ABC’s Scandal Will End After Season 7

It has been confirmed by ABC that the political drama Scandal will end after season 7. The decision has been made by Shonda Rhimes the producer of the show, ABC’s president Channing Dungey stated that it’s a decision they “support wholeheartedly.”

Debuting on ABC April 5th 2-12 the show takes place in Washington D.C and focused on character Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm Olivia Pope and Associates and its staff, as well as staff at the White House and the surrounding political scene. Olivia Pope is partially based on former George H.W Bush administration press aide Judy Smith who also serves as co-executive producer.

Olivia Pope’s team of “gladiators” managed cases involving murder and of course scandal, along the way they were also drawn into a conspiracy or two. Scandal quickly gained a following who relished the larger than life storytelling and the central romance of Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) and Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Unique to the show was the casting of Kerry Washington, the first black female to lead a Network drama in almost 40 years.

The show has won a Peabody Award and Kerry Washington has been nominated for an Emmy twice for her role in Scandal. Unconfirmed rumours had been circulating about the show being cancelled for some weeks; Shonda Rhimes has been open about the show having a definitive conclusion.

Rhimes previously stated “I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told. I know what the end of Scandal will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that…I know how long it will be, but we’ll see…”

Kerry Washington told reporters that she trusted Shonda Rhimes decision stating “It’s not really up to me, it’s up to Shonda and to the network. Shonda has said from the beginning that she kind of knows how it ends. So, I’m trusting her to guide the arc.”

ABC’s president Channing Dungey went further to say “I do think that audiences, especially fans and gladiators, are going to want the story to end in the way Shonda intended to, Shonda has decided the series needs to come to a close, and while this is definitely a bittersweet moment for all of us gladiators, I have no doubt what she has in store for the final season will be as powerful as what’s come before, and we will be sure to honour that every step of the way”.