'Empire': Is Jamal dead?

Wednesday night's episode of "Empire" had a shocking twist when Jamal Lyon got shot in the stomach. But it's what happened after the show that got us all wondering whether that could be the last we'd see of actor Jussie Smollett on "Empire."

Earlier Thursday, Smollett tweeted this cryptic statement saying "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX. I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies."

So could Freda Gatz's shot last night really have been fatal? Could Jamal really be gone?!

Entertainment journalist Rob Shuter insists that Smollett will be returning to next week's episode, while acknowledging that the tweet helps build anticipation around the season finale.

And let's not forget that we encountered a similar situation with "Game of Thrones" when actor Kit Harington implied in an interview that his character Jon Snow had died only to have him return to much fanfare this season.

Ultimately, there's only one way to know for sure. Tune in to "Empire" on FOX 5 next Wednesday at 9 p.m.

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