Empire creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong have a plan B in case they can't get the proper series finale finished. The successful show is coming to an end tomorrow evening, but it's not the true final episode. The production was shut down due to the world's current state of affairs, which meant that they were unable to shoot the two final episodes. Fans are worried the 18th episode will be the end. Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney maintains that there is "a universal want and desire" to finish everything.
The entertainment industry, along with the rest of the world, is going through some interesting and tough times. Movies and TV productions have ceased as everybody remains indoors. Delays have been announced, but in the case of Empire, it looks like tomorrow night's episode could very well be the last. Whatever happens, showrunner Brett Mahoney insists the fans will get their ending. He explains.
"Everyone wants to send the series off [properly]. I can't guarantee it will happen, but we're hopeful. And if we don't actually get a chance to shoot the series finale, I think we'll find some creative way to get [the information] out there, whether it's by just releasing the script or finding another way to satisfy fans."
There are no guarantees for anything right not, but there are signs of promise. Both Texas and Georgia have announced plans to reopen businesses, including movie theaters, as soon as next week. This could be the sign that some form of normalcy is on its way. Or, it could be one gigantic step backwards. For now, we'll have to wait and see. With that being said, Empire could get a shot at their finale if things end up going well in the next few weeks.
According to sources, the Empire crew was able to weave in some of the small amount of footage they shot from episode 19 into 18. While that is certainly good news, there were supposed to be a total of 20 episodes in the sixth and final season. Even if they cast and crew aren't able to reunite, the script could be released, but will this satisfy fans when all is said and done? Brett Mahoney had this to say about the additional footage.
"The question [became], 'Can I craft [an ending] that's going to be satisfying based on [the footage that] what we had, which was all of Episode 18 and half of 19. And, luckily, [there are scenes] we had shot in 19... that were reflective of the spirit that we wanted to end the series with [in the original finale]."
This has happened to many TV shows over the years, though not like this. It might be something that Empire fans will have to come to accept since it's currently something that nobody can do anything about. Regardless, it has to be good news to fans that the creators and showrunner want to get the final story out in some way, shape, or form. Tomorrow will have to work for now, until the dust finally settles. The interview with Brett Mahoney was originally conducted by TVLine.