Scandal Finale: Last-Minute Tinkering Has Cast in the Dark About Final Twists

Scandal Season 4 Finale Preview

It was one week ago that Shonda Rhimes locked Scandal‘s Season 4 finale. For a second time. And it would not be the last.

As such, the drama’s cast is at a loss to so much as tease what to expect, wholly unaware of what made the final cut, what didn’t , and what might have been masterfully edited into something markedly different from what was filmed.

Speaking with TVLine earlier this week, Bellamy Young shared, “We got an email from Shonda that said she unlocked the locked finale and changed everything, so I genuinely have no idea [what to expect]. I shadowed [director] Tom Verica for that episode and we shot about an episode-and-a-half worth of material, so now… all bets are off!”

Katie Lowes echoed Young’s confusion, saying, “I went to ADR today [to loop dialogue for the finale] and everything is spinning on its head, so I’m not sure, of anything.

“The gist of the finale is totally insane and I thought I knew what it was,” she added, “but I don’t anymore.”

Joe Morton, whose Rowan unexpectedly showed up at the close of last week’s episode, as deep-pocketed campaign donor “Damascus,” is not surprised to hear that Rhimes revisited the finale’s final cut, again. “She always shoots extra material to draw from, which is smart — though I’m sure it makes the editors crazy!” he laughed. Case in point: “When I watched last week’s episode, that whole scene [where Jake and Russel traded Command “impressions”] was different from what we knew,” he noted.

So what is the cast confident about sharing? Well…

Now that Russell, their lone lead on Rowan’s mysterious “Foxtail” agenda, has gone missing, the Gladiators “are just, like, done,” Lowes said. “They’re not even panicked, they’re completely depleted.” Save for perhaps Huck, who is mighty miffed about Dan Byrd’s fake judge advocate getting the drop on him, to then grab Russell. “Oh, it’s not over,” Guillermo Diaz warned. “Huck is coming back with a vengeance. He’s pretty pissed off about the whole thing.”

Meanwhile, as mentioned above, Mellie is about to take a meeting with — unbeknownst to her — her POTUS husband Fitz’s worst enemy, whose myriad machinations including the orchestration of Jerry Jr.’s murder. “She doesn’t know who Rowan is,” Morton reminds. “She’s never met him, she’s never heard about him….” As such, Young says, “Mellie can only know what LizzieBear is telling her” about this mysterious backer.

What is Rowan’s endgame with regards to wannabe senator Mellie aka Secret Service call sign “Foxtail”? “The only thing I can tell you is that she is Foxtail,” Morton defers. “And there is something to be achieved at the end of [the] Foxtail [operation].”

This is where we turn things over to the cast to freely brandish any buzzy words to describe (and yet not describe, at all) the finale.

“It’s nuts. The craziest season finale ever,” says Diaz. Adds Joshua Malina, “Many people will be put to difficult decisions… and the decisions that they make will lead to a certain amount of flux in status and what not.” Morton meanwhile previews, “It’s everybody against each other.”

Lowes then sums things up thusly: “Lives are in jeopardy. Lives, jobs… ‘women and children’…. Everything’s in jeopardy, for a lot of characters.”

What’s your latest theory on Foxtail and Rowan’s plans for Mellie?

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14 Comments
  1. Matt C. says:

    The only thing I desperately want from this finale is for Rowan to die and for the B613 storyline to finally end. It bothers me how much Shonda loves that mess, to the point where she even considered doing a spin-off show solely focused on that. Season 5 needs to get back to the show’s roots (seasons 1 & 2…I miss how awesome the show was back then!), or ratings are going to keep sinking.

    • Anna says:

      Amen to that. Kill Rowan!

    • B says:

      I think B613 helped the show in a lot of ways. Seasons one and two had a lot of “I want to be with you fitz, but you’re married. You’re the president,” a concept which we were introduced to in the pilot and was beaten like a dead horse. Jake, Rowan, B613 all gave another element to the stories, but I do think it’s time to end B613 and repurpose its members in much the same way a lot of the gladiators have been repurposed.

  2. Grace says:

    You said it perfectly!!!!!!!

  3. Larc says:

    I wonder if it’s as much that late tinkering with Scandal occurred as there was a predetermined finale that multiple scenarios were shot for just to mislead any insider who might leak. Maybe there was a hidden method in the seeming madness.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In the last 3 Finales Olivia and Fitz always get screwed. They never have a happy ending. So whatever she is changing still will not benefit them!

  5. Verna says:

    Come on !! The actors KNOW what they filmed so it won’t come as that bigger surprise. It will be one of a few scenario’s. the only thing that would make me happy would be if Jake actually dies but I cannot see Shonda writing that

  6. herman1959 says:

    Every year we hear that “this will be the craziest finale ever”. Here we go!

  7. Geo says:

    The only way this show could surprise me is if they actually did kill off a major character. They often act like they’re going to, but in the history of the show, other than James (and Harrison, who’s death was the last thing from surprising and who obviously would still be on the show if not for the behind-the-scenes necessity to fire the actor), who’s an actual major character Scandal has ever “surprisingly” killed off? I can’t think of anyone. Minor characters like the president’s son (who only appeared briefly and seemed to exist only so he could be killed off) don’t count. Jake, Rowan, Huck… all of these characters in violent jobs, but they seem to be in about as much true danger as if they were a castmember of “The Brady Bunch.” I don’t think Scandal gets to keep screaming “most shocking ever” until they actually do something shocking.

  8. AddieM says:

    I doubt that Rowan will die, if they want to shock us then they need to kill off a major character.

  9. Tracey says:

    Last minute tinkering season2 started the decline of Scandal.

  10. Lehayla says:

    The only way I’d be surprised is if Olivia’s father actually did something nice for her with absolutely no ulterior motive. Like help her retire with Fitz or end his own life. That would be a shocking twist.