After six seasons, Empire came to an earlier-than-expected end with an episode that wasn't supposed to be its series finale.
On Tuesday, Fox aired Empire's last-minute series swan song after the season was cut short due to the coronavirus and fans were not loving the thrown-together episode.
I know they had to combine the last 2 or three episodes into one but Lawd this can’t be how it all ends! That dam covid 19! Thank you for ruining the proper ending to my favorite show. 😡 #empire pic.twitter.com/j41DVuvv3t
— Stormyonetoyou (@allhalenaw) April 22, 2020
How they supposed to blow up Cookie's car, get Luscious shot, stop Andre from going wherever tf he going, unmarry Hakeem, cook up a lie for Jamal's whereabouts, and find Thirsty in 1 hour? Can we get the REAL finale when the rona is over?? #Empire #EmpireFox pic.twitter.com/QDyr7a7uSj
— Azalena (@pprmintpatti83) April 15, 2020
— CaptnOfDaCooLKidz😎 (@ICanOnlyBeChino) April 22, 2020
— Beauty Lee (@BeautyLee87) April 22, 2020
— Kimothy 🇬🇭 (@kimberslay4) April 22, 2020
However, while Empire producers did the best they could under the circumstances, one huge part of the show was left out of the finale – Jussie Smollett's character, Jamal Lyon.
Following Smollett's alleged assault in 2019, his indictment for reportedly filing a false police report and, ultimately, the charges being dropped, the actor's character was completely written out of the sixth and final season, when Cookie Lyon told Jamal's friend Becky Williams he "ran off to London."
On Tuesday's finale, though, as the youngest Lyon, Hakeem, rapped about his family's story, the show flashed back to moments throughout the six seasons. While Lucious, Cookie, Andre and Hakeem's flashbacks showed the actors who play their respective roles, Jamal's flashbacks only showed a young child portraying the middle son. Fans took to Twitter to express their disapproval over the absence of the real Jamal, whom they believe was a huge part of Empire's success.
— Chef Kenneth J McDuffie (@Phillieschosen) April 22, 2020
They couldnt show one clip of Jamal? Just terrible. He was a huge part of the shows success #Empire
— ERIN (@KEELY26) April 22, 2020
— A R I E L E (@queenVIRGO_chic) April 22, 2020
All in all I’m happy how it ended.. I just wish we would’ve got one picture or symbol of Jamal. He was a character admired by all, Jamal deserved better #Empire #EmpireFinale pic.twitter.com/fIOuPuHXVy
— Destiny (@destinychatmann) April 22, 2020
— DJ Radar (@DJRadar24) April 22, 2020
— miss kris 💁🏽♀️ (@KrisHuston77) April 22, 2020
The show's producers have stated they are "hopeful" that they might eventually be able to make a real series finale once quarantine is over but, just in case that doesn't come to fruition, the greatest character of the entire series, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), took to social media to say her final goodbye.
#Cookie is going to miss y’all!!! Thank you ALL for riding with her and her family and #EMPIRE for 6 seasons!!! THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH!!! 🙏🏾💋💋💋 #Repost @fearlesstarajii
Iconic ass cookie lyon 🔥 we gone miss… https://t.co/7VasQtRMrk
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) April 22, 2020
Tonight we say good bye to ALL OF YOU #EMPIREFANS who have been riding with us for 6 whole seasons. YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!! We will miss you guys. I can only pray that these characters will live on in your hearts… https://t.co/rVzdT2JYE5
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) April 21, 2020
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