Never count out an underdog, especially on Fox's hip-hop drama "Empire." While it may seem like Lucious (Terrence Howard), Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) may have the most power right now in the Lyon family, expect the youngest member of the musical brood, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), to breakout in Season 2.
Viewers will see Hakeem grow on "Empire" after the failure of the hostile takeover and Jamal burying his new album. Showrunner Ilene Chaiken told TVLine that after losing his father Lucious to prison, he'll start to shed the sense of entitlement his character carried all throughout the first season.
"It’s a big come-down, and he’s determined to prove it was a mistake, that Lucious chose the wrong son," she dished. "He’s aware that everyone in his family underestimates him — and he’s got a big task to prove to them that he’s worthy, that he can accomplish the things everyone thought were being handed to him on a silver platter. We’re really going to see him maturing."
The rapper took his first steps towards maturing in episode 2, "Without A Country." While it seemed like he'd rejoin Empire so he can release his record, he chose to leak the album online and to remain with Cookie as they start to build their own legacy separate from Empire. He's also looking to start up an all-girl music group, which he hopes will take the world by storm.
Last season, Hakeem was depicted as a spoiled child who can basically do whatever he wants because his father ran Empire. When Lucious sent Camilla (Naomi Campbell) away, Hakeem's entire attitude changed as he started to resent his father. Since then, Hakeem has been headstrong on becoming a success on his own.
Aside from personal growth, Hakeem will also get a new love interest this season who will show up in episode 4. Last episode he was show hooking up with Valentina (Becky G), but it looks like another woman will be the one that sweeps him off his feet.
"Empire" Season 2, episode 3 airs Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.