The finale to the sixth season of Empire was cut short after production shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The last completed episode prior to the production shutdown was episode 18, which is scheduled to air on April 21. Originally, producers expected the final season to have 20 episodes. Since the final scenes planned for the series were never shot, the big finish for the television show will never have its big finish. 

The series has had its fair share of complications. Last year, the actor who played Jamal Lyon, Jussie Smollett, was accused of staging a hate-crime attack on himself. The actor was then removed from the cast and the creators of the show had to improvise and rewrite the storylines of the character. 

The cast and crew at the time of the production shut down were in the middle of filming the 29th episode. 


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