Empire Season 5
Empire season 5 started airing on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Series returns with new episodes on Mar 13, 2019. Subscribe below for season Five fan alert to get a short reminder email the day of the season finale: May 08, 2019. Get a brief email if and when the next season is announced. Make sure to come back to episode.guide where we’ll have season recap and discussion.
List of Episodes
most recent episode S5E18 The Roughest Day
The season consists of 18 episodes. The second half premiered on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
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Fox's 'Empire' Will End After Season 6 - via Wsj
Monday’s announcement from the network caps months of speculation following the arrest of actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of faking a hate crime. Mr. Smollett denied the accusations. The charges were later dropped.
Fox Cancels Empire, Stammers Over Jussie Smollett - Vanity Fair - via Vanityfair
“Oh gosh,” Collier said. “You know, really, the [writers’] room hasn’t even gathered yet. So we have the option to [bring Smollett back], but there are no plans at this point.”
'Empire' Showrunner Talks Writing Out Jussie Smollett Character - via Thegrapevine
“We have such a terrific ensemble that when first you’re told you have to take one chess piece out, it’s ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ But then it opens up space and room to tell the other important stories that you want to tell. So there are pluses and minuses,” Mahoney explained. “There was definitely stuff I wanted to do with Jamal in [Episodes] 17 and 18 that I just had to express a different way, but it did open up the focus a little bit more on the Andre storyline.”
'Empire': FOX Gives an Update on Jussie Smollett's Contract, Will He Return to the Show? - via Cheatsheet
Part of the letter read, “He is honest and above all, he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped. We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed.”
Empire boss reveals why they just killed that Lyon son - via Ew
To discuss the season finale, EW chatted with Mahoney about Kingsley’s death, splitting up Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), and Jussie Smollett’s future on the show.
Treasure will be an interesting addition to the show because, in a lot of ways, she’s the second coming of Freda Gatz–-a virtually unknown person with an undeniable talent whom the Lyons take under their wing. Only time will tell if, like Freda, she is treated as a disposable commodity once Lucious and the clan are back on top. Jamal returns from London to visit his family and introduce them to Ky, his new boyfriend. While there, he learns the dire condition of his family’s finances and that they still <...> - by Culturess [Jorie Goins]
Giselle: You know, you should be careful with the pits. H & M won’t take that back. Cookie: Too bad you won’t get your money back for that botched face job. I can think of somewhere else you could have used the money. He's a reporter; he's dating a Lyon, so he already has insider knowledge on the family. I'd like to think that Empire would be less predictable, so I hope this kid doesn't wind up writing a tell-all about the family. <...> - by TV Fanatic [Paul Dailly]