No one pitched alternative ideas, spinoffs or extensions. We were grateful — shocked and a little speechless. Kerry stepped up as our thoughtful, heartfelt and eloquent leader and was able to speak for all of our hearts and thank Shonda for this ride and be appreciative that we get another year together to really bring it home in the way we know we can.
On what the series finale has in store:
We don’t even ask; we trust her completely and didn’t get into that. We accepted the news and we all knew that our days were number when we did 15 episodes this season and thought it might be the beginning of the end. So much changed this year in terms of our real world and the way that our writers found to tell the story that we got our hopes up that maybe they would all be reinvigorated and would stay with it longer. But I can’t say that any of us were genuinely surprised by Shonda’s announcement. We were sad and took it in and then in fine Scandal family fashion, had a love fest and were grateful for our time and to have all of next season to see where these characters land.
On learning that Scandal was cancelled with Season 7, she said:
“It was not a shock, because we all knew that [creator] Shonda [Rhimes] knows where the show is going to end,” she continued. “And we knew that our days were numbered and that’s why we’ve been so grateful for every second we got, but it was still impossibly hard to hear.”
Young notes that the seventh and final season of Scandal will bow out with 18 episodes.