Thank God it’s finally official.
ABC has confirmed what TVLine first told you last week: Scandal‘s upcoming seventh season will be the show’s last. The announcement was made Thursday by ABC president Channing Dungey during a conference call with reporters. An episode count is TBD.
The formal declaration comes two days before Scandal is set to close out its sixth season.
“Deciding how to end a show is easy,” Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually going through with it? Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”
Dungey said of the series setting an end date, “I always prefer to end a show when it’s creatively on top as opposed to letting things dribble out. Fans of Scandal are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda intends it to. It’s a decision she felt really good about and we support wholeheartedly.”
Rhimes has previously said that, unlike the long-running Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal‘s heavily serialized, high-stakes narrative necessitates a short-ish shelf life. And it seems she’ll get no argument from viewers. In a recent poll, fans overwhelmingly agreed with TVLine Senior Editor Andy Swift’s editorial that Scandal‘s end needs to be nigh.