Empire Season 3 is about to show viewers how its royal couple, Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), first met. As shown in this trailer, season 3 of the Fox hit will flash back to show the pair as teenagers and the beginnings of their epic, on-again, off-again romance.
In the clip, Cookie tells Lucious, “When I first saw you rap, it changed my life.” Viewers then get to see their first glimpse of teenage Lucious (Jeremy Carver) and Cookie (Ajiona Alexus).Also heavily teased is the arrival of Lucious’ half-brother Tariq (Morocco Omari), who was introduced in the season 2 finale and seems hell-bent on bringing down the Lyon patriarch in Empire season 3.
Also significantly, seconds into the trailer, Cookie can be heard saying “all I want is what’s good for this family” with full conviction. There are even times when Cookie seems to have given up on her romantic relationship with Lucious and just stays around for the sake of their children. Motherly as it may seem, Cookie is one heck of a mom who won’t allow an outsider to ruin their family and the future of her children.
What is Empire?
Empire is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Although filmed in Chicago, the show is based in New York and it centers on a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders’ family as they fight for control of the company.
Empire debuted on Fox on January 7, 2015. On January 17, 2015, the series was renewed for an 18-episode second season, which premiered on September 23, 2015.
The outcome of the season 2 finale?
The Season 2 finale ended with Rhonda and Anika getting into an ugly brawl, after the latter confesses to pushing the former down the stairs. As the two get more aggressive, one (or both) seems to fall off a 30-story balcony, but it’s unclear who it was.
Empire Season 3’s first episode is much awaited, more so because of the suspense built by the writers in the season 2 finale leaving the whole series outcome on a cliffhanger.
“We love both of these characters and both of these actresses — and it’s hard to think about losing either one of them. In this instance, there’s no character motivation to consider: One of them is simply going to win the fight, and the other is likely to be gone. It’s in the hands of the gods, and whoever survives is going to have quite a story,”
-Showrunner Ilene Chaikene
The Season 2 finale also introduced two characters: Tariq, who is Lucious’s half-hour and one of his big adversaries; and Shyne (above), who was an old acquaintance of Lucious and Cookie’s.
“Tariq is going to be a big character in our third season. Both Tariq and the other character that we introduced finally in the finale, Shine Johnson, who has been teased since the pilot of Empire. Both of those men are going to feature in major stories in season three.”
When will Empire Season3 air?
Empire was renewed for a third season on January 15,2016 and season 3 premier is slated for Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 9:00-10:00 PM on FOX.