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After a season of cryptic flash-forwards, Empire finally revealed who wound up in that grey coffin Lucious (Terrence Howard) was seen mourning over. The revelation came in a dramatic Season 5 finale that also hinted at the end of Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious' tumultuous relationship.
Wednesday's finale, titled "The Roughest Day," delivered the Shakespearean drama we've come to appreciate from Lee Daniels' modern hip-hopera as Andre's (Trai Byers) rapidly declining health put the family on high alert. In one of the episode's most heartbreaking scenes, Cookie suffered an emotional breakdown over the prospect of losing her son, who'd entered heart failure and was in desperate need of a transplant.
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Andre's health scare also hit Lucious hard and the Lyon family patriarch found himself buried in work and unable to tend to his eldest son, Kingsley (A.Z. Kelsey), who desperately sought his attention. Tormented by his mother's harsh words that he'd never be considered a real Lyon (and that he should have been aborted), Kingsley confronted his father before taking his own life, thus bringing the casket mystery to a tragic end. Kingsley's untimely death also provided Andre with the heart he needed to survive. However, it looks like the fallout from that will carry over into Season 6 after Tracy alluded that her signing off on the surgery was more of a quid pro quo.
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But while Andre lived to fight another day, the Lyons weren't out of the woods just yet. Still ****-bent on putting Lucious away for good, FBI Agent Conway (Alicia Coppola) found an ally in Damon Cross (Wood Harris), who sought to bring down Lucious so that he could have Cookie all to himself. Realizing that the walls were quickly closing in on him, Lucious tried to flee with Cookie...
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