'Power Book II's Woody McClain Says Cane and Effie's Relationship "Has Nothing to Do With Tariq" (EXCLUSIVE)

Tatayana Yomary - Author

May 25 2023, Updated 3:41 p.m. ET

Effie Morales and Cane Tejada on Power Book
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Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Power Book II: Ghost Season 3.

Although Power Book II: Ghost fans have been obsessed with the love square between Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.), Diana Tejada (LaToya Tonodeo), Effie Morales (Alix Lapri), and Lauren Baldwin (Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd) — Cane Tejada (Woody McClain) and Effie's romance is all fans are really talking about.

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Since Season 2, fans have long shared their sentiments about Cane Tejada (Woody McClain) and Effie being romantic. And while Effie has always been committed to Tariq, their breakup has caused her to explore a connection with the Tejada enforcer.

Interestingly, fans believe that Cane is pursuing Effie out of spite for Tariq. However, Woody sat down with Distractify to have an exclusive chat about the love connection and it's not quite what it seems.

Here’s the 4-1-1.

Effie Morales and Cane Tejada in Power Book II: Ghost portrayed by Alix Lapri and Woody McClain
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Woody McClain shared that Cane and Effie's relationship has nothing to do with tension between Cane and Tariq.

Fans of Power Book II: Ghost are all aware that anything Cane wants, he usually gets. After learning about Effie and Tariq’s relationship, Cane flirts with Effie in front of Tariq and behind his back. After all, the man can't stand Tariq and has an affinity for beautiful girls.

In Season 3, Cane realizes that Effie took matters into her own hands to remove Lauren from the equation, and his respect for Effie continues to grow.

Interestingly, Cane decides to play “captain save Effie” and decides to give her drugs on the side so she can support herself and pay for tuition after Tariq cuts her out of the business. He also praises her for doing “a man’s job” and shares that she “shouldn’t be punished.”

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Cane Tejada and Effie Morales on Power Book II: Ghost portrayed by Woody McClain and Alix Lapri
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Not to mention, Cane goes as far as to offer Effie a large wad of cash to pay for her tuition. Although she declines, Cane ends up going behind her back and paying her college tuition, which pretty much seals the deal on his romantic access to her.

Of course, once Cane and Effie decide to get horizontal and sweaty with one another, his feelings for her grow.

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Cane even goes as far as to impersonate a lawyer — which is a crime — to see Effie in federal custody after she gets arrested for the attempted murder of Lauren.

In true Black Twitter fashion, fans took Cane's grand gestures as him simply doing whatever it takes to bed Tariq's ex and called him a simp. However, Woody explained that Cane and Effie's connection has nothing to do with Cane's hatred for Tariq.

Cane Tejada on Power Book II: Ghost portrayed by Woody McClain
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"I think Cane really, really, really likes Effie, Woody exclusively told Distractify. "I don't think that has anything to do with Tariq. I feel like he sees his mother in Effie...somebody that's from the street life and super independent. That's what [Cane] sees."

Will Cane fight for the chance to be in a relationship with Effie?

Word on the social media streets is that Cane is not letting go of Effie anytime soon.

While Cane is upset with Effie for not flipping on Tariq and telling him to leave her alone, her loyal nature is one that Cane respects. After all, the No. 1 rule on the street is not to rat on anyone.

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Effie Morales on Power Book II: Ghost portrayed by Alix Lapri
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Not to mention, Woody explained that Effie brings out a more sensitive nurturing side to Cane. In fact, it reminds viewers that Cane is human.

"I think Brett Mahoney (Power Book II: Ghost showrunner) came into Season 3 with just really making Cane a human being," Woody told us. "By making [Cane have] feeling [for] Effie and making him go through these different emotions that we've never seen him showcase before. That was super important."

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With that in mind, Cane will likely try to take his relationship with Effie to the next level in Power Book II: Ghost Season 4. Throughout Cane's time on the series, fans have never seen him infatuated with a woman as he is with Effie. So, since Cane is the true epitome of a hunter, we have a feeling he will make Effie his official lady as the show progresses.

Power Book II: Ghost Seasons 1-3 are currently available to stream on Starz.

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