UPDATE May 16: ABC confirms that “Scandal” is ending with Season 7. Creator Shonda Rhimes says in a statement:
“Deciding how to end a show is easy. 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.”
The original post from May 10 is below.
Olivia Pope and her gladiators will fight their final battles in 2017-18.
“Scandal’s” next season, its seventh, will be the final one for the show as creator Shonda Rhimes is sticking to her vision for a seven-season run. As first reported by TV Line, Rhimes came to ABC with the decision, and the network accepted it.
The network and Rhimes aren’t commenting. An official announcement of the final season may come at ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to followers of Rhimes, as she has said several times in the past that “Scandal” should have a finite endpoint. As far back as the show’s third season in 2013, she told NPR that “there is a finite amount of ‘Scandal’ to be told. I know what the end of ‘Scandal’ will be, and I feel really good about that.”