By Lesley Goldberg
ABC’s breakout hit Scandal won’t miss a beat when it returns for its third season in October. When Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope goes back to work, only 22 minutes will have passed between the second-season finale and the start of the breakout hit’s third run, meaning the mystery of who outed D.C.’s best fixer as being President Fitzgerald Grant’s mistress will still be top of mind for everyone.
Additionally, look for Rowan (Joe Morton) to return as Olivia’s father as the Gladiators in Suits will now be tasked with “handling” their employer’s personal problems — a rarity for Olivia Pope & Associates.
The Hollywood Reporter catches up with showrunner Shonda Rhimes as well as stars Washington (Olivia), Tony Goldwyn (Fitz), Bellamy Young (Mellie), Darby Stanchfield (Abby), Katie Lowes (Quinn) and new series regular Scott Foley (Jake) to preview what’s to come when the fast-paced drama returns. “Season three begins with a tsunami, like this explosion that completely floods the White House,” Goldwyn warns. Offered below are 14 things to look forward to.