Bring on the king­pins

Em­pire’s sec­ond sea­son prom­ises even more fam­ily fights, twists, turns and A-list guest stars.

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Things are about to heat up in the sec­ond sea­son of Em­pire (2015cur­rent) – and we’re not just talk­ing about Cookie’s ( Taraji P Hen­son) scorch­ing one-lin­ers. The se­ries, which proved to be a global hit when it de­buted in Jan­uary this year, is back for an ex­panded 18 episodes and there won’t be any short­age of nail-bit­ing drama.

Fol­low­ing an in­tense sea­son 1 fi­nale in March this year, the Lyon fam­ily is in pieces. King of the castle Lu­cious Lyon (Ter­rence Howard) is be­hind bars for the mur­der of Cookie’s cousin Bunkie (An­toine McKay). And with Lu­cious hav­ing learnt that he doesn’t ac­tu­ally have a life-threat­en­ing dis­ease, he’ll be spend­ing a lot of time be­hind bars think­ing of ways to take back what’s his. “What he takes out of prison makes him more Lu­cious than ever,” showrun­ner Ilene Chaiken re­veals. “It brings him closer to the streets, back to his roots.”

From left, back: Becky (Gabourey Sidibe), Lu­cious Lyon (Ter­rence Howard), Cookie (Taraji P Hen­son), Por­sha (Ta’Rhonda

Jones) Mid­dle: Anika (Grace Gealey), Rhonda (Kaitlin

Dou­ble­day) Front: Ha­keem (Bryshere Y Gray),

Ja­mal (Jussie Smol­lett), An­dre

(Trai By­ers).

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