Oscar-winning actor's debut on 'Empire' is exactly what Lucious Lyon needs

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On Empire, Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker was welcomed to the Lyon's den as he made his debut as Eddie Barker, one of Lucious Lyon's closest friends.

After learning about his friendship with Eddie, Lucious spontaneously showed up at Eddie's niece's wedding in what seemed like an attempt to remember any part of his life before losing his memory. Eddie seemed happy to see his old pal, but as he started to share their stories with a group of friends, and one violent memory in particular, Lucious began to have flashbacks. As we learned during the season premiere last week, the new Lucious does not respond well to his previous life as Empire's ruthless CEO. So, while it seems like "Uncle Eddie" may be the key to unlocking Lucious's memory, having brutal flashbacks flood back into his mind is also quite traumatizing for him.

Back in the Lyon's den, Cookie and Eddie had a heart-to-heart when he told her that he knows Lucious doesn't remember who he is. Cookie ended up confessing to him that Lucious experienced traumatic brain injury and that he has indeed lost his memory, so Eddie offered his advice, saying, "What do our families do when a loved one is sick or dying? We step up. You need to get those artists and they need to hold you up. They need to support this. With music. That's what Lucious would want. Music."

We already know that Whitaker is signed to a multi-episode deal as a guest star for season 4 of Fox's hit musical drama, so we can't wait to see how his character develops throughout the rest of the season. Not to mention, he also feels like the first person we can actually trust… we're looking at you, Demi Moore.

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