Get your faux-fur coats, BJ bibs, and broomsticks ready — Empire and the Lyon family are back for season two! We’ve got Lucious incarcerated for murder, Jamal now in charge of his father’s dynasty, and Cookie … well, whatever Cookie has up her leopard-print sleeve this season, expect it to drop jaws. Join us as Vulture live-GIFS all of the I-can’t-believe-they-aired-this moments from tonight’s premiere, immediately after they happen during Fox’s broadcast. We’ll update this post after every such moment, so keep scrolling to find out how many trash-can flashbacks they’ll make us suffer through again this season!
And Cookie makes her season two debut wearing … a gorilla suit. How much longer will Empire continue to have no chill?
The reverend is in the building.
Hakeem’s never been one for subtlety, and he sends his anti-#FreeLucious message loud and clear.
Finally, we meet Frank Gathers aka Chris Rock — the man Cookie “ain’t no snitch” Lyon snitched on. Oops.
Welcome back, Michael.
Cookie finally has some competition for the one-liners.
And that’s how you shmoney dance.
Miss Lawrence serving.
Hostile takeover, folks.