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The Storm is Coming: What Does Scandal’s Rainy Shoot Tell Us?

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the season 3 premiere of Scandal and Gladiators everywhere are preparing by re-watching and overanalyzing everything. That’s our duty as obsessed fans. Shonda Rhimes put us all into overdrive when her team released pictures from the “Storm is Coming” photoshoot the cast did and of course we’re trying to crack the code. WHAT IS SHE TRYNA TELL US?!? I’m not sure but I will guess.

“The Storm is Coming” is clearly telling us that it’s about to be raining chaos on season 3. I mean we knew that much when the last word of season 2 was “Dad?” But in case we weren’t nervous enough, BRING DOWN THE RAIN!

Women of Scandal Storm

Ok so Abby is in the storm giving her best “come hither” look. I don’t know why she’s tryna make segzy happen but bless her heart. I take it that her and David are gonna resume having the most uncomfortable to watch sex? Maybe there’s a storm in Abby’s loins. I don’t damb know.

But look at Quinn. She’s in this blood red trench coat, and is the only person in this shoot rocking color, might I add. I think we’re going to see Baby Huck really grow into her killing abilities and start slaying folks. Also, she looks rather calm in this storm that’s raging around her. We’re used to nervous Quinn but it seems she found some grounding.

And then there’s Mellie, who is basically welcoming the storm. She’s all “COME AT ME, BRO! I’M READY!” Soooo I expect her to be even more conniving than we’re used to. Mellie ain’t gon take no prisoners in this storm. She’s gon be the one chasing it, if anything.

Two out of these three ain’t got no umbrellas, but they don’t look bothered by it at all.

Huck and David Scandal Storm

Now look at Huck and David. Both men are sans umbrella and exposed to this storm. Huck is rocking a hood and David is holding his coat closed. Neither one of them look too sure about this, which is so different from the ladies up top who don’t seem that affected.

Jake and Cyrus Scandal Storm

We know Jake is getting out the whole because he’s now a fulltime cast member so you KNOW he’s gonna be all tangled up in Olivia’s web and drama. And look at Cyrus Beene the based goon, who is holding an umbrella that’s the same color as Quinn’s trench. Might he be ordering some bloodshed, as opposed to Quinn being responsible for some with her own hands?  Maybe. We know not to trust Cy too much.

Now getchu a piece of Harrison.

Harrison Storm

The gooning gladiator in gingham has an umbrella but refuses to use it on some “NAH I DON’T NEED THIS!” That cocky bastard! I love he. Harrison is basically saying although he has the option for protection in the storm, he chooses to be in the open. We know he loves a good confrontation and if my Brolivia Pope theory is true, then we KNOW Harrison is gonna play a major part in season 3’s chaos.

And let’s get into Fitz and Olivia.

Fitz Storm Scandal

President Ghost is looking like someone stole his favorite teddy bear and ripped one eye off. Poor thing is looking all dejected and downtrodden. He has protection from the storm but he looks like that doesn’t matter. He lost his boo, Liv and him crawling back to Mellie probably broke his spirit. Woo woo woo, Fitz!


Olivia Storm Scandal

Olivia is in this storm with her umbrella and this HEAVEN WHITE COAT!!! Can we all just take a moment to give praises and pay #AMISH to this FIERCE white trench??? I mean YESSS! And the two panels are everything. Goodness.

Anyway, the storm surrounds Olivia and like always, she stays calm. Even though I’m not sure how with all the madness that’s surely about to happen.

I AM SO READY!!! I’ve spent FOUR whole months preparing for the return of my beloved Scandal and it’s almost here! You can tell I’m thirsty because I probably did too much reading into these pics. HA! I’m parched. I need waitorade. SOON COME, THOUGH! 15 days left!


So what do y’all take away from these stormy pics? Gladiators ROAR!


Related announcement: I’ll be hosting a SCANDAL watch party at the Blogalicious conference on premiere night (Thursday, October 3)! It’s in Atlanta, and right now it’s only open to conference attendees. After the episode goes off, I’ll be leading a debrief discussion. SUPER excited about it! I’m looking forward to watching the show with hundreds of other fans (but folks better be quiet when it’s on).

So yes. Good time. Follow me on Twitter (@Luvvie) because as always, I’ll be livetweeting the show!

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  1. September 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Firstly, let us just sigh in lust for how deliciously dangerous Huck looks in that hood with that little bit of vulnerability in the face. And that damb Harrison…lawd. So amped up for this season!

    • RavenJ
      September 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      YES to all of that!!!!!

    • pup
      September 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Yes, Father God, yes!!!! Huck & Harrison look good enough to put on a plate and sop up with a biscuit!!!

  2. Tip
    September 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I love this and I think I agree with all your “readings”. It’s like you’re a Scandal psychic reading these pics like some tarot cards.

    Anywho, I NEED to get into this viewing, but I’m not a blogger. Guessing I’ll be following your live tweets as always. I can’t wait, just two more weeks!

    • September 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      TWO MORE WEEKS! I see the promised land!

  3. Londee
    September 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I can tell you what it tells me: September is 30 days too long!

    • Mo to tha
      September 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news but its actually October 3. *Ducks for cover*

  4. Tip
    September 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

    On an unrelated note, when you gon write that Breaking Bad recap? I’m just asking. That last episode had my feeling in their feelings. Breaking Bad is holding me over until scandal starts back up.

    • Nichelle
      September 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

      YASSS! i’ve been checking back for BB recaps since last week LOL i need Luvvie’s take on it to help me thru!

    • September 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I’m SO behind on my Breaking Bad recap! I need to get it done because this last episode surely did slay me DEADT!

      • milaxx
        September 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        This last ep of Breaking Bad was not good for my blood pressure at ALL!

      • milaxx
        September 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        Skylar’s asking Walt “Where’s Hank!?” reminded me of D’Angelo asking Stringerbell “Where’s Wallace!?”

  5. JenniferG
    September 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Oh, I am swooning over Harrison and his “don’t mess with me” stare. Is there any significance to Harrison and Jake both having PLAID umbrellas?

    Olivia is her usual picture of cool calm in the midst of chaos with just a hint of a smile. And THAT TRENCH COAT!

    • Isitis
      September 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

      OMG! I was just going to mention that! Maybe I’m reading too much into it.. but is it an indication they will work together to help Olivia? Or maybe they are connected in some way we don’t know yet?

      • JenniferG
        September 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        I was thinking the same thing. They are working towards the same thing – protecting Olivia – but maybe not together? You could analyze these photos six ways to Sunday and not have an answer, but is it SO MUCH FUN.

        • Kwan
          September 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

          I as well was thinking the same thing They are def. connected in some way. Their methods in helping Olivia will greatly differ seeing as how Jake prefers to not get wet, or maybe he just wants his dad and his goons to think that.

          IDK about others but Quinn’s prediction I feel is spot on and Huck’s def. gonna feel guilty for turning her into a blood thirsty psycho.

  6. Scandalina
    September 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

    That look on Liv’s face; like she just knows we’re all hooked on her crack and we’ll KEEP coming back!

  7. nichole
    September 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I agree. These pics are just a hint of what’s to come.

    I believe we will see David be a little bit more cagey this season using some of the techniques he learned from OPA.

    The plaid umbrellas are different colors. We know Jake has always been curious about Henderson, I mean Harrison. Is Jake going to try to take Harrison’s place as Liv’s true protector? Plus Harrison’s umbrella is red so what does that say?

    Liv has that white trench but her umbrella is gray. It’s going to be some tough times ahead for Ms. Pope.

  8. nichole
    September 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Also, if you want a bit of “What’s Next,” USAToday has a bit of that for several shows.

    Y’all know Shonda Rhimes doesn’t allow too much to be shared but Jeff Perry, who plays Cyrus says “We’re going to see the unfold(ing) of the biggest crisis for both Pope and Associates and the White House. And fans will be surprised to see who ends up working together to do what they think is best on those respective sides of the aisle.”

    This is why I believe Jake and Harrison will either be working together or Jake will be jockeying for that confident place Harrison already holds.

  9. Milaxx
    September 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I’m doing the math and I think I may need to order me some oxygen. We have 2 more weeks of Breaking Bad and only 1 week to catch out breath from whatever madness Vince Gilligan drops on us, before Shonda comes along and knocks the wind back out.

  10. September 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I wonder if there is anything to the folks wearing color that isn’t red? Like Mellie (bless my Southern sisters soul) is wearing all black (and a fantastic statment piece of neckwear). But Huck is rocking that deep blue color under his hoodie. Abby and David are in all black — but my Jake (loved him since Grey’s) is in navy and bright white with the traditional green umbrella – not sure what navy could mean but he looks “lighter” than much of the rest of the cast. My spirit animal Cyrus is in grey…looking a touch wrinkled compared to the rest of the cast — could he be considering the lighter side of life?

    • Milaxx
      September 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      I think the navy blue could remind us that old Jake is a military guy. Navy blue suit taking the place of his dress blues. I also think Cy’s gray could be because he’s neither good guy white nor entirely bad guy black. He’s in between. He’s gray. That said, I think having Abby & David in all black doesn’t mean they are bad guys, but rather unifies them as a couple. Another unifying fact for these 2 is that neither have unmbrellas, but neither appear upset about it.

  11. Tip
    September 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Good catch JenniferG on the plaid umbrellas.

    Also why is Harrison the only gladiator kneeling?

    Maybe he will be demoted from his position as Olivia’s number one protector because Jake will take over his spot. Hmmmm….

    • September 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Harrison’s pose reminded me of when a veteran cop gets down to examine a crime scene closely. To me his posture is “this is messy but we’ll get to the bottom of it.”

  12. PurpleDove
    September 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Huck wins this photo shoot hands down! And Kerry/Liv is wearing that white trench coat. And like you said, Fitz looks so forlorn. Mellie is looking like Diana Ross’ “I’m comin’ out! I want the world to know! Got to let it show!” I guess she’s going for hers now that Fits is back in her lap again! LOL!

    Looking forward to the new season and I’m glad I have time to get my affairs in order for Oct. 3.

  13. mochazina
    September 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

    nah, i pretty much got the same vibes from all the pics! i’m excited about this season premiere. 🙂

  14. msdrema
    September 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Where is Cyrus’s husband?(Can never remember his name)

    • milaxx
      September 19, 2013 at 1:20 am

      James. I think he doesn’t get a picture because he’s a reoccurring character and not a full time cast member.

  15. jcanwisegrrl
    September 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Methinks you’re spot on with the colour analysis, Luvvie. I noticed madam Quinn’s red trench and too-serene smile from the get go. I did a little praise dance when CoYUMbus dropped Harrison’s pic. Lol! I love Abby’s pic though. I also think she’s hiding a gun under that trench, cuz you know she’s crazy.

    You know what else I think? Daddy Goon is gonna release Jake from the hole and force #Pake to make their ‘relationship’ public in order to deflect attention from Fitzgate. Like, ‘An affair with the President?! Nawl. I have a boyfriend. President Grant set us up a few months ago (pointed stare into the camera just for Fitz).’ That’s what’s gonna get Jake a conditional release. I, for one (maybe the only one) am here for #Pake or #Olake or whatever their ship name is. ¡Viva Jake!

    And lawd help when Huck finds out that Liv his saviour and Rowan the devil are related! I cannot WAIT for this storm!!! *opens arms like Mellie* COME AT ME DRAMA!!!!

  16. September 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

    YES! I can’t wait for our #Scandalicious Watch Party 😉

  17. SanTara
    September 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

    It took a storm for Huck to get a shower so let us all be thankful for his cleanliness. Amint!

    Harrison and his “get low” stance is EVERY mah fuggin thing!!! You hear me! When a bad storm hits they tell you to get low and take cover. You see that? He is not about to shield himself with the umbrella. No distractions, this dude sees everything concerning Liv. Now, I am inclined to raise my brow on the fact this his umbrella is red. Plaid like Jakes which can mean “it’s complicated, not as straight forward as things should be”

    Cy and Quinn with the red. *sigh* Both are quite rebellious and wouldn’t it be a great twist if she were his Huck. Cy lives to be the boss and creating his own kind of B613 is not out of character for him. Just a thought.

    David better clutch more than that coat because Abby is giving Sexy Red all over the screen. Her three fingers are ready! There’s a storm brewing and she is like “wanna peek?”. Girl!

    Mel is welcoming this storm like Julia on the hill in The Sound Of Music. Po thang Who wants to tell her that her hills aint alive in the white house? Fitz’s Doremifasolatido is only for Liv. His umbrella and life are misty blue. However, let us not dismiss the message from her SHIRT. Are those roses,As in everything is coming up roses? *shots fired* Whaaaaaat?

    ANd Liv, Liv, Liv!! She is the hot air(you know kicked up from all that hot passion) which caused this storm but yet she comes out in her Nun-esque coat with a smirk on her face like “this storm can’t see me; I can make a call and walk on all of this water.” NOTHING about her facial expression says that she is the least bit worried about the effects of this storm.

    Luvvie, you got me flipping out! *shakes fist at you* I’m SO ready
    for October 3rd.

    Oh, and before I hit submit..
    Did you notice how Huck and Harrison are wearing blue and Jake and Fitz have blue umbrellas. Jake’s is plaid can represent complicated or confusion,no?. These men have the sads Luvvie. Why?

    Ok I’m not done but i’m done. lol

    • Erin
      September 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Mel is welcoming this storm like Julia on the hill in The Sound Of Music. Po thang Who wants to tell her that her hills aint alive in the white house? Fitz’s Doremifasolatido is only for Liv.

      This right here is why I’m writing this comment from the afterlife.

  18. Buttascotch
    September 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Is is me or does Olivia Pope look like she has a bun in the oven? I wonder how that will play into the show this season?

    • September 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      It’s just you, girl. lol

    • milaxx
      September 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Rumour has it that Kerry may be pregnant in real life, however, I doubt that would be written into the storyline for Olivia.

      • September 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm


        • milaxx
          September 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm

          Yes. She’s the guest judge for the finale of Project Runway. Bloggers Tom & Lorenzo were there and posted about it.

          “It’s not quite reading in these pictures, but to everyone sitting in that tent, who mostly only saw her from the side, there was a murmur of whispers as she walked out. We must’ve heard “… pregnant?” 20 times in about 5 seconds echoing across our section. And hey, maybe she is. But that dress gathers thickly, all at the front, right at her belly. The silhouette from the side is just plain odd.”

          I remember reading speculation regarding a possible pregnancy when she quietly went off and got married over the summer. I paid it no mind since I had heard that she prefers to keep her private life private and didn’t pay it any mind at the time.

          Bottom line is, she may be. Either way we’ll know in a matter of months. I will say I have noticed that everything she wears lately seems to have ruffles of gathering in the front.

      • Buttascotch
        September 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        yaaaaaaas that’s what I heard too.. they SHOULD include it in the show…man the drama of bearing the President Ghost’s child from their steamy love scene in the data center closet.. I cant even begin to wait for the season to fire up!

        • September 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

          OMG YESSSSSSS even if she’s not expecting we should strap a belly on her and let er rip!

  19. colah
    September 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    shouldn’t Huck be rocking back and forth in the corner? Okay that was way harsh lol

  20. Jabari
    September 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Lemme just say YAAAAAAASSSSSSS for that whole entire shoot!!!!! *leyomi drop for justice*…. My favorites were Abby and Mellie… Liv gives without trying but I believe she coulda came slayed all dese heauxs……

  21. September 19, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Luvvie, please livetweet during the debrief convo as well!! Yours is the only blog that makes me LOL and talk to the screen like I’m at the movies by mydoggoneself. Aw, hell… sorry, a little drool from that Harrison pic just dripped on my keyboard. Damn. I gotta go– need to clean this up. Love to love you Luvvie!

  22. Chiquita
    September 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Luvvie! I can’t make it to the conference because I have a full time job and no legitimate reason (other than my stalking of you) to actually register for the conference. But I’m in the A.T.L and I want to attend the watch party! And I want to meet my favorite blogger! I heart you boo! If the powers that be decide to open up the watch party to awesomelyluvvie fans, contact me please!

  23. rikyrah
    September 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    good observations about Baby Huck and Mellie

    I still love Mellie’s crazy ass….

    and, Harrison..Harrison…Harrison..

    I’m close to making that my screensaves..LOL

    Luvvie, please write more Scandal Posts…

    I don’t care the substance…I just want Luvvie and Scandal-related posts

  24. Tyler
    September 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    OMG this all means we’re going to have so much more drama this season! May be Olivia will stop being a side chick after all? lol

    I caught up on all of season 1 on Netflix but season 2 on
    So now all I’m waiting for is Oct 3rd Season 3!!1

  25. September 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Alla y’all hit every #COTDAMB nail on the head! Although for the most part, Abbie and Mellie are without umbrellas because their edges are not vulnerable to moisture.

    BTW Luvvie, you do know that hosting the watching party puts you one step closer to being the official blog of Scandal!!!!!

  26. nichole
    September 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I’m watching the episode where Liv tell Huck about Fitz wanting to leave Mellie and make Liv his first lady.

    Have we ever thought that maybe it was Huck who contacted Rowan?

    • Brandihorse83
      September 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      OMG!!! I never thought of that!!