Wednesday's episode of Empire saw a kinder, gentler Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) – but only because she was successfully playing with everyone's strings like the leopard print-wearing puppet master she is.
While youngest son Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) still won't give her the time of day, Cookie managed to gain one more client in Tiana (Serayah McNeill) Hakeem's kind-of girlfriend, and orchestrate another in jailed rapper Titan (Jim Beans).
Meanwhile, Lucious's (Terrence Howard) old boss, Billy Beretti (Judd Nelson) threatened to bring Empire down should they go through with going public.
Is the end dawning for Lady Mary and the Earl of Grantham?
Just as the stars of Downton Abbey – Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt and the others – prepare to shoot season 6 in the spring, speculation has arisen that this could be the popular series' last.
While How to Get Away with Murder's midseason finale revealed that Wes (Alfred Enoch) killed Annalise's (Viola Davis) two-timing husband, fans still don't know the central mystery of who killed college student Lila Stangard – whose body was found in a water tank on her sorority house's roof.
But we may be closer to getting an answer! Here are a few other tidbits to get you ready for Thursday's winter premiere:
The Real Housewives of Orange County family is getting a little larger.
Not only are all the season 9 regulars returning for the hit Bravo reality show's 10th season, PEOPLE has learned that two new faces are being added to the cast: Meghan King Edmonds and Katie Chadwick Hamilton.
Bravo has not commented on any casting news, but while Edmonds and Hamilton may be new to the show, baseball fans will already be familiar with their husbands.
Courtney Love's latest gig has her rocking more than her usual guitar.
The Hole frontwoman is headed to Fox's Empire – and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at her bedazzled appearance on the new hit show.
Empire stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson as the patriarch and matriarch behind a a successful record label. And Love, 50, will have a recurring role on the series as "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists," according to FOX.