEO]
Last Sunday (Aug. 21), Power fans were stunned when Raina St. Patrick, played by Donshea Hopkins, was killed off on the show. The death was a direct result of Tariq’s (played Michael Rainey Jr.) rebellion into the world of drugs and crime.
Since then, fans have expressed their grief of Raina’s death on social media. Even Charlamagne Da God gave Tariq "Donkey of the Day" honors, which may be the first time ever a fictional television character has been roasted by the Breakfast Club co-host.
In an interview with Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning show, Hopkins was surprised as well and didn't see it coming.
"I feel like this season we became more attached to Raina because we got to see her grow and develop more especially this season," he said. "And then, it was like that – I was like REALLY? C’mon?"
"I was definitely sad. I was a little heartbroken for a while. Not heartbroken, but it felt surreal," she continued. "I was definitely not expecting it."
In an interview with EW, Power creator Courtney A. Kemp explained the painstacking decision to have Raina killed.
"It had a lot to do with the inevitable, which was that Tariq was getting more and more over his head in dealing with a world he doesn’t understand," she said. "What are the natural consequence of messing with gangsters? You get hurt. And in this case, Tariq has also been raised in a family where lying is how it goes — this is what they do."
"What we also liked is this idea that Tariq has told his sister that he doesn’t want anyone to know, so she finds out and wants to tell mom, and he begs her, 'Please, don’t tell anyone,'" she continues. "Well, she listens to him and it costs her her life. And I think that is a really kind of beautiful way to tell that story. She loves her brother, her brother loves her, but at the end of the day, Tariq is possessed with the need to individuate from his parents and it blows up in his face. Unfortunately, she’s the one who gets hurt."
"The show is not about power, it’s really about powerlessness," Kemp added. "The idea that you don’t have power over what’s happening next no matter how much you think you do. So we wanted something that at this stage of the series would change everyone’s life forever."