Things that make you go hmm…
I do recall Shonda Rhimes suggest in an interview after the season finale, that Olivia Pope's handing in her White House badge/pass as she walked out of the White House compounds at the end of the season finale, might imply that she's done with that specific circle of people, and that entire narrative thread may not be continued next season.
I believe her words were: "she [Olivia Pope] burned a very important bridge," referring to her relationship with the White House, and specifically, the Prez.
So today's news might suggest otherwise…
The Prez's calculating, ambitious wife (played by Bellamy Young) will be returning next season to Scandal. TV Guide reports that Young has been promoted to series regular on the ABC drama.
"I don't think they're going to settle down into happiness… But they play the happy couple quite well these days. A baby's got to come from somewhere, so that's going to be an interesting road for them," Rhimes told TVGuide.
As already reported, some other shake-ups in the series for next season include Joshua Malina also being promoted to series regular, while Henry Ian Cusick will not be returning.