Scandal Scoop: Was the Election Rigged?
Kerry Washington | Photo Credits: Vivian Zink/ABC
Do not miss the next three episodes of Scandal.
That's the message executive producer Betsy Beers conveyed following the reveal that Scandal's secret cabal of five — Olivia (Kerry Washington), Cyrus (Jeff Perry), Mellie (Belamy Young), Verna (Debra Mooney) and Hollis (Gregg Henry) — may have rigged the election that put Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) into power. The explosion that nearly got Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) the death penalty? A way to cover it all up... apparently. Below, Beers dishes on what's in store for the five and how they'll handle their David Rosen (Joshua Malina) and Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) problem. Get the scoop:
Are we really to believe that the cabal of five rigged the election?
Beers: Clearly there is some cabal that they have, but it could be connected to many different things. What I love around Episode 5 or 6, and this was true last year when we had fewer episodes actually, [is] everything starts to turn. You start to see that there's a larger onion that you're going to have to peel here.
If the election was rigged, that would mean Governor Reston (Tom Amandes) got screwed. Will we see him again?
Beers: I think you probably will see the governor again. The way that it tends to work on the show is it's like a little theater troupe every season. So once you meet somebody, and they're in the mix, they tend to be in the mix. I think that the governor is clearly an integral part of the past and the present of Olivia Pope and Fitzgerald Grant. He's also an incredibly interesting character. The way that case ends is so disturbing as well. The realization that he knew all along is definitely creepy. So I'm definitely hoping that we get to see him again and we learn a little bit more about him -- both in the history of what happened with all of them and also what's happening currently politically. Between Abby's conversation with David at the end and these people at this table trying to figure out what to do about David Rosen, it definitely was intriguing and a little foreboding.
Will we learn how the cabal of five initially came together?
Beers: Everything will start to become clearer in the next few episodes. A lot of those questions will be answered, but also create more questions. As an audience member, you're going to start to be able to put the pieces together in this incredibly intriguing way.
Does Fitz know about the cabal of five? Or is it possibly a cabal of six?
Beers: You're just going to have to keep watching. That was like last season with did he or didn't he with Amanda Tanner? But more will be clear, especially in the next two episodes.
Mellie doesn't seem like a good person to have on the five. Will she cause trouble?
Beers: Mellie is going to continue to grapple with her own ambitions and the restrictions that are placed on the role of the first lady. That place at that table is a challenge for her. The main thing with Mellie is that she's wanting to be more present and more vital than she is. Mellie always figures out ways to get her voice in there. She's a political animal. In the next couple of episodes, there are a couple of turns that are going to occur which are amazing, shocking and fully and totally unexpected. This is as close you can come to me saying do not miss the next three episodes of this television show. Everyone's loyalties will be tested in a way that we haven't seen before.