Scandal: Season 5B – Will Begin with a Six Month Time Jump

Scandal will be taking a big leap when the Shondaland series returns next month.

ABC’s political fixer drama will be making a six-month time jump from the events of the winter finale, in which Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) ended her relationship with Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), moved out of the White House, and got an abortion.

“Everybody has evolved into the next phase of their lives,” Goldwyn tells EW. “Fitz is unfortunately alone without Mellie [Bellamy Young], without Olivia, and sort of without Cyrus [Jeff Perry] in the sense that the trust between Cyrus and Fitz is broken. Cyrus is still working for him, but it’s a troubled situation, so Abby [Darby Stanchfield] is taking up that slack in terms of who he leans on, but Fitz is very much alone — the guy alone on the top of the hill.”

In the wake of everything that’s happened, Fitz dives headfirst into being America’s leader. “He’s trying very hard to focus on work and making the last year and a half of his presidency meaningful and effective,” Goldwyn says. “He’s doing pretty well on that. He really is obsessed with work. You know there’s a ticking bomb in there somewhere for him, that he’s trying to function well. I don’t want to give anything away, but he’s trying to find his way.”

[su_note note_color=”#e7e7e7″]SOURCE: EW[/su_note]