Need to catch up on Empire? Spoilers lie ahead so scroll through last week’s recap here.
Wednesday night’s (May 18) Empire finale arrived with its fair share of cliffhangers. At top of the show, the Internet breathed a deep sigh of relief as the episode, titled “Past Is Prologue,” opened with R&B crooner Jamal Lyon returning home in a wheelchair after he was shot in last week’s show. Though he appeared physically well, Jamal’s spirit appeared broken after his family’s lifestyle turned him and his collaborator, Freda Gatz (played by female MC Bre-Z), into victims. Jamal also swore off music and refused to perform at his brother Hakeem’s wedding, which was a short-lived affair.
In other tweet-worthy news, Rhonda bum rushes Lucious’ office and tries to knock out the pregnant Boo Boo Kitty. As their confused loved ones look on, Rhonda reveals that she knows Anika (a.k.a. Boo Boo Kitty and Lucious’ fiance) pushed her down the stairs, causing her miscarriage, but nobody — including her husband, Andre — believes her.
Later on in the episode, Andre tells Hakeem that Rhonda left him to launch a business with her friend across the country, but in reality, Rhonda was plotting to take Anika out as the two women are found by Dre (of course) fighting on a balcony where Boo Boo Kitty admits to pushing Rhonda. Shortly after, Dre screams “Noooo!,” suggesting that someone has fallen over the ledge.
To add to the drama surrounding Boo Boo Kitty, she and Lucious get hitched moments before Rhonda attacks her in a scheme to protect her in court so that she wouldn’t have to testify against the head Lyon. The surprise nuptials leave Cookie heartbroken and Jamal singing a song written for his brother and runaway bride titled “Hemmingway.” Twisted sidebar: Marrying Anika also makes Lucious the step-father/grandfather of her unborn child.
Scratch your head with these remaining questions following Empire‘s Season 2 finale below.
1. What’s the deal with Grandma Lyon?
Grandma Lyon continues to leave breadcrumbs about her son’s (real name Dwight) corrupted past. She exposed last night that Tyriq, the cop involved with Cookie’s sister Carol, is actually Lucious’ half brother. In a flashback, Grandma Lyon also reveals that that her husband was an officer and that Lucious saw him shot in the head, piling on the traumatic situations that he witnessed during his childhood.
2. Will Lucious Free Freda Gatz?
Gatz makes her sole appearance when Lucious visits her in the clink and has her spit a rhyme that he passes to Jamal, ultimately bringing his son out of a depression and back to music.
3. Will D-Major Come Out For Jamal?
Jamal’s part-time lover and producer D-Major was right by his side as he recovered and recorded at home, leaving a question mark about the future of their romance.
4. Who Will Survive on Empire?
It’s a toss-up between Rhonda or Anika after their balcony rumble but knowing writer Lee Daniels, the plot will continue to thicken.
5. Will Cookie Seek Revenge?
After Lucious’ impromptu matrimony, retaliation could be in the cards for the Lyoness. Season 3 could either see the revenge or crumbling of Cookie, which is sure to provide primetime entertainment when the drama returns this fall.