The long-overdue return of "Scandal" has so far revolved around the mystery of who had won the onscreen Presidential elections in which Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) and Francisco Vargas (Ricardo Chavira) had competed. But just like the show which was kicked off by outgoing POTUS Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn), the aftermath of the polls becomes more pivotal for the show's main game players.
Regardless of who wins the head of state job, Fitz will be leaving the White House to return to a normal life as a citizen. But fans cannot really wrap their heads around the former Governor of California living a low-key life especially when he has had quite a run as President. Show creator Shonda Rhimes previously revealed that it is not in the cards for Fitz to isolate himself in his dream Vermont house, but what does that exactly mean for the character?
As it turns out, viewers can expect bigger things for the still TV POTUS after his Oval Office stint, Goldwyn reveals when he and the rest of the cast appeared during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.
"This is just me, I don't speak for Shonda, but from the very beginning one of Fitz's personal struggles: I thought he thought he could be more effective outside of the presidency than in it. I think he's always had a fantasy with what he could actually do," the veteran actor shares.
But just because he is stepping down from the job post he has held for quite a long period does not mean that fans will no longer see him playing the President for the rest of "Scandal" season 6. Rhimes spills that a lot of time jumps have been used in the shorter yet more jam-packed outing. This could mean that snippets of the last couple of months and even earlier than that into the Grant III Presidency might eventually pop in the current narrative of the political drama.
"We really do have this beautiful way of telling this season this year where we're really stepping back in time and going forward in time and seeing things from different characters' perspectives," the producer extraordinaire explained. "It's not really about crazy things happening to the characters, it's about where they come to after all this time ... It's very different from any other season we've had, so I can't really judge it against what we've done before or what we may do."
"Scandal" season 6 finally debuts next week, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.