Empire boss reacts to season 6 midseason finale cliffhanger as Tracy points a gun at Lucious and Cookie

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Photo credit: Fox

From Digital Spy

Note: This article contains spoilers for Empire season 6 episode 10, 'Cold Cold Man', which aired in the US last night (December 17).

The first episode of Empire's sixth and final season began with a shocking nine months later flash-forward scene, showing Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) being shot and seemingly losing consciousness.

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Photo credit: Fox

Then, in episode four, a flash-forward to the same period showed Cookie Lyon seemingly blown-up when her car exploded.

But the show's midseason finale on Tuesday night (December 17) ended on another cliffhanger, with Tracy (Amanda Detmer) pointing a gun at Lucious and Cookie.

It's all a lot to take in, but luckily Empire boss Brett Mahoney has shed some light on how the midseason finale could connect to the future events.

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Photo credit: Fox

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In an interview with TV Line, Mahoney was asked if the flash-forward scenes had robbed last night's cliffhanger of some of its suspense.

"It could. But we don’t know that those two things aren’t connected in some way," Mahoney answered.

"It’s not beyond the pale that they could be connected. But I will tell you that in our midseason premiere you will see who shoots Lucious [in the flash-forward] and you will also see who is responsible for the car bombing of Cookie."

Addressing what we've seen of Cookie's fate, Mahoney said that he could "neither confirm nor deny" whether it was really the end for the family matriarch.

It looks like we'll have to wait until spring 2020 when Empire returns for its final 10 episodes to find out.

Empire airs on Fox in the US.

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