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Based upon Kerry Washington’s The Wrap interview, there was a time lapse (re: a month) between Olivia telling Fitz “I’m their gladiator” and her “Dad” moment. And I quote:

Do you still think her claim to the white hat is as strong now that she’s rigged the election and everyone knows she’s been sleeping with the president?

We learned something, which is that in the very final episode there is that moment where Olivia says, ‘I’m their gladiator’ to the President, ‘I can’t abandon them, I’m their gladiator.’ And then he goes to Mellie and puts his head in her lap. And then there’s a time lapse where she’s up and running, and we learn that it’s about a month in between when she says, ‘I’m their gladiator’ and when she goes out to run and gets accosted by the media.

In that month, I think that Olivia really had decided — and Pope and Associates talked about it and we all decided, ‘We’re done. We’re done now. I know about Verna. It’s all out in the open. It’s all on the table. We’ve got to wear the white hat. We have to go back to what this firm originally started to do, which is to be a light of justice and to give people a second chance and to help people redeem themselves.’

When this tragic moment happens and when she’s faced with her father, it’s at a moment where she really is claiming the white hat in her life. That’s where we get to start the show: How is everyone coping with this very personal scandal in light of the fact that they have committed to wearing the white hat?

My initial reaction to this quote:

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We all should be used to the jaw-dropping curve-balls that spoilers and interviews give us by now! Is it October 3rd, yet? \o/ 

But quite frankly I’m just curious if the month time lapse would contain plenty of great flashbacks on what our favorite gladiators were doing because it has raised questions…

My questions:

  • Has it been a month since Mellie has stayed at Blair House before Fitz showed up?
  • Has it been a month before Cyrus decided to destroy the Cytron card?
  • What will Olivia Pope do now?

My Thoughts:

  • Flashbacks: We know that we will get flashbacks on a younger Olivia thanks to the new Season 3 promo trailer. “TheWrap: We’ve learned a lot about Olivia. We know her father and we’ve now seen her a lot younger.”  
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  • We also know that Huck’s involved in the flashbacks. And I quote from GiveMeMyRemote.comSo it’s no surprise that when I caught up with SCANDAL star Guillermo Diaz (Huck) earlier this week, he was mum about how his character would handle Olivia being outed as the President’s mistress when the show resumes for season 3.
  • “I can’t really say how he’s handling it, because that would be revealing too much,” teased Diaz. “They still have that fierce loyalty to each other. He’s not judging anybody; he’s not judging her or anybody else. That’s the great thing about Pope & Associates: they’ve all done really bad things and really great things, and none of them are in a place to judge, and they’re all in it together. They all have each other’s backs.”

    However, Diaz was able to share that season 3 will once again dive into Huck’s past…and he’ll be dealing with the ramifications of enabling Quinn’s newfound love of torture.

    “We’re going to see a flashback episode with Huck,” Diaz said. “So we’re going to see more homeless Huck. And we’re going to get more information about what his relationship was like with Olivia in the past. That’s really exciting. We’re going to see Huck struggling that he feels like he created a monster with Quinn. She’s really liking this torture thing, and Huck is feeling like, ‘What have I done? Can I fix this? Is she going to be able to come back from the dark world that I taught her, that I’ve opened up to her?’ And that’s what he’s dealing with in the first few episodes.”

  • And this filming production snapshot supports that quote…
  • justkerryon1913:    Scandal filming from tonight.
  • We know that Cyrus has started a kill folder on Olivia Pope. What on Earth does THAT mean?
  • "We Need to Make A Plan" has happened H/T to the Season 3 promo. So what will be the plan that obviously Cyrus, Mellie, Fitz and Olivia will all agree upon?
  • And most importantly what factors push Olivia to live by the White Hat decree?
  • Rowan. That shocked “Dad?” moment is why I’m looking forward to getting to know him.
  • "What. did. you. do?"
  • "The Secret’s Out." Remember how Who is Quinn Perkins led the way for Defiance? What will the secret led us to?
  • The time lapse on Scandal has given us Gladiators plenty of great moments: Remember all the times Scandal has either flashback or did a time jump?
  • "The Trail" (Then Governor Grant’s Race for Presidency on the campaign trail + it’s the FIRST time Scandal ever flashback!), "Nobody Likes Babies" (Olitz’s celebratory kiss the night Fitz wins POTUS position that we now know that Verna witnessed + when Fitz learns the truth about Defiance)
  • "A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot & Liar" (When we learn about the effect Big Jerry has had on Fitz),
  • The 10 Month Jump since Fitz learns the truth about Defiance for “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”
  • "Seven Fifty-Two" (when we learn about Huck’s family.)
  • So where will the time lapse fall into place? 
  • "Gonna keep on tryin’ // Till I reach the highest ground.”
  • If anything this quote (re: the time lapse) has me looking forward to how it all plays out on Thursday October 3rd at 10/9c!

Sound off Gladiators!

Do you still think her claim to the white hat is as strong now that she’s rigged the election and everyone knows she’s been sleeping with the president?

We learned something, which is that in the very final episode there is that moment where Olivia says, ‘I’m their gladiator’ to the President, ‘I can’t abandon them, I’m their gladiator.’ And then he goes to Mellie and puts his head in her lap. And then there’s a time lapse where she’s up and running, and we learn that it’s about a month in between when she says, ‘I’m their gladiator’ and when she goes out to run and gets accosted by the media.

In that month, I think that Olivia really had decided — and Pope and Associates talked about it and we all decided, ‘We’re done. We’re done now. I know about Verna. It’s all out in the open. It’s all on the table. We’ve got to wear the white hat. We have to go back to what this firm originally started to do, which is to be a light of justice and to give people a second chance and to help people redeem themselves.’

When this tragic moment happens and when she’s faced with her father, it’s at a moment where she really is claiming the white hat in her life. That’s where we get to start the show: How is everyone coping with this very personal scandal in light of the fact that they have committed to wearing the white hat?

- Kerry Washington to The Wrap, August 30, 2013.

mintchocolatemiscellaneous:

Thanks to induetime00 for uploading the extended version of the finale on the DVD, minues OPA scenes and Fitz’s head in Mellie’s lap. Extended Olivia and Fitz phone call scene starts around 18 minutes in.

(via mintchocolatemiscellaneous-deac)

#Scandal Season 2 DVD bonus features is out! H/T: S. Marie Bailey

  • Scandal Season 2 DVD set will be a 5-disc set with never-before-seen bonus features.

  • Bonus Features: A Closer Look: President Grant’s Assassination Attempt – Get an inside peek at how one of Season Two’s most pivotal scenes was shot (pun intended).
  • Hanging with Huck – Spend the day with actor Guillermo Diaz and get to know the man behind the eclectic yet oddball character “Huck”.
  • Extended Episode – Delve deeper into the drama with an episode featuring additional moments too revealing for broadcast television.
  • Deleted Scenes – Discover more scandalous secrets through several never-before-seen moments from the hit series.
  • Outtakes – Fans will laugh out loud at these funny, unseen moments from the set of “Scandal.”
  • Reserve your copy at AMAZON.COM. The DVD is due out on Tuesday September 3, 2013!