Well almost everybody with an Internet connection knew about the massive Power leak except me….SMH!! But, for those who missed it, all three of the final season four episodes were leaked last night.
The bombshell game changer of season four was also spoiled. Of course, we won’t ruin it for everyone, but the loyal fans are definitely pissed. However, they weren’t the only people pissed. Apparently, the STARZ network isn’t pleased about the leak either. In fact, the network has confirmed it will take legal action against the hacker who leaked the videos. STARZ Don’t Play: A few hours after the videos began circulating on Facebook Live, STARZ released a statement about the homemade leaked videos. According to Deadline, STARZ also confirmed the leak was due to a breach in the network’s press screening room.
“The final three episodes of Power’s fourth season were leaked online due to a breach of the press screening room,” said Starz in a statement Wednesday. “This seems to be a case of password sharing that resulted in homemade videos of the episodes which were taped off a TV screen and posted online,” the home of Power, Outlander and American Gods adds. “Starz has begun forensic investigations and will take legal action against the responsible parties.”
Right now, the network has yet to release any details about the person accused of leaking the footage, but the guy who uploaded the homemade live-streamed video may have made the investigation a bit easier than it should have been. For those who haven’t seen the videos, the guy actually showed his face at the end of the uploaded episode. According to Torrent Freak, he also admitted how he got the login information for the press screening room website. “This is like the special, this is only for the people that work at STARZ that watch this shit. My man sent me the whole log-in shit. I had to pay that n******r though,” he said. The network will probably be working to figure out who supplied the login information, but there’s a possibility all involved could face consequences.
Controversy and Confusion: The leak follows 50 Cent and Power creator Courtney Kemp’s explanations for the some of the seemingly rushed scenes in episode six. Apparently, the show’s creator requested two additional episodes in order to have enough time to better explain all of the details in the storyline, but despite the show’s impressive ratings, STARZ refused to order the additional episodes. Both 50 and Courtney Kemp expressed frustration over the creative restriction. “We only have 10 episodes, so we’re often in a situation where we have to pack in a lot of story because we want to get certain places by the end of the season,” Kemp explained. She continued,” Unfortunately, Starz would not give us the extra episode. I asked them for 12 episodes for season 4 and they would not do it. So because they would not do it, we had to make it one episode. That’s the real answer. The upshot was that we had to lose some story lines and some story.”
Power, which stars Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is one of STARZ’s highest rated shows. For the past four years, Power has garnered big ratings and a massive app subscription surge for the network. Needless to say, the series has a very loyal fanbase. Since the last three episodes were only leaked in pieces, fans will still have to tune in to understand the sequence of the storylines. So, the leak still may not ruin the network’s ratings.
Season four of Power is set to wrap up September 4.