The cavalcade of celebrities marching onto the set of the blockbuster television juggernaut “Empire” only adds to the intrigue and excitement to the biggest hit program of 2015.
On the eve of the second season starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, the media has learned a few secrets about how the show will go down. Cookie (Henson) will continue scheming against her jailed husband Lucious (Howard) when the show returns on 23 September, at 9pm ET/PT on Fox.
Cookie, being the cunning and shrewd operator she is, will camouflage her true intentions by facilitating a “free Lucious” campaign to get him out of jail, but she will continue to plan a hostile takeover of the company in the premiere. Episode 1 is titled, “The Devils Are Here,” and the official synopsis reads as follows:
Season Two picks up three months after the shocking arrest and incarceration of Empire Entertainment head Lucious Lyon(Terrence Howard). Still in federal lockup, Lucious is trying to run Empire from inside, while a headline-grabbing state prosecutor hangs her political ambitions on bringing him down – no matter what it takes. Meanwhile, Cookie stages a star-studded #FreeLucious concert in his support, while scheming with Andre, Hakeem, Anika and the business savvy Mimi Whiteman (guest star Marisa Tomei) to finalize the hostile takeover of Empire
As you recall, the inaugural season was a cliffhanger with Lucious in jail, Jamal leading the company, and Cookie and Hakeem conspiring with Anika for a hostile takeover. Although the Lyon family head will be seen in jail when season 2 begins, he will return with a vengeance and take everyone who plotted against him down. Showrunner Ilene Chaiken had this to say in the new video: “He [Lucious] is coming back with a vengeance, and with more power and determination than ever.”
The paradigm shift in the show is shocking as it is ironic, because the “Empire” season began with Cookie in jail but ended with Lucious behind bars. The new trailers released by the network shows a resolute and ruthless Cookie, who will employ any means possible to gain control of the family business.
“Who will rule the Empire?” the trailer asks. “Me and my boys are Lyons, we are strong,” declares Cookie. When someone points out that Lucious Lyon is Empire, she says, “He might be, but he ain’t no Cookie.”
In order to partially satiate your appetite for the runaway juggernaut “Empire,” feast your eyes on the two trailers below: