Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season 3 finale of Scandal, stop reading now (or Rowan might kill you)!
Last night’s Scandal finale was packed full of twists: Fitz found out about Mellie’s rape, Rowan murdered Fitz’s son, Rowan is Command again, Harrison might be dead, Huck found his family, Fitz is President for four more years, and Olivia and Jake are currently headed out of the country to start a new life … to name a few.
And overall, I thought it was a good finale. It set up a lot of stories that I’m intrigued to watch play out. Is Fitz going to hit rock bottom? What is David going to do with the B613 files? And what is going to happen to OPA?
That being said, I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed at the end of the hour. Maybe it was my fault for mentally preparing for something huge, but I honestly expected to walk away from it with Sally or Andrew dead, or at the very least, some sort of gasp-worthy “I can’t believe _____ was a traitor” situation. I mean, the bomb didn’t even kill anybody.
As far as the twists went, I felt that they were solid from a storytelling perspective, but not as surprising as they could’ve been. For example: Killing Jerry was shocking, yes. And I think it sets up a very interesting story for Fitz, but did it affect me as a viewer? Not really. I barely knew the kid. And Olivia leaving OPA? That’s the kind of twist that, again, sets up an interesting journey, but it’s one we all know isn’t going to stick. Scandal can’t take place without, as Olivia put it last night, the scandal at the middle of it all. And spoiler: That requires her to be in the same country as everyone else.
Another twist: Fitz is still President? Okay, I get how maybe this had to happen, but I genuinely expected him to lose. I feel like that would’ve set up a completely different fourth season, whether it took place in Vermont or not (we all know it wouldn’t have). It was something I definitely would’ve watched. Then again, seeing Fitz out of power might’ve been depressing, so I won’t hold that one against them as much.
And as far as Huck and Harrison are concerned, neither of those moments made my jaw drop. Plus, how was it that even Maya Pope survived the finale?! Also, why was she so easy to catch?
Perhaps I should blame The Good Wife for upping the ante on how shocked I expect to be — and yet never want to be again — but in the last final moments of the Scandal finale, I was waiting for this year’s equivalent to “Dad?” Literally, when I saw that there was only one minute left, I thought to myself, “Get ready, Samantha. It’s coming.” I even panicked at one point when I thought they were going to kill Fitz. And then nothing. Olivia and Jake flew off into the sunset. And I was able to walk away from the finale and sleep well, which just didn’t feel right to me.
Look, I’m not saying it was a bad finale at all. I’m just saying that, if we’re talking purely about the shock factor that Scandal does so well, I was expecting more. But maybe that’s my own fault.
Am I alone in this? Sound off in the comments below!