Empire Returns with a Deadly Bang, But Will Season 3 Be Good?

September 20, 2016 By TVGuide TV News

Empire (2015) : S3 : E1

Season 3 of Empire starts off with a bang -- literally -- as the person who definitely, really, absolutely got shoved off the balcony in the Season 2 finale meets a gruesome end. That scene, played for mucho melodrama with an over-the-top operatic score, is shocking and juicy. [Spoiler's] death kickstarts a new round of Lyon lunacy that's equal parts visual feast and unbelievable action, but, as everyone who made it through Season 2 knows, Empire can be great, just OK or plummet onto the pavement like the character who dies in Episode 1. So how does the season look based on the first episode? The truth is, it may be too soon to say. There's a lot being set up in this return, including: a new character who could have a huge impact on the future of the family (any more here and we'd be spoiling the death); a re-energized rivalry between Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and his father Lucious (Terrence Howard); Tariq (Morocco Omari), Lucious' new half-brother and federal investigator circling around the family like a buzzard; Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) finding her place after Lucious betrayed her by marrying Anika (Grace Gealey); Shine (Xzibit) gaining momentum as a villain; and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) trying to find and keep peace internally and with his crazy family. There's a lot going on. Read More