Someone Needs To Die For Scandal

Photo: Bob D'Amico/ABC.
I’m pretty sure the closest thing I have to a failed marriage is my relationship with Scandal. We’ve had good times: It gave me Huck’s story line and was the last thing I saw on the fateful night before Beyoncé dropped her self-titled album in 2013. Those days are long gone and sometimes I pretend like I have a headache on Thursday nights. I don’t think I’m the only one. The general consensus seems to be that Scandal has changed for the worse.
Scandal’s allure used to be similar to that of Game of Thrones. You never knew when the power balance would shift and who would still be alive to see it through. The smart thing to do as viewers of Scandal was to remain loyal to the throne country, not the replaceable players keeping it running. You tuned in for the suspense and surprise.
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Now, we’re constantly introduced to new characters who are predictable killed off, and we have just stopped caring because we know the same old gang is still intact. I didn’t expect for Papa Pope to kill his old fling Sandra in cold blood last night, but I knew she would be killed as soon as I saw her. As ruthless as it sounds, Shonda Rhimes and her team seem to have gotten a little too attached to their core ensemble.
It’s time for Scandal to stop relying on low-hanging fruit for shock value. The show is suffering because we don’t have to worry about anything happening to our favorite characters. Scandal needs its own Wes, and I have some ideas.
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Photo: Bob D'Amico/ABC.
Quinn

The strongest justification I have for killing off Quinn is that she’s annoying as hell. Her tendency to be too passionate about the wrong things have almost cost her team too much too many times. Now she’s obsessed with murder and whether or not to marry a man who has already tried to kill her. [Rolls eyes]

The fact that she is an original member of the cast and a longtime Gladiator would make her death meaningful. But we all know that Huck is the only Gladiator Olivia needs.
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Photo: Bob D'Amico/ABC.
Jake

Let’s be honest, Scandal needed some regular eye-candy so they shuffled Scott Foley onto the set as Jake and we haven’t been able to get rid of him since. The show won’t be ruined without him; he shifts in and out of the main story line with relative ease. But he’s so well connected to all of the other main characters — Olivia’s old flame, Rowans fake son, Fitz’s former BFF — that it would set off a domino effect that could make me want to watch the show again.
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Photo: Bob D'Amico/ABC.
Abby

Even though Abby is quickly turning into an Olivia-trained, power-hungry version of Cyrus Beene, no one wants to see her die. Then again, no one wanted to see Wes die, either. This is exactly why Rhimes should kill her.

If Abby’s death were the result of a terrorist attack on the White House, or some formidable foe of Liv’s trying to get revenge, or a wrong political maneuver on her part, it would be kind of lit.
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Photo: Bob D'Amico/ABC.
Papa Pope

Previews for next week’s episode of Scandal seem to suggest that this dream of mine may be coming true. The show has already been on the fence about whether or not it wants to keep Rowan around as a regular or recurring character. I say get rid of him.

As Olivia’s dad and the Pied Piper of government assassins, his death could make Scandal great again. But I’m convinced that Rowan is the Michael Myers of Scandal. He can’t be killed.
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