Who pushed Rhonda down the stairs?
That, of course, is the main question on any Empire fan's mind right now.
Although a lot was going on when we last left the Lyon family — Lucious (Terrence Howard) had been voted out of Empire by Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) in a coup orchestrated by Mimi (Marisa Tomei); Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), was still working to make her label a major player; and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) reasserted that he's gay to his hookup Sky (guest star Alicia Keys) — the juiciest bit of all came when Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) was shoved down the steps of her mansion by a masked intruder who clearly wanted her (or her unborn baby) dead.
So who did it?
Sorry to break it to you, but we don't find out who pushed Rhonda in the first episode. Or the second. It'll become evident very quickly what character the writers want viewers to believe sent Rhonda rolling, but Doubleday tells TVGuide.com it's not who you think. And it won't be until the end of the season that Rhonda confronts her assailant in a crazy, insane way.
However, Rhonda's tumble does cause a huge, immediate fallout, and at least three people are dead by the second episode. Her husband Andre (Trai Byers), who turned to religion in part to manage his mental health, changes too. "Andre is not going to stay in the church," Doubleday teases to TVGuide.com.
What else do we know for sure? The Lyons stay crazy. Cookie and Lucious unite in their desire to get the company back, both drawing weapons (Cookie brings back the broom, y'all!) to get even.
All of this drama makes you wonder: Why does Rhonda want to stay in a family that's this nuts? It's a motivation Doubleday has explored at length with her on-screen husband.
"The way [Byers and I] have talked about it is, when they met in college they were both escaping," she says. "She was escaping her past, because she came from a crazy family, by doing well in school. ... He found her and they had this up-against-the world mentality. In the Empire world, he is equivalent to like [Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter] Blue Ivy going to college. It's hard to be open. You don't know who to trust. He was having breakdowns, so she stuck through all that."
Andre and Rhonda go through so much, the actors have to hash it out to make it all make sense. "It's such a crazy soap opera that, as an actor, you have to make it real for yourself — make a path that makes sense. I think there's a lot more to learn about Rhonda," Doubleday says. "At the beginning, she and Andre were this sexually deviant, manipulative power couple out to get everybody. I like playing that, and in Season 3 I hope we get more to that idea."
Wouldn't that be an interesting turn? For now though, we'll have to see how she manages the last one.
Empire returns Wednesday at 9/8c on Fox.