After much speculation surrounding its fate, ABC president Channing Dungey confirmed during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday (May 16) that the long-running series was indeed headed toward its final lap, E! News reports.
“I do think the audiences, fans and Gladiators…are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda intended,” she said. According to E! News, Dungey made it clear that Rhimes herself made the decision to end the Kerry Washington-led drama next season.
While we’re sad the show is ending, we’re not entirely surprised. In fact, back during season 4, Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter that she never saw the series being a 10-season style show.
We are totally heartbroken that we will no longer get to follow along with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) as she kicks butt in Washington D.C. and fixes pretty much all of the political problems you could think of.
The good news is that we still get to watch the fierce character in action along with her fellow cohorts like President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) for a few more episodes of season 6 and all of season 7, beginning next fall.
Also, creator Rhimes still has Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder on her docket, so you can get your TGIT fix, even without Scandal in the mix. Plus, Rhimes new series, Still Star Crossed premieres on ABC on May 29. Perhaps it’ll fill the Scandal-sized hole in fans’ hearts?
What do you think Scandal fans? Are you ready to say goodbye to the show after all these years?
Scandal Season 6 currently airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.