'Power Book III: Raising Kanan': Did Raq influence Kanan's decision to become a gangster?

Raq may have wanted to protect Kanan but unknowingly pushed him into her world

                            'Power Book III: Raising Kanan': Did Raq influence Kanan's decision to become a gangster?
Mekai Curtis as Kanan Stark and Patina Miller as Raquel 'Raq' Thomas in 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' (Starz)

The 'Power' loyalists know how Kanan Stark (50 Cent) met his end. With Starz series 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan', they will learn what experiences shaped him to be the man he was. It wasn't easy growing up under the severe tutelage of his queenpin mother, Raquel 'Raq' Thomas (Patina Miller), who envisioned Kanan walking a different path but ended up somewhat influencing him to follow in her footsteps.  

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In the clip to the new season, we see a weeping, tiny Kanan complaining how he was "beat down" and his sister, Jukebox was held back at the park. Listening to him narrate the incident, Raq picked up a sock and filled it up with empty batteries as she taught him how to work around similar situations. When one is exposed to violence and fights at such a tender age, one can hardly look away. Even though Raq wanted to keep him away from the world she was at the top of, for Kanan it would always be fascinating. He watched from the sidelines for a while and it was only a matter of time before he got fully involved. 


The sneak peek we get into the maiden episode is not enough to make a claim that Raq is solely responsible for Kanan's life's decisions. However, it is enough for us to speculate that he takes after his mother when it comes to savagery. 

Kanan was like any other student in his school - sticking to his books while hoping to score a date with the popular schoolgirl, Davina Harrison (Lovie Simone). But his life steered him to a world riddled with secrets, the kind that comes with severe consequences. He has no choice but to grapple and live with them. 


The official synopsis reads: "Much like the original “Power,” “Raising Kanan” explores themes of identity, violence, and legacy, but it is also a deep dive into the very pathology of family; the unique, complicated and fraught dynamic between parent and child, mother and father, brother and sister."

Catch all the new episodes of 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' on Starz every Sunday at 8/7c. For more information, check your local listings. If you don't have access to cable TV, subscribing to live TV streaming services will help your case. AT & T TV, Hulu, Sling TV, and YouTube TV are some of your options. If you are not based in the United States, using a VPN will help your case. 

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