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4 Things We Already Know About Season 4 of Scandal

Gladiators! Long time no chat about our addiction, Scandal. The show ended its season 3 in mid-April. That feels like ages ago. It’s been 3 months already. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! Anywho, Scandal is revving up again because channels are getting ready for Fall TV.

4 Things We Already Know About Scandal Season 4

Already, there are some facts that have dropped about the show.

1. It premieres on Thursday, September 25 at 9/8 CT.

Yes, it’s one hour earlier than it has been airing and it begins a week earlier than season 3 did.

This upsets me greatly. I may be in South Africa that week, which means I’d miss watching and livetweeting. I was actually planning on hosting a watch party so this really throws a wrench in everything. Is it bad that I’m thinking about changing my trip because of this? I mean, I’ve done that before but I also wasn’t on another continent. Also relevant: I haven’t booked anything. We shall see.

DANG IT, SHONDA! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?!? *wall slide*

Update: I will be back in the country in time for the show. SO YESSSS. Join me as I live-tweet on @Luvvie.

b. Harrison is dead. This isn’t up for debate.

When season 3 was ending, SSA Tom pointed a gun at Harrison at Command’s command and it cut to another scene. That was Shonda’s way of leaving his fate up in the air as his legal troubles worsened. Well, after all of Columbus Short’s real life shenanigans with his wife and knocking people out at the club and other crap, we all figured he was gone from the show for real. That was confirmed by Lady Rhimes in an interview with TV Guide. She said “It’s safe to assume that Harrison has met his end.” ALL THE WELPS! 

Harrison-Program SM

In case you missed it, check out the post I did on Harrison’s fune. RIP Brolivia Pope.

iii. We will find out way more about Abby. Shonda said “season 4 is Abby’s season.”

Shonda also said that this season, we will find out more about Abby. Apparently, that was the plan all along. This should be interesting because she actually grew on me in season 3. I could not stand her the first 2 seasons but this last one, she got a makeover, bouncy hair and her attitude was justified. I’m looking forward to this.

4d. Papa Pope isn’t going anywhere. His reign of terror will continue.

The Grand Goon will be back, because let’s be honest. He kind of carried this show in season 3. Him and those epic monologues and reads of his. Rowan Pope is that dude! I’m not sure if Mama Pope will be back and that does make me sad because I loved her fiercely. Huck should break her out of the hole. Because I’m selfish.

Season 3 of Scandal was my least favorite yet. It took us so far away from the Liv we love, and we didn’t even have her alphets to admire because Kerry was #pregnet and she was mostly behind props. Season 4, I hope they find Olivia’s power again, because her perma-pout from last season was getting to be a bit much. Plus, she was turning into a bit of an alcoholic. Actually, she’s loved her some wine since the beginning. I don’t mind that.

Wine Time liv scandal

I’m not sure how they’ll bring the Gladiators back to their gladiating but I miss them fixing problems and getting people together. Can some of that return in this upcoming season? Also, will they replace Harrison? How will the others deal with his death?

We shall see in 2 more months. I’m not ready for summer to be over so I won’t ask fall to hurry up.

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39 Comments

  1. janelfelice
    July 16, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I’m sorry that you may miss it, but Auntie Shonda has given me this great gift. My birthday is on the 25th!!!! The viewing party I will have is going to be epic!

    • July 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Gggguuuurrrllll same here!! Libras rule!! Perfect gift tho! Thanx Shonda!!

      Be well,you gorgeous shoe!

  2. Thato
    July 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I must say, I’m not mourning Harrison’s death one bit. CoYUMbus was up to no good off set. I will miss the eyecandy though.

    I hope season 4 brings with it *the* Cyrus Rutherford Beene of season 2. The one with the loose tongue. And more drunk Mellie.

    So, you’re coming to South Africa? Yayyy! September will be spring here – nice and warm. You’re gonna love it.

    • kittygocrazy
      July 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

      He wasn’t ‘up to no good’ off the set. He let his family troubles ruin him. Other than walking away and telling his wife he wanted a break, both of them decided to be petty and mess with each other, which led to his downfall. It’s actually sad if you think about it. What was going on before he was kicked off wouldn’t have effected the shows image at all… you all were going to watch it anyway and that last episode was recorded before his issues arose, so that was proof they were undecided about his character anyway. He just put the final nail in his characters coffin, because they then didn’t have to decide anymore, he made the decision easy for them.

      • lurker
        July 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

        we don’t know if something was going on, “on the set” with him.

        • Thato01
          July 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

          Exactly. But speculations aside, his character was going nowhere. He wasn’t even second in command at the office anymore. I really am okay with a Harrisonless OPA.

    • tammy
      July 17, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Thato, I knda didnt care about anything else after that coming to South Africa line :). Luvvie, please come on over, we can host a watch party together!

      • tammy
        July 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

        As you like to say, you can’t out do black people. Wells…you know us African black folk are extra EXTRA! So the pardee would be EPIC!!!!

  3. Serenity
    July 16, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Just admit i tLuvvie… You are missing the recap blogging. It’s okay…

  4. July 16, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Wouldn’t it be a trip if Shonda was playing on words? Like Harrison is dead, BUT she meant that Harrison. They are bringing in the equivalent of light skinned aunt viv for Harrison.

    • Paleo_Wino
      July 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I can’t with you for this.

      • July 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

        YOU KNOW IT IS A GREAT POSSIBILITY!!!!

        Got a dark skin friend look like Aunt Viv
        Got a light skin friend look like Aunt Viv.

  5. July 16, 2014 at 7:37 am

    LOL.
    i mean.. unless it’s going to affect revenue sources…

  6. Itsben1
    July 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I really hope they bring back the real Pope & Associates in season 4, I miss the fixing; there was too much whining and crying this past season. If not for Ma & Pa Pope I would’ve returned my Gladiator Card.

    • July 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

      THIS. In Season 3, I was here for almost everyone BUT Olivia: Ma & Pa Pope, Leo Bergen, Abby & David, Moonshine Mellie, Secret Service Tom.

      • Itsben1
        July 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        Yes, SS Tom is the MAN!!

        • tammy
          July 17, 2014 at 8:08 am

          SS Tom <—– Hey boo Hey! I was so here for him in S3

  7. FixitJesus
    July 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I read the other day that Shonda wont be replacing Harrison. She said at end of season 3 there kinda wasnt any gladiators so how can you add one right now?

  8. RP14_96
    July 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I agree, I want them to start fixing other people’s problems.

  9. Court
    July 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I am giving my bae Shonda a slight side eye on S4 being Abby’s season, because S3 was supposed to be Harrison’s season, and we see how that worked out. Even before his shenanigans became public, his story was non-existent.

    I hope we get the old, rejuvenated Liv. I don’t want to see her crawling through the trash to answer a phone again. I want her to fix other peoples problems and swallow her own.

    • Deja
      July 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

      You said that!

      I had totally forgotten that season 3 was for Harrison…i mean, he did have 4 more complete sentences and 2 additional gingham shirts, so…

    • Kwan
      July 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Right, she promised us an actual back story but all we got was a fake Kardashian playing him the whole season. We never got to see what he actually did they landed him in jail, the stuff fakedashian didn’t know he did or how Liv rescued him.

      So I won’t hold my breath for S4 really being Abby’s season, but we pretty much know her back story already.

      • Katori
        July 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        I believe SR and her writers had to adjust Harrison’s story because of what was going on in CS’s life. They are closer to him and know more than what is made public. I think it’s why we had so much of Mellie’s and the Popes’ stories. Maybe Bellamy Young and Joe Morton were just willing and able to put in the additional hours to cover for KW’s necessary lighter work load. Sometimes life happens and a showrunner has to improvise.

        BTW the “fakedashian” (Nazanin Boniadi) is a wonderful actress. Come on over to ‘Homeland’ and see her acting chops 🙂

  10. July 16, 2014 at 8:40 am

    You must have been reading my mind. I was having a case of the Scandal withdrawals and did a quick calendar check.

    With Shonda’s new show coming on after Scandal we wont have any recovery time. I think it would be best if we just sit on the floor on Thursday nights because that’s what Shonda is going to cause us to do.

    Kudos to Kerry for another Emmy nomination. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Joe Morton wins just so he can give a Papa Pope style acceptance speech

  11. Margie
    July 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I am a Scandal fan, but last season was too much for me. Truthfully, I didn’t even watch half of the episodes, but when I did, it wasn’t hard to catch up. Like everyone else, I am sooooo ready for Pope and Associates to return to their original status…fixing problems for others. I need Olivia to get her head in the game and bring her agency back to the limelight. Heck, I’ve got some problems she can fix if she needs business!

    And I am looking forward to the new show at 10, “How To Get Away With Murder.” So glad Viola Davis is getting some tv screen time.

  12. Diva
    July 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I hope #HuckleberryQuinn stop bumping uglies & Moonshine Mellie gets her groove on. Fitz needs to grab his ego & let her be happy. He has tortured that woman enough. And Jake…??? I can’t even look at a Statefarm commercial without missing him.

    • tammy
      July 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Cackles @bumping uglies!

  13. July 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    i can’t wait for scandal to return.

    1. will cyrus still be butthurt about his boo getting killed by Jake and try to go after him?

    2. Mellie: please drink more and go off on the president

    3. ‘Livia is going to come back married with jake’s baby

    4. Abby is going to run Pope & Associates like a red headed beast! and she’s going to play tonsil-hockey with VP Sally’s right hand goon

  14. Miss Sheeba
    July 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Come on down to Jo’burg, S.A. that week and host a viewing party here. HA. Our main series network M-Net screens American shows 24 hours after U.S.A. broadcasts. Just letting you know. 🙂

  15. Ellyn
    July 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    More info, straight from the horse’s mouth:

    ‘Scandal’s’ Shonda Rhimes on Season 4: Harrison Is ‘Gone,’ and Focus Is Back on ‘Core People’
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/scandals-shonda-rhimes-season-4-719096

  16. July 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I am ready for the new season of Scandal and am hopeful that it gets back to gladiating and fixing stuff- and please shaddup about Vermont. I do not want them to replace Lil Walter because I hate when the producers try to replace an established character like it’s a minor detail. Nope. That usually does not work at all.

    As long as Daddy Pope returns and is still salty, then I’m good.

    By the way, did anyone else read Mamma Shonda’s epic read of the Twitter militants who were mad at her because they thought she was dissing hashtag activism in her Dartmouth address? http://madamenoire.com/438087/shonda-rhimes-comes-for-speech-critics/

    I watched that mess unfold on Twitter and had to delete a bunch of folks for being annoying.

    • Itsben1
      July 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

      “swimming with the fishes” @ “Lil Walter” LMAO!!

  17. Katori
    July 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I’m looking forward to Abby’s backstory. Each character tells us something more about Olivia. Quinn brought in Defiance and Huck B-613 which gave us the gift of Papa Pope. I think of all the associates (save for Stephen Finch from S1) Abby may have known Liv the longest. Who knows what she may bring?

    Am I a fool of still hoping Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick) may return to Scandal and OPA? I really loved his dynamic with Olivia. He was her voice of reason and believable as the second in command at OPA. He had a lot of experience working as an attorney in Washington and was well-connected.

    I also can’t wait to find out what they decide to do about Fitz’s VP. Governor Nichols is great but I don’t want to lose Sally Langston because I live for her epic fights with Cyrus. I’m terrible.

  18. Lincoln
    July 18, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Cosign what the other commentors said. I’m also curious to see how big Olivia’s wine glasses..tubs..bottles are going to get this season. Girl, slow down! At this rate, by Season 5 the storyline will be about her liver transplant!

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  20. July 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I am TOO excited for Scandal!! I got a little ahead of myself and thought it started in August though, so I am a bit disappointed now I know that it’s September, but I am still so excited!

  21. Cleopatra
    July 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    You might be in SOUTH AFRICA??? When ? How ? For what ? Sweet lord.

    Fan in South Africa.

  22. August 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I’m hoping Olivia will be married to Jake when she comes back. She’s going to figure out sooner than later that Papa Pope killed Harrison and Fitz’s son and all hell will break loose. As far as Abby, the only thing I want to see is the flashback of Olivia saving her from her abusive husband with that tire iron. It would also be interesting to see what happens if Abby’s ex show up.

    I’m going to need Shonda to not leave us hanging with the Huck and Kim storyline too. She can’t have Huck just showing up at his wife’s door talkin’ ’bout some “Hi” and not follow up.

  23. September 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I’m new to Scandal. Never seen an episode before August this year. It was recommended to me and I was hook from the first seconds I watched. I’ve now seen every episode and discovered this awesome site which I made sure I read each review after reach episode I watched. Awesomely luvvie you are amazing and I can’t wait for Season 4 and your reviews.