Scandal Season 6 Spoilers

Scandal's Jeff Perry Talks Cyrus Behind Bars: 'He's Thrown Into Survival Mode'

Scandal has already burned its share of “OMG” moments into our memories — Fitz’s assassination attempt, Olivia’s abortion and Huck’s adventures in waterboarding, to name just a few — and Thursday’s episode (ABC, 9/8c) will add several more to the pile.

Following Cyrus’ arrest last week, we now find the vice president-elect in prison, where “he’s thrown into absolute survival mode and disorientation,” star Jeff Perry tells TVLine. “He’s going to ask himself, ‘How the hell do I get out of this? Is there any getting out of this?’ He’s put in some really desperate circumstances.”

“When we did the table read, we were really excited,” he recalls, admitting that even he was fooled by multiple twists during his first experience with the script. “This is an exploration of someone who has called himself a Republican overlord … and now there’s a great deal of dehumanization.”

Of course, as an avid Twitter user, Perry knows there’s a large number of fans who will enjoy seeing Cyrus put through the gamut. He himself considers the whole experience to have been “taxing fun.”

Perry says the most difficult scene to film involved a phone call between Cyrus and Olivia — but to elaborate any further would be giving too much away. (Don’t worry, we’ll have a full breakdown of this week’s events after the episode airs.)

What are your hopes for Cyrus moving forward? Are you, like Abby, hoping he’ll avoid the death penalty? Or does he deserve it after everything he’s done? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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7 Comments
  1. Natalie says:

    Since when does Olivia just believe her father? This storyline has really irked me. I love Bellamy but can’t stand Mellie.

  2. Brian says:

    One of the best things about this season is, Cyrus getting more airtime. Very fun character to watch and someone that you root for.

  3. Vanessa henry says:

    Hoping Cy gets off. Don’t believe he did it this time.

  4. Larc says:

    I really enjoy seeing what Jeff Perry does with the Cyrus character. It makes me like Cyrus in spite of some of the things he does. He will likely get out of this mess since it went much farther than he wanted it to. When he told Tom in the mausoleum not to harm Vargas, I think it was recorded or somebody heard it.

  5. Denise Durley says:

    I totally like the way Perry portrays Cyrus. He is such a great actor and very convincing. I hope he becomes the president.

  6. Jennifer Pena says:

    I’m so sick of seeing homeasexualso on tv just to accommodate the confused.. I hope he gets put away, then only we would have to see him every once in awhile but we all know that won’t happen!

  7. Mahdi Karim says:

    Because Cyrus has helped the president so much an unknown way should be made for him to come out of prison example the conversation he had with the guy that accused him he told him not to do it if they had security microphones unknown to anyone recording this would free Cyrus from accusation and he will come out of prison with a clean face