The third season of hip-hop drama Empire is premiering Wednesday night on September 21. The premiere episode literally starts with a bang as it will pick up from either Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) or Anika (Grace Gealey) getting shoved off the balcony in the Season 2 finale, but odds are one of the major characters is finally saying goodbye.
Synopsis: EMPIRE picks up exactly where Season Two ended ? Hakeem left at the altar, Lucious and Anika married and Anika and Rhonda fighting on the roof ? until someone falls. Also, Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while clashing with his half-brother, Tariq (Morocco Omari), who is leading a federal task force investigating him in the all-new ?Light in Darkness? season premiere episode of EMPIRE.
Major Character Death
The Season 2 finale left fans with a cliffhanger ending wherein Rhonda and Anika fought each other on a roof. Andre comes up to the roof to get pregnant Anika only to stare in disbelief when one of them falls over the edge. The episode ended with Andre staring at what just happened in horror and disbelief.
Empire Season 3 will finally reveal the mystery as to who got pushed off the balcony in the premiere episode itself. The synopsis hints that the third season picks off exactly where Season 2 left the fans hanging. Taraji P. Henson who plays Cookie confirmed that one of the ladies won?t survive the fall.
During an interview with ExtraTV, Henson said, ?They send us the script and then everybody?s calling each other like, ?What? What? What??? Henson teased.
Thankfully, fans won?t have to wait long to find out whether it was Anika or Rhonda who met a grim death. Showrunner Ilene Chaiken told Variety it will be addressed in a ?fabulous and heart-stopping way? early in Season 3.
Backstory of Lucious and Cookie
Empire Season 3 will also explore the backstory of Lucious and Cookie. The history of when Cookie met Lucious intersects with this story in the present day, teased EP Chaiken. New stars Jeremy Carver and Ajiona Alexus have been added to the Season 3 cast as a young Lucious and Cookie, respectively. Their past history will be shared in flashbacks, according to IBTimes.
It will reveal how Lucious and Cookie first met when they were teenagers. A young Cookie is described as a ?beautiful? and ?innocent? teenager attending Catholic school. Even though Cookie is young, she still has that ?spark?. Lucious, on the other hand, is said to have a ?bad-boy edge? that catches Cookie?s attention.
Empire Season 3 premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox.