Shonda Rhimes Discusses Why She’s Ending ‘Scandal’
Fans have been upset at the news that ‘Scandal’ is ending after its seventh season, but now creator Shonda Rhimes has penned a message to fans, in her first Shondaland newsletter, to determine what led to the decision.
“I didn’t have to actually face it. The decision I made. This decision to end a thing I love. This decision to turn the lights out on a place I call home,” she writes. “I was glad I didn’t have to make it real by being there on that stage with my cast. Ending Scandal. This is a big huge roaring deal in my world. It’s scary to make a change.”
Rhimes asked her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers a question saying, “What if we don’t let Scandal go on forever?”
“It had begun to occur to us that — warning, warning: swagger alert — shows written by me don’t seem to… end. Every show I’ve created has gone more than 100 episodes. People keep watching. The network is happy. And that’s awesome,” she wrote. “But what happens if we let all the shows go on and on without end? What if we just hang on so long that people don’t say WHY are you ending, but WHEN? What if we don’t let anyone say WHEN?”
With Olivia Pope boasting about being the most powerful person in the world, on the Season 6 finale, there is no telling what will happen in the show’s final season.