The final season’s key art for Scandal was released Sunday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

In the key art, we’re assuming in the last season, we may see Kerry Washington’s Olivia decide if she’s putting on her infamous Gladiator white hat, or leaving it.


This comes after a week of details we received from Entertainment Weekly. Bellamy Young (Mellie) told EW, “At the start of season 7, we pick right up where we left off in season 6, but you know time is always elastic in Shondaland, so by the end of that first episode, we’re well into Mellie’s presidency. We really get a chance to watch her grow into being president — a dream she’s had for so long, but dreams are never quite what you expected when they come true. We also get to watch Olivia come into her own source of power in the White House.”

She also spoke about the relationship of Olivia & Mellie, saying “They’ve been through so much, and are the stronger for it. She knows that together they are a formidable team. These are smart women with very similar perspectives and a solid history in D.C. I think it will surprise them both as they come to find out the areas where they are not aligned. And of course, should the truth ever come out about how Olivia’s path has veered … well, I have to think that that would spell WAR between them. And we all know that would not be pretty. But for now, Mellie respects Liv: She knows what an asset and an ally she is. She’s excited that they are finally getting this time — and knows that together? They can change the world.”

Darby Stanchfield (Abby) has also been tapped by Rhimes to direct the final episode.

ABC entertainment chief Channing Dungey told press at the TCA that the season is  “nothing short of spectacular.”

Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes, stars Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Bellamy Young as President Mellie Grant, Tony Goldwyn as Former President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard and Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker.