Lucious Lyon isn’t a good person, but he’s the head of the Lyon family and the founder of the family business. This one contradiction is the source of most of Empire’s dramatic tension. Lucious can afford to mistreat his sons, and to ignore his ex-wife’s advice, because he’s the source of it all. He’s the king, and this is his empire.
But as “Sins of the Father” makes clear, Lucious didn’t do that much more than anyone else to make the business happen. Cookie put up the money (and went to jail for it); Vernon keeps the books; the IPO was Andre’s idea; and Jamal and Hakeem have more than enough talent between the two of them. Luci...
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