Kerry Washington’s hit political drama Scandal will wrap after its seventh and final season, according to reports.
Multiple sources tell TVLine.com that creator Shonda Rhimes has decided to bring the story of Kerry’s political fixer Olivia Pope and her associates, known as “gladiators”, to an end after one more run.
The official announcement is expected to be made next Tuesday (16May17) at ABC’s Upfront presentations in New York City.
Rhimes has yet to comment on the news, but if the claims are true, Scandal fans will bid farewell to the series next year (18), when season seven, which was green-lit in February (17), is expected to air.
The speculation emerges less than a year after Rhimes dismissed an unfounded report suggesting the sixth season, which is currently on TV, would be its last following a news piece on Good Morning America.
“Whoa, @GMA,” the writer posted on Twitter last July (16). “I never said this was the final season of #Scandal. Way to make me spit out my coffee!”
Meanwhile, Kerry recently insisted she has no say on when the hit series will end.
“It’s not really up to me,” she told the April (17) edition of Glamour magazine. “It’s up to Shonda and to the network. Shonda has said from the beginning that she kind of knows how it ends. So, I’m trusting her to guide the arc.”
However, the actress insisted portraying such a powerful character has been a highlight of her career so far: “It’s impossible to say that Olivia Pope hasn’t been one of the most transformative roles for me,” she shared. “I’ve never played a character for this long.”
Scandal, which also stars Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes, and Darby Stanchfield, first premiered in 2012 and the cast and crew recently celebrated filming the 100th episode.
The character of Pope is partly based on the show’s co-executive producer Judy Smith, who served as the press aide for former President George H. W. Bush.