We Need to Talk About the Beach Scene at the End of Season 1, Episode 9 of 'Queens'

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Jan. 5 2022, Updated 1:29 p.m. ET

Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 9 of Queens.

Jill "Da Thrill" (Naturi Naughton), Valeria "Butter Pecan" Mendez (Nadine Velazquez), and the rest of the Queens are about to achieve international success for the second time in ABC's Queens.

Season 1, Episode 7 of Queens charts their latest career highlights, including the unveiling of their billboard, the press conference about their forthcoming world tour, and the photoshoot in anticipation of a new release. So, what happens to Brianna (Eve)?

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Brianna got shot in the chest in Season 1, Episode 7 of 'Queens.' Will she make it out alive?

Season 1, Episode 7 of Queens captured a horrible accident. In it, a gunman comes after Eric "E-Roc" Jones (Taylor Selé), who is struggling to pay back his debts. He ends up shooting Eric and Brianna.

In Season 1, Episode 8 of Queens, the ladies head to the hospital. While waiting for an update on how she is doing, they start to reflect on all what they have been through, savoring their happiest memories.

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Eric gets through the ordeal just fine, though he is irked by the fact that the girls spilled the details about the deal he struck up with Jadakiss. At first, it seems that Brianna will pull through as well.

Later on, the girls learn that the bullet hit Brianna's spinal cord. Unless she undergoes major surgery, she would be at risk of becoming paralyzed from the neck down. The news divides the girls, with some insisting that the procedure is too dangerous.

The last scene of Season 1, Episode 8 captures the surgery. Brianna's heartbeat temporarily falters, only to start again.

Season 1, Episode 9 takes a radically different creative direction. The episode opens with a cemetery scene. The girls (sans Brianna) are looking at a headstone.

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Season 1, Episode 9 of Queens zooms in on the adjustment period, showing how the girls grapple with the tragedy. Naomi (Brandy Norwood), Eric, and Jojo (Precious Way) move into Brianna's old home to keep her memory alive.

Jill's addiction flares up unexpectedly. At the end of the episode, the girls decide to start a new label, Nasty Girl Records, to create better working conditions for artists eager to make it big in the music industry.

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But here's the kicker: In the last scene, they make a phone call — and the person they're trying to reach is Brianna, who is lounging on a tropical beach with her kids playing nearby.

Fans on social media had a lot to say about this surprise ending.

"I meant to say Brianna is still alive and is chilling on the beach. I was so mad about her being killed off. The writers need to stop messing with me. #queens" tweeted @RT1959.

The new plot twist in 'Queens' might have to do with the latest events taking place in Eve's life.

Eve announced in October 2021 that she and her husband, Maximillion Cooper, are expecting a baby. Her due date is in February 2022. She will likely take a break to look after the baby.

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As she told legendary show host Tamron Hall in November 2021, her Queens co-stars were among the first people to find out about her pregnancy.

"I feel incredibly blessed and lucky ... Every day I take a moment, touch my belly, and close my eyes. I'm just thankful," Eve said. "They were some of the first people I told. We squeezed each other and had tears."

Catch new episodes of Queens every Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

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