Mariah is at her arraignment. The lawyers bicker. Misty is thrilled but Luke isn’t sure its as open and shut as it seems. A woman enters the courtroom but it seems that no one notices. Two members of the audience lash out when the Jamaican restaurant shooting comes up. The judge denies bail and revokes Mariah’s passport. Before she can be taken away though she asks to speak and the judge allows it.
She compares the situation in Harlem to Hurricane Katrina. She’s needed on the outside to prevent the dam wall from collapsing. Resources are overrun. The streets are dangers. She’s has to handle the situation. Mariah is sent to jail and crime rates soar. Luke is handling things his way. Misty is doing it hers. She goes to see Tilda and talks to her about Bushmaster and Mariah. When she starts to snoop, Tilda calls her out and sends her on her way but Misty is suspicious.
As soon as Misty is outside, Bushmaster and his goons come out of the back room. He’s still in a bad way and she is trying to heal him. She tells him what to do and it includes rest. He isn’t looking to do that until Mariah is dead though. Tilda seems pretty close to him. Meanwhile Luke is trying to figure out who is responsible for the violence. He doesn’t know but someone does. Shades. He comes in and explains the whole thing. The Italians are moving in and now the old rules are out.
They need a leader who loves Harlem and he wants Luke to do it. He gets in Luke’s head and it sparks something. He has a point. Luke is headed to Little Italy. On the inside Mariah is being taken out of her cell. Her guard runs into a problem that quickly turns into an issue for her. Its the Italians. They pour lighter fluid on Mariah and then get ready to torch her. Some other people jump in though. It’s a girl from the block who is going to protect Mariah for a price.
She seems to accept it but when the girl gets close, Mariah takes her out. She’s running the show now. Luke goes to see the head Italian lady. He takes out her people along the way and tells her his terms. A lockbox around Harlem or he’ll mess her life up. She seems to agree. Tilda sees Bushmaster and his people off. They are going back to Jamaica and she is done paying her family debt to them. Mariah meets with her lawyer. They are going to spin the whole thing onto Shades and buy off anyone they can.
Those who can’t be bought will be taken out. Very few are safe but Sugar is. Misty is working a case. Its two people that used to be in with Mariah, she tells Ridley. Looks like Mariah is cleaning house. A desperate Alex goes to see Tilda for help but she just tells him to run. Luke has to go see Mariah. She’s messing up everything he just fixed. More people are taken out. Someone goes for Shades but he handles it and then calls in to see Mariah, under a different name.
Alex is killed. His mother freaks out. Tilda sees from afar. Shades gets a face to face with Mariah and goes off on her. He heads out and it looks like he got his closure. Tilda wants to visit and the lawyer is arranging. Luke wants to get in too but Misty is not having it. She won’t let him mess up her case. Mariah still thinks she did what was right and necessary. Tilda doesn’t think she will ever get out.
Mariah goes on about family and loyalty until Tilda taps out and leaves, kissing her mother on the lips on her way out. The lawyer comes back in. Someone else called but Mariah is still caught up in Tilda. It takes her a minute to ask who. Luke pounds the pavement in Harlem. Tilda heads to the club and takes a look around. Luke is still walking. Shades is sitting in a park. Tilda sings in the club. Luke goes to see Mariah.
He tells her to back off the peace he managed and she tries to deny it. Then she tells him that she’s glad he’s the king of Harlem. They argue for a few moments but then she starts coughing up blood. It was Tilda. Mariah dies and since his deal was contingent upon a conviction, Shades is busted for the murders. Tilda takes up her mantle as the head of the family. DW gives Luke trouble for the way he’s handling things but Luke and Sugar roll out.
The lawyer reads Mariah’s will to Tilda and Luke. Most of the money goes into making the Initiative a foundation. Tilda gets the keyboard and Luke gets the club because he loves Harlem as much as she does. Tilda is not happy about it. When she wrote it, Mariah told the lawyer that Luke will think he can change things but it will change him. Luke tells the lawyer to burn the club.
DW puts up a help wanted sign at the barber shop. Luke keeps the club. He gets rid of the Biggie painting and puts Muhammad Ali instead. Misty doesn’t think he should have taken it but he has grand plans for keeping Harlem the way he wants it. She still isn’t convinced, especially when Sugar comes in to deal with business. The club is open and Tilda comes in. Sugar tells Luke that “she” is here and asks what to do. Luke has him tell Claire to go home. He goes back into the office and sits down.
I knew Tilda would be important but I sort of figured she would end up sleeping with or killed by Shades. I was surprised that didn’t happen. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him. I don’t want Tilda to be the bad guy though. Can’t it be one of the other leaders stepping in on Harlem? Let these people band together! Is there a next season? There should be.