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EMPIRE Season Two Finale: Who Plunged To Her Death … Rhonda Or Anika?

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With a very clever play on their season finale promo, “A Lyon will fall”, a member of the family certainly did! They fell all the way to their death! But, who is it?  That is the cliffhanger left for viewers of the hit Fox sudser to ponder till next season!  If you caught Wednesday night’s season two finale you know that things get off to a bumpy start for Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) and Anika (Grace Gealey) and tumbled downward from there.

First, Anika warns Lucious (Terrence Howard) the feds are questioning her about his past, but just then Rhonda busts into the home office and starts choking Anika.  Rhonda lets it be known that she believes that it is Anika who pushed her down the huge staircase and caused her to lose her baby.  Problem is … no one believes Rhonda!  Later, Rhonda tells Andre (Trai Byers) he needs him to a commit a murder for her.  She is clearly losing it.

Even later, Anika feeling no where to turn and in trouble with the feds tries to jump off the Empire headquarters balcony! But it’s Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) to the rescue who actually talks her down in a unique twist given their relationship.

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After a huge bust-up of Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and Laura’s (Laura Calleros) wedding, Lucious devises a quickly plan to marry Anika so she can’t testify against him with the feds.  Cookie is beyond livid and storms off.

Then comes the “quickie” nuptials.  Afterwards, Anika takes a moment for herself.  She goes to the rooftop to get some air, when Rhonda shows up out of the blue and attacks her, and Anika admits she did push her down the flight of stairs months ago! As the duo have the catfight to end all catfights (a Lee Daniels special), Andre happens upon the scene just as we hear one woman scream, and someone falling to her death.

So, who do you think met their maker … Rhonda, or a pregnant Anika? What did you think of the season two finale of Empire? Let us know!

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Joel
Joel

Rhonda, unfortunately is the character I think they feel is more dispensable. As season finales go, this was a great cliffhanger à la great 1980’s prime time soap cliffhangers.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I agree Joel. .they want that baby drama. .and Ileen Chaiken am EP said in an interview. .you saw how high up they were. .you saw Dre’s reaction so it’s safe to say someone feel and couldn’t possibly have survived it except for the first few minutes of season three. ..watch Andre go off his meds and wreak havoc with his grandmother. ..lmao..Lucious mother telling Lucious..keep squeezing my arm harder and i’ma put my for in your mouth. ..

davlestev1
davlestev1

Someone fell not feel

davlestev1
davlestev1

Foot not for..I need to read before I post sorry

rebecca1
rebecca1

davlestev1 … it’s not your fault…it’s auto spell. Happens to me all the time.

Foxibrn
Foxibrn

Rhonda is the one who fell. They will NOT kill Anika. They need the drama between Boo Boo Kitty and Cookie. Yes, Andre will go off of his meds. Question: Are we even sure that one of the ladies did the pushing? They want us to believe that it was either Rhonda or Anika. JUST A THOUGHT…. And, we all know that Anika is D-E-A-D after the baby is born. Yayyyy, she is too thristy anyway!!!

paul connolly
paul connolly

I DON’T KNOW… sure they could keep Anika but getting rid of Rhonda seems like a waste of a great character. Anika is one of those characters that seems like she is one note with no real idea behind her. She spent season two and even one as a sideline character with no true direction. Sort of like Claudio, the daughter of the butler, on Dynasty. She was always there but never carried a story and even when given a story never morphed it into something big.

Sure, we don’t know who died as the shooting the week before with Jamal as the victim left us all wondering if he was dead… I mean, the actor even tweated THANK YOU FOR THE TIME on the show which made us believe for a moment he was gone.

If anything, I think that if Rhonda did go over she could be caught clinging to a ledge with Andre grabbing her and bringing her to safety. With that rescue, Anika with the help of Lucious (since he cares only for his own survival, claim Rhonda is nuts and Andre makes the decision to have Rhonda committed.

That said, the show is enjoyable to watch but the stories are soooooo repetitive that nonsensical that I only watch cause there is nothing better on and I do feel entertained. Cookie needs to be TOUGHER and stop getting jealous of Lucious and that character of Lucious needs to be more of a man and not a killer.

And while I am at it, why wasn’t Anika in 72 hour suicide watch? By law… sure this is Empire… anyone who attempts suicide is put into observation IMMEDIATELY. The day before Hakeem’s wedding she attempts to kill herself and then attends the wedding?! DUMB

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I thought the whole season was awesome and sure did bring me back to the days of DALLAS and KNOTS LANDING. Television was never the same for me after those nighttime soaps went off the air. Glad to see that someone gave us a new soap that fits this genre!!!

Tony
Tony

I was surprised that I came away from the final episode feeling as if it was poorly written. Too many new elements and characters were added to move the plot along at the last minute with the thugs from Lucious past life. Rhonda’s reaction in both the first scene and the final were strange. She’s known for weeks about Annika pushing her and yet she made nice at Jamal’s homecoming then in the next scene went bat crazy. I expected more from a Lee Daniels script. There was also nothing of substance between Jama and his new love interest even though Jamal had been shot. And the worst plot point was Fredda’s jail scene and song. She tried to murder Lucious because he killed her father and in a three minute scene she’s persuaded? No..just didn’t work. The previous few episodes were expertly written but not the finale. Still a very good season overall.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yep, I agree Joel, Rhonda. First, they wouldn’t kill two babies and there’s no way if Anika went over her baby could survive. Second, there’s too much drama to be had beween Cookie and Anika who is now married to Lucious. And then there’s Andre who will be pushed over the edge, no pun intended. They never expanded or featured Rhonda enough. Just when she was following in the footsteps of her in-laws her feet went flyin’ over ‘n’ down instead. Lol…zo sad. (Still, I’m not thrilled they sacrificed her. I liked the bond she and Andre ).Show is way too gangsta. Doesn’t exactly paint a positive image…yet it does draw me in…

su0000
su0000

Anika is pregnant and involved with the Lions in a betrayal, and she is a bitch now married to Lucious , she will not die ..

goodbye Rhonda …
hey she might survive the fall IF she even fell , perhaps she didn’t go over it was cliffhanger, afterall.

davlestev1
davlestev1

You know what su she may be hanging on something when season 3 starts it’s not impossible

rebecca1
rebecca1

I dont think they’d fake us out on her death twice, AND, they did say one of them was killed.

emancip8eric
emancip8eric

Sadly, I think it is Rhonda. I really liked her character as she, along with Jamaal, added most of the heart to the show in my opinion. I can’t imagine they’d have Anika marry Luscious and then kill her when there will be so much more Anika/Cookie drama to come. I was hoping they would have Rhonda steak Anika’s baby and run off with her versus offing Rhonda.

penny
penny

Did someone exactly fall? You never really know what’s going on with these networks. One of them could have imagined falling? LOL!

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‘Empire’ Series Finale Brings Lyon Family Together; While Many Viewers Dissatisfied Over Makeshift Ending

Following Tuesday’s night series finale of Empire, which featured once again, brilliant performances from Taraji P. Henson (Cookie) and Terrence DaShon Howard (Luscious), many longtime viewers took to social media unsatisfied with its conclusion.  However, it should be noted that the shows producers did their best to use the footage they had in the can to craft something they hoped would be meaningful.

As previously reported, due to COVID-19, Empire had shot 18 episodes and a half of episode 19, of their 20 season order, when they were forced to shut down production.  Thus, the set-up and focus of the finale had to be significantly changed.

If you have not seen last night’s finale and plan to watch, do  not read any further for spoilers.

In an episode entitled “Home is On The Way,” which now makes complete sense post-viewing, Cookie and Luscious throughout trials, tribulations, realizations, deaths, and wrestling back control of the company, find their way back to each other.  Throughout the episode, viewers are treated to flashbacks of the duo’s long and twisted history – the good, the bad, the ugly, the dirty, and the nasty.

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To get them back together, the series had to figure out what to do to with Yana, the musical protege with whom Luscious was involved with.  Backstage at a major concert event, Yana realizes that Luscious is not going to come on the world tour with her, because he still deeply loves Cookie.  He does not deny it.  When Yana’s father, Damon sees her backstage in what looks like she is hugging and all into Luscious, he pulls out a gun.  When we come back from commercial, we learn Yana was shot and killed, sending Damon on a spiral to get Luscious once and for all.

Following the shooting, Lucious tries to cancel the premiere of Hakeem’s Lyon legacy movie over concerns for the safety of his entire family,  but the Andre of old steps up and says they won’t let fear force the family to do that.

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Earlier in the episode, Luscious had previously requested that in the event something should happen to him to please get a special letter he wrote to Cookie, where he opens up about his feelings for her.  When Cookie gets the letter, it is juxtaposed with the Luscious vs. Damon showdown; which Luscious ultimately wins when he clubs Damon over the head with his own prosthetic leg.

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With the threat to their ultimate happiness eliminated, the series ends with the entire family attending the premiere party of the film Birth of an Empire, where Hakeem performs a rap, “The Oath,” as an ode to the Lyon legacy. The  lyrics of the song detail Cookie and Luscious’ family story and flashbacks from all six seasons are used throughout the rap.  Then came how to deal with the missing Jussie Smollett and the character of Jamal Lyon in said flashbacks.

While Luscious, Cookie, Andre and Hakeem’s flashbacks showed the actual actors who play their respective roles, Jamal’s flashbacks only showed a young child portraying the middle son of the clan – eliminating any appearance of Smollett from the finale; even via previously shot footage from the five seasons in which Smollett appeared.

Empire showrunner, Brett Mahoney spoke to TV Line as to the decision on ending of the finale: “I realized that the movie premiere, with the family coming together, with Cookie and Lucious recognizing their love for one another, we definitely have the spirit of what I had intended for our true series finale, It’s almost the idea that the family is more important than the empire. That the love that they have for each other is more important than anything else … that’s definitely where we’re headed in terms of the actual series finale.”

As to the premise from the beginning of season 6 that fans were hoping would be answered in the series finale – who blew up Cookie’s car and who shot Luscious – Mahoney shared: “I was not able to answer that in a satisfying way with what we had shot, so that’s why I’m hoping that we can really still shoot our intended series finale and answer those questions.”

The biggest cliffhanger to come out of the series finale from Tuesday night is; will Mahoney and company be able to re-group and shoot the series finale they intended; following any lessening of the COVID-10 safety measures in the coming months? Stay tuned.

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The coronavirus pandemic not only has wreaked havoc on the physical, emotional, and financial well-beings of everyone in our country and around the world, but for TV viewers it really messed with production plans for many of your favorite shows.   For the primetime soap Empire, that could not have been more true.

Faced with having filmed 18 episodes and a part of its 19th (with an originally planned 20 season order), its series finale and story had to be restructured.  So tonight on Tuesday April 21st, the hip hop music drama will say goodbye on FOX.

Empire has had a very twisted road in its six seasons.  For its first few years on the air, it was a juggernaut bringing in huge ratings.  Then in 2019 things took a turn with a behind the scenes shift when one of its leads, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), made headlines for his claimed hate-crime attack on the streets of Chicago in the wee hours of the morning.  This led to plenty of revelations in Smollett’s case with the law, and his not returning to the series for the end of its fifth and in its sixth and final season.

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Showrunner Brett Mahoney told TV Line that if things line up right following the pandemic, he could see trying to give the show a proper send-off: “I can’t guarantee it will happen, but we’re hopeful. And if we don’t actually get a chance to shoot the series finale, I think we’ll find some creative way to get (the information) out there, whether it’s by just releasing the script or finding another way to satisfy fans “= We don’t know what the costs will be in terms of keeping our sets. And then the question becomes who from the cast will be available at that point.”

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On Monday’s episode of the CBS daytime series, The Talk, the ladies welcomed Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon) to get a preview of what to expect tonight.  She surprised the hosts by saying she doesn’t really know.

Henson expressed: “We were in the middle of the 19th episode when everything got shut down. So, I used to know how the show was going to end, but I don’t know. They are going to make some kind of movie magic in that editing room. They are going to take all the footage they have already, and just come up with some kind of finale… I will be finding out what’s happening at the same time you guys are finding out, which is kind of fun.”

She added, “I’m a little hurt because I didn’t get to say goodbye to my cast and my crew. I bought them amazing letterman sweaters, that’s my gift to them because it was our senior year.  I hope ‘Empire’s’ legacy will be that African American stories do translate, and they cross over, and they’re international.”

Watch Taraji on The Talk below. Then weigh-in: how do you think the story will conclude for Luscious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie, and the Lyon family in the makeshift ending of Empire? Let us know in the comment section.

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EMPIRE’s Final Season Cut Short Due To COVID-19; Series Finale Now Set For April 21

Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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