Is Quinn actually lifeless?
That’s been the query on the prime of everybody’s thoughts after Scandal’s stunning midseason finale, when an influence play between Eli and Olivia Pope appeared to take a lethal flip. But when followers had been hoping to get a affirmation of Quinn’s destiny forward of the present’s return on Thursday, they shouldn’t look to Joe Morton; the actor’s acquired Shondaland secrets and techniques underneath lock and key.
“I imply, all I can inform the followers for now’s that Olivia made all that unlucky and doable by taking away my bones and placing me in jail, after which betting on one among her finest mates,” Morton tells ET. “I imply, I believe she simply form of has to cope with the implications of her acts.”
Penalties may both imply that Quinn’s actually lifeless, or the shock of presumably dropping her pal is sufficient to scare Olivia into smoothing issues over together with her father. As for whether or not we’ll see the Popes engaged on the identical aspect once more, Morton stated he hopes so — if Olivia can get her act collectively.
“From the very starting of the season, he is been making an attempt to warn her concerning the evils of an excessive amount of energy, and he or she’s clearly ignored it and moved to the darkish aspect. And it relies upon how addicted she is to that energy, as to whether or not they can reconcile,” he causes. “Sadly, Olivia is of the mindset that she will be able to have all of it, which because the outdated blues singers have stated, not all at one time…At this level, it’s not even a lot energy hungry as now energy grasping.”
In line with Morton, the theme of energy will proceed all through the final half of Scandal’s closing season, and shift “from character to character” — maybe even together with Tips on how to Get Away With Homicide’s Annalise Keating, who will be a part of Scandal’s Olivia for a particular crossover episode.
“I am actually excited to see what is going on to occur, to have two main gamers like Annalise and Olivia, it’ll be very thrilling, I believe. I am unsure the place it’ll go, however I am wanting ahead to it,” Morton dishes. “I predict that there in all probability might be a wrestle for who’s in management. I imply, you may have two girls who’re all about management, so will probably be fascinating to see how they work it out, or they do not.”
Whereas particulars of the particular episode are nonetheless underneath wraps, the crossover acquired followers hoping that Scandal may stay on on the earth of HTGAWM after the sequence involves an finish. “I assume it’s a chance, positive,” says Morton, who famous that any characters shifting from present to indicate could be leaving the Scandal world followers love a lot. “It will then be about no matter this character has to do in that world.”
For now, Morton is specializing in the tip of Scandal, revealing that he nonetheless doesn’t know the way his storyline will wrap up.
“No matter I can provide you with will simply pale compared to no matter Shonda [Rhimes] and the writers will provide you with,” he says. “Shonda has at all times recognized what the ending of the present might be, and that ending was considerably altered by the truth that Trump gained the presidency. So now, at this level, I’m unsure [what will happen], aside from our occasional form of parallels to what’s occurring in the true world. I’m unsure the place that each one finally ends up.”
“Part of me hopes will probably be a cheerful ending,” Morton provides. “One other a part of me thinks it could be extra fascinating if it’s not fairly, so it’s slightly bittersweet.”
Morton, who already has a number of tasks maintaining him busy after Scandal — together with appearances as Dr. Silas Stone in DC movies, in addition to a present he’s creating known as Contained in the Black Field — stated that irrespective of how the sequence ends, “we’re all feeling an amazing quantity of gratitude.”
“To be working with Shonda Rhimes is a tremendous factor. She’s an unimaginable girl, the most effective bosses I’ve definitely needed to work underneath, after which working with one another as effectively [has been amazing],” he displays. “I believe we have all shaped a household, the place we actually care about one another. We care what occurs to all of us.”
Scandal returns Thursday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.