The two trade barbs about their upbringing. Will there be a time jump when the second half of the season returns? Shonda talks about the White House being this prison and cage and how horrible it is. New Romance Brewing on Superman, Fox News 8 pm Viewership Down Sharply Since Tucker Carlson's Ouster, Stephen Amell Doesn't Think He's Done Playing Green Arrow. She's very real to me, which will make me sound crazy, but I almost feel like my job is toallow her to be who she is. He cannot reject her no matter what. At all. And the pressures are intense and to not have anybody that you can share your confidence with, who you know has your back and frankly who understands your frailties, thats a tough place to live in. To me, her primary story has been discovery of herself. Are we at a point where, OK, we support a woman's "right to choose" but goddamnit, she better feel really bad about that choice or else she's a monster? I cant tell you that, Rhimes told EW ahead of the panel. 2023 BDG Media, Inc. All rights reserved. How cool would it be if this one scene set a new precedent for how a woman's right to choose translates into television? Fitz may have been replaced by a couch (Laughs.) I'd say 90 percent. Olivia knew the choice that she wanted to make and I have a feeling she has no regrets about the actions that she took. Its going to be horrible if he finds out.". Fitz is going to be terribly lonely. The now-former couple agrees that they rushed into things and weren't ready ("we tried," they say) and that they were "broken" going into this. Thats what youve seen. Do you think there's still a stigma associated with depicting abortion on TV? ", Why Quinn Isn't Fond of Marcus: "I think she was the newbie for a while," said Katie Lowes of Quinn. Soon enough, Jake finds himself face-to-face with Russell (who took out Elise), ignores his pleas to join Lazarus One, and puts a bullet in his head. is waiting with an apology (You were right, Lazarus wasnt you). People have very strong and justifiable views on both sides of the question. And we dont in fact know where Fitz lives on this issue. After a tumultuous few seasons of back-and-forth, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia (Kerry Washington) seemed poised to find happiness. Heres the thing about how I handled my abortion: I was playing a part, even if I didnt realize I was. Fox says life with Parkinson's is 'getting harder': "I'm not gonna be 80', Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson celebrate 35 years of marriage with cake, Chris Pratt talks Marvel audition fails: 'I was never gonna audition for Marvel again'. Not anymore.. The following notable deaths in the United States occurred in 2023.Names are reported under the date of death, in alphabetical order as set out in WP:NAMESORT.A typical entry reports information in the following sequence: Name, age, country of citizenship at birth and subsequent nationality (if applicable), what subject was noted for, year of birth (if known), and reference. I didn't think Fitz could necessarily recover from the revelation that Olivia had been the one who saved her dad and yet Fitz did, albeit in such a dysfunctional way and making a grab at her and putting her in the White House. But there's going to be a tremendous backlash I'm not saying this out of any knowledge of the story, but about life when Olivia has to look in the mirror and realizes that she's pushed away everybody who is close to her life and the man she does love. Is there hope for them down the line or can they only work out once his presidency is over? Abby notes shes not even sure if the file is real since it came from Olivias estranged father, Rowan (Joe Morton) who is not trusted by anybody on the Shondaland drama. Scandal: Will Fitz ever find out about the abortion? Not only does he not have a partner, hes utterly alone. So it might be good for him. My question is: Does he need to? Rhimes said at Tuesdays PaleyFest panel. In possibly related news, a familiar face returns during Thursdays episode, which screened ahead of the panel, that will surely raise some eyebrows. Adding fuel to the fire that Olivia and Fitz really werent truly ready to be together in such a high-pressure fashion was the fact that Olivia was pregnant and opted to have an abortion unbeknownst to Fitz. (Laughs.). "I'm not thinking of what the fans want to hear," said Rhimes. The only thing more satisfying and more peaceful than getting what you want is recognizing that youll never get what you want, accepting it, and giving up the pursuit of the thing you know you can never have. Olivia calls Fitz an ineffectual president and believes the White House is a cage. And then, we end the . Shonda Rhimes just dropped some major bombshells about Scandal at the Paley Center for Media's 33rd Annual PaleyFest. What did you think of Scandals midseason finale? Olitz. Thats what I thought was normal. I tried this thing, and it doesnt feel right, so Im out. It was her getting out, so she could move on, and try to find something else that might actually make her as happy as she knows she deserves to be. A woman made a choice about her body that she legally has the right to make. So when I got pregnant, I did all of those things telling my boyfriend, considering what he wanted, breaking my own heart, letting myself take the blame for breaking his; letting my life fall apart a bit afterward because those were the lines on the page. Katie Lowes and Scott Foley both mentioned Jeff Perry's Cyrus, while Kerry Washington said that even though her favorite character on the show right now is VP Susan Ross, "I feel like I might want to be George Newbern's Charlie for one episode." For most women, having an abortion is just one unglamorous task in an ongoing mission to put together all the pieces of the life we want. An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. Yellowstone's Kelly Reilly Offers Explanation For Her PaleyFest Absence, American Idol's Top 10 Revealed Live, Following Pair of Brutal Eliminations, Morning Show Renewed for Season 4 Plus, Find Out When Season 3 Will Air, Time100: The World's Most Influential People, Felicity Dj Vu on The Diplomat? Hes going to be very lonely. I was really impressed with the boldness of it; Shonda never fails to amaze me with her fierceness. A fan noted that since Disney has the upcoming Star Wars experience and Universal has Harry Potter, might fans ever get an actual Shondaland? Part of deeply loving someone is a predisposition to see the world through their eyes and this is a huge moment for Fitz. I understand as a viewer but if I were her shrink, I would have a lot to say. The procedure is done by a licensed healthcare professional.. But none of that happened, and thats amazing. But the combination of the fact that Fitzs fondest dream in life would be to have a child with Olivia as he put it in Vermont. I think it would be, next to the death of his son, the most gutting news he could get and frankly I don't know how he'd recover from that. Fitz finally found out about Olivia's abortion. joked Rhimes. I may be alone at this point in thinking that, I don't know (Laughs.) For Olivia the character, it only highlighted her bravery. But that's not all we learned. And it really, really matters whether or not we have these depictions because its inescapable that young people are influenced by them, and its inescapable for their feelings and choices about their own lives will be swayed by these preconceptions. I think Olivia is lying to herself. But the dream may have been better than the reality if Thursday's midseason finale his any indication. And maybe they're right. It's the only way for me stay creative. According to a December 2015 AP-GfK poll, support for legal abortion rose from 35 to 40 percent among Republicans last year with seven of 10 conservative Republicans opposing abortion rights in most or all cases. For Olivia, the breaking free of that, while painful, was the first step toward realizing that she was not who she was meant to be. Everyone else, you may proceed. What's more, it may have. Olivia comes home, grabs Mellie's hootch . A) I dont know, and B) I couldnt tell you. Unfortunately, their relationship could not stand the public pressure, eventually leading to Olivia's shocking holiday plans: getting an abortion and moving out of the White House. I don't understand it. But theres going to be a tremendous backlash Im not saying this out of any knowledge of the story, but about life when Olivia has to look in the mirror and realizes that shes pushed away everybody who is close to her life and the man she does love. A) I don't know, and B) I couldn't tell you. Will Olivia tell Fitz about the abortion? She went in and did it with no emotion. But he did so kind of from the right place; he was trying to take control of the situation. Nobody puts this Gladiator in a corner. So, will he? Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, and director Rob Marshall share the tale behind making their underwater musical with a groundbreaking Disney princess. I wonder how my own actions and feelings about my abortion mightve been changed had my brain walked into that experience with a different set of expectations. It's such a divisive issue in our society and sadly has become a real political football. . There's always been Mellie and/or Olivia as this other yin and yang. So why can't we have more abortion storylines storyblips might be a more accurate descriptor on TV? ! She couldnt have that conversation because to her, thats terror and a ball and chain. Shonda doesn't make polemic arguments; she's not sending messages. That's true. But when the vote hits the floor, Mellie throws in a surprise filibuster she wants to protect Planned Parenthood which threatens to throw everyones holiday plans into disarray and (gasp!) Will Olivia tell Fitz about the abortion? If Fitz were smart, he'd stay 100 miles away from her; he should get in another relationship because, really, how much abuse can two people take? She's like, "Hey, people, I'm putting this on television because this is what is happening in our lives." To him, it is a sign that Olivia is running away from the relationship. "Olivia is on a journey," Rhimes started out. We didn't think so. I havent actually decided, but I wonder sometimes. Rhimes previously said shewanted to take on the abortion arc in season oneof Greys but instead opted to feature Cristina suffering from an ectopic pregnancy and losing the baby because the showrunner feared it was too early in the medical dramas run to take on such a weighty subject. She's making it a little bit tough for him. What if I had seen Olivia having abortion like it was a part of awesomely choosing what she does and does not want for her life, and how amazingly at peace she seemed to feel as a result? To me, her primary story has been discovery of herself. This is a very difficult job hes got and its very lonely at the top. ", Olivia's Abortion: Scandal has aired four new episodes since Olivia's abortion (as part of the mid-season finale), and Fitz still doesn't know about it. By subscribing to this BDG newsletter, you agree to our. Because in a completely unexpected moment, Olivia had an abortion on Scandal , and although it was an incredibly controversial move by the show and Shondaland, it was also a truly awesome one. I think theres hope. Huck keeps his wits about him, avoids violence and turns the tables (you are nobodys father), and refuses to give Papa Pope the death he apparently desires. Fox says life with Parkinson's is 'getting harder': "I'm not gonna be 80', Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson celebrate 35 years of marriage with cake, Chris Pratt talks Marvel audition fails: 'I was never gonna audition for Marvel again'.