After six rollercoaster seasons, it was announced earlier this month that Scandal is coming to an end after its seventh season.
In a statement, creator Shonda Rhimes confirmed the news:
Deciding how to end a show is easy. Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually 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.
But how does star Kerry Washington feel knowing that the end of the series that made her a household name is coming to an end? She’s both sad and excited to see how things will wrap.
“Sometimes as an actor you don’t know when you’re going to be out of a job and so it’s nice actually to go into the last season knowing that it’s our last season,” the 40-year-old Emmy nominee told Good Morning America last week. “We’re already talking about how it’s going to be like no-holds-barred, better than ever, no holding punches, putting it all out on the table.”
“I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined that we are ending the season with Olivia Pope who she is,” she added. “It’s beyond what I could have imagined.”
Olivia Pope’s story has taken many twists and turns since the series premiered on ABC in 2012. So what does she hope for her career-defining heroine when the curtain comes down? Happiness.
“I really want to see Olivia happy but it’s hard to know in ShondaLand what that means,” she said. But it’s clear that Washington is happy. As she pointed out on GMA, since being on the show, she’s been blessed in great ways outside of just her professional life. As she said, “I feel really blessed.”
“It’s so exciting for me to be going into our final season and feel like the abundance of riches,” Washington said. “I have a beautiful husband and beautiful kids and I’m really happy about my life and I love my job and I get to bring all of that to work for one more season.”
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