Calling all gladiators!
Kerry Washington's power wielding, white-hat-wearing superwoman alter ego, Olivia Pope, sadly won't be gracing our TV screens much longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scandal will end after Season 7. ABC is expected to make a formal announcement about the hit drama's cancellation in the coming weeks.
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"I used to know how it ended, and then Donald Trump was elected," creator Shonda Rhimes previously admitted regarding her vision for the series. "We had a destination, and I don't know if that's our destination anymore."
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Olivia and Fitz during Scandal Season 2. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Ah, the million dollar question. Despite the fact that the political thriller is a success for ABC, Shonda always saw an ending for the show. Multiple sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that she envisioned the show having seven seasons. During Season 4, she noted that it wasn't a "10 season or eight season show." She explained that one of the series central plot lines — Olivia and Fitz's relationship — has to come to end (much to the dismay of fans).
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"I think there's only so much Scandal you can tell satisfactorily," she said. "The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way… I've already decided how long that is and what that's going to be."
Olivia, Jake, and Eli in Scandal Season 5. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The drama is currently in its sixth season. The Season 6 finale is set to air on Thursday, May 18 following the Grey's Anatomy Season 13 finale. There are two episodes remaining before the finale and the drama is building quickly. Scandal might be part romance, but it would be nothing without its whip-smart political sabotage. Fans are anxiously awaiting the final episode — titled "Transfer of Power" — which will be directed by actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant.
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The final season of the series will begin sometime in fall 2017. The official start date will be revealed in the coming weeks. Until then, fans can binge-watch previous seasons on streaming sites like Netflix to prepare for the Season 7 finale.
Scandal airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.
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