When the season three premiere of Empire goes down this Wednesday at (9PMET/8PMCT) on Fox, viewers will learn if Anika or Rhonda plummeted to their death! But the fallout is only one major plotpoint fans of the sudsy series can look forward to.
Chief among a key throughline in the new season: “Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) have an unexpected adversary”, revealed Empire EP Ilene Chaiken to TV Line. “You should look for it right away, but you won’t see (the adversarial nature) ’til much later. But again, you should be looking for it all along. ”
Meanwhile, Cookie will be in story with the incoming Taye Diggs, who will play a potential new love interest for her. “It’s a Pygmalion story that’s unique to Cookie, ” Chaiken teased. “We wanted to see and tell a story for Cookie that we’ve never told before. And if you think about Cookie in Season 1 and all she faced, we wanted an arc that was just as big, that talked about facing new challenges.”
As for another major series character, Jamal as played by Jussie Smollett, seems his road to recovery after taking a bullet meant for Lucious last season still will plaque hm. Chaiken related: “We wanted to talk about the meaning of that incident in Jamal’s life and in the world, and look at the process of coming back from that. It’s going to be a long and harrowing journey, and it’s going to be a journey that brings him into an even sharper reckoning with his family and Lucious’ own darkness.”
So, who do you think is Cookie and Lucious’ unexpected adversary who will reveal themselves at some point this season? Who is going to die in the season opener, Rhonda or Anika … or do you think somehow they are both alive? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!