One of the things we love most about Scandal creator, Shonda Rhimes— besides her ability to make amazing church pearl-clutching stories come alive before our very eyes— is how very outspoken she is. Her latest tell-it-like-it-is statement stemmed from a comment made by fellow ABC executive producer David Zabel, who stated that he hoped viewers would be able to accept and “root for” characters from his show, Betrayal, who are engaging in an extramarital affair, just as Scandal viewers learned to deal with Fitz and Olivia’s affair.
“It’s a challenge. They’ve overcome it on ‘Scandal.’ They’ve overcome it very well, I understand,” Zabel told BuzzSugar.
Shonda, however, seems to disagree with Zabel’s statement. During a recent interview with TVLine, the mother of two responded to the claims, expressing that Scandal in no way condones adultery.
“I don’t feel like we’re making adultery acceptable. We weren’t setting out to make adultery OK. To me it’s not about adultery or not adultery. We’re telling the story of these two characters who very specifically have this kind of relationship […] we tell all sides,” Shonda said.
“So while there are times when you’re like, ‘Fitz and Liv are wonderful and I want them to be together,’ there are also times you think, ‘Fitz is scum and he shouldn’t be cheating on his wife.’ And there are times you think, ‘Olivia should go off and find herself somebody who’s single,’ ” she continued.
She went on to say that the long-lived debate surrounding the morality of Fitz and Olivia’s choices is what fuels the show.
“I like the fact that everybody feels this big debate. That’s fantastic, because that’s the point. We’re not giving a judgement on it one way or the other.”
The 43-year-old producer closed by letting viewers know that they’re in for quite a ride, as season three promises many twists and turns.
“When we come into the season, Mellie does have things managed on the marital front. But I think Fitz and Liv have an inexplicable attraction to one another. People may be surprised to discover what certain motives are in the situations they’ve been working in.”
“We always end an episode in one place and by the time you reach 20 minutes into another, we’re in a completely different place”
As for the state of Fitz and Olivia’s relationship, she says they’re definitely ‘not finished.”
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