Scandal is a ratings juggernaut with a constantly-growing fan base, but that doesn’t mean it will go on forever. According to creator Shonda Rhimes, she has the end in mind — and she knows both when and how it will go out.

During a chat with NPR on their Morning Edition show, she revealed that Olivia Pope likely won’t be on the air as long as Meredith Grey, titular star of her 10-seasons-and-counting show Grey’s Anatomy. According to Shonda, the Washington, D.C.-based series is a “different kind of show” and that “there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told.”

(Cue sobs and binge-consuming wine and popcorn here.)

“I know what the end of Scandal will be, and I feel really good about that,” she continued. “And I can see where the endpoint is. And I don't think I'm going to change that … I know how long I think it will be. But we'll see."

OK, so it’s not set in stone, but it’s very possible that the show only has a few more seasons, rather than seven more.

"It is very political," Shonda explained. "The political landscape on the outside, in the real world, will change — possibly before Scandal is over."

Understandable, but the idea of the Gladiators not occupying our homes on a weekly basis is an unfixable problem. Well, that is unless there’s a spin-off — Private Practice at the White House, anyone?

What do you think about the potential end of Scandal? How do you want the series to bow out? Sound off below.

Scandal airs on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.