Warning: The following contains spoilers from last night’s episode of Empire.

Following last night’s shocking cliffhanger ending to the penultimate episode in Empire’s second season w Jamal took a bullet meant for nasty ol’ dad Lucious, Jussie Smollett sent fans who felt certain that their favorite character would survive into a frenzy with one little tweet.

What is it? Is this just the latest in TV’s long line of ruses this season to make fans at home believe their favorite characters really are dead, even though, in actuality, they are not? Or has the ratings juggernaut actually decided to kill off its prodigal son? The actor has gone radio silent on social media since sending the tweet in question, while, as of press time, Fox hasn’t responded to E! News’ request for comment.

Only time will tell if Jamal actually pulls through and lives to see the show’s third season.

While we impatiently await answers from Wednesday’s season finale, let us know your thoughts: Is Jamal really dead? Vote in our poll and share your reasoning in the comments below!

The second season finale of Empire airs Wednesday, May 18 at 9 p.m. on Fox..

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