It wasn’t POTUS or Jake who finally saved Olivia Pope, but a former Gladiator.
During Thursday’s episode of Scandal, original OPA member Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick) was revealed to be working with the Russian outfit that bid $2 billion for Olivia (Kerry Washington), which would effectively give them control of the President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn). In truth, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) had called in a favor from Stephen in order to prevent Olivia’s certain death—the White House planned to bomb the exchange lest the nation’s biggest secrets fall into the wrong hands.
“We had been thinking about the idea of him coming back actually for a long time,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells EW. “As far as I know, he immediately said yes. It was an immediate, ‘Absolutely,’ and then he and I were on the phone together, which was nice.”