With Scandal coming to an end this Thursday, it's time to examine Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) most significant romantic entanglements over the course of the show's seven-year run: Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake Ballard (Scott Foley).
Fitz and Olivia were hot and heavy from the get-go but their extramarital affair also presented a huge moral dilemma for the Washington fixer who tried to break things off numerous times. How could she, in good conscience, continue to be with the married president of the United States? Complications aside, their steamy love scenes and forbidden romance instantly made them a favorite among fans. And now that Fitz and Mellie (Bellamy Young) are divorced and his affair with Olivia has been made public, that major hurdle is a thing of the past and they now have a real shot at making things work for the long haul.
But then there's also Jake, Olivia's on-again-off-again beau whose ties to B613 also made for one messy love affair. He came into her life in Season 2 under Fitz's orders to watch over her and fell in love from afar before making his move in person. Though Jake won her heart under false pretenses, he's been vocal about his feelings for her and their undeniable chemistry has also made them a fan favorite of the series. They may be on the outs for now but it's clear that Jake still loves her and Olivia has indicated that she still cares for him as well.
Both relationships have been the source of major debate among the show's loyal fanbase, with both sides making strong cases for either 'ship. Now, it's time to weigh in once more: Should Olivia be with Fitz, the man who can offer her a normal life in Vermont? Or Jake, the mysterious wild card whose beach getaway with her in Season 4 showed real potential for their own happy ending? Or should Olivia just ride solo and focus on herself?
Make your choice in the poll below and check back Friday for the results!
Find out how it all ends when Scandal's series finale airs Thursday, April 19 at 10/9c on ABC.