When Empire returns for Season 2, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) hasn't given up hope on gaining the crown.

"Hakeem at the end of the season was very angered by not being the one chosen to run Empire," co-creator Danny Strong says in this exclusive video, "and clearly has his sights set on still taking that company."

And while Hakeem still hasn't forgiven Lucious (Terrence Howard) for choosing Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and getting rid of Camilla, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) will be right there to pick up the pieces. "Let's build our own. You and me," Cookie tells him.

Empire premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on Fox.