We've got good news for all you fans of the Freda Gatz story: it ain't over yet! According to Empire EP Ilene Chaiken, the young rapper will return to the show for Season 3
That steadily blossoming friendship between Freda and Jamal was one of the best things about Empire Season 2. Considering where Freda started from (in Drake's words: the bottom), she did a damn good job to 'rise through the ranks', as it were. Every scene that the pair shared during the latter stages of Season 2 was fun, light-hearted, and sincerely endearing. Well, that was until Freda shot her friend in the chest, of course... She's now locked up in jail for her actions, so does that mean the end of Freda Gatz on Empire? In an interview with TV Line, EP Ilene Chaiken put to rest our concerns: “Freda will be in Season 3,” she confirmed. “She’s part of our story. It’s not over. Jamal understand she’s a victim, but he still has to deal with the fact that she shot him. It was a hugely traumatizing event that she perpetrated on him. But he believes in her and in the mission of ending the cycle. So he’s going to have to do something about it.”
This news comes shortly after the confirmation that Jussie Smollett will NOT leave the show either (phew). So as it stands, all five of the Lyons will be sticking around, as will Freda; meanwhile, Shyne will become a series regular alongside EITHER Rhonda or Anika. As they say: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. There's nothing really wrong with Empire from where we're standing, so why make wholesale cast changes? We're hugely intrigued to see where the Freda-Mal tale of woe takes us next. Will the latter forgive his friend for shooting him? After all, the bullet was intended for Lucious, not him. Knowing Jamal as we do, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him coax Freda through a period of rehabilitation... I guess we'll just have to wait and see! In the meantime, check out our Empire quiz and discover which Lyon family member you are! Where's next for Freda and Jamal, do you think?