There's been no official confirmation from ABC just yet, but rumor has it that the network plans to announce the termination of the series during their upfront next week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I think there's only so much Scandal you can tell satisfactorily". But I suppose we should've all seen it coming, since Rhimes has been very transparent in past years.
Rhimes has previously said that, unlike the long-running Grey's Anatomy, Scandal's heavily serialized, high-stakes narrative necessitated a short-ish shelf life. How do you create a USA political soap more dramatic or outrageous than its real-life counterpart? "I know what the end of Scandal will be, and I feel really good about that".
Scandal has been a continued success for Shonda Rhimes and ABC. (We reached out to the network ourselves, but they had no comment.) However, the publication insists that multiple sources said Scandal is done after season seven.
Furthermore, ABC Entertainment Chief, Channing Dungey, addressed the talks last January saying he is already aware of Shonda Rhimes' ideas about Season 7's plotline. "In a world in which all of the things that we would write on Scandal are happening in real life, it's very hard to write Scandal the way we used to".
There are only three episodes left in Scandal's current season, and so the end is indeed nigh. And she already knows how it ends! How To Get Away With Murder, also a part of Shondaland, has been renewed and will return in the 2017-18 season.
"I don't know, everyone keeps asking, that's really a Shonda question", said Washington.