'Empire' season 6: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else about the show's final installment

The Jussie Smollett controversy may have played a role in the decision to truncate Empire's final run but Fox executives aren't willing to specify it.

                            'Empire' season 6: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else about the show's final installment

Fox gave a green signal to the sixth season of 'Empire' ahead of the season five finale which aired on May 8, 2019. When news about the Jussie Smollett controversy broke out, fans were worried that the show would be canceled, but it looks like the network has saved the show for another series. Following this, the network also announced that the sixth season would be the final season for the hip-hop drama.

The decision to make the sixth season the final installment comes mere months after the Smollett controversy broke. The actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon, was at the center of a national controversy over whether he staged the attack he described as a racist, hate crime.

The announcement was made when Fox released its upcoming lineup for the 2019-2020 television schedule. Unfortunately for 'Empire', reaching the sixth season was difficult in the first place since the show has seen deteriorating ratings in the recent years, which pushed the former hit show out of the top ten list for the network.

Fox executives have declined to comment on whether the decision to truncate the run of the show had anything to do with the controversy. “We’re excited to see to this show go out with a bang,” Fox Entertainment’s chief executive, Charlie Collier, reportedly said, adding that six seasons “is a pretty remarkable run for a drama series.”

Here's what we know about season 6:

Release date

Fox is yet to confirm release dates for the sixth and the final season of 'Empire'. Season one premiered in January 2015, while the rest of the four seasons came in September.  Therefore, Empire fans can expect season six to arrive as early as September 2019.

We will update this as the information is released.


The American musical drama created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong for the Fox Broadcasting Company follows Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard), a hip hop mogul, former drug dealer and the CEO of Empire Entertainment. When Lucious is informed of his imminent early death from a particular medical condition, he is forced to choose a successor who will control his dynasty after his demise. He then takes it upon himself to groom one of his three sons to take over the family business: Empire CFO Andre (Trai Byers), R&B singer-songwriter Jamal (Jussie Smollett), and rapper Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray). But in the process of doing so, he pits them against each other.


Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon

Terrence Howard attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Howard plays the role of Lucious Lyon, a former drug dealer turned hip-hop mogul and the founder and CEO of Empire Entertainment. His life begins to crumble around him after his past wouldn't leave him alone and come back to haunt him when he is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The actor is best known for his role in 'Dead Presidents' and 'Mr Holland's Opus'. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 'Hustle & Flow'.

Taraji P. Henson as Loretha "Cookie" Lyon

Taraji P. Henson attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Taraji P Henson's character of Cookie Lyon made her the first African-American woman to win a Critics' Choice Television Award for the best actress in a Drama series. She also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2015 and 2016. 

Other cast members include Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon. Trai Byers will return as Andre Lyon. 


There is no trailer released for the sixth and the final season as of yet. MEAWW will update this article when the trailer is released. 

Season 5 recap

The finale episode showed Cookie and Lucious going their separate ways after she refused to go with him any further and she revealed that she slept with Damon Cross, his competitor. Kingsley ended up in a coffin but not before confronting his dad. Andre receives his heart but everything is not out of the woods yet. Season 6 could see the fallout from this ending.


Where to watch

The show airs Wednesdays at 8 pm on Fox.

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