Gladiators, the journey full of twist-and-turns is coming to a halt soon! With three episodes remaining in its current sixth season, ABC’s Scandal has been confirmed to end in its next season: the seventh.

Though this announcement may seem abrupt, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise to true Shondaland fans as series creator Shonda Rhimes has previously confirmed that Scandal wouldn’t mirror the long-running Grey’s Anatomy due to its serialized, high-stakes narrative having a shorter shelf life.

“I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told,” Rhimes previously told NPR. “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.”

Thus, Rhimes allegedly made the call and ABC accepted. ABC is expected to make a formal announcement at its upfront presentation on Tuesday. According to a poll conducted via TVLine, fans overwhelmingly agreed that it is due time for the series to conclude.

So far this season, Scandal has averaged 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, down 20 and 30 percent from Season 4 and hitting series lows (5.1 mil/1.2) as recently as April 6. With the Season 4 premiere, the D.C. drama pulled 12 million viewers with a 3.8 demo rating.

Earlier this year, ABC president Channing Dungey was asked about Scandal‘s future beyond Season 7. “We have not really talked about what happens after that,” she 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.”

We look forward to seeing how the lives of Pope, the Gladiators, Fitz and the rest of the cast are wrapped-up in the seventh and final season!

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