Tonight is the season 3 finale of Empire, and after weeks of steadily building, things are about to explode.
The synopsis for tonight’s episode reads, “Lucious gets ready to launch EMPIRE Las Vegas with Giuliana (Nia Long) at his side.” In the promo, Lucious (Terrence Howard) tells a frustrated Cookie that the entire family has to come together, but Cookie seems preoccupied with which woman is going to accompany Lucious on his hopeful quest to glory.
Will someone die tonight? Given everything we know, let’s just say it’s not unlikely, and in the words of showrunner Ilene Chaiken, “You should always be concerned that someone else might die.” Last week, Lucious’s half-brother, Tariq, was stabbed in the neck by Lucious’ mother, Leah Walker. The incident happened just before Tariq was going to tell Lucious Bella’s whereabouts.
In a recent interview with Variety, Chaiken discussed the fallout of Tariq’s death, saying that Lucious is going to struggle with this one big time. “He’s going to have to manage his mother without letting anything else fall through the cracks,” Chaiken says. “I would think that Lucious might be considering letting her go down for it, but then again, Lucious has a warped sense of honor and loyalty and responsibility. It’s hard to predict exactly what he’s going to do.”
As for Bella, it’s possible the Lyon family won’t find her. Chaiken tells the Hollywood Reporter, “I wouldn’t say we’d get some closure to it. I would say that we get further developments in that story that take us to a season-ender cliffhanger.”
The showrunner also dished that the complicated love triangle of Lucious, Cookie, and Giuliana will be taken “to the ultimate.” By the end of the finale, it’ll be clear to audiences if Cookie has a chance to get Lucious back or if there’s no hope of them rekindling their romance.
Perhaps the most dramatic moment of tonight’s finale will be whether or not Andre follows through with killing his father. The situation is set up for that to happen, but as if often the case with Empire, a wrench could be thrown into his plans.
Fans should be excited to know that Demi Moore will finally make her debut in tonight’s episode. Moore’s character will be introduced in this evening’s season 3 finale, and she’ll play the recurring role of a nurse with a mysterious past in season 4.
Empire’s season finale airs tonight, Wednesday, May 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.