It’s time for the Gladiators to take off their white hats.
Scandal will reportedly be ending after its seventh season next year.
ABC, the show’s home, is expected to make an official network announcement next week.
Rhimes has been vocal about the show’s uncertain future. “I used to know how it ended, and then Donald Trump was elected,” Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview for its 100th episode. “We had a destination, and I don’t know if that’s our destination anymore.”
TVLine also notes that Rhimes had previously dropped hints about ending the drama starring Kerry Washington. Rhimes told NPR a while back, “I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told. So I know what the end of Scandal will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that.”
Earlier this year, ABC president Channing Dungey was asked about the future of Scandal beyond Season 7. “We have not really talked about what happens after that,” Dungey told Variety. “But I love the show, and I would happily keep the show on as long as she feels that she has creative runway to write the show.”
— Michael Ausiello (@MichaelAusiello) May 10, 2017
Fans of the show took to Twitter after hearing the news that Scandal‘s end date “has been handled.”
— Mandine (@ItsMandine) May 10, 2017
— Kisha (@MakishaSealey) May 10, 2017
— marla. (@theseMYtweetz) May 10, 2017
— Brandy Davis (@B_Dvs) May 10, 2017
— KC Sherrell (@you_kc_me) May 10, 2017
— SarahWonzy (@SarahSassenach) May 10, 2017
Other people on Twitter were not surprised by the news due to the storylines and agreed it was time to “put it to rest.”
— Rosie TG (@rosie_tatiana) May 10, 2017
@MichaelAusiello For a show that burned through so many storylines in its 2nd season, it definitely lasted… let's just put it to rest.
— Nina (@Nina_R90) May 10, 2017
— Darren Hardie (@DarrenHardie) May 10, 2017
Scandal is Rhimes’ second TV drama to end after six or more seasons. Private Practice wrapped after Season 6 in 2012. Her hit show, Grey’s Anatomy, continues to grow its legacy as it reaches Season 13.
Scandal airs on City and Netflix.