3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Who Should Kill Rowan? 'Scandal' Stars Cast Their Votes
Every character on ABC's Scandal has a good reason to want to kill B613 baddie Rowan Pope (Joe Morton). But not everyone should be so deserving of that honor.
Following last week's deadly near miss — when Rowan outsmarted Olivia (Kerry Washington), Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake (Scott Foley) in a bid to kill Command — the top Gladiator has demanded a "kill shot" on her father, setting up what promises to be an epic winter finale.
The Hollywood Reporter hit the set of Shonda Rhimes' political thriller to quiz the cast on which Gladiator — or White House staffer! — should be the one to win the honor of taking out Command. Because at this point, Rowan Pope should be held accountable for the atrocities he's committed under the guise of protecting the Republic: Killing the president's son. Putting Jake — and Huck in a hole — and tearing apart the latter's family. For lying to his daughter for nearly her entire life and bringing a terrorist into their life.
Of course, there are no guarantees that Command can be taken down but in the event someone is lucky enough to do so, who deserves the right? Who makes the most sense? The cast's answers will surprise you.
Kerry Washington (Olivia)
I feel like it would be amazing if it was Cyrus because how unexpected would that be?! Olivia has the most to gain in terms of liberation but it also could cost her the most emotionally. My fear is that it's Javi, because Command prays on people from broken homes.
Tony Goldwyn (Fitz)
It should be Fitz! Or God forbit, Olivia. Personally, I think it should be Fitz because Rowan killed Fitz's son. It might be more dramatic and interesting if Olivia does it but I don't know who Shonda thinks it should be.
Scott Foley (Jake)
Olivia or Huck. I think having Liv kill her father would stir up so much shit — both with her character and what's happening in her head — but also start some major fandom issues, which are always fun. Having Huck do it would be more than just for all that Rowan and B613 have taken from him.
Joe Morton (Rowan)
The one who has the greatest right to do that would be Rowan's daughter, Olivia. Second in line might be Rowan's wife, Maya Pope, and after that it's a free for all!
Bellamy Young (Mellie)
That particular joy lies with Jake, he deserves to have that fun.
Jeff Perry (Cyrus)
It's tantalizing because Rowan has become symbolic of the man won't be caught. I like Quinn doing it. It seems weirdly plausible to me but somehow she gets track of something that Rowan had a blind spot for where he expected it to be a Charlie or a Jake coming after him.
Darby Stanchfield (Abby)
Huck. There's something very special about Olivia and Huck's relationship. He's her watchdog. I know it's Scandal but it's a relaly horrible thing to take anybody's life, I don't care how many bad things he's done, but there's something about Huck. I know there's a lot of B613 people but Huck also isn't one of her lovers. I don't want Fitz or Jake to do it. I either want Olivia to do it or someone on her team to do it. But I don't want that to be taken away from her and by Huck doing it, he'd be doing it for the right reasons; it's almost like an extension of her. It's not someone doing it on Olivia's behalf because of how macho they are.
Guillermo Diaz (Huck)
I would love for it to be Quinn but I think it's going to be either Olivia or Fitz, it could be anybody. If it's Javi, imagine if Rowan starts trying to train him and manipulate him? That would be bad. It would give Huck all the ammo to kill him then. Huck's Life spinoff! (Laughs.)
Katie Lowes (Quinn)
I think it would be amazing for Quinn to kill Rowan because I chomp at the bit to have scenes with Joe Morton because he's amazing. Although I feel like it could be Huck or Jake because of the history they have with him. Papa Pope never threw Quinn in a hole. People have more history with him than Quinn does. That said, I feel like Quinn is the closest to Olivia at the moment and if Quinn got those orders …
Josh Malina (David)
He has his Emmy, he can go now! That's what happened to Dan, he won an Emmy and James is dead. And if I'm going to be killed off, I demand that I win an Emmy first. But clearly it should be David Rosen. It's because he's the last person anyone would suspect. Everybody has had their badass moments on the show, even a little bit David. But everybody has a body or two in the closet and I think it would be surprising and ultimately the audience would love it and it would be a great redemption for David. He's not what Quinn has turned into, he's no Huck or Charlie but if David had to make a decision to kill Hitler before he does what he does, I think it would be fun to see David step up to the moment. Are you listening, Shonda?!
Portia de Rossi (Elizabeth)
Quinn! She should hunt him, track him down and kill him and it should be no big deal. It shouldn't have the big emotional stakes of Olivia shooting him or even Fitz or anybody. It should be unceremonious and Quinn do it with an "all in a day's work" attitude.
Who do you think deserves the right to have the kill shot — should there be one? Vote in our poll below.