With only three episodes left on the final season of the Rhonda Rhymes’ hit series, Scandal‘s fans are readying up for a few more explosive cases to solve and some serious closures, and perhaps even a few tears to shed.
Deciding to End Scandal
Rhymes said when asked about coming to the decision to end Scandal, a hit for Shondaland, “Deciding how to end a show is easy. Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But going through with it? Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year 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.”
The show is said to have been inspired by former George H.W. Bush deputy Press Secretary Judy Smith, a real-life DC crisis manager, Scandal debuted on April 5, 2012, on ABC. The show was a hit the moment it hit the air with an excellent rating. It also proved to be immensely popular on social media for the flagship property of Disney, with the cast of the show, including the headlined actors live-tweeting during the show while watching the show live every Thursday night.
The Dominance of Shondaland
The Shondaland-dominated Thursday evening, starting with Grey’s Anatomy, then Scandal, wrapping up How to Get Away with Murder, two other hit series for Rhymes. Scandal follows the adventures of Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. Pope, a wicked politically-motivated good and evil cover-up artist, accomplished a great deal.
She did it all the while holding a glass of red wine, the best Prada bags, and the proverbial White Hat with the help of her team of high-profile crisis-solving gladiators. The other principal roles were played by Katie Quinn Lowes, Guillermo Díaz, Darby Leigh Stanchfield and, up until the end of the third season, Columbus Keith Short.
Crossover with How to Get Away with Murder
The last season played with a few cross-over episodes between Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder to the delight of fans of both shows, leaving to ponder if the crossover is a ploy to keep the Scandal’s characters alive with sporadic cameo appearances in the years ahead.
Rhimes shared her thoughts on the final season during last spring’s final television industry upfront. “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,” she said in a statement.
The final upcoming episodes are set to air on, April 5, 2018, April 12, 2018, and finally April 19, 2018.
Photos courtesy of ABC.
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