14 Things Shonda Rhimes And The Cast Of “Scandal” Want Us To Know About Season 3

August 6, 2013  |  

Thank you Hollywood Reporter. The site just had a sit down with “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes and notable members of the show’s cast, like Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, and Scott Foley to talk about season 3 of our favorite ABC series and they gave us some interesting things to look forward to this fall.

Most of us have been lost on Thursday nights without having this prime time drama to tune into every week at 10 pm, so we’re thankful for any little news we can gather about the show in the meantime. Though these 14 things the members of the show let on about next season have us on pins and needles even more about the start of next season, at least they’ll tide us over for another month or so — or maybe a week?

Here’s what they say we should know:

1. Rhimes notes that 22 minutes will have passed since the end of season two when viewers learned that Rowan, the head of B613, was Olivia’s father. As the family drama unfolds, the showrunner notes that Morton will most definitely return. As for who finds out about their relationship, that’s another story. “The ramifications of that dad moment? It’s huge,” Lowes teases.

2. “Olivia, with these two bombs of her name being leaked and her dad showing up, has a lot to navigate,” Washington says of Olivia’s incredibly complicated personal life right now. “You’re going to learn a lot about Olivia’s past; it’s really shocking.”

3. While Olivia ended things (again) with Fitz in the season-two finale, the former couple will look to navigate their new and very public “relationship” now that they’ve been outed in the season-three opener. “That is going to pose an interesting challenge for them that we’re going to see them try to deal with in the first episode back,” Rhimes says.

4. Who outed Olivia as Fitz’s mistress? Look for that answer to come in the Oct. 3 premiere. That reveal will serve as a springboard for the first half of the season in the same fashion that Quinn Perkins’ true identity did in the sophomore season starter. All eyes naturally are going to be on Mellie, who stands to gain the most from exposing Olivia as Fitz’s mistress. That typically would mean that Rhimes will likely go anywhere but the obvious. “Mellie is in a really tight spot,” Goldwyn says of the first lady. “Mellie is a tough lady, and one of the cool things about this group of people is they all want to win, and even when we think they’ve lost we discover they have some agenda. Even when Fitz thinks he’s been defeated, he’s got another move, and Mellie is very much the same way.” For her part, Young defended Mellie and noted that there are several people who could stand to gain from that information going public. “You’d be surprised by how many people have motive and opportunity and means,” she explains. “It’s an incredible hour of television of going on the ride to find out who leaked it, and you will find out in the first episode back. It’s the big giant domino and sets the whole season in motion.

5. Also a suspect? The ruthless Cyrus (Jeff Perry), who has been known to play both sides when it comes to protecting the president. “We know that Cyrus has no boundaries in what he’d do to protect his interests, so you’ve got this very good horse race that’s building up,” Goldwyn says of the party responsible for outing Fitz and Olivia.

6. Fitz’s re-election is on the season-three menu. “We’re going to head in that direction, but I don’t know if we’re going to get there in the first half of the season,” Rhimes says. “But we are heading in that direction. It’s a big deal. We’re at the timeline where that starts to be an issue.

7. Fitz’s priorities are (still) skewed. “We’re in a deep disastrous mess in the White House, and somehow we’re going to have to figure out how to not only try and save Fitz’s presidency, but that’s maybe not Fitz’s No. 1 priority,” Goldwyn says. “A lot becomes clear in episode one, and you understand where Fitz is coming from — and what we find out is pretty shocking.”

Honestly, we don’t even know what to do with all this information. You know it takes a good two viewings to even really understand all that goes down in a 60-minute episode of “Scandal.” And besides that, where is the 411 on Huck?! Thankfully, it does sound like we may finally get to peek into Harrison’s background (’bout time!) from the info noted in the other half of this list. To check it out, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.

How are you feeling about the outlook of season 3 after reading this list?

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