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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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But when addressing the company staff on some changes within the structure of the organization and his plans, he is stunned when none other than Tracy (Amanda Detmer), that’s previously referred to and known as “White Tracy’” (due to her crack addiction), shows up with a soapy bombshell during the meeting.

The mother of Andre’s deceased half-brother, Jeff Kingsley saunters in and announces, “I’m Empire’s newest co-owner!”   And with that, season six begins its arc with a battle for control that will be front and center.

Tracy wants payback and has an ax to grind.  In the season 5 finale, she told the Lyon clan that her decision to donate her son’s heart to save Andre would come with strings attached, but did anyone expect she would go this far?  Yup!  Watch the teaser below for Tuesday’s night’s first episode of the  final season.

Meanwhile, the season six key art featuring series stars: Taraji P Henson (Cookie) and Terrence Howard  (Luscious) in the same position as the famous scene in the motion picture Titanic has with it the saying “Rule to the end”.   Who will be left standing when the series comes to its exciting and emotional conclusion?

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According to Fox CEO Charlie Collier when talk of potential spin-offs of the series came up: “We’re in the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong business — if there is more story to tell we want to hear it.”  Collier, referencing the series creators.

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Charlie noted, “There’s no plan for Jussie to return.”  Smollett got in trouble with the law in Chicago back in January, over an alleged hate crime, the actor claimed was perpetrated on him, when later he was charged for setting the whole thing up himself, and later those charges later dropped,   But Jussie’s problems with the Windy City are continuing hot and heavy this week.

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The co-creator of Fox’s sudsy Empire, Lee Daniels, confirmed yesterday that actor/singer Jussie Smollett will not return to the series for its final season, after the renewal pick-up of the show’s sixth and final season was announced, where it left Smollett’s fate with the series a big ambiguous.

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So, what do you think of the news that Smollett is definitely out of the final season of Empire? What do you think of the 911 call? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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