It’s only been a few weeks since Scandal’s Season 3 returned after a long hiatus, and already we know when the final bomb will drop. ABC just released the finale dates, and word is that our favorite terms of disaster preventers/causers are going to have a nice long vacation starting on April 17, 2014.

We don’t yet know the title of Season 3 Episode 18, but it will be directed by co-executive producer Tom Verica, who also handled the Season 3 premiere, midseason finale, and winter premiere. Basically, the guy is the Olivia Pope of making us sweat.

What will happen before the last credits roll? Well, considering the next episode is called “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” we can only imagine that nothing good can come for anyone who loves anyone on the show. Why? Well, at the end of “No Sun on the Horizon,” Jake Ballard shot either James or David Rosen, meaning either Cyrus Beene or Abby is going to be in some serious pain, thanks to Liv’s fake boyfriend.

Will Fitz make it through his term and get reelected next year? Will he and Olivia ever get to Vermont? Will Sally continue to struggle with confessing her husband’s murder? What about Quinn, is she going to get her wings in B613 or go back to OPA? And what will happen with Rowan, now that we know that Joe Morton just landed a new job (turns out there is life after B613)?

It’s a shame we only have five episodes to answer all those questions and so many more, but fans have known for months that that was the deal. TVLine announced back in December that the season would be cut down from the intended 22 to just 18 episodes. Though ABC didn’t say it was because of Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, the star is pretty dang close to giving birth, so we understand the need to wrap things up pretty quickly.

What do you think will happen between now and the April 17 finale? Will you be watching? Share your thoughts below!

Source: ABC


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