"Scandal" has just two episodes left in its second season and series creator Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") took the time to talk to TVLine about the final two hours.
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The last episode ended with a bang (literally and figuratively) as Millie revealed to the world on live television that her husband, President Grant, had been having an affair with Olivia Pope. The fallout from this revelation could be massive for both Fitz's presidency and for the many characters on "Scandal," so Rhimes answered some lingering questions about the final two episodes of the show's second season.
On the final scene of the last episode, in which Olivia and Fitz waited for Millie's television announcement and why Olivia didn't try to stop him:
"She said, 'I'm going to call Cyrus.... Maybe you can call Mellie and get an extension...' He's a grown man and he made a choice, and I think she understood for the first time that he was in fact making a choice for himself."
On whether or not Cyrus will make good on his threat to Millie of "mutually assured destruction":
"I think all kinds of things are going to happen next. One of the things I always like to say about this show is that when the episode ends, I always get all these questions about the next episode that I can't really answer because they don't really have anything to do with the next episode, because we move at such a quick pace that by the time we hit the ground we're going in a completely different direction than you thought we were going in. But I do think some really complex things happen in the next episode that are pretty interesting. Cyrus really finds himself busy defending the White House, serving the needs of the president. He's got a job to do."
On if Olivia Pope will become a household name thanks to this recent scandalous revelation:
"We've got bigger fish to fry before we get there. We should be wondering why Mellie did not name Olivia Pope by name in the (TV) interview. We should be wondering that. That's the big question of the next episode."
On the mole reveal at the end of the season:
"What I love is that our mole reveal is not just a mole reveal. I love that we reveal who the mole is, which is pretty darn shocking, and the cast had a fit when they found out, which was great. But even better is our 'Who's hanging out with the mole' reveal. The cast went crazy when they found out who the mole was, and then they lost their minds when they found out who's with the mole, which is even better. That twist on the twist is even more satisfying for me."
On the Season 2 finale and how it sets up Season 3:
"When the finale ends, we sort of leave you wondering. Because it left me wondering 'What the hell are we going to do next?' Not because 'Oh my god, that was so great,' but really like, 'What the hell can they possibly do next, because I think they just exploded the entire premise of their show.' But I'm glad we did that. It feels really good."
Rhimes also said that they have "definitely" considered continuing the show with Fitz out of office and added that deaths are possible in the Season 2 finale.