Actor Jussie Smollett elevated chatter around his situation with Fox‘s Empire, following the show’s dramatic finish Wednesday night (May 11), leaving fans in suspense with a message that on its face reads as a farewell from the popular drama. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX. I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies. #Empire,” a caption on Smollett’s Twitter page read.
By Thursday afternoon the post had been re-tweeted by more than 3,000 fans, many of them skeptical that the announcement may have actually been a cliffhanger in regards to how matters play out for his character, Jamal Lyons.
The Lee Daniels production had just brought its nail biting audience to question Jamal’s fate, after the Season 2, “Rise by Sin” episode concluded with him in critical condition. He was the accidental victim of a gunshot fired by Freda Gatz, whom had been aiming for Lucious. Yet a review of the finale’s official synopsis does not give definitive evidence that Jamal’s life came to an end. “After a life-changing experience, Jamal refuses to make music until his family ends its seemingly endless cycle of violence and fighting,” it reads.
According to a statement show-runner Ilene Chaiken made to Variety, from this point forward followers of the series get to see the fall out of the incident, but she far from confirms the absence of Smollett’s character in the future. “What happens next is about the consequences. Clearly, Jamal has been shot. It’s serious. It’s life-threatening. It happened because of everything that we’ve seen in the course of the season and all of the things that Lucious and Cookie have done, and the way they’ve lived their lives.”