10 Things Gladiators Need to Know About 'Scandal' Season 3
If you thought Twitter exploded during the May finale of "Scandal," then just wait for the Season 3 premiere. As Emmy nominee Kerry Washington puts it, "There are a couple of moments that just might break Twitter."
"Scandal" became one of TV's most talked-about shows thanks to social networking and sharing. At the end of last season, fans were agog as Olivia Pope (Washington) was outed to the world as President Fitzgerald Grant's (Tony Goldwyn) mistress.
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And who was there to whisk her away from the paparazzi? The Mysterious Park Bench boss (Joe Morton) — who seemingly ordered Captain Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) to watch over, and possibly kill, her — turned out to be Olivia's father, Rowan! Yeah, bananas.
If we know anything about "Scandal," it's that the show is never content to rest on its buzzy laurels. Creator Shonda Rhimes and the cast love dishing out those "OMG" revelations that have made the ABC drama a hit — but they love topping those revelations even more.
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Here are the jaw-dropping storylines you can expect from "Scandal" Season 3:
1. Olivia's dad is here to stay.
Who here literally guffawed when Olivia called Rowan "Daddy"? Yeah, we did it, too. That cliffhanger is going to be crucial to the big arc for the first half of Season 3 ... but not in a straightforward way, Rhimes tells E! Online. With his renewed presence in Olivia's life, we'll learn even more about our favorite fixer's past.
2. Who outed Olivia? It's not who you expect.
This reveal will also set events in motion for the rest of the first half of Season 3. Of course, fans are pointing their collective finger at First Lady Mellie, but has "Scandal" ever gone with the obvious route? As Rhimes notes to Vulture, "Everyone should remember that Mellie is smarter than anybody gives her credit for."
3. Jake gets out of the hole.
Last we saw Jake, Rowan had banished him to the same solitary confinement hole that Huck had been trapped in. "If and when he gets out, his condition will be substandard at the least," Scott Foley tells the Hollywood Reporter. That "if" seems all but a certainty, since Foley has been upped to a series regular.