'Empire' season 3 spoilers: Cookie to take revenge on Lucious? Terrence Howard's role was previously in severe jeopardy

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Speculations have it that Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) may be planning her revenge in the upcoming season 3 of FOX’s hip-hop drama “Empire.”

According to reports, since the matriarch experienced betrayal from Lucious (Terrence Howard), when the latter chose to wed Anika (Grace Gealey), any possible reconciliation between the two has presumably been severed. It is predicted that the fierce character will stand her ground and fight for her family and the company they started, whatever it takes.

On the other hand, executive producer Ilene Chaiken previously clarified that Lucious still loves Cookie but will have a hard time admitting it to her. Although an exchange of shocking marriage vows transpired back in season 2, the former couple always had a connection.

“They love one another, the path was clear, and all of the sudden, yet another thing from Lucious’ past and the mistakes he made got in the way. And I’m with Cookie on this one: This is it. She’s done. She’s finished being hurt by Lucious,” the showrunner elaborated during an interview with TVLine.

Aside from the drama between the two, interesting new storylines are also expected to be featured brought about by a slew of newcomers composed of several big artists. These include singer Sierra McClain as Nessa, Shine’s new protg who Lucious is determined to sign; hip-hop legend Biz Markle, presumably making a cameo; and special appearances from French Montana, Birdman, Xzibit, Taye Diggs and Kid Cudi.

On a related note, Deadline shared the Howard’s role in the series was previously in severe jeopardy due to a lawsuit filed by his former talent management. Authentic Talent and Literary Management alleges that it is owed $250,000 and more of its 10 percent over the seven-season contract that Howard has with the series. The actor and his current agency CAA have yet to comment on the matter.

Season 3 of “Empire” is slated to premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 21.