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‘Empire’: The 10 Most Shocking Moments From The Finale

Thu, March 19, 2015 8:11am EDT by Avery Thompson 7 Comments

The season one finale of ‘Empire’ was just about as nuts as you could imagine. From arrests to hot hookups to catfights, I’m narrowing down the top 10 most shocking finale moments. Brace yourselves because spoilers are ahead!

My jaw was practically on the floor for the entire duration of Empire’s two-hour season finale on March 18. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and the rest of the Lyon family put me through one crazy rollercoaster of emotions. Cookie and Boo Boo Kitty’s (Grace Gealey) incredible face-off and that epic arrest were just two of my top 10 favorite finale moments!

‘Empire’ Finale Moments — The Top 10

Okay, so there were way more than 10 batsh*t moments from the finale, but we’ve got to start somewhere! I could write an entire dissertation on Cookie in the finale if I’m being completely honest. Let’s get down to business.

10. Lucious kicks Cookie out of Empire 

After learning about Cookie and Malcolm, a very jealous Lucious took extreme measures to keep Cookie out of Empire. From nixing her security key card to telling her that she was never on the Board of Directors to begin with, Lucious proved he was just as narcissistic and controlling as I thought he was. However, he did the wrong thing by keeping Cookie out of Empire. He should know by now — DON’T MESS WITH COOKIE!

9. Hakeem hurls insults at Lucious & drops the mic

Surprisingly, the one who took Lucious’s baby bombshell the hardest was Hakeem. During a performance, Hakeem threw major shade at his dad and dropped the mic just like Kanye. Lucious promptly walked up to Hakeem after the rap and punched him in the face!

8. Jamal & Lucious perform a duet

Lucious and Jamal’s relationship has been tense over the course of the first season, so I really never expected them to sing together this early. The father-son duo finally had an actual conversation that wasn’t dominated by Lucious’s homophobic slurs, which resulted in an epic duet.

7. Lucious doesn’t have ALS

Yep, Lucious is going to live. The Lyon patriarch learned he isn’t battling the debilitating motor neuron disease. This must just mean Lucious has bigger karma coming his way.


I NEVER SAW IT COMING. I know Hakeem loves his cougars, but he banged his dad’s former fiancee! WHAT?! Camilla is going to be 50 shades of P-I-S-S-E-D.

5. Lucious hands over Empire to Jamal

This scene was literally the craziest thing I’d ever seen. Lucious gifted his sons with presents to show he was a new man. Jamal got a gold scepter that symbolized he was the new king of Empire. Boy, Lucious likes to go over the top, huh?

4. Cookie & Anika’s catfight

After weeks of waiting, I was gifted with the catfight of my dreams. Cookie threw wine in Anika’s face and punched the daylights out of her. There was intense hair-pulling and slaps. It was great. I could watch these two go at it all day.

3. Cookie tries to kill Lucious

Lucious went on a drug-induced rant in his sleep about killing Bunkie, and Cookie heard it all. Cookie knew this would be the only chance for her to kill Lucious, so she grabbed a pillow off of his bed. Unfortunately for her, Lucious grabbed her arm before she could do the deed. Lucious and Cookie’s love-hate relationship just got amped up another level.

2. Rhonda kills Vernon

Rhonda went to extreme lengths to protect Andre. Andre and Vernon pummeled each other in an intense fight and she accidentally murdered Vernon trying to save Andre! She pleaded with Andre to take this secret to their graves because she’s PREGNANT.


Lucious Lyon — the man, the myth, the legend — found himself in handcuffs right after Empire’s IPO. He was finally arrested for Bunkie’s murder, thanks to Vernon. We’ll likely see Lucious out of jail fairly soon considering Vernon was the star witness for the case and now he’s dead. Lucious is going to be out for blood when he gets out, as evident by his final line in the finale, “Game time, b**ches.”

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Empire season finale? As crazy as you’d hoped? Let me know!

— Avery Thompson