Empire - Season 1, Episode 11 - Rotten Tomatoes

Die But Once



Critic Consensus: "Die But Once", the first episode of Empire's two-part finale, sets the soapy stage for some spectacular showdowns and revelations.

Episode Info

In Part 1 of the two-part Season 1 finale, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything as he and Jamal seem on their way to forming a music-centered relationship. Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy; at the same time, he's trying to figure out what's the best move for his career; and Cookie cooks up a plan to get herself back on top.


Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Malik Yoba
as Vernon Turner
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun
Grace Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
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Critic reviews for Die But Once

Finally this week some truly plot-twisting stuff happens and I'm not talking about finding out that Gabby Sidibe has a white mom.

March 19, 2015 | Full Review…

My breath was held. This was especially true for the scenes between Jamal and Lucious.

March 19, 2015 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

Yes, let me tell you that all this leads to the best catfight on TV since the Dynasty era.

March 19, 2015 | Full Review…

These two episodes (which were probably not planned as a double-shot finale) featured almost everything you could want from Empire, and then some.

March 19, 2015 | Full Review…

He hooked up with Boo Boo Kitty! And typing those words out just made me shiver.

March 19, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Over the course of two hours, Empire proved it was more interested in spectacle than in coherence, and that, in some sense, it's all the better for it.

March 19, 2015 | Full Review…

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