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'Scandal' Season 4 Release Date: Showrunner Shonda Rhimes confirms Harrison Wright's Death

( [email protected] ) Jul 27, 2014 09:18 AM EDT
Wright has a gun pointed at him in the third season finale, when he confronts 'Papa Pope' about the death of the president's son. As it turns out, Pope orchestrated the incident to have President "Fitz" reelected.

'Scandal' showrunner and producer Shonda Rhimes confirmed rumors that Harrison Wright will be killed off in Season 4.

Near the end of the third season finale, Wright has a gun pointed at him after he figures out that Rowan had Jerry Grant Jr. killed to get President "Fitz" reelected. Rowan smugly admits that killing Jerry was at the same time an act of revenge against Fitz.

Though Harrison was not shot onscreen, fans wondered whether he died. On Tuesday, Rhimes confirmed Wright's death in an interview with TV Guide.

"It's safe to assume that Harrison has met his end," Rhimes said.

In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rhimes confirmed that protagonist Olivia Pope and her team will still be deeply affected by Harrison's departure.

"His absence will be explained definitively. What you think happened to his character happened to his character," she explained.

Harrison Wright is played by actor Columbus Short, who became embroiled in real-life scandals of his own.

Back in February, Short was arrested for assaulting his wife in front of their children. A month later, the actor was arrested after knocking a man unconscious at an engagement party. In April, the court issued a restraining order against Short after he allegedly put a knife to his wife. Short was eventually fired.

ABC announced that 'Scandal' Season 4 will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9pm EST.