Kerry Washington bids farewell to 'Scandal' -- "We have changed history"

Mae Love
April 21, 2018

"She started out as the character that we knew who very much believed in this power and how important this particular kind of power was, and molding it and being a part of it", Rhimes told Variety ahead of the series finale.

What struck me most was how much pride these these smart, accomplished professional women took in seeing a character like themselves taking care of business on network television. After the final episode, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will celebrate the series with what they describe as an "epic after-show". Since her two Emmy bids, Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder") and Taraji P. Henson ("Empire") have received five nominations between them from 2015-17. Add that growing on-screen diversity to the flood of outrageous, never-seen-this-before news coming from the Trump administration, and you have a sense that the twin industries of politics and television have caught up to Scandal's once-groundbreaking spirit.

"I was really surprised by how skillfully Shonda [Rhimes, creator] and our writers weaved the whole thing together. Then we watched her hopefully fight her way back from it". Olivia, who is working with the president, considered stopping the plot by feeding Cyrus poisoned wine. This imperils the plans of Cyrus and his ally Jake Ballard, who now runs B613. Sure, Olivia and Fitz could journey off to Vermont. (Legendary pot-stirring TV producer Norman Lear, who brought abortion to prime time in 1972 on the sitcom Maude, watched the episode and said he was shocked that it was "so matter-of-fact.") But this material was always woven into a larger fabric of unabashed melodrama, which meant that during all the years when it ran concurrently with Netflix's House of Cards, there was never any question which series had more clear-eyed view of what it was doing, and what the audience wanted from it.

Of course, it wasn't just black women who built Scandal into a phenomenon.

Bellamy Young and Kerry Washington in Scandal.

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"I am filled with endless gratitude for our #Scandal Family". She said, "So many of @scandalabc's most iconic scenes happened in that Oval". There was no storm this woman could not weather, and she was at the center of a lot of storms.

In last week's episode, Scandal forced Olivia Pope to testify in front of the special prosecutor. It introduces Olivia and her quirky band of crisis managers through the eyes of new hire Quinn Perkins, a young, white female who seems an bad lot like a surrogate for the average viewer.

Despite the fact that Rhimes said she has known exactly how the show would come to a close for the past year, she still found new and exciting moments in actually executing the end of her series.

Take a closer look at what they're teasing going into the Scandal series finale by watching the trailer for Scandal season 7 episode 18 below. Olivia's hard-charging demeanor and frequently masklike expressions synced up with her tendency to compare herself and her staff to gladiators.

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