'Boss' Season 2 premiere: 5 things to expect in 'Louder Than Words'

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Mayor Kane ( Kelsey Grammer) continues to tighten his grip on the city of Chicago. And yet, even his time as this kingdom's corrupt leader comes with a price.

The Season 2 premiere of "Boss" meets Kane having sacrificed his daughter for the sake of his political reputation, hastily adding to his list of enemies, and lacking his once-trusted advisors. As he now finds himself in a state of transition, his foothold may be on the verge of crumbling.

Here are five things you won't want to miss in Friday's (Aug. 17) premiere, "Louder Than Words":

1. Mayor Kane finds himself among reptiles, left under the sun in a barren desert. Or so he imagines. As his disease worsens much faster than expected, Kane refuses to accept the reality of his condition. While he is determined to beat the unbeatable with "awareness, force of will," and "purpose," his denial continues, provoking more dramatic decisions from the mayor.

2. Lennox Gardens, an impoverished African-American part of town, is up for debate now that Kane wants to place a new housing development in its place. Shaking the balance of power in the city, new character Mona Fredricks ( Sanaa Lathan) takes on Kane full force on behalf of her boss Alderman Ross ( James Vincent Meredith), proving that she, too, can be ruthless.

3. Kane's new staffer has some big shoes to fill. Now that Ezra Stone ( Martin Donovan) and Kitty O'Neill ( Kathleen Robertson) are no longer present amongst Kane's trusted circle, Kane must rebuild his team, starting with Ian Todd ( Jonathan Groff). Though still green to the world of Chicago politics, Todd quickly proves that he can get the job done.

4. Kitty is back at her mother's as State Treasurer Ben Zajac (Jeff Hephner ) continues his questionable gubernatorial campaign. Last seen, Kitty was pregnant with Zajac's child and shunned for betraying Mayor Kane's trust. Currently deciding on her next move, Kitty is sought out by Sam Miller ( Troy Garity), an investigative reporter who has more in common with Kane than he knows -- he refuses to let things go.

5. There are people on the outside fighting for Emma (Hannah Ware ). Kane may not have hesitated before throwing his daughter to the bureaucratic wolves, but her durg-dealer boyfriend, Darius Morrison ( Rotimi Akinosho) takes action, turning to Trey ( T.I.), a former gang member with newfound political aspirations.

Check out a Season 2 trailer here and "Like" the post to get an exclusive "Boss" badge from the Zap2it Rewards Challenge.

"Boss" returns Friday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m. on Starz.
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