Scandal: Season 7 (2017 - 2018)

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With the aptitude that helped change the face of serialized drama, Scandal concludes its fiery run with unpredictability, heart, and an emphasis on cultural affairs.

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User Ratings: 103

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 5, 2017

In the seventh-season opener, Olivia must make a tough call to avoid an international incident 100 days into Mellie's presidency. Meanwhile, Quinn Perkins and Associates struggle to find their first client.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2017

Mellie hosts a state dinner for President Rashad in a step toward peace in the Middle East, and Olivia secretly puts Jake to work so that they have a backup plan. Meanwhile, Quinn's team attend the party in an attempt to gain more high-profile clientele.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2017

Fitz stays in Vermont and hides from the limelight during the first 100 days of Mellie's presidency, adjusting to life as an ordinary citizen for the first time in years. Eventually, Marcus joins him to begin important work on his presidential library.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2017

While Liv is busy running the free world, the team at QPA works with an unexpected client to solve an important case. At the White House, Mellie prepares for the upcoming Nuclear Summit with President Rashad and Prime Minister Nazari.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2017

Olivia and Mellie assert their power like never before. Meanwhile, Cyrus seeks congressional approval to declare war in Bashran; and QPA keep close watch on President Rashad's niece.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2017

Quinn and Charlie's big day is celebrated by the Gladiators. Meanwhile, Cyrus, Mellie and Jake deal with a new crisis in the Middle East.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2017

The first half of the final season ends with shocking revelations and jaw-dropping events.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2018

On the midseason premiere, the fallout from Rowan's desperate act affects all of Quinn's loved ones, including a guilt-ridden Olivia.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2018

The harrowing events that transpired in Rowan's basement are revealed, from the moment Quinn was kidnapped to the earth-shattering gunshot that rocked Olivia to her core.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2018

When Olivia agrees to join Fitz in Vermont for what she thinks will be a relaxing getaway, she is shocked to find that her closest friends have orchestrated a relentless intervention. Back in Washington, Cyrus finally reveals his suspicions to Mellie about Olivia and Jake's extracurricular activities.

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The seventh and monumental final season of "Scandal" will return with a brand new White House administration that includes Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) as the first female president of the United States, Cyrus Beane (Jeff Perry) as the vice president, and Olivia Pope as Mellie's chief of staff. Olivia also doubles as the head of the newly reinstated top secret government agency B6-13, with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) working by her side. Expectant mother Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is now head of the newly inherited crisis management firm QPA (Quinn Perkins and Associates), with Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) as her right-hand woman, and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Charlie (George Newbern) as her dedicated gladiators. Meanwhile, former POTUS Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn) is focused on maintaining his legacy by building his library and foundation with the help of Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.). And although Rowan Pope's (Joe Morton) role reversal with Olivia initially proves to be a struggle, he always has something up his sleeve. David Rosen (Josh Malina) remains the attorney general of the United States.

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Critic Reviews for Scandal Season 7

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11)

More than a guilty pleasure, Scandal's success was proof of the power of female viewers, especially black women.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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It all worked out in the end ... sort of.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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After seven seasons of rooting for Olivia Pope, even at her worst, it's nice to see her get the win.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Fun, silly addictive Scandal was also a serious and important part of TV history.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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Touché Marcus, touché.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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Looking back, the real Scandal was that anyone kept watching.

Oct 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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I am enjoying this Olivia Pope. When she sets her sights on something, she goes for it, and she's starting out strong this season with a clear view of what she wants.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I have little doubt it will be fun to take the ride.

Apr 24, 2018 | Rating: 4.4/5 | Full Review…

Scandal was more than its wildest plot twists or Olivia's white hat. It was a very real hit that changed the TV industry in more ways than one.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…

[Olivia] might be gone, but her legacy is permanent.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Well, we didn't see any of that coming. Although, we probably should have.

Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

I can already tell that Scandal's final season is going to feel like one long "what if?" episode - and I'm not mad about it at all.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scandal: Season 7

  • May 06, 2020
    Absolutely horrible writing, this show was so amazing and they definitely turned it into something completely different. Olivias character development was murdered by the writers. The only thing thing good about this season that felt like the old scandal was the crossover episodes with how to get away with murder. The last episode was just awful and rushed.
  • Nov 11, 2019
    The final season was a disappointment. I won't post spoilers though.
  • Jan 08, 2019
    I need this show to come back on!! More seasons please!
  • Jul 19, 2018
    I was SO disappointed with Scandal's seasons 6 and 7. Seasons 1-5 were amazing! What happened?? It's as if the writers quit. The whole part about about Quinn in the basement but no one can force their way past the father to go get her made no sense. Then everyone forgives Olivia for allowing her to be killed like it was nothing. And they still give the dad his dinosaur bones... Huh??? He played his cards. Why did they give into him still? Things that made no sense kept repeating in season 7. Hugely disappointing.
  • Jun 09, 2018
    It's sooooo BAD!! Every scene is a moral parable, bad acting, and a ridiculous and BORING STORY LINE.
  • May 11, 2018
    It's been a wild ride, and yet Scandal uncharacteristically ends its run with a tempered tone that, though unsatisfying story-wise, chose to reflect the social struggles of the times.
  • May 11, 2018
    Shonda rhimes remains the queen of TV shows !
  • Mar 11, 2018
    I am so deeply disappointed with the plots and characters this season turning so dark. while i usually credit rhimes with creating complicated characters who falter and are broken at times. what she's done with Olivia pope is to take a likable, smart woman with sometimes questionable judgement and turn her into an amoral murdering bully. it's just not true to the core of the character that we've watched for six seasons. i know life is messy and applaud rhimes' efforts to portray that in her plots, but this season is a complete betrayal of OP and who we came to know over these last six years.
  • Mar 08, 2018
    I have loved this show I'm the past, but the story is gone and it's really time to go now.
  • Mar 02, 2018
    My favorite was the first seasons but still loved every single episode & still hooked!

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