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WHERE WE LEFT OFF LAST SEASON:

 

In order to free him from Rowan’s clutches, Olivia got Jake to step in as Mellie’s vice president — but only after Rowan nearly put a bullet through Jake’s brain and, of course, after Jake murked Vanessa’s father for a few bucks. In the episode’s final moments, we learned that getting Jake on the Republican ticket has been Rowan’s plan this whole time… along with successfully transforming his daughter into Rowan 2.0.

Cyrus somehow convinced Frankie to select him as his running mate, a decision which led Cyrus to end things with Tom and reunite with his picture-perfect family. Fitz discovered Olivia’s medical records on Abby’s desk, and told her he approved of her decision. I think the knowledge of what happened with Andrew is just a ticking time bomb, and it’s safe to say that it’s just waiting to explode between them.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS SEASON:

When the ABC drama returns at midseason, the action will pick up “on election night,” exec producer Shonda Rhimes revealed to EW.com. “We’re not going to spend our time playing an election.” When Season 5 ended, Mellie and Jake (aka the Republican ticket) and Francisco and Cyrus (aka the Democratic ticket) had just launched their respective campaigns.

ABC has trimmed the show’s Season 6 episode order from 22  to 16.

Scandal Season 6 will premiere in early 2017 due to Kerry Washington’s real life pregnancy.