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Empire Season 5 Premiere: Ep Talks Decision to Kill Off [Spoiler], Sheds Light on Lost-Inspired Mystery

 
 
 
Empire Season 5 Premiere: Ep Talks Decision to Kill Off [Spoiler], Sheds Light on Lost-Inspired Mystery

Empire‘s highly-promoted “Who’s in the coffin?” mystery turned out to be something of a bait and switch. None of the characters whose fate was left hanging in the balance in last May’s finale — most notably Hakeem and Tiana — were revealed to be in the pine box. (Both survived that season-ending shootout.) As we learned in the cold open of Wednesday’s Season 5 premiere, the foreboding scene in which Lucious is seen towering over a casket was actually a vision of the future — six months into the future, to be exact. And as pretty much confirmed in the episode’s final scene, Empire will not be divulging the identity of the deceased anytime soon (thanks for nothing, How to Get Away With Murder!). The one and only clue we were left with? Lucious presumably played a role in his/her passing, as hinted by the guilt-ridden “I’m sorry” he uttered.

One person we can safely rule out of the death derby Eddie Barker since, well, the power-hungry do-badder is already a pile of ash. Midway through the hour, Forest Whitaker’s villain banged his head during a tussle with ex-wife Giselle (newly-minted series regular Nicole Ari Parker) and croaked. As a result of his surprise whacking, Cookie and Lucious were denied a chance to take back Empire Entertainment. Instead, the company now belongs to Giselle.

Other highlights from the episode, which picked up two years after the events of the May finale: Bullet-riddled Hakeem lost part of his lung, compromising his ability to perform; Andre is finishing out a two-year prison sentence for indirectly causing Anika’s death; Jamal returned home from London with a new man of his arm (Kai, played by Sense8‘s Toby Onwumere); and Cookie and Lucious, who have been struggling to rebuild their music brand, stumbled on a possible golden ticket in the form of up-and-coming singer Treasure. So bullish are they on the chanteuse that they went ahead and started their own label.

Below, showrunner Brett Mahoney tackles our burning questions about the premiere and the season ahead.

Tags: Empire
Source: tvline.com
 
 
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