Welcome back to the Lyons’ den. Fox has set the midseason return date for the fifth season of “Empire” and released a promo for the upcoming batch of episodes, which shows Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard) going to war with Jeff Kingsley (A.Z. Kelsey) — who we all now know to be Lucious’ fourth son.
And when we say all we do mean all, after that very awkward family meeting in front of everyone at the end of the winter finale, in which Kingsley revealed the paternity news to Cookie, Andre (Trai Byers), Jamal (Jussie Smollett), and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) in front of a giant crowd at Lyon Family Management’s big event.
In the 45-second teaser, we see things will pick up pretty much right where they left off, with Cookie and Lucious ready to take down Kingsley — as the current CEO of Empire was definitely looking for a fight when he told the Lyons who he really was on the previous episode.
“We’ve done bad things, Lucious,” Cookie says in the short promo. “And it’s come back to collect with a living, breathing, furious man who calls you daddy.”
There’s also yet another chilling shot of Lucious looking at that freakin’ casket in a flash-forward and Kingsley threatening, “I took the thing that you valued most, and I toyed with it for my own entertainment.”
Uh, in case you forgot, the last episode ended on a cliffhanger with another flash-forward, this one showing Andre flatline in the hospital in front of his mother and father. So, yeah.
Watch the promo above.
“Empire” Season 5 returns March 13 at 8/7c on Fox.