By Natalie Abrams
Updated February 18, 2016 at 06:21 PM EST
Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/ABC

Papa Pope is here to stay!

Scandal has bumped Joe Morton up to series regular, EW has confirmed. (The Hollywood Reporter was first with the news.)

Morton first joined the ABC political fixer drama in season 2 as the mysterious leader of the shady black ops organization known as B613. It was later revealed that his character was Rowan Pope, also known as Eli Pope, the father of Olivia (Kerry Washington).

Though the show’s main antagonist has come in and out over the last few seasons — Morton starred on TNT’s short-lived Proof until it was canceled — he has returned to the fold by way of Jake (Scott Foley), who has landed a job as the head of the NSA while secretly working for Rowan. Could Papa Pope be covertly starting a new B613?

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Morton, who previously won an Emmy for his portrayal of Rowan, is just the latest in a line of promotions at Scandal after Portia de Rossi (Elizabeth North) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Marcus Walker) were also recently bumped up.

In other Scandal news, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) may be getting his own love interest. Watch a sneak peek here.

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

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