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Shonda Rhimes Says 'Scandal' Won't Last 8 Seasons

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 18, 2014 at 3:53PM

One thing we do know for sure is that Harrison (the character played by Columbus Short) is dead.
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Scandal Season 2

It may come as a shock to fans of the series that "Scandal" will eventually end its run at some point. At least, I gather many of you would love for it to continue on for as long as possible.

But it won't. And Shonda Rhimes knows that very well. 

In a November interview with NPR, she shared that she she already knew exactly how "Scandal" would end, and when it'll end, although, she didn't give any specifics to the interviewer back then.

But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter (published 2 days ago), the showrunner got a bit more specific with regards to how long the drama series would run.

Here's the relevant quote from the interview:

  • "I think there's only so much 'Scandal' you can tell satisfactorily," Rhimes said. "The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. It's not a 10-season or eight-season show. I've already decided how long that is and what that's going to be."


Ok - so, at least, we now know that "Scandal" will not run for as many as 8 seasons. So maybe 7 seasons, then? 6 perhaps? 

We do know that it'll be going into its 4th season this fall; so we can assume that, after the upcoming season, fans shouldn't expect more than another 3 - if that many.

Given how popular "Scandal" is, and the ratings its drawn since its premiere 3 seasons ago, I can't see ABC or Shonda wanting to bring the series to a close anytime soon - like after the 4th season. I'd say it probably has 2 more after season 4, and then that'll be it.

But it might not be entirely up to the network. Shonda already knows how and when she wants to end the series, so I could envision a scenario in which she decides that it's over, even if ABC might want to continue with it. End on a high note, I say. Don't drag it out through needless seasons, if there just isn't much else there, in terms of story, to run with. 

What do you think - if you're a fan of the series? Do you see more than 7 seasons in "Scandal's" future? Obviously, the storylines would have to evolve over time. I'm sure even die-hard fans of the series will eventually tire of the ongoing relationship between Olivia Pope and the president (which is really at the heart of the series), after a few seasons, and will long for much more. Although I could be certainly wrong about that. 

But if you were to predict "Scandal's" future, what would it look like to you - in terms of when it'll end, as well as how it will end? Shonda says she knows how exactly it'll end, and when. Put yourself in her head and paint a portrait of what you see. Also, how would you LIKE to see it end? What would you like to see happen to the individual characters and stories over time, if say the series continued on for another 2 or 3 seasons?

One thing we do know for sure is that Harrison (the character played by Columbus Short) is dead.

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