Fridge: Empire

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  • Fridge Logic: A series of flashbacks show Golgoth began his world conquest in Australia, and then taking Japan, Russia, Europe and even the United States. Why then after all that, does the book begin with Golgoth conquering New Zealand? Why leave it for last? Shouldn't that have have been much higher on the list?
    • Why? With the exception of Egypt, every place Golgoth has left is an island with a small population: Madagascar, Greenland, New Zealand. And NZ in particular is tiny and has little in the way of military forces - not to mention a largely pacifistic outlook (geopolitically speaking). Why not leave it?

[[folder: The Series]]
  • Why Lucious gave Andre the Little "No" regarding the latter's candidacy for interim CEO?
    • He knew his diagnosis with ALS will eventually leave him temporarily incapacitated as he is the CEO of Empire Records and was obviously aware that an interim CEO would be installed just in case. Having revealed his diagnosis to Andre and the rest of the family about his diagnosis an episode prior, he gambled that Andre would've tried that. He was right.
    • In fact, Andre was cheating his way for the head chair, although knowing his father was gonna choose the successor.
  • If the undercover agent killed by Frank Gathers was instead your everyday drug buyer, Agent Harlow Carter or the Feds would have no purpose associating with Cookie, who would've never gotten out of jail.
  • Lucious and Olivia have the same skin complexion and Lola, their daughter, is darker?
    • It is not unheard of of a child being a different shade of skin tone than their parents being that it is possible of inheriting genes that make one a different shade from an earlier generation. This troper here comes from fair skinned and dark skinned parents yet still came out darker!
  • Expy: Lucious is Jock Ewing, as both characters were founders of the company, patriarch of their families and strongly dislikes their middle child.
    • Andre is JR Ewing, both qualifies as the "Well Done, Son!" Guy and wants to take over the family business by any evil means necessary.
    • Jamal is Gary Ewing, both suffer from Middle Child Syndrome and are the The Unfavourite to their fathers while the opposite to their mothers.
    • Hakeem is Bobby Ewing, as both are the youngest in their families, heavily spoiled and favorited by their fathers and disliked by their eldest brothers, competing for their father's respect
    • Baretti is Cliff Barnes. Both men wants to destroy their main rival companies due to past conflicts.
  • Some fans have noted similarities between the Lyons and The Lannisters:
    • Lucious is Tywin, as both are the patriarchs that built up the family fortune, who see their families as useful tools at best and enemies at worst.
    • Cookie is Joanna: both mothers whose absence from the family shaped their children's identities, for better and worse. In the books, it's said that Joanna 'ruled Tywin,' and we see that Cookie is pretty much the only person that can stand up to Lucious.
    • Andre is Cersei: they're the eldest and the ones who try so hard to follow their fathers' principles, do everything they're told, and denied what they feel is their birthright for arbitrary reasons (for Cersei, she's denied Casterly Rock because of her gender. For Andre, he's not in the running for Empire Records because he's not a musician). Both are also very manipulative and have no qualms pitting one sibling against the other to further their goals.
    • Hakeem is Jaime, as both are their fathers' favourites, heavily spoiled and reckless at the beginning of the series. They both also undergo Character Development and slowly become better men.
    • Jamal is Tyrion, in that both are abused and ignored by their fathers for a trait they were born with (Tywin hates Tyrion partially because he's a dwarf, Lucious hates that Jamal is gay), and yet both are the ones who are most similar to their fathers and most 'worthy' of their legacy:
    Tyrion: Why father, I believe I am you writ small.
    Jamal: Everyone's gonna see that I'm you, but on steroids.
    • That's not even getting into the fact that both families have adopted lions as part of their creed and/or symbols.
  • In "Who I Am", What Cookie means by "she knows her rights", Agent Harlow Carter or any other Fed can't force her into testifying against Lucious.
  • Lucious makes Vernon swear to secrecy that he never reveals that he was the one that murdered Bunkie. Vernon breaks that promise when he tells Cookie (who knows, but needed confirmation), and figured that if Lucious is the the sort of guy who would murder even his closest friends for turning on him, likely sold him out to the Feds before Lucious finds out (in his mind Cookie knows, since the cat was out of the bag anyway. That Lucious (initially) blames Cookie makes the whole thing better.
  • Jamal & Hakim's rendition of "Money For Nothing" serves as this perfect statement of where Jamal is by the beginning of the second season. His musicianship is the thing that got him success ("My talent's worth a fortune"), but he can't perform because he has to run the company ("I'm all about my business"). And it's all set to a song which originally included the lyric "That little faggot, he's a millonaire".
  • If his mother and son are bipolar, wouldn't that make Lucious in the same category as well.