Scandal Spoilers

Scandal: Joe Morton Talks Rowan's 'Powerful' New Enemy, Advises Fans to 'Strap In' for Thursday's Killer Reveal

Scandal has served up plenty of tasty twists during the past six seasons, but Thursday’s (ABC, 9/8c) promises to be a real doozy: the reveal of Frankie Vargas’ killer.

“Whenever these moments come in Scandal, I think you should just strap in, get a nice bottle of wine and get ready for whatever’s going to happen,” Joe Morton (aka Papa Pope) tells TVLine.

While Morton remains tight-lipped about Rowan’s potential involvement in the president-elect’s assassination, he will admit to having a hell of a time playing the show’s alpha baddie.

“It’s great getting to play a villain because all things are possible, especially with a character like this, who will go to any lengths to achieve what needs to be achieved,” he explains, though he shrugs off the “scariest guy on TV” moniker I attempt to give him. “There are a bunch of us, apparently. There’s the guy who wears the black hat, then there’s the guy on House of Cards.”

And last week’s episode gave us one more potential addition to that list: the mysterious red-dressed woman who managed to put Rowan in his place, while make it seem like he was inconveniencing her.

“I’m not quite sure where that’s going,” Morton says, “but it’s always interesting when you see someone very powerful … having to go through the slings and arrows, the ups and downs of being powerful. It’s an interesting journey to follow. For someone like Rowan, I’ll be interested to see if in fact he’s beholden to someone else. Is it just this woman, or is there a much larger organization that might be out there in the world?”

Either way, he’s just happy that Rowan is still standing: “On many other shows, I think I would have been killed off by now,” Morton admits. “But because he’s Olivia’s dad, I’d like to think he holds a special place in the fabric of Scandal.”

Who do you think killed Frankie? Drop your theories in a comment below.

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9 Comments
  1. z says:

    Believe me, Mr. Morton, a lot of us wouldve loved to see your character dead a few seasons ago

  2. Annie says:

    This show isn’t about Olivia anymore so being her dad isn’t job security. The fact that his character is one in a long list of characters that abuse and destroy Olivia is though so good on you, Joe.

  3. DannyD says:

    On a great show he would of been kill off but Scandal is one of the worst ever.

  4. Denden says:

    He and many other characters should have already been off the show… What loving FATHER sends men to seduce his daughter and also make a sex tape of her… Scandal has lost its sparks!!

  5. Kailani says:

    Ratings would be MUCH higher if Papa Pope had been killed off. So don’t pat yourself on the back to much, Mr. Morgan.

  6. Pedro says:

    Will they ever kill Rowan? Scandal was so good in season one before they decided to riff off every single plot of the first two seasons of Alias and his character was part of that downfall.

  7. Brian says:

    Not getting rid of the Rowan character sooner has been one of this show’s biggest mistakes. And I say this as a Joe Morton fan. You just hate the fact that him and Jake staying on means we won’t be getting strong Olivia Pope back anytime soon. Which hurts the show.

  8. Spikenalabama says:

    Agree with most of the others on here that Rowan should have been gone long ago. He is one of the worst parts of this show that is no where as good as it used to be.

  9. sladewilson says:

    Papa Pope is one of the best villains on TV. Just way too much fun….