There’s a chance that “Empire” viewers haven’t seen the last of the character Jamal Lyon, played by Jussie Smollett. That’s because showrunner Brett Mahoney said there’s discussions taking place about bringing him back for the series finale.
Smollett was written out of the show for the final episodes of season five and so far hasn’t been a part of the sixth and final season.
The actor’s removal came after he was accused of staging his own attack earlier this year. Smollett, who’s Black and identifies as gay, claimed that two men beat him up in Chicago, yelled racial slurs at him and placed a noose around his neck.
Then on March 7, a grand jury hit Smollett with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct. Those charges were dropped on March 26, but the case still isn’t over. Because a judge appointed a special prosecutor to reopen it and, based on his findings, Smollett could be charged all over again.
Mahoney spoke about Smollett during an interview with TV Line and said it would be awkward if he wasn’t part of the finale in some way. But Mahoney also said nothing has been finalized yet.
“It would be weird in my mind to end this family show and this family drama of which he was such a significant part of without seeing him,” Mahoney explained. “It’s fair to say it’s being discussed, but there’s no plan as of yet to bring him back. There’s been no decision made.”
The fall finale of “Empire” aired on Tuesday, and the series finale will reportedly be on in spring 2020.