You can take the man out of B613, but can you take the B613 out of the man?
That's been Huck's (Guillermo Diaz) dilemma on Scandal, but he looked to be on the up and up in the winter finale, after he pulled some reverse psychology on Rowan (Joe Morton) and drove away, letting him off the hook unscathed. When the show returns Thursday(9/8c, ABC), it's six months later, but the more things change, the more they stay the same.
"Huck is trying to get away from that life. He's, unfortunately, never really gonna be done with B613," Diaz tells TVGuide.com. "You're definitely gonna see Rowan in the picture. Huck's trying to figure out how he's gonna sever those ties with B613, but it's that type of thing like in The Godfather — they keep pulling me back in. He's just being pulled back in into that dark world."
That might be at the hands of Rowan and his "son" Jake (Scott Foley), whom we last saw enter Rowan's house. "I can't say what they're up to," Diaz says. "A lot of those questions are gonna be answered, like what is Jake doing with Rowan and why is he buddy-buddy with him now, what the status of B613 is." Even if Rowan has no part in this, Huck might just relapse again into his YOLO-torturing self on his own. It's a circuitous route, but one that Diaz believes is fitting for Huck.
"Huck is working towards [becoming] a changed man, but he's not a different person," he says. "He's still struggling with the same feelings and addictions to torturing and dealing with situations by dangerous means. He's not one of those people who can say he'll do something and immediately do it and never look back. He's trying to be a better man, but you won't see him completely fixed. He's still wrestling with those demons. He does make a few more mistakes. You're gonna see him mess up and fall off the wagon and mess up what he's working towards. It's not gonna be fun. I think the important thing is, you see him want to change. That's the first step."
One thing that has definitely changed since the winter finale is Olivia's (Kerry Washington) return to OPA after breaking up with Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) — not to mention having a secret abortion. "So far, we don't really touch on [the abortion]," Diaz says of the controversial story line. "I don't know if it's true or not, but I feel like Huck always knows what's going on, so I think he might know. You don't see Olivia telling anyone about that."
Having Liv back at the OPA helm could be the saving grace for Huck, who very much views his Gladiators as a surrogate family. "For Huck, his OPA family is everything," Diaz says. "He has his real family, his wife and his son, but obviously there are a lot of issues there. He doesn't see them very often. He's trying to figure out that whole normal world. It just means everything to him to have them back together. They can keep Huck out of his complicated mind [and] from doing bad things."
But who he turns to and confides in might surprise you. It's not Olivia, but Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.). "You're gonna see great stuff between Huck and Marcus," Diaz says. "They start to bond and explore that relationship and who they are to each other in that OPA family. It's an unexpected connection you'll see between them. It's a bromance in a way, but different than what he had with Jake. He's had Quinn [Katie Lowes] there, but that relationship has gone a bit cold. Olivia is always there for him, but she has her own things to deal with."
Like... jumping Jake? "There is definitely more between them," Diaz teases. "As much as they don't want there to be, it's there. I can also say I'm Team Jake. I'm in the minority. I feel like their chemistry is really hot. There are some really hot and fun scenes between Jake and Olivia in this first episode. It's a pretty steamy episode. I'm all for Olake. A lot of people disagree with me, but that's OK!"
Scandal airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.
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