ABC’s Scandal returned on Thursday night and the sixth season of the political drama continues to surprise. It is election night and Washington D.C. fixer, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), is nervous. Her one job is to get Mellie (Bellamy Young) into the Oval office.
But alas, what looked like Mellie’s victory, after all those years of standing in Fitz’s shadow, is not to be. Francisco Vargas (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) wins the presidency – a historic win for him and the master of the dark arts, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), who will be vice president.
But that is not to be either. Vargas is shot. He is dead. Who is to ascend to the most powerful position in the world? That responsibility…and power…falls to President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). He can elevate Mellie, perhaps in that one act, righting the many wrongs he has done to her over so many years. Or he can give that power over to Cyrus, who, at first glance, looks completely shaken by Vargas’ demise.
Fitz chooses Cyrus, imploring him to be a better man than he has been, since he will now be running not only America, but leading the world.
But who killed Vargas? There is a tape…a message…it was Cyrus’ doing, his grief, apparently an elaborate act. Once Olivia knows this, she walks that Olivia Pope walk, right up to him and promises to bring him down. It’s game on.
Shonda Rhimes continues to deliver with Scandal, raising the stakes just when you think they can’t get any higher. A female president would have been a welcome image of progress, but instead, the levers of power have been handed over to something of a political madman in Cyrus. Is art imitating life here? Perhaps. We’ll just have to wait and see exactly what Cyrus does with ultimate power, and what lengths Olivia Pope will go to, to stop him.
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