21 ‘Empire’ Moments That Blew Our Minds

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21 ‘Empire’ Moments That Blew Our Minds

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21 ‘Empire’ Moments That Blew Our Minds

Lee Daniels has struck gold with his musically-driven series Empire. Since its initial debut in 2015, the drama has gone on to break television ratings records.

Considering Empire’s premise — a family drama driven by the world of hip-hop and what’s at stake — it’s no surprise why the show is a hit. As we head into Season 4 of the Lyon’s den, take a look at 21 of the most shocking moments thus far.

21 ‘Empire’ Moments That Blew Our Minds
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1. Lucious shows his true colors in the very first episode of Empire, when he murders his best friend, Bunkie.

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1. Lucious shows his true colors in the very first episode of Empire, when he murders his best friend, Bunkie.

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2. Cookie arrives to a restaurant for a late-night rendezvous with Lucious ― dressed in nothing but a fur coat and lingerie.

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2. Cookie arrives to a restaurant for a late-night rendezvous with Lucious ― dressed in nothing but a fur coat and lingerie.

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3. Although Jamal grappled with his sexuality throughout most of Season 1, he decided to come out in the most epic way possible ― by flipping the lyrics of one of his father’s hits.

3. Although Jamal grappled with his sexuality throughout most of Season 1, he decided to come out in the most epic way possible ― by flipping the lyrics of one of his father’s hits.

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4. And, in spite of his preference for men, Jamal almost ended up on Maury.

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4. And, in spite of his preference for men, Jamal almost ended up on Maury.

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5. It was later revealed, however, that Jamal’s alleged love child is in fact his father’s. Leave it to Lucious to be messy.

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5. It was later revealed, however, that Jamal’s alleged love child is in fact his father’s. Leave it to Lucious to be messy.

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6. The scandals for Jamal didn’t end there. How could we forget his epic lip lock with Skye Summers?

6. The scandals for Jamal didn’t end there. How could we forget his epic lip lock with Skye Summers?

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7. Jamal isn’t the only Lyon with drama. Hakeem turned up the heat when he started dating the cunning cougar Camilla.

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7. Jamal isn’t the only Lyon with drama. Hakeem turned up the heat when he started dating the cunning cougar Camilla.

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8. Under Camilla’s influence, Hakeem turned his back on his family by voting to remove Lucious from the Empire board of directors.

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8. Under Camilla’s influence, Hakeem turned his back on his family by voting to remove Lucious from the Empire board of directors.

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9. Hakeem further betrayed his father by having an affair with Lucious’ fiancée, Anika.

9. Hakeem further betrayed his father by having an affair with Lucious’ fiancée, Anika.

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10. Hakeem and Anika’s steamy fling resulted in a pregnancy, but not before Boo Boo Kitty nearly lost her mind chasing after the youngest Lyon.

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10. Hakeem and Anika’s steamy fling resulted in a pregnancy, but not before Boo Boo Kitty nearly lost her mind chasing after the youngest Lyon.

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11. In spite of being pregnant with his child, Hakeem chose to pursue true love over fortifying his relationship with Anika. The youngest Lyon eventually proposed to his former background singer, Laura.

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11. In spite of being pregnant with his child, Hakeem chose to pursue true love over fortifying his relationship with Anika. The youngest Lyon eventually proposed to his former background singer, Laura.

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12. Anika shared the arrival of a new Lyon heir with Andre’s wife, Rhonda, who also revealed she was pregnant by the end of Season 1. But, in an incredible twist of events, Rhonda was assaulted in her home, which resulted in a miscarriage.

12. Anika shared the arrival of a new Lyon heir with Andre’s wife, Rhonda, who also revealed she was pregnant by the end of Season 1. But, in an incredible twist of events, Rhonda was assaulted in her home, which resulted in a miscarriage.

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13. Rhonda’s brush with death would only foreshadow her ultimate demise as she fell off a building after an altercation with Anika

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13. Rhonda’s brush with death would only foreshadow her ultimate demise as she fell off a building after an altercation with Anika

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14. Speaking of catfights, how could we forget when Cookie and Anika finally came to blows?

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14. Speaking of catfights, how could we forget when Cookie and Anika finally came to blows?

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15. Switching gears to more serious matters: let’s not forget when Jamal took a bullet for Lucious.

15. Switching gears to more serious matters: let’s not forget when Jamal took a bullet for Lucious.

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16. Violence seems to follow the Lyon family at every turn. Even if it’s by their own hands, as seen in Andre’s case as he battles his mental illness.

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16. Violence seems to follow the Lyon family at every turn. Even if it’s by their own hands, as seen in Andre’s case as he battles his mental illness.

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17. Andre being on edge was only heightened after he conspired to kill Vernon, ultimately sacrificing his sanity to protect Lucious’ secrets.

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17. Andre being on edge was only heightened after he conspired to kill Vernon, ultimately sacrificing his sanity to protect Lucious’ secrets.

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18. In spite of silencing Vernon for an eternity, the truth still came to light as Lucious was hauled off to jail for murdering Bunkie.

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19. Haunted by his demons and tormented by his father’s actions, Andre eventually has a psychotic break.

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20. Andre later comes to terms with his bipolar disorder after it is revealed that Lucious’s mother suffered from the same illness.

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20. Andre later comes to terms with his bipolar disorder after it is revealed that Lucious’s mother suffered from the same illness.

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21. The young business exec still struggles to deal with the death of his wife as he embarks on a new relationship with songbird Nessa.

21. The young business exec still struggles to deal with the death of his wife as he embarks on a new relationship with songbird Nessa.

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Lee Daniels has struck gold with his musically-driven series Empire. Since its initial debut in 2015, the drama has gone on to break television ratings records.

Considering Empire’s premise — a family drama driven by the world of hip-hop and what’s at stake — it’s no surprise why the show is a hit. As we head into Season 4 of the Lyon’s den, take a look at 21 of the most shocking moments thus far.