When Scandal Season 2 came to a close, everyone’s jaws were on the floor. Olivia Pope, the ultimate “fixer,” was suddenly in need of help when she was outed as President Grant’s mistress. To make matters worse, her father, Rowan, seemingly came to her rescue, but fans knew he had a secret mission (and affiliation) that spells trouble.

We’ve chatted with a few of the hit ABC drama’s stars about what’s to come and teased spoilers, but to gear up properly for the epic Season 3 premiere (“It’s Handled”), reading the official synopsis is vital.

Check it out below:

“With Olivia's name out there as the President's mistress, both the White House and Pope & Associates face their biggest scandal to date, and a surprise allegiance is formed in order to get things handled. Meanwhile, Olivia's father, Rowan, will stop at nothing to carry out his orders and no one, including Olivia, can stand in his way.”

A surprise allegiance? That doesn’t sound good for anyone. However, kicking off with an episode named after the show’s tagline sets the bar high, and we have no doubt that the Gladiators will fix everything.

Are you excited for Scandal to come back? Tell us below, and be sure to catch the Season 3 premiere on Thursday, October 3 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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