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How Will Kerry Washington's Pregnancy Impact 'Scandal'?


Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal

Earlier today, the interwebs lit up like wildfire over the news of Kerry Washington's confirmed pregnancy. And while fans are overjoyed about the actress's exciting news, it also left many wondering what this could mean for her character Olivia Pope, not to mention the 'Scandal' series in general. Will the writers give Pope her own little Baby Gladiator bun in the oven?

Sources tell E! News that ABC and executive producer Shonda Rhimes are already in the early stages of figuring out how to address Washington's pregnancy on the show. However, that doesn't necessarily mean Ms. Pope will be getting her very own baby bump. In fact, one insider says that it's "unlikely" that the character become pregnant, saying, "It would slow Olivia and the show down." Umm, is that even possible? Plus, you just KNOW she could totally rock a maternity pantsuit.

Apparently, the most likely scenario is that the pregnancy will simply be hidden and the production schedule will get slightly altered if necessary. So far, no official changes have been made to the schedule, aside from the actress taking this week off in order to prepare for her hosting stint on 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend. So, we'll just have to wait and see how this all plays out.

Ironically, E! News recently asked Washington if it's a possibility for Olivia to get pregnant, to which she replied: "I don't know. God, those are Shonda questions! I really never know where the show is going. That's the part I love about television, you just don't know what the beginning the middle and end is going to be, so really anything can happen. Olivia can die, she can get married, she can get pregnant—anything can really happen."

Of course, the two most likely fathers would either be Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) or Jake (Scott Foley), and it's hard to say which one we'd prefer over the other. Talk about 'Sophie's Choice'! But since Jake's currently in the midst of plotting to kill Liv's father and Fitz is...you know...married, things could get a bit awkward. We'll just have to trust Rhimes' genius to "handle it" in true Olivia Pope-style. After all, she's made it work several times before on 'Grey's Anatomy,' so this should be a piece of cake, right?

Now it's your turn, fellow Gladiators! What do you think should happen on 'Scandal'? Do you want to see Olivia Pope get pregnant? If so, who would you pick to be the father? Sound off on all your opinions in the comments below!

'Scandal' airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.

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Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Oct 30th, 2013, 11:35 am

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Message Posted On Nov 12th, 2013, 7:50 am
i really that that oliva should find out she is pregnact, and its Fitz.And that Jake and Fitz thinks that its theirs and then Fitz orders Jake to be killed, which by now i think Jake time is limited on the show any ways, but it would be full of more drama, this show is amazing, so whatever the producers come up with i know it will be good.

Message Posted On Oct 31st, 2013, 3:31 am
Personally, I'd like to see Olivia pregnant in this season and with Jake off course. Last season brought a lot of tension and emotion with Fitz, but with very few results. I do not want to be misunderstood: I enjoyed in every scene of their love, sadness, fears, concerns and arguments, but I think that the limit was reached; nothing concrete was resolved, so it's time for both to move on. That's why I think that Olivia and Jake deserve their chance of success. Of course, I expect that there will be a lot of uncertainty to the end: who is the real father of the child?, will she finally fall in love with someone other then Fitz?, how will they both react to the new situation? Yes, I belive that natural pregnancy of Kerry Washington has much to contribute to the series, but that's just my humble opinion. It remains to be seen what Sonda Rhimes thinks about it.

Message Posted On Oct 30th, 2013, 5:38 pm
Yes I would love it if Olivia found out she was pregnant...while she is involved with both Jake and Fitz... Both men will automaticly think it is his...and that would bring some nice twist to the story.

Message Posted On Oct 30th, 2013, 12:24 pm
I foresee Olivia spending a lot of time sitting behind her desk, standing behind filing cabinets and carrying a large designer handbag in front of her.

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Message Posted On Oct 30th, 2013, 12:06 pm

Do we know how far along (1) she is with the baby and (2) the show is with recording the current series. Cos it might just work out that filming will end before she is showing very much and she has the baby before they start filming next season - thus it won't affect the series in any way.



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