In Power Book III: Raising Kanan, who shot Howard and why?
One of the key characters in “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” the prequel and second spin-off to “Power,” played by Omar Epps, is Malcolm Howard. The storyline, set in 1990s South Jamaica, Queens, centers on Kanan Stark’s early life, showing how he evolves from a brilliant high school student to a feared drug lord. Kanan Stark is a main antagonist and later anti-villain in the original series. Howard will most certainly be key to this change, based on what we saw in the first season of “Raising Kanan.” Howard is shot in the Season 1 finale of “Paid in Full”. He struggles following the Season 2 premiere, “Back in the Day.” We can answer your question about who shot Howard. Spoilers follow.
Who killed Howard?
Three months have passed since filming at the start of the second season, and Howard has spent the entire time in the hospital recovering from his injuries. He claims to have amnesia and cannot remember who or why he was shot. His behavior in the first episode, however, suggests otherwise. Although Howard’s memory loss is unexpected, one of his doctors tells Shannon Burke that it’s not entirely unexpected. He says the brain is a mysterious and intriguing device that buries painful memories and suppresses trauma. In fact, he claims what happened to Howard was as miraculous as it gets.
Howard’s cancer diagnosis was revealed in Season 1. Howard reportedly underwent a bone marrow transplant within the past three months and his cancer is currently in remission. Although Howard claims to have no memory of what happened to him, his behavior after his release from the hospital suggests otherwise.
The first season climax included Howard shot by Kanan. Raquel, his mother, ensured that Unique, his fiercest adversary, would be held accountable. While Kanan was sent to Virginia Beach by Raquel, Unique was detained. She invites him back to New York in the Season 2 debut after learning that Howard has amnesia. Unique is released from police custody in the meantime, as numerous eyewitnesses identified him as somewhere other than where Howard was shot at the time of the event. We see Howard watching Kanan from his car despite his denials. He seems, it seems, to remember something.
How Howard was shot?
On his mother’s advice, Kanan shot Howard; he was unaware that the man was in fact his biological father. Howard and Raq seemed to have reached an agreement in episode 9, “Loyal to the End”. Kanan would be given to Howard as a donor after she informed him that he was her biological father. In exchange, Unique and her crew would encounter difficulties in conducting business, and Howard would guarantee that siblings Thomas and Kanan would receive compassionate treatment from the police.
Raq, as we’ll find out later, had no intention of keeping his part of the deal. In fact, it seems she sent their son to kill Howard so she could let him know how bitter she was about him when he died. It makes sense that Kanan would develop the way he did in the show’s first season. Everything he knows he learned from his mother.