'Empire' Finale Just Killed Somebody Off in Dramatic Cliffhanger Ending
By Philiana Ng
Empire sent fans literally over the edge with its nail-biting finale!
After Jamal (Jussie Smollett) was mistakenly shot at the end of last week's episode, the Fox drama answered the question of his fate rather quickly, jumping ahead three weeks to show the wheelchair-bound Lyon recovering from his gunshot wound.
Things then took a dramatic 180 -- and we mean dramatic.
After Anika (aka Boo Boo Kitty) was served with papers requiring her to testify against Lucious (Terrence Howard) in the grand jury case against him just before Hakeem was set to walk down the aisle, things got a little ... crazy, for lack of a better word.
Laura called off the wedding, leaving Hakeem heartbroken, but instead of comforting his son, Lucious had other thoughts, offering up the only (semi-)logical move that would protect both him and Boo Boo Kitty (Grace Gealey) from legal repercussions: Get married!
Since Anika is pregnant with Hakeem's baby, this makes the Lyon family tree all sorts of twisted and Jamal said as much: "Are we sick or something? We were supposed to end the cycle."
"I didn't save this b***h's life so she could ruin mine," Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) said with tears running down her face. (Earlier in the episode, she saved Anika from jumping off the ledge -- literally.)
But instead of figuring another way out, Lucious and Anika went through with the plan and got married. Yeah, we feel a little sick too.
But that's not all! After waiting nearly half a season to find out who pushed Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) down the stairs, causing her to lose her baby, she and Anika came to blows at the top of the building. Andre arrived , but came just a hair too late, yelling, "Noooo!" before the screen immediately faded to black.