'Empire' season 3 premiere spoilers: Taraji P. Henson confirms someone will die, praises Mariah Carey as a guest star


Taraji P. Henson, who portrays Cookie Lyon, confirmed the rumors that someone will die in the upcoming season 3 of FOX’s hip-hop drama “Empire.”

With less than a month left before the premiere, the actress dished to Extra that, “Yeah, someone dies.” She shared that even the members of the cast were surprised to find out about the fate of the undisclosed character, “They send us the script and then everybody’s calling each other like… ‘What? What? What?'”

Some speculate that it could either be Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) or Anika (Grace Gealey) as they were last seen having an altercation during last season’s finale. However, it remains to be seen if this comes to fruition.

The 45-year old star also talked to Entertainment Weekly about the special guest appearance of pop diva Mariah Carey. During the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Henson lauded the singer’s talent and beauty.

“She was great. She’s fabulous, she’s beautiful to look at. I wish I could wear a leotard like that. She brings a sense of what Mariah brings to the music industry. I’m grateful that she spent time with little old us,” she said.

Carey will play the part of Kitty. She is described as a massive star and Empire artist who collaborates with Jamal (Jussie Smollet) on “an explosive new song.” She will also help him get through some difficulties that he will be experiencing after sustaining and recovering from an almost fatal gunshot wound.

Moreover, Taye Diggs has also been tapped for a recurring role a Harvard Law-educated city councilman named Angelo Dubois. He was born into a wealthy family but decided to spend his time on community issues and local politics.

The narrative is also expected to focus on Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and his journey to fatherhood. Although he did not get married in season 2, there will still be a lot going on in his life that he has to deal with. “He has to show his father that he can be a better dad than he was to him. He has to focus more on his music,” the actor stated.

Season 3 of “Empire” is slated to air on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.