Empire Finale: Coffin Mystery Solved — Will You Miss [Spoiler]?

TVLine | 5/8/2019 | Michael Ausiello
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As long promised, Wednesday’s Empire season finale revealed the identity of the mysterious corpse in that highly-promoted coffin. But, in a bait-and-switchy curveball, it was not the individual who entered the episode knocking on death’s door (we’re looking at you, “terminally ill” Andre).

Turns out it is Lucious’ other son — newly discovered **** child Jeff Kingsley — who ends up six feet under. Tormented over being marginalized by his new fam, Kingsley shoots himself in the head in front of his formerly estranged pa. But in a twist of fate that would be deemed remarkable in the real world, his heart keeps on beating and proves to be the perfect match for half-sibling Andre. It’s a miracle! Born out of a tragedy!

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With the personal crisis resolved, Lucious turns his attention to navigating a certain professional pickle involving DA Megan Conway, who now has him by his proverbial short and curlies. He decides to make a run for it, and invites Cookie to join him in his getaway ‘copter. She refuses said invitation, citing his pervasive and uncontrollable toxicity as the reason. In fact, so desperate is Cookie to eject Lucious from her life once and for all that she falsely confesses to cheating on him with his archenemy Damon Cross.

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With that, the season ends with Lucious on the run, Cookie staying behind to hold the rickety fort down and Jussie Smollett’s MIA Jamal battling the Storm of the Century (off screen).

Below, showrunner Brett Mahoney weighs in on the Kingsley twist, Andre’s prognosis, Cookie and Lucious’ marital status and, yes, that perplexing statement Fox put out last week about Smollett’s Season 6 status.

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