Congratulations, Olivia Pope, you have acquired true power. The two-parter season finale of the hit ABC show Scandal starring everyone’s beloved fixer of Washington D.C. aired May 18th. The first hour felt more fluffy than anything though it had some significant takeaway moments. Like for instance, the salacious breadcrumbs leading us to the true murderer of Frankie Vargas.
Season 6 started out with an entirely new recipe for the show which, in my opinion, was a re-imagination that revitalized the beating heart of a what seemed at one point to be a dying series (kinda?). We got episodes dedicated to each individual cast member’s character and their perception and involvement with the underlying scandal of Frankie Vargas’ assassination which provided many more layers to everyone. This season also so a derailment of Olitz which puzzled together impeccably in proper sendoff between Fitz and Olivia out on the White House lawn. Season six also highlighted some of the series’ strongest performances.
But who would have anticipated that all these events would darken our leading Gladiator’s white hate? Who’d have predicted that our hero, Olivia Pope, would alter herself into season 7’s possible villain?
In a unforeseeable twist, it was revealed that Luna Vargas, Frankie’s wife, was behind her husband’s murder all along. The legacy of his death would have paved a way for Luna to become one day, if allowed, the most powerful president in U.S. history. But our Olivia Pope was able to sniff out that bone and present Luna with an ultimatum: to kill herself and die proudly or suffer a more inglorious and ominous death. Luna chose the former but events would reveal that beneath the bone of Luna’s ploy lied a bigger bone, one that traced back to none other than the monster himself, Cyrus.
In the concluding moments of Scandal, Olivia Pope saw the reinstatement of B613 and appointed herself Command and adopt a sinister disposition. And I must admit…I love it! What better way than to keep the fans engaged and talking about Scandal than by taking our proudest Gladiator and turn her dark, a formula that has bolded very well in the past in works like the Dark Phoenix Saga of the X-men.
Later this week, I will post a blog detailing my predictions of season 7, the “possible” series finale. So stay tuned and stay free.