The series final for Scandal has come and gone — so, you’re probably curious as to what really went down with Olivia & Co. Here’s what happened!
Just like the half-dozen finales that preceded it, the series ender promised all the trappings of Shondaland, from game-changing revelations to at least one shocking death. And while we didn’t get everything we wanted — the fact that Cyrus Beene still breathes is proof of that — the episode kept up its end of the bargain, more or less.
Olivia & Co. made good on their vow to come clean, spilling seven seasons’ worth of their guts in a special Senate hearing. This sent Jake into Chicken Little mode, which we learned when he approached David with concerns that “the sky is falling — literally falling!” But David refused to let Jake off the hook, standing tall and putting the big, handsome bully in his damn place. (“You’re the bitch. You’re always someone’s bitch!”) Unfortunately, this sudden burst of courage set off a series of events that ended with Cyrus poisoning David and suffocating him with an ornate pillow.
David’s death affected each of the Gladiators differently — Darby Stanchfield gave a particularly powerful performance in that morgue scene — but no one’s outcome was as sexy as Olivia’s. After delivering one of her trademark speeches about how she’s been the problem all along, Liv realised that she and Fitz might only have one night left together, leading to an ultimatum: “Feelings… or something else?” It took him a minute, but Fitz eventually settled on the latter: “Take off your clothes.” And off they went.
Then.. Rowan popped up as a surprise witness, taking full credit for creating B613, but explaining that he did so in response to a need: “I did so because of you. All of you. The ones in charge, the ‘masters of the universe.’ White men, whose complacency — whose privilege — left this republic in a state of neglect.” He also made them an offer: “You need to give them Command, but that doesn’t mean you need to give them me.”
And by the magical logic of Scandal, all was suddenly right with the world: Jake Ballard was off to the slammer, Mellie somehow got credit for bringing B613 to light, and Cyrus agreed to sign a pre-written letter of resignation. But when Mellie turned to Liv to discuss their next steps, she responded by saying something she’s been waiting 124 episodes to say: “I’ve spent enough time helping people clean up their messes.”
Oh, and Olivia got her portrait!