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Scandal Season 5 to Mark the 'Reconstitution' of the Gladiators

Scandal is getting back to what it does best: gladiating.

The ABC drama’s upcoming fifth season will find Olivia shoring up her decimated Scooby gang, according to series creator Shonda Rhimes.

Acknowledging that the show’s central Gladiator conceit was sidelined a bit in Season 4 because “we were busy healing” Olivia, Rhimes says Season 5 will feature “the reconstitution” of Team OPA.

“The Gladiators did gladiate,” Rhimes adds of Season 4. “But they gladiated on a different scale and a different level. And the Gladiators scattered.”

Indeed, Liv lost two key soldiers — Abby to the White House and Harrison to the Grim Reaper — so “a lot of times it was just Huck and Quinn gladiating by themselves,” Rhimes notes. “And that wasn’t the same dynamic.”

Might newly-christened series regular Cornelius Smith Jr. — AKA Marcus Walker — fill one of those vacancies? “I honestly don’t know,” says Rhimes, adding that Marcus doesn’t actually reappear until later in the fall.

Scandal returns Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c on ABC.