Tonight is the 2017 premiere of Scandal and we finally get to find out if Mellie gets elected to be President of the United States. The first 10 minutes of season 6 are said to be very action-packed and fans are waiting for the big event. We will be updating this post with the election results as the show airs live tonight.
UPDATE: Mellie has lost the presidential race … or has she? When it is believed that she has lost, the new President Elect gets shot.
In the meantime, check out all the spoilers we have for season 6, starting with an episode guide to the first three shows of the season.
Episode 1 of season 6 is titled “Survival of the Fittest” and the official ABC synopsis for the episode reads:
The election results for the presidential race between Mellie Grant and Francisco Vargas are announced, and the shocking results lead to an explosive outcome.
Episode 2 of the season is titled “Hardball” and the official episode synopsis states:
After a tight race and shocking conclusion to the election, flashbacks reveal what happened on the campaign trail and just how far Olivia was willing to go to win. Meanwhile, Fitz and Abby are faced with an unprecedented national crisis, and the gladiators are determined to get answers.
Episode 3 of season 6 is titled “Fates Worse Than Death” and the ABC synopsis of the show reads:
In the midst of a national crisis, Cyrus’s fate is sealed. Meanwhile, Olivia and the gladiators will stop at nothing to get to the truth.
So, what are some of the details on the new season? Vulture reports showrunner Shonda Rhimes revealing:
Because of the way we laid out this season, we really do have this beautiful way of telling this season this year where we’re really stepping back in time and going forward in time and seeing things from different characters’ perspectives. It’s not really about crazy things happening to the characters, it’s about where they come to after all this time … It’s very different from any other season we’ve had, so I can’t really judge it against what we’ve done before or what we may do.
Also, with a new person coming into the presidency, this means that Fitz will be out of a job. Vulture reports actor Tony Goldwyn’s take on his character, as he explained:
This is just me, I don’t speak for Shonda, but from the very beginning one of Fitz’s personal struggles: I thought he thought he could be more effective outside of the presidency than in it. I think he’s always had a fantasy with what he could actually do.
This season will be shorter and it will be interesting to see how Kerry Washington hides her real-life pregnancy or if the writers will work it into the story line. We’re guessing that the pregnancy will not be addressed, especially after Washington said on The Ellen Show that she’d be hiding her bump with, “Big coats, big bags … hiding behind different body parts of other actors.”