With ABC's 'Scandal' being renewed for Season 4, series' star Kerry Washington shared her thoughts on the show's current production status.
Season 3 ends with Washington's character, Olivia Pope, boarding a private jet after she quit her job. The American president suffers a meltdown at the Oval Office, and calls Pope on the phone. Olivia chooses not to answer, and calmly places her mobile phone in the cup-holder.
Talking to USA Today last Thursday, Washington revealed that the cast itself is also in the dark regarding the Season 4 plot.
"We don't have a script yet. I don't even know if that plane is going to Turks and Caicos or maybe it had engine trouble and is in right back in D.C. I don't know where she's going. It's pretty crazy," Washington admitted. "You can't thrive with this material unless you're willing to embrace the unknown. I'm type A, hyper prepared - it challenges me to surrender to these writers."
The next season of 'Scandal' will see the departure of series-regular Columbus Short, who starred as Harrison Wright. Short announced his departure from the show in April, after his wife claimed he threatened her with a knife. The actor has since then been charged with misdemeanor spousal battery, and now faces a million-dollar lawsuit.
Last week, Short told Access Hollywood that he felt no resentment for losing his job.
"I think, at a certain point, when you're [hearing] a barrage of stories after stories, ABC justifiably would want to distance themselves," he said. "They [ABC] did the right thing."
Short also expressed his gratitude with colleagues from the set.
"They did not throw me to the curb like trash -- that's my family," Short explained. "They knew that I was going through a tough season and rallied around me and wrapped their arms around me, from Shonda to the craft service man. We're a family."
Even though the exact release date has not been confirmed, 'Scandal' Season 4 is returning to ABC this coming fall.
UPDATE: ABC recently announced that 'Scandal' Season 4 will premiere Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9pm EST.