"Power Book II: Ghost"'s Season 2 Finale Confirms Lauren's Ending
"Power Book II: Ghost"'s season two finale finally addressed our lingering questions surrounding Lauren's whereabouts. The previous episode picks up on the action that follows Professor Milgram's (Melanie Liburd) death and the Tejada family drama, but in the following one, Lauren's (Paige Hurd) body finally turns up from a "car accident," bringing her character arc to a tragic end.
As seen in episode nine, "A Fair Fight?," Tariq learns that there's more to the story of his ex-girlfriend catching him on a wire — Lauren also caught Brayden (Gianni Paolo) and Cane (Woody McClain) on it as well. In episode five, Lauren wears her wire when she stops by Brayden and Tariq's dorm room looking for the latter. There, she gets introduced to Cane as "Lorenzo." She gets intel on the wire that ADA Jenny Sullivan (Paton Ashbrook) tries to use in court, but Brayden foils her plans and gets the entire case dismissed. But by that point, the damage is already done.
Before the last day of the trial, Tariq informs Effie (Alix Lapri) that Lauren's been working with Sullivan, and the information sends her on a mission to get Tariq's ex out of the picture for good. After speaking with Tariq, Effie relays their conversation back to Cane, and they, along with Brayden, come up with a plan to kill Lauren. Brayden later takes Lauren out to the woods, where we believe he's going to shoot her, but Effie shows up and finishes the job. Although we don't get to see what happens to Lauren, we can assume Effie stages her murder in the aforementioned car accident.
"Power" is notorious for killing off its most critical characters, which we clearly see in its spinoff's season two finale. Still, Lauren's death is one some viewers didn't see coming. Normally after a "Power" character is eliminated, the actor playing them will share a goodbye message to fans. But Hurd's Instagram feed has yet to confirm if Lauren is actually gone yet, so there may be room for her character to make a miraculous return in season three. We'll just have to stay tuned and see.