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Mad tea was spilled regarding Empire Season 2 during a TV Academy event on Friday, including revelations about Cookie’s main story line,Chris Rock’s guest role and Jamal Lyon’s reign as the new head of Empire Records.

“He’s going to be a very passionate leader,” Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal, told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s going to lead with his heart and sometimes that’s going to get him in trouble.”

When we last saw Empire in March, label CEO Lucious (Terrence Howard) was thrown in jail and his middle son was put in charge. However, the battle for control of the company is just getting started.

“If season one was who will inherit the throne, season two is warring kingdoms,” said showrunner Ilene Chaiken.

One of those people fighting the hardest will be Cookie (Taraji Henson) who will return to her more ruthless beginnings when the show returns.

“She’s getting back to what she did when she built the empire,” said Henson. “She’s been tucked away for 17 years. Now she’s been out for some time so you get to see the Cookie that actually built Empire back in the day, starting from nothing.”

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