Scandal’s Olivia Pope Is TIME’s #2 Most Influential Fictional Character of 2013 — Who Beat Her?
Katniss Everdeen might dominate the Hunger Games, but she can’t compete with the scandal handling ways of Olivia Pope — at least not in the eyes of TIME. The magazine just named its most influential fictional characters of 2013, and Kerry Washington’s crisis manager Olivia from ABC’s Scandal snagged the number 2 spot, right behind Breaking Bad’s Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
As the list points out, Miss Pope has become a “bona-fide cultural icon” this year, and it’s not just the show’s ever-growing ratings that they’re talking about. Though we must mention, the season 3 premiere brought in a whopping 10.5 million viewers — up 71 percent from last year.
The magazine also points out that Olivia, though fictional, is a “lifestyle tastemaker” — not unlike Rachel Green and Carrie Bradshaw before her. In fact, the Crate & Barrel wine glass that the DC lady so often guzzles her reds from on the show actually sold out from stock earlier this year! As did Olivia’s signature Burberry trench coat (not an easy feat with that $2,600 hefty price tag).
So basically, TIME has realized what we all already knew: everyone wants to be Olivia Pope. Not just anyone could make dirty dealings and white cashmere look this good.
And though we’re being gypped four episodes of the normally 22-episode season — fine, Kerry Washington is pregnant, we understand — hopefully showrunner Shonda Rhimes will pack our remaining episodes with as much Olivia goodness as needed to tide us over in the between-season.
What do you think of TIME’s list? Do you love Olivia as much as we do? Let us know in the comments.