10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Scandal': What Should Fitz Do When He's Out of Office?
What's next for Scandal's Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) after he's out of office?
ABC's D.C.-set soap is in the midst of a presidential election storyline as a field of five candidates (three Republicans and two Democrats) are looking to become the show's next president of the United States after Fitz's two terms come to an end.
While Fitz is backing his incumbent vice president Susan Ross in her bid for the White House against his ex-wife Mellie Grant, it's unclear what the sitting president will do once his second term is over.
"I can't tell you any of that — but there is a plan," showrunner Shonda Rhimes tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Tony is not going anywhere; where would he go?!"
While Fitz's next act remains unclear for now and Goldwyn is staying put for the previously announced sixth season of Scandal, THR turned to the cast to get their thoughts on what the Republican with blood on his hands should do next.
Betsy Beers (executive producer): When Fitz is out of office, I think he could do anything he wanted. I don't want him to move to Vermont and make jam immediately — I'm not a big fan of that — but I think he could become an advocate, a judge, a private eye or join OPA or have his own post-Scandal show where he does anything. Spinoff! Fitz could do pretty much anything as far as I'm concerned.
Tony Goldwyn (Fitz): He'll be much happier as the post-president than as the president. He'd want to do something like Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton did with the Clinton Global Initiative and use his leverage and influence to make a real difference in the world without all the politics. You really hope it includes Olivia Pope and a little jam. We'll hire someone to make jam on weekends in Vermont! I've gotten many, many, many, many jars of jam in the mail from fans (laughing).
Kerry Washington (Olivia): He should probably start a foundation and do some good in the world. He's got some demons to make amends for! So a good foundation that will do some good would be great!
Bellamy Young (Mellie): Swear Mellie in! I think he won't be able to leave Washington and will try to be a bit of a mover and a shaker and find how that feels to not be the person whose finger is on the red button and to have to be a normal person. He'll have to confront normal the way he had to confront alone this season. It'll be a rather sobering experience but also very emancipating in terms of character growth.
Darby Stanchfield (Abby): Start his own OPA.
Katie Lowes (Quinn): What the hell is he going to do?! I don't think he's going to Vermont! I think he has to have some sort of second act and will stay in D.C. and be in a different position. But I don't know what he could do — he could not work in OPA. God no! I don't think Quinn or Huck (Guillermo Diaz) would have him! What's he going to do, write a book? Tour around and give speeches?! It's crazy to think about.
Jeff Perry (Cyrus): I'd love our show to invent a great role for a president after he's out out office that would reverberate back to the real world. I admire what Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have done. There's things about Fitz that are so decent — despite his missteps — that it would be good to see him do something on the humanitarian side. He'd be happier than with all these political shenanigans.
Joe Morton (Rowan): Go drown himself! (Laughing.)
Portia DeRossi (Elizabeth): He should just retire! I can't imagine a show without Fitz as president so I can't even think about that! What's he going to do?!? There is something poetic — maybe Mellie will be elected and Fitz will be First Gentleman. Hopefully that will mirror Hillary and Bill in the White House. But it's all just conjecture. I have no idea!
What do you think he should do? Sound off in the comments below. Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.