ABC has confirmed Scandal‘s upcoming seventh season will be the show’s last. The announcement was made by ABC president Channing Dungey during a conference call with reporters.
The ABC drama’s seventh and final season will consist of 18 episodes. That represents a two-episode increase over Season 6, which was scaled back from 22 to 16 episodes due to leading lady Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.
Exec Producer Shonda Rhimes was quoted as stating:
‘’We are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”
After putting in six seasons as a Scandal recurring player, George Newbern is being promoted to a full-fledged series regular for the ABC’s drama’s upcoming seventh and final season.
Since his introduction, Charlie has (mostly) shed his shady ways, taking a job at OPA and planning a future with Quinn, his blushing bride-to-be — that is, assuming her lingering feelings for Huck don’t put a damper on the big day.
Olivia being named Mellie’s chief of staff doesn’t change Rowan’s agenda; who never wanted to spend any time at the White House.
As for the final Season, fans are perhaps hoping there’s still love between Fitz and Olivia. Actor Tony Goldwyn said of his character Fitz:
“The relationship is a delicate balancing act, one that becomes more difficult as the seasons progress. Fitz is in love with Olivia, and he always will be. He’s learned how to manage that. He’s grateful that she’s still in his orbit and that he can have a business relationship with her. In some sense, they have a very strong connection, even though it’s very painful for them to be together. They’re honest with each other, they have a sort of short-hand communication. But for Fitz, he’s had to make his peace with the fact that Olivia does not want him. It’s just one of those things in life that causes him grief — but he’s had a lot of that over the years, so he’s no stranger to it.”
Meanwhile Olivia’s other love interest, Jake Ballard is trapped in a tragic marriage. Actor Scott Foley says of his character ‘Jake’ that he believes a romantic reunion with Olivia is still possible… at some point.
“Jake’s in a really tough spot. He’s living in this home with a woman he doesn’t love-he probably doesn’t even like her, to be honest-but he understands her predicament, as anyone would. If you’re in a relationship with someone, and you don’t want to be there, but they do, it’s really difficult. I think he feels awful about it. But at the same time, she’s a pawn in a much bigger chess game.”
The final Season’s return has been confirmed but the date has yet to be announced.
As the clock ticks down to the inauguration of the first female President of the United States, and Vice-President; Olivia takes a big risk to ensure Mellie’s safety.
Mia (Liv’s Mom) is held captive while Team Fitz try to get her to give up the name of who hired her to assassinate Mellie on Inaguration Day. When she’s released they try to trace her but she’s torn out her chip. Rowan is furious, understandably. Jake takes a tac team to storm the warehouse where Mia was holed up and finds plans on the wall for Mellie’s inauguration assassination.
Quinn reveals she’s pregnant to a relieved Abby who has come in out of the cold. Fitz signs an Executive Order liberating funds for a revamped B613 with him at the Head. Liv ain’t gonna let that happen.
There’s a lovely scene where Fitz is about to leave the White House for the final time and Liv runs to him, in front of the cameras, and they kiss passionately.
David Rosen turns up at Rowan’s office asking about who Samantha really was, but Rowan tries to dissuade him from looking into it, advising him to move on with his life. David makes an impassioned plea, and Rowan instead gives him a box.
Olivia is focussed on helping Mellie choose the members of her first Cabinet and it doesn’t escape Quinn’s attention that Liv is pulling away from OPA; leaving them to gladiate all by themselves. Charlie illustrates the point by saying eventually everyone leaves and moves on to better things.
When Quinn later tries on her wedding dress, Huck tells her she looks beautiful.
Liv gives her Team a pile of cases to work through and choose one from, which Fitz will pardon. It’s his last few days in Office and the case needs to be a slam dunk to make Fitz look great on his way out of his Presidency.
David goes to Abby’s with the box and asks if he can store it in her fridge. She looks inside – it’s Samantha’s head. Jake comes over and takes swabs to identify her, then later he comes back with his findings. At Samantha’s apartment there’s a phone which has been wiped but Jake managed to pull the most recent data from it. A text message. They suddenly realise someone was using Paez and Samantha to further their own agenda.
Liv meets with Rowan for a farewell meal as he claims that he’s going to retire, now Liv is finally in the White House, and says family get in the way of her being powerful.
Jake pulls an image from surveillance on Samantha’s house that shows someone went into her house while she was in Custody. The image alerts everyone to stop Rowan from leaving town, and Liv brings him back to the White House and Jake shows him the image.
Olivia’s Mom was the person who visited Samantha’s house.
Back at OPA Quinn tells Liv she got the pardon from Fitz for the case she highlighted to him. Liv doesn’t seem interested, and then she shows Quinn where everything needed to run the business is, and Quinn is now going to run things because being a gladiator means sometimes fighting against the White House which Liv is now part of.
Paez revealed his endgame. Rowan makes a run for it. Fitz is outplayed with disastrous results. Let’s recap.
This week’s episode wrapped up the Shadowy Organisation’s storyline, thankfully.
Fitz was blindsided when his Team discovered a series of armed drones were now positioned over major U.S. cities just as Paez demands that Olivia makes sure Samantha is released from their custody.
Liv talks it out with her Father, who spurts scorn and then tells her to leave. Fitz tries to talk him around to giving up what he knows about the Organisation that held him captive for six months, and he spurts more scorn and says he’s only interested in saving himself. He commands Olivia to run away with him and she refuses.
Later, Rowan approaches Fitz and they strategize about how to get Samantha to give up the location of the drone control station and Paez’s location. Fitz sends Jake in to interrogate her.
However, Samantha resists Jake’s charm – he takes a pen and removes her RFID chip, leading Huck to use it to piggyback off the signal to locate Paez, but alas, the drones are on the move, as is Paez as another phone call to Olivia signals the explosion of a second drone over Philadelphia while Fitz can only watch in horror.
Luna Vargas holds a Press Conference thanking Mellie for choosing her for Vice President. Abby realises that Fitz has frozen her out of proceedings now that Cyrus is back when he makes a judgement call that sees Fitz choose him over her.
Rowan goes to see Samantha in lock down. The guard on the door watching her is overpowered by Roman, who pulls his gun and demands that Sam is released and the codes to the security tunnels is given to him so he can escape Sam is his leverage. The guard gives him the codes and he runs off with Samantha in tow, all the way back to his workshop where he’s restoring dinosaur bones. Once inside, Paez meets Rowan’s demands to stop sending packages with a brick inside meant to scare him into thinking its Olivia’ head Paez agrees and grants Rowan his freedom in exchange for rescuing Sam.
Meanwhile, when Paez leaves, Rowan calls Jake so he can trace him back to the drone control station. Jake takes out two operatives and then shoots Paez. Back at Rowan’s workshop he guts Samantha with a Palaeolithic sword. Cyrus later tells Mellie that its all over.
This week saw a threat to Rutland thwarted by Team Pope when Paez revealed his real agenda. Let’s dig in.
Rowan/Eli/Papa Pope laid into Fitz about how he made Olivia into a stripper; crawling into his bed at his beck and call. He even threw in an insult aboout Fitz’s Father, big Jerry (who raped Mellie) and insinuated that’s where Fitz got his craving for female flesh from.
Team Pope used a fake drone strike to put the town of Rutland into quarantine, which meant Paez’s plans were thwarted and Mellie had all the time she needed to announce her Vice President will be Luna, Frankie Vargas’s Widow. The real kicker was when Mellie named Olivia as her new Chief of Staff..
Well, Cyrus saw the chance to exact his revenge on Rowan for putting him in jail, but Cyrus, being so weak, failed miserably; but we got to see the White House wine cellar. Very well stocked.
Charlie voiced his concerns over how close Quinn is to Huck; and she reassured him that there was nothing to worry about.
This week – the 100th episode -we bid farewell to Lizzie Bear, Elizabeth North who took one for the Team – one to the head with a golf club, courtesy of ‘Samantha’ (David Rosen’s pretend girlfriend) when Paez let Mellie know in no uncertain terms that she’s their Trojan Horse being sent into the White House to do their bidding, or more people in her life – like the children we never see on screen anymore – will be killed.
Jake, her Vice-President elect, come through and cleans the mess up, all the while talking to a shocked Mellie, who’s covered in Lizzie Bear’s blood.
Michael was on a tv talk show lamenting on how Cyrus is not a good man, but a man who cheats and lies.
While Olivia tries to prevent Fitz from putting Cyrus back in as President, she realises Mellie has to concede, as now Cyrus has been released and exonerated for Vargas’s murder, he’s back as the next President. Olivia gets all up in Fitz’s’ face when he insists on Cyrus being President.
When Fitz goes even further by having her Father arrested for being behind Vargas’s assassination, Olivia races over to Rowan’s just as he’s being handcuffed by the FBI; and she can only make eye contact with him while he’s taken away. When she races back to give Fitz another lecture, he admits to her that he had Rowan taken into custody to keep him safe, and Olivia is shown an image on the television of Rowan seated in the Oval, looking relieved and anxious.
In gratitude, Olivia pulls Fitz in close for a kiss, and it leads to much more to close out the episode.