‘Empire’ is finally back for season 3 on Sept. 21, and we can’t wait to see the Lyon family again. Executive producer Ilene Chaiken talked to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about what’s coming up for our favorite characters and reveals just how big of a threat Tariq is to Lucious and Cookie. Spoilers ahead!
The Lyon family is always facing some type of trouble, but Tariq (Morocco Omari) is in a class all his own. He’s not just an FBI agent, he’s also Lucious’ half-brother. He also wants to take Lucious (Terrence Howard) down and put him in jail. That makes him kryptonite to the Lyon family. Ilene revealed to us just how long Tariq is sticking around and what’s driving his quest to take down Lucious.
“I think he will be around for a considerable amount of time!” Ilene told HollywoodLife.com. “I think what the writers have done so well is to delve into his pursuit which is really surprising and personal.”
This season will also feature flashbacks of young Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious. The scenes will show how the on-again, off-again lovers met and more. “I think in the obvious way it gives you so much more,” Ilene continued. “It really shows there deep ties. It just deepens everything in a really cool way!”
Empire season 3 is going to be bigger and better than any of the past season. The premiere will finally answer the shocking cliffhanger: Who fell to their death in the season 2 premiere? Anika (Grace Gealey) or Rhonda (Kaitlyn Doubleday)? Plus, Mariah Carey, French Montana, Taye Diggs and more will all appear on the show. Empire season 3 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for Empire season 3? Do you think Cookie and Lucious should get back together? Let us know!