While the show’s massive success over the past seven seasons has no doubt resulted in happy careers for the show’s cast, the question remains: Can the characters they play enjoy happy endings as well? Or is the whole idea of “happy endings” a dusty notion in the bold new TV world that Rhimes has had such a large hand in creating?
“My feeling is like, to steal a Shonda phrase, these characters are all gonna have to earn it,” says Goldwyn. “There’s some kind of redemption that’s gonna have to take place in order to not have it be an old fashioned, contrived kind of happy ending. And I believe that if Shonda’s decided she does want to have happy ending, we’re gonna have to go though an ordeal.”
But what would a happy ending even look like? That, as Morton pointed out, depends on the person who’s watching. “Happy endings cannot be the same for all of us…it not only can’t be the same for all of us, it can’t be the same for all of you,” says the actor, addressing the audience. “It’s what Tony’s said: Somebody’s going to be dissatisfied somehow. So whatever Shonda and the writers come up with may be satisfying for some of us, but certainly not for all of us.”
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En route to the cancellation graveyard, the seventh and final season of Scandal resumes Jan. 18, 2018 on ABC.
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