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Scandal the Final Season: My Thoughts on Olivia Pope

October 29, 2017

It’s the final season of Scandal and what a ride it’s been so far!  I’m really happy that the creator of the series, Shonda Rhimes, announced the final season early on.  I feel like this made everyone working on the show bring their A-game.  Especially Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.  Speaking personally, Olivia Pope is a character that I will remember for the rest of my life.  Not only was she the first African-American female lead character in a network drama series in almost 40 years, but she’s smart, independent, authoritative, and best of all, messy.  That’s what was so appealing about her from the very first episode.  We were shown this GLADIATOR of a woman who takes control and fixes scandalous situations; only to discover that she herself is in one of the messiest scandals of all…having an affair with Fitzgerald Grant III a.k.a. the President of the United States. 🀯

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The first couple of seasons were a rollercoaster of highs and lows of Olivia and Fitz’s relationship.  But then there came a turning point in Season 5 where Fitz and his wife, Mellie, were getting a divorce; thus giving Olivia and Fitz an honest chance at their relationship while living in the White House.  Should be a happy time for the couple, right?  Unfortunately, sometimes the things we want in life don’t always turn out the way we hoped.  Olivia’s new and sudden role as “First Lady” quickly become a nuisance to her.  Meanwhile, the relationship she wanted so badly with Fitz was turning into this venomous poison in her life; slowly eating away at her to the point of having a meltdown.  The #Olitz ship as we knew it, had been STRUCK by an iceberg and was sinking badly.  The following scene to me, marked the beginning of the end and remains to be one of my favorite scenes in all of Scandal.  Let’s take a look…

Ugh wasn’t that just amazing?  Ok, so now they’re broken up and I’m sitting here thinking, “Where does this show that’s been about this affair all these years go from here?”  Overtime I came to realize this wasn’t a show about an affair.  This is a show about power and that’s become ABUNDANTLY clear in this final season.  For years I couldn’t figure out how Olivia came to be such a force for good given her parents.  But now, it makes total sense that her journey was always meant to lead her to become the top dog that both of her parents are.  And in many ways, Olivia should be feared even more because she is literally the combination of her parents.  Olivia’s breakup with Fitz was the catalyst that started it all.  I think for years, Olivia subdued her thirst for power for Fitz’s sake.  But as the relationship progressed, she found herself wanting more and more control.  The season 6 finale is where all of the pieces came together.

Olivia Pope had come face to face with Vice President Luna Vargas, who had gotten away with murder (Hey Viola Davis πŸ™‹πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ).  But in a turn of events, it was Luna who would shut Olivia down.  A defeated Olivia retreats and finds herself getting a life-altering pep talk from ice cold Mama Pope, no less.  The conversation between mother and daughter ultimately unleashes Olivia Pope from the moral cage that she’s been in since the pilot episode.  It’s THIS Olivia Pope, who returns to decimate Luna.  It’s THIS Olivia Pope, who possesses TRUE power.  It’s THIS Olivia Pope, who takes over as head BOSS in charge as Scandal enters its final season.

“We know what we’re capable of.  We know who we are; who we’ll always be.  And we have a choice.” – Olivia Pope, Scandal 4.01 “Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia”

So now that we’ve established what Scandal is really about, I want to share what I hope to see happen to Olivia Pope in this final season.  Home girl is straight up drunk with power, for now.  But if I had to guess, I’d say that this will only last for so long.  Olivia won over people’s hearts early on in the series because she was a champion for those in need.  No scandal in existence could survive her cunning ways.  She not only wore the white hat, she WAS the white hat.  Her gut was her moral compass and despite the nature of her parents, she was a force to be reckoned with in the fight against injustice.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s fun and exciting to see Olivia play a darker role in the political sphere, but the message I’m hoping to receive by the final episode is this:  We all are capable of terrible things.  But the power trips and the terrible things we’ve done don’t have to define us for the rest of our existence.  Every one of us has a choice.  We can choose to hide in the shadows, or we can choose to stand in the light.  We know who we are and who we’ll always be.  I want to see Olivia Pope fall hard from grace.  I want to see her rise up from the ashes of her mistakes and face her messy life once and for all; handling it like the boss she is.  And finally, I want to see her resurface as the powerful gladiator she was and always will be.  The end of Scandal. β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸΎ

Catch new episodes of Scandal at 9/8c on ABC or stream the series on Hulu.  For now, I’ll leave you with a tweet from Shonda Rhimes herself during the premiere of the final season.

Olivia Pope.  Walking β€” no, STRUTTING down that hallway.  The boss of EVERY DAMN THING.  The SEVENTH season of every damn thing.  And this is where we start the end of #Scandal.  #TGIT  – Shonda Rhimes

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