Empire Burning Questions: EP Talks Snitches, Catfights and 'Dwight Walker' — and What They Mean for Season 2

Empire‘s Season 1 finale was like a laptop with frozen “Shift” and “1” keys — which is to say it made viewers go “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Still, when the action-packed two hour telecast was over — read our recap here, if you need a reminder — there were tons of question marks left floating, too.

We got Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken on the phone to grill her about 10 story arcs that were left in limbo — or which left us saying some combo of “Whoa!” “Whaa?” and “Wait just a minute!” — and how they might play out when the show returns for Season 2.

Click through the gallery below for intel on Jamal’s rise to the top of the Empire Entertainment food chain, the skinny on Cookie’s claim on the family mansion and some delicious behind-the-scenes dirt on the Boo-Boo Kitty beatdown.