On Wednesday night (May 11), Empire’s “Rise By Sin” episode left audiences in a haze. With the season 2 finale landing next week, the action-packed power hour of drama rolls out with a Lyon shooting, a potential wedding and other head-scratching cliffhangers. Here are six inquiries from last night’s Empire to ponder. WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
1. Will Jamal Live?
Freda Gatz’s attempt to shoot Luscious at an awards ceremony turns into a red carpet fail. Instead, the bullet strikes her musical collaborator, Jamal. Recall Luscious killed Gatz’s father, drug kingpin Frank Gathers.
2. Will D-Major Come Out?
Luscious warns Jamal that D-Major has a reputation for flocking to rich boys and hurls homophobic insults (“The day you die from AIDS, I’m gonna celebrate,” he offers at one point), suggesting that he’s still in the closet.
3. Did Boo Boo Kitty Really Push Rhonda?
Rhonda’s flashbacks suggest that was pushed down the steps by Anika. Next week’s teasers show that Rhonda gives Boo Boo Kitty a strong fade after drawing that conclusion.
4. Will Carol Relapse?
The sibling rivalry between Cookie and recovering alcoholic/addict Carol comes to a head when the latter tells Freeda that Luscious killed her father in prison. However, Carol’s twisted plan for revenge goes left when the wrong Lyon gets shot.
5. Who’s Tying The Knot?
While Laura and Hakeem’s relationship status seems solid, a strut down the aisle seems possible for any Empire twosome in next week’s episode.
6. What Did Mama Lyon Tell the Media?
Luscious’ estranged mother appears before the media. Whether she exposes her son Luscious’ lies or offers an update on Jamal’s health remain to be seen.