To say that Scandal fans are very vocal about the ABC political fixer drama would be an understatement. But those devoted Gladiators took things to a whole new level after Thursday's shocking episode, in which Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) brutally killed James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky) in order to protect the Republic.
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Viewers were distraught that Jake had seemingly crossed a line by killing a character — and two other women — that they had come to care about. Even worse, this meant that fans' beloved Jake, who had become a love interest for Scandal's fearless leader Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), had gone to the dark side! Oh no!
But let's get something straight:
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Scandal. Read at your own risk!]
Scandal has had its fair share of shocking moments, but the opening of Thursday's episode took the ABC political fixer drama to a new level by quickly revealing exactly who got shot and proving that executive producer Shonda Rhimes is not afraid to kill someone off one of her shows, even if you are...
Sorry, Scandal fans: Quinn (Katie Lowes) is no longer a Gladiator. Huck (Guillermo Diaz) made that abundantly clear in the midseason finale after discovering that the youngest OPA member had betrayed Olivia (Kerry Washington). But will OPA's fearless leader agree with Huck's decision? TVGuide.com caught up with Diaz to find out what's in store for ABC's political fixer drama, which returns Thursday at 10/9c on ABC:
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Scandal, I have some questions for you. Namely, what the hell happened?
The ABC drama used to be believable. Not plausible, but at least somewhat believable. For any show to pull off the over-the-top melodrama Scandal does without becoming completely unhinged, it needs to be grounded by some semblance of reason. Even cartoons exist within a set of limitations. For example, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote can both run in midair unless Coyote looks down and realizes he's about to fall. Then, by the rules of cartoon physics, he plummets. Recently though, it's felt like Scandal's been running full-speed ahead with no ground beneath it, but when they look down and see they're about to fall, they say, 'F--- it, I'm going higher."