124 Did Anika push [spoiler] down the stairs?

Hats off to Empire, because I can honestly say I didn’t see it coming. And by it, I clearly mean the shocking moment when one of the main characters gets pushed down their elegant (not to mention, very tall) stairwell and is left for dead. For that matter, they might actually be dead!

So, you know the drill, people — this is your official spoiler warning. If you have not watched the Dec. 2 midseason finale of msdress.co.uk short prom dresses, proceed with caution. If you have, by all means, surge full-steam ahead.

Now, enough with the niceties. It was Rhonda. Pregnant Rhonda, no less. Pregnant Rhonda got pushed down the stairs by a mysterious leather-gloved assailant!

My first thought, of course, was for the baby. My second was for Kaitlin Doubleday, the fantastic actor who portrays Rhonda. I adore her and have grown quite fond of Rhonda. I don’t want to see her written off just yet.

However, perhaps she isn’t dead. The teaser trailer for the second half of the season, which resumes in March (aka an eternity from now), appears to show Andre break down in the hospital and then later beside the baby bassinet. I suspect that Rhonda survives but remains in critical condition, but they lose the baby — which is no less tragic and, with the acting Trai Byers (Andre Lyon) and Doubleday are capable of, will undoubtedly bring some incredibly heartbreaking moments after the break.

But regardless of how this horrible scenario plays out, the pressing question right this moment is one of blame. Who pushed Rhonda? It was arguably the most memorable moment from tonight’s episode, so everyone is speculating.

Understandably, many Empire fans are convinced Anika (Grace Gealey) is the culprit. We’ve watched Lucious’ former fiancée’s steady descent into madness this season, brought on by loneliness and alienation from the family that had already turned its back on her even when she did try to prove her loyalty.

Finding out she is pregnant with Hakeem’s baby contributed to her fragile mental state, and hearing Rhonda gush about how Lucious was over the moon about her own pregnancy and future “heir” might have been what pushed her over the edge.

Er, rather, drove her to push Rhonda over the edge.

Here’s the thing, though: Would that be too easy? Would Empire do something that is clearly the most obvious conclusion? I’m not so certain. Fans are tossing out predictions left and right on Twitter using #WhoPushedRhonda, and the majority seems to think that’s exactly how things are going to play out.

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