So I must be the only one who really enjoyed the back half of this season. I hadn't watched any of the last 10 episodes and then I binged them all over 2 nights. Even I was surprised at how good it was and how drawn in I was.
I haven't kept up with the news at all about this show so I really thought that Andre was a goner. I really thought he'd be killed off.
I figured out in the finale that Kingsley would end up in the casket and his heart going to Andre. I found his story very compelling and wish they could have found a way to keep him on the show - having him bond with Andre and Keem and then Jamal coming back to feeling displaced wouldv'e been great.
The actors on this show truly, truly brought it - I was in a shambles for the last 3 episodes - crying constantly, etc..
I think when you don't dissect this show to death and just watch it in a fast binge like I did, it hangs together very well... The last 4 episodes for me were amazing - and the twists did not go how I was thinking they'd go at all.
I hope the show doesn't get canceled. After the whole jussie thing, I couldn't bring myself to watch and boy do I feel stupid now - because that was some damn good television.
It was definitely heavy on the dramatic side and less of a guilty pleasure - but that didn't make it any less good.
My only sadness is that Kingsley is gone. I liked him and wanted to see a redemption arc.
I thought Cookie/Lucious was AMAZING and Andre/Terri and that whole cancer/heart storyline ripped my heart out.
I'm still in a shambles with my heart in my throat.
So - sorry to all the folks who are over Empire - but I'm still with it. LOVE it and the show has gotten SO much better than season one with it's burn through plots and paper thin characterizations (apart from the main Lyons).
I don't know if the writers changed, but that's made this show better imo. All of the "Tyler Perry-esque" plotlines? Gone. Now we have nuance where there was once dramatics and plot drivenness. Again - my ONLY beef is with Kingsley being gone.