Some serious scandal is headed to your TV

By Nina Terrero
August 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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OWN’s church-set drama series Greenleaf promises to serve up a hefty portion of scandal in a finale that sees Grace (Merle Dandridge) take to the pulpit in a surprising come-to-Jesus moment.

“She’s able to address everything that she’s been there to uncover,” Dandridge says of her character. “She addresses the fact that yes, she is human and her family is very human, and that these things need to be laid bare. It’s a transparency that I think will bring a lot of satisfaction to the audience.”

Adding additional fuel to the flame? Dandridge says that a shadowy secondary character will let a bombshell revelation slip. “He gets a little loose-lipped,” teases Dandridge. “He doesn’t feel like he has a lot to lose.”

His secret may be key to understanding both the shadowy nature of Calvary’s founding, as well as the strained relationship between Mavis (series EP and recurring guest star Oprah Winfrey) and Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield), which reaches a boiling point.

“The two sisters go head to head, and it’s explosive,” Dandridge says. “They’re two power houses, and collide in such an incredible way.”

And theirs isn’t the only relationship to venture into rocky territory, as the finale will also see Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) and her husband Kevin (Tye White) reach a possible point of no return.

“Charity has a moment of serious adulating,” says Dandridge. “We’ll get more of a picture of what that relationship will and will not be able to withstand.”

So, is it safe to say that judgment day will finally arrive for the Greenleaf family? Teases Dandridge: “This last episode will whet the appetite for how much story we have to tell next season.”

Greenleaf‘s season finale airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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