And just like that, season one of ‘Empire’ came to a dramatic end! After the co-creator promised no cliffhangers, we’ve got to say — that didn’t exactly tie up loose ends! So, what’s in store for next season?
Spoiler alert! If you don’t want to know what went down on the March 18 finale of Empire, you probably shouldn’t keep reading! Co-creator Danny Strong revealed just what he was thinking in when planning that shocking finale!
‘Empire’ Season Finale — Lucious Arrested, Now What?
In a new interview with our sister site, Deadline, Danny explained that it wasn’t really a cliffhanger in those final moments, when Lucious was found behind bars.
“Well, I guess it is a cliffhanger,” Danny said. “Our showrunner Ilene [Chaiken] and I co-wrote Episode 12 together, and I didn’t really view it as a cliffhanger because for me, it was the fact that we resolved Lucious’ ALS this season and who was going to inherit the empire.”
So that storyline’s over — but now jail is “a new twist,” Danny said.
However, what’s that leave for season two? Will we see him break out? Watch the company be run by his family? Well we don’t know — and neither does Danny.
“We only have vague notions for next season,” he said. “I mean, we were just discussing it, and we’re just starting to break the season right now. So I’m just not so crazy about talking about what we’re doing next season because the process is literally just beginning.”
‘Empire’ Approaches ‘Social Issues That Are Important’
Something we can expect for next season — more talk about serious issues like race and homosexuality.
“The finale is not a race episode whatsoever, but, all of a sudden, we can just throw that in, and it’s perfectly organic to the storytelling,” Danny added. “In Empire, we’re able to look at social issues that are important and to keep discussing them in a way that’s not preachy or in your face. It’s just completely organic because in the real world that would happen. I love that we get to do that on the show.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? What do you think is next for Empire? Do you think Lucious will get out of jail right away in season two? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta