Scandal Postmortem: What's Next for Fitz? Tony Goldwyn Speaks!
Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry | Photo Credits: Richard Carwright/ABC
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Scandal. Read at your own risk!]
After a nerve-wracking Scandal-less holiday — sarcastic thank you, Shonda Rhimes — President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) finally woke up from his coma after being shot multiple times by Huck's assassin girlfriend. As if we couldn't get more excited, the first person Fitz wanted to see was... Olivia (Kerry Washington)! Yes, knocking at death's door may have given Fitz a new outlook on life, which should make Fitzlivia fans very happy. But there are still many obstacles ahead for POTUS to face, including rehabilitating from being shot in the head (!) and cleaning up Mellie's (Bellamy Young) mess. To get the scoop on what's ahead, TVGuide.com turned to Goldwyn:
How has the shooting affected Fitz?
Tony Goldwyn: It's affected him pretty severely physically, which you will find out about. It's going to be a struggle for him. But also, as classically happens in a situation like this, it's given him a sense of real clarity about what he's doing and what's important in his life, mainly Olivia, but also a lot of things. In a lot of ways, this even clears the slate for Fitz. He will become more purposeful, being less concerned with what everyone thinks he should do and setting in motion what he believes is important.
How will the shooting affect his ability to work?
Goldwyn: It's going to be a struggle. Fitz is going to push himself very, very hard. Mellie really sticks her neck out and does this terribly stupid thing of forging Fitz's signature, and he's going to have to be present enough to figure out a way to fix that for her in order to protect her. It'll cost him. It's going to be really tough for him.
Is he happy about what she did, or does it cause more of a headache for him?
Goldwyn: Oh, no, I don't think he's happy about it all. He views it as another example of Mellie's overreaching. He has real contempt for it. He would never do that. Fitz's attitude towards Mellie is so complicated. In one sense, he has a compassion for her and he knows on some level Mellie was trying to preserve his legacy and to keep Sally Langston (Kate Burton) from having power, and that somehow Mellie had faith that Fitz was going to come out of it and she just took the bull by the horns. But at the same time, there's the flipside of that coin where Fitz has tremendous contempt for Mellie's striving ambition. In many ways, he hates her for it, even though he's deeply connected to her. It's messy and it swings back and forth, his feelings about Mellie in that way, which I think is really great.
Ultimately, she was trying to protect him because Sally Langston was doing some shady stuff with Hollis (Gregg Henry) to try to take over. Are we going to see Fitz go head-to-head with Sally or is he unaware of how far Sally really has gone?
Goldwyn: No, I think he's going to know. Fitz is going to skillfully solve this situation. In my view, I think Fitz is smarter than Sally. I don't know if Kate Burton would agree with me. [Laughs] But I think Fitz is this idealistic, great guy politician, but at the same time he knows where to stick the knife when he needs to. Despite his disability and the fact that he's just awoken from a coma and has gunshot wounds in his body, one in his head, he will handle Sally and save Mellie. But he's not going to be happy about what Mellie did.