'Empire' season 2 spoilers: Andre, Rhonda's marriage to be tested


As Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Gray) continues his reign as the company’s new chief executive officer, people around him will be having their own agenda in the brand-new episode of “Empire” season 2.

Titled “A Rose by Any Other Name,” Camilla (Naomi Campbell) will sink her claws further and further into Hakeem as she presumably brainwashes him into turning his back completely from his family. Meanwhile, the rest of the Lyons will try to get him to rejoin their side, but it turns out that Hakeem has his own plan.

On the other hand, Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) will receive backlash from his fans, and Andre (Trai Byers) and Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) will face a new challenge when it comes to their marriage.

In the behind the scenes footage featuring some of the show’s cast members, Ta’Rhonda Jones, who plays Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) outspoken assistant Porsha Taylors, gave her thoughts on last week’s episode that marked the return of second season from a short hiatus.

“Some big stuff went down. We see how smart Cookie is and how deeply she loves her family. We always know how smart and loving she is but this episode really brings that aspect out of the character to the front of the screen,” she said.

“My favorite part of this episode was when Rhonda was lying ever so vulnerable on a pool of blood asking God to take her life and save her baby. Take hers, instead of the baby. I thought that’s so touching and so surreal. It takes a lot to make me cry and I literally sat on a corner, sobbing,” Jones added.

Down the pipeline, the tension between Lucious (Terrence Howard) and his sons will steadily rise. The family’s patriarch will also direct what could be his most emotional and honest music video yet as he recreates a traumatic interaction with his mother for his new single.

Season 2, episode 12 of “Empire” will air on Wednesday, April 6 at 9 P.M. EST.