Series creator Shonda Rhimes dropped off some major details for the upcoming season of the hit political thriller TV series "Scandal" during ABC's panel at the recently-held Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California this week.
According to the ShondaLand Production Company head, Season 5 will see Kerry Washington's Olivia and Tony Goldwyn's Fitz the only people standing in a single piece.
"The world had been fairly blown apart for everybody except Olivia and Fitz," Rhimes said. "Everybody else was in a fairly blown apart place ... We pick up right there in that environment and we see what's happens next."
Shonda added that the next season will pick right where Season 4 left off, with Olivia and Fitz sharing a kiss at the Truman balcony.
"Cyrus (Jeff Perry) no longer working in the White House ... Mellie (Bellamy Young) is no longer living in the White House, Jake said he was walking away ... Quinn (Katie Lowes) was thinking about killing Huck (Guillermo Diaz) ... We pick up right there in that environment and we see what happens next," she teased.
Meanwhile, Washington shared her views about her famous small screen alter ego. She said that Olivia Pope is hardly a role model to follow.
"I've always thought it was misguided when people tell me that Olivia is their role model," she told the audience at the TCA. "Because she's having an affair with a married man, who is President of the United States. And a murderer."
However, she acknowledged the person to be an admirable individual with her being an "entrepreneur," "smart," and "has an amazing closet."
But like any other characters made by Rhimes, Pope is an entity comprised both of the good and the bad.
"There are no good guys and bad guys in Shondaland. You have three-dimensional, messy human beings. Nothing is perfect in Shondaland, people are real," she said.
"Scandal" Season 5 premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.