Kerry Washington returns with a new episode tonight on ScandalÂ with the second-to-last episode in the current election-tampering story line.
Inside sources give indications that the “you-know-what”Â is about to hit the proverbial fan.
Below, series creator Shonda Rhimes previews the climax of Season 2a with TV Line. Shona teases the final nine-episode plot (and the â€śpivotalâ€ť role Scott Foley plays in it). Â RhimesÂ sheds light onÂ Oliviaâ€™s surprising/disappointing reaction to Fitzâ€™s big D-bomb.
TVLINE | Does this Thursdayâ€™s episode pick up right where the last one left off â€” with Fitz dropping the divorce bombshell on Mellie?
Shonda: It picks up the next morning-ish.
TVLINE | How quickly does Liv get wind of it?
Shonda:Â Not that quickly. By the time she hears about it sheâ€™s got problems of her own. Perhaps itâ€™s not the good news that weâ€™d hope it would be for her.
TVLINE | Should we think for a second that Liv might accept Edisonâ€™s proposal?
Shonda:Â Now that we know about the election rigging and we know the lengths that she has gone to, I think itâ€™s possible that Edison can be an escape route for Olivia. I donâ€™t think anyone believes that Edison is the love of her life. But Edison can feel like a very safe escape route. Heâ€™s the guy sheâ€™s supposed to want because technically on paper he has all the attributes of a guy that sheâ€™s supposed to want.
TVLINE | Do you see Fitz learning that Olivia knew of the tampered election as a big game-changing moment â€“ if and when it comes?
TVLINE | The current arc ends with Episode 13 on Feb. 7, correct?
Shonda:Â It ends-ish, because the repercussions [continue]. And then things start again in Episode 14 [on Feb. 14]. Episode 14 is 10 months later than 13.
TVLINE | Can you shed any light on what the final nine-episode arc will be about?
Shonda:Â Umâ€¦ no. [Laughs] And not because Iâ€™m being coy. But because weâ€™re in the midst of writing it and planning it and figuring it out as we go, which is what weâ€™ve been doing the whole time.
TVLINE | Does Scott Foley figure into it?
Shonda:Â Scottâ€™s character plays a pivotal role in the final nine-episode arc. And he plays a person who is not what he seems on any level. At any time.Â Ever.
TVLINE | Is romance in the cards for him?