Empire Finale Recap!!!
Empire Finale Recap!!! Lee Daniels has a with always leaving us faithful viewers and fans with a cliffhanger and this finale was no different. After Cookie oversteps her bounds at one of Angelo’s press conferences, regarding the Captain’s Ball that was changed to the “The People’s Ball” and making it free for the people, will make Angelo relatable to the community. He is quite stuffy but he wants to feel like he is one of the people but in reality he isn’t and he needs Cookie by his side or he will not win as Mayor.
Angelo’s mother Diana meets Lucious at the last Ferris Wheel in Brooklyn and strikes a deal with the devil, she has no idea and she was warned last week about the Lyons, she’ll find out sooner rather than later. If Lucious can “persuade” a journalist to kill a story on her son, she’ll make sure Angelo and Cookie break up. But after Diana changes her mind on the deal, Cookie is helping her son in the polls, she can’t have the two split now, how would Angelo win his race for Mayor? Lucious is angry, but we all know that Lucious will always have the last laugh. Turns out that Angelo’s old DUI arrest might bring up old issues with a girl in the passenger seat of a car that he drove into a lake while intoxicated and supposedly let the girl in the water to drown. He claims that isn’t true and so does his mother, but of course she would say that, he’s her son. Mrs. Dubois found out what the Lyons were about especially Lucious.
Cookie takes Jamal’s pain killers and washes them down the sink even the pills he hides behind his cereal boxes. But the night of the People’s Ball, Cookie finds her son going through withdrawal and unable to perform, he begs her one last time for the pills or he can’t perform. As a mother, she did what she had to do, she grabs a wrench, opens up the pipes and gives her son just enough oxy to crush his big comeback performance.
He performed his a$$ off, as usual and that’s what the people were waiting for even if he was high as HELL. Even uptight Diana was grooving to the beat of his song, she likes Jamal. But as he exits the stage, Cookie, Lucious, Hakeem and Andre inform him that he has to go to rehab, they had a car waiting for him headed directly to a treatment facility to kick his out-of-control habit.
Tariq who is Lucious half brother definitely has a hard on for him and it all has something to do with their father. Tariq never knew him but Lucious did and it is really messing with Tariq. He uses cellphone footage of Freda’s freestyle rap to get a judge to freeze Empire’s assets for 30 days. Lucious swings by the fed’s office, and embarrasses Tariq with a very public moment about their shared paternity. No one in the Fed’s office knew that Lucious and Tariq were brothers and that their father was a Philadelphia Police Officer. Lucious gave Tariq their father’s badge, he needed something of his fathers I guess to feel whole, I don’t know because he is still coming after Lucious.
Shyne steps in offering to solve Lucious’ $50 million problem in exchange for a stake in the company. “Empire is the Iron Throne, and everybody wants to be king,” he says to a pissed off Tariq, who didn’t realize Shyne was feeding him intel on Lucious just for his own personal gain. But it’s Andre who ultimately wields the biggest sword this week which we’ll get to in a second.
Andre finally reveals his bipolar disorder to Nessa, and how Rhonda helped him manage it. “I’m not gonna do any of those things for you,” she say. “I want you to learn to do them for yourself.” This leads to one final hallucination scene of Andre on the beach with Ghost Rhonda. She approves of his new merger and encourages Andre to proceed with making Nessa a star and ultimately taking over Empire. One last thing, she says, “promise me you will destroy that bitch that murdered me and killed our baby.”
Of course he will, he is going to handle Anika one way or another. Andre throws his wedding ring into the water, then reveals to Shyne that he knows that he liquidated his assets two weeks before Lucious’ assets were frozen. He’s turned King Shyne into a rook for now, telling him to respect the heirarchy “’til it’s time to kill my father.” And the look on Andre’s face says he really means it. Andre is out cold and he is more like Lucious than any of his brothers.
Andre having lost his wife and lost his child, has become the most ruthless of all his brothers and he’s learned a lot from his father, too. Lucious always seems like he’s three steps ahead, crushing the people who plot against him.
Lucious should really pay attention to what’s going on around him. The hack Andre pulled off a couple episodes ago with French Montana’s [Vaughn], Lucious had no idea that Andre had anything to do with it. Andre is going to take Lucious down but I don’t really believe he will go as far as kill his father, I think he may be trying to set Shyne up and get him out of the picture.
Diana and Lucious made promises to each other, he fulfilled his, he did what he had to do. But she, reneged and that isn’t something you can play with especially when it comes to Lucious. Now she really understands Lucious’ vengeance. She’s obsessed with her son, but not Lucious, she messed with the wrong guy.
Looking forward to the next season of the hit drama series coming in March 2017!! Empire never disappoints me, every season is better than the last season.