This is why Empire ended Very early, Empire is called it, a “King-Lear-esque nighttime soap” opera that followed the wins and losses of the musically inclined, dysfunctional Lyon family. Headed by Lucious and Cookie Lyon (played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, respectively), the family and record label business still had a few more decisions to deal with before the Season 6 finale.
that co-creator Lee Daniels announced Season 6 would be the last of the hit show. The announcement followed a dramatic separation between Lucious and Cookie that was sure to set up a shocking Season 6 that’d keep viewers’ eyes glued to their TVs.
“I think they’re both looking at it like yes, they love each other, but does that mean that they should be together?” showrunner Brett Mahoney. “They may be separate for a bit and if they come back together, it’s gonna be a matter of eyes wide open, versus what happened this time around when they jumped into a relationship without necessarily thinking about what it was actually gonna take to stay together.”