Scandal, 5 Years Later: Is There Still Hope for Fitz and Olivia's Romance?

Scandal Fitz & Olivia

If you’ve been riding the Scandal train from the very beginning, you know exactly where you were five years ago today: watching in awe as the President of the United States romanced his mistress up against the curtains of the Oval Office. And you loved it.

Of course, a whole mess of crap has gone down in the 97 episodes since we first became privy to Fitzgerald Grant and Olivia Pope’s star(s and stripes)-crossed romance, including: Fitz getting shot, Fitz and Olivia’s affair being exposed, Fitz divorcing Mellie, and Olivia aborting the child that Fitz didn’t even know she was carrying. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. (Jake Ballard, anyone?)

Despite all of that, Fitz and Olivia’s relationship remains very much in play — remember how pissed Fitz got last week when Abby told him that Liv would never follow him to Vermont? — thought it remains unclear how the once-great couple will move forward. For Tony Goldwyn, the relationship is a delicate balancing act, one that becomes more difficult as the seasons progress.

“Fitz is in love with Olivia, and he always will be,” Goldwyn tells TVLine. “He’s learned how to manage that. He’s grateful that she’s still in his orbit and that he can have a business relationship with her. In some sense, they have a very strong connection, even though it’s very painful for them to be together. They’re honest with each other, they have a sort of short-hand communication. But for Fitz, he’s had to make his peace with the fact that Olivia does not want him. It’s just one of those things in life that causes him grief — but he’s had a lot of that over the years, so he’s no stranger to it.”

And while many fans are ready to see this ‘ship sink for good, others — including Scandal star Darby Stanchfield — are keeping the dream alive.

“I always think there’s hope for Olivia and Fitz,” Stanchfield tells TVLine. “It might be the optimist or the idealist in me, but this was set up as a true love story from the beginning. To me, it’s still one of those relationships where they can never say goodbye.”

What say you, Gladiators? Are you rooting for Fitz and Olivia to end up together in the end, or should we just be happy that they’re able to act cordial around each other after everything that’s happened? Cast your vote below, then drop a comment with more of your thoughts.