You think Columbus Short’s real life is in shambles right now, his “Scandal” character may not even have a life when the series returns next season.
After the ABC drama’s season 3 finale Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel kept the party going with creator Shonda Rhimes on his “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra” special. The two discussed some of the jaw-dropping moments of the episode, including Short’s character Harrison last seen at B613 with a gun to his head.
“You know I can’t tell you whether or not he’s dead,” said Rhimes, who also co-wrote the episode.
Rhimes has killed off her fair share of characters on “Scandal,” “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and explained how challenging that is, especially considering there’s an actor’s job attached.
“That call is always the worst call to make. I do it myself. You really have to have the topic sentence ready. The first thing you have to say is you’re going to die and here’s how and I love you,” she said, noting some people do get upset that they’re losing their jobs. She stressed that it’s always in the name of storytelling first.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, here are some other highlights from “Scandalabra:”
1. The pace: Rhimes said the rapid pace of the show is intentional, and she wants the show to feel “like you can’t do other things.” It’s basically the anti-multitasking show (though live tweeting is likely OK).
2. On Olivia leaving: “There’s possibilities,” Rhimes said when asked if Olivia (Kerry Washington) was certain she wanted to leave D.C. with Jake (Scott Foley). The showrunner confessed that the look on Olivia’s face made it clear that “she’s not so sure” about the decision to quit OPA and leave to stand in the sun with Jake.
3. The biggest debate in the writers’ room: The midseason finale when Jake was selected as B613 Command. They shot scenes with both Jake being named Fitz’s running mate and what aired. Rhimes ultimately watched both and said, “Vice president feels stupid,” and Jake was crowned head of B613.
4. Huckleberry Quinn’s dirty deeds: Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) getting busy for the first time on the hood of the car was pitched in the writers’ room. “Quinn and Huck were not the kind of people to go out to dinner,” Rhimes said. “We wanted their first time to feel like Quinn and Huck.” And yes, someone cleaned the table at OPA after the season finale sex scene in which they “hucked,” as Kimmel called it.
6. The Fitz gauge: Olivia’s feelings for Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) can be measured by where her Grant for President poster is in her office. Rhimes revealed that the framed print — in the style of Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster — is removed from the office if she’s feeling less than loving feelings for the married president.
Kimmel also reprised his segment “Escandalo,” the Spanish version of “Scandal,” for his viewers as well as rolling a never-seen-before blooper reel featuring the entire cast.