Shonda Rhimes spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the changes coming to the show, confirming the death of a major character and explaining how Fitz’s re-election impacts everyone’s lives.

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The third season of the Kerry Washington-led political thriller ended with a massive twist: Olivia dissolving OPA and taking off on a plane with Jake (Scott Foley) after she realized/was manipulated by her father to believe that she was the root of the scandal impacting everyone around her.

With season four, Rhimes says the show will go back to focusing on its core cast after seeing its world greatly expanded as President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) ran for re-election and the supporting cast was broadened to help accommodate star Washington, who was pregnant with her first child during Scandal’s abbreviated 18-episode run.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Rhimes on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour to preview how season four will be different, how Columbus Short’s Harrison will be written out, what’s ahead for rest of the Gladiators and more. SOURCE

Rhimes on why she isn’t concerned about the show’s ending:

“I’m not worried about that at all. I’ve already decided when Scandal is ending. I think there’s only so much Scandal you can tell satisfactorily. The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. It’s not a 10-season or eight-season show. I’ve already decided how long that is and what that’s going to be. I’m not really worried about that.”

Read FULL INTERVIEW here (click here)

“Scandal” season four will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.