Empire just threw another Lyon to the wolves.
Tuesday’s episode of the departing Fox drama concluded with a fast-forward sequence that appeared to show Cookie getting blown to smithereens via car bomb. But appearances on Empire — which has a long history of playing bait-and-switch with viewers — can be deceiving (see also: Andre’s terminal cancer diagnosis that wasn’t and last season’s anti-climactic coffin reveal). But even by Empire‘s shifty standards, it’s tough to imagine how anyone — even the seemingly indestructible Cookie Lyon — could survive such an explosion.
The setting and timing of this week’s Cookie-killing flash-forward — it occurred at the Lyon family estate roughly nine months in the future — suggests that her demise is directly linked to husband Lucious’ own previously teased death. As you’ll recall, Empire opened its final season last month which a flash-forward sequence showing the Lyon patriarch taking three bullets to the upper body by an unknown assailant. Given Cookie’s jittery, guilty-as-hell energy as she exited her house and made her way to her TNT-rigged automobile, the show clearly wants us to think that Cookie murdered Lucious before running straight into the Grim Reaper’s clutches herself.
Elsewhere in “Tell the Truth”…
* After a two-episode absence precipitated by portrayer Bryshere Y. Gray’s reduced Season 6 workload, Hakeem returns just in time to attend the baptism of Andre and Teri’s son Walker. And to give us a behind-the-scenes first look at the deeply troubled, woefully miscast Empire feature film (of which recovering fugitive Lucious has now taken control of).
* Cookie begins seeing a therapist to get to the bottom of her pesky insomnia.
* Pro-choice Becky is incensed when Giselle signs out and proud pro-lifer Tiana to a record deal.
* Cookie and Lucious take part in a log overdue air-clearing, during which the former extends a reconciliation-themed olive branch to the latter (who promptly breaks it in half).
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