All of your Shondaland dreams are about to come true.
A Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder crossover episode is being planned at ABC.
Kerry Washington first posted a photo on Instagram, seated at the HTGAWM courtroom set. This was followed by Viola Davis sharing of photo of herself in Scandal‘s Oval Office.
Later on Wednesday, Shonda Rhimes shared a snapshot of the script, which sees Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope interact.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 3, 2018
This will mark the first time that a character from one of the current Shondaland shows will appear on another.
Both shows return later this month when Scandal wraps up its seventh and final season and HTGAWM finishes its fourth.
After the news settled, HTGAWM creator Peter Nowalk gave an interview with Deadline detailing the crossover. You can read in full here, but we’ve provided an insightful quote from it below.
At the beginning of the season, my writers and I were planning out Viola’s entire arc and something in her story organically came up that was very appropriate for Scandal. When I went to Shonda, she heard it. I said, we don’t have to do it, Viola’s arc doesn’t need this, but it’s possible that their stories could cross really organically. She actually pulled up a clip of something from Scandal and their side of the story coalesced perfectly. So it was one of those serendipitous things where we both realized it was good for both characters, and it almost felt like we had been planning it since last season.
At that point, we just thought about it because we didn’t want it to feel forced, and we just wanted it to happen really naturally. And then if anything bumps along the way, we just won’t do it. We kept getting closer and closer, and it just made more and more sense. I will say, the Scandal read-through, I, as an audience member, just found it so refreshing and fun, and it really felt like Annalise fit in that episode really well. So now the pressure for us for Murder is just to match that level of excitement that they created.