Ever since the season premiere of Empire, the drama has hinted that, a Lyon will die. Tonight at 8p on Fox, we will find out who is in the closed casket.
We know it is not Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) because he is standing over the casket. It is also not Cookie (Taraji P. Hensen) because Lucious said she was in a car outside. That means it is one of his sons. Which one could it be?
Is it their youngest son? This season the show has found less and less to do with Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray). Have they run out of storylines for him? Maybe being dead would be his biggest storyline yet?
What about Jamal? Jussie Smollett was written off this season’s final two episodes because his personal life is more scandalous than anything that is happening on the show. Fox has also said that they have no plans to bring him back next season even though they renewed his contract. A phone call from Jamal early on in the episode sets up his fate. Do they have their easy out?
The most obvious choice is Andre (Trai Byers). He was diagnosed with terminal cancer that was miraculously cured with large amounts of chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the chemo saved him, but it destroyed his heart. He found out he has just weeks to live, so he decided to end his life on his terms. At the end of last week’s episode, he downed a bottle of pills. While he was lying on the floor clinging to life, Cookie walked in and called for help. This week’s episode starts with him being rushed into the hospital. Will the doctors be able to save him or is it too late?
Finally, there is Lucious’ oldest son Jeff Kingsley (A.Z. Kelsey) with Tracey (Amanda Detmer), a past girlfriend who became a drug addict. Over the last few episodes, Kingsley has been torn between his mother, who has lied to her son his whole life about his dad, and Lucious, who just wants to get to know the son he never knew he had until recently. Has all of this become too much for him?
Or maybe it is someone other than Lucious’ sons who is in the casket? I will tell you we definitely find out who died before the episode ends. While that is a literal death, two other metaphorical deaths take place tonight. Both of those setup storylines for next season. Fox already announced that Empire will be back for a 6th season.