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Mama Pope lives: Khandi Alexander to return to 'Scandal'

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Khandi Alexander
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Khandi Alexander is set to reprise her role as Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) terrorist mom on the midseason finale of Scandal, EW has learned. (Points to those who guessed right in Spoiler Room.)

Details on her return are being kept under wraps, but the last we saw of the Pope matriarch, Rowan (Joe Morton) had framed her for the murder of the President’s (Tony Goldwyn) son and locked her away—though Olivia and Fitz believe Maya to be dead.

Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.