Scandal Season 4 Scoop: Is Harrison Dead?

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WARNING, Gladiators: Scandal Season 4 spoilers ahead.

Creator Shonda Rhimes spoke to TV Guide this week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, answering a number of pressing questions in the wake of a cliffhanger-filled Scandal Season 3 finale.

For starters: can we rightfully assume that Harrison is dead?

Is Harrison In Over His Head

"It's safe to assume that Harrison has met his end," Rhimes said of the character played by Columbus Short, who left Scandal this spring amidst a number of personal/legal issues.

So Harrison will not be around, but another character will play a prominent role when new episodes roll out this fall.

"Season 4 is Abby's season. That was by design," Rhimes teased. "A lot of what we know about Abby happens this season. A lot of what we discover about her and see about her back story will happen as we tell Abby's story."

The executive producer won’t reveal whether there’s a time jump on tap, simply saying viewers will find themselves in a “surprising place both time-wise and location-wise” after Olivia got on that plane in May.

There will be plenty of Papa Pope - and plenty of confusion.

"When we come back, everybody is in a place that you don't expect. Nothing is what you think it could possibly have turned out to be. There's a real sense of, 'How did everybody get here?!'"

Visit TV Guide for more from Rhimes, watch Scandal online if you need to catch up and prepare for all heck to break loose when Season 4 kicks off on Thursday, September 25.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Season of Abby? I love Abby but in very small doses. Please dont make this season painful.

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Scandal Quotes

There is no us! There is no this! There is no Vermont! There is no jam! There's no future. Not anymore.

Olivia [to Fitz]

I am not a toy that you can play with when you're bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me! Until then, we are done.