The season 5 premiere of ABC's "Scandal" will pick up soon after the events of the season 4 finale that saw Mellie being kicked out of the White House and Olivia and Fitz enjoying a passionate reunion.
Season 4 saw Olivia and her team succeeding in bringing down B613, the organisation headed by her father, and a disgusted Fitz asking Mellie to leave the White House due her actions during her Senate campaign. This paved the way for a Fitz-Olivia reunion, something which is not going to please Mellie.
Actress Bellamy Young recently told TVLine that season 5 will see Mellie in a bad place although she got what she wanted. "It should be the best time in the world — she got her senate seat! — but it's like the worst, because Fitz kicked her out. And he was so cold when he did it."
"She knows in her heart that Fitz has Olivia on speed dial as the door is shutting behind her," the actress said, adding that her character is not going to go down without a fight.
"If she didn't love him, that would be the better plan," Young concedes. "She hates herself for loving him, but she loves him! Oh, her life would be so much simpler if she didn't! But she does."
While Olivia and Fitz are in a good place, the others aren't doing so great, explained showrunner Shonda Rhimes at the Television Critics Association press tour.
"That was a pretty harrowing place where the world had been blown apart for everybody except for Olivia and Fitz, who were left on the Truman balcony ... doing some kissin'. But everybody else was in a fairly low-at-heart place," Rhimes said, according to Deadline.
Olivia's boyfriend Jake was walking away, Quinn was thinking of killing Huck, and Mellie was out of Fitz's life, and when the season returns, it will delve directly into how things turn out for each of these characters.
"Scandal" will return to ABC on 24 September.