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Shonda Rhimes Reveals ‘Scandal’ Season 3 Details

Scandal' star Kerry Washington

“Scandal” Season 3 is still almost two months away from returning, and creator Shonda Rhimes remains tight-lipped on what fans can expect from the season premiere — but she has dropped a couple of hints in various interviews for “Scandal” addicts to ponder in the meantime.

While some viewers aren’t thrilled with the idea that Scott Foley has been made a regular for Season 3 — meaning a lot more Jake Ballard in Olivia’s future — Rhimes told HuffPost TV that she’s not too concerned about the fan hate for his character: “I really think it’s kind of wonderful because they don’t know who he is yet. He’s getting in the way of their Fitz-Liv love … but it’s his job. Also, I’ve been stalking Scott Foley for a very, very long time.”

As for Olivia’s other man, we have to wonder, now that Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) affair is out in the open, will it hurt his chances of reelection? Rhimes told TV Guide that it’s not a pressing concern — at least in the beginning of Season 3: “In Season 3A, the democrats will be having their primary election at some point, so in Season 3B, we will face the election at some point, but I don’t know if that’s a relevant question at this point.” As for a potential Republican challenger for the nomination, Rhimes said, “No comment.”

Rhimes was a little less cagey about the evolution of Quinn (Katie Lowes) from meek and mild to a torture pro. “She discovered that she’s far more capable than she ever thought she was and she’s rocking some new skills as far as she’s concerned, so she’s enjoying herself. Whether or not the rest of her colleagues at OPA are going to enjoy her in this way is a little bit different. Whether or not Huck is going to be in an emotional position to deal with where she is is also a question,” Rhimes teased.

Season 2 ended with one mother — or more accurately, father — of a cliffhanger, and Rhimes told THR that Season 3 will definitely explore the dynamic between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and her enigmatic dad, Rowan (Joe Morton).

Rhimes said that she couldn’t comment on the overarching theme of Season 3 yet, but that fans should continue to expect the unexpected. “Scandal” returns to ABC on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET.

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