The season four premiere of ‘Scandal’ featured the Gladiators saying goodbye to one of their own. Harrison was killed off in the season three finale, and the show gave the dedicated Gladiator a proper send-off.
While most of us knew that Harrison wouldn’t be returning in the Sept. 25 premiere of Scandal, it didn’t lessen the hurt of not seeing Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) most fierce Gladiator on our TV screens. Despite the Gladiators being further apart than ever, they came together to honor their fallen comrade, and it was a great way to honor his character.
‘Scandal’: Harrison’s Death United The Gladiators
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I assumed Harrison (Columbus Short) would be getting killed off in the season opener, but I didn’t know how the show would handle his exit. Would they sweep it under the rug? Scandal moves at a very fast pace, it’s kind of hard to slow things down.
Olivia (or Julia Baker) got word of Harrison’s death while on a remote island with Jake (Scott Foley). She’d been living in paradise for months, and allowed her Gladiators to become broken again. Harrison’s death was what snapped Olivia back to reality and into fixing mode.
There wasn’t much else that could have brought Olivia back to Washington so quickly. When she returned, she found Abby (Darby Stanchfield), Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Quinn (Katie Lowes) all leading completely different lives and Olivia Pope & Associates completely disbanded.
Despite their initial reaction to Olivia, Harrison brought the Gladiators back together. Huck, Abby and Quinn all attended the funeral to mourn Harrison. This is exactly how he would have wanted it.
“He didn’t have people,” Olivia said. “Just us.” Cue all of my tears.
“Are we Gladiators, or are we bitches?” Harrison said back in season three. (Best line ever?) Harrison would want Olivia, Huck, Abby and Quinn to stop moping and get back to being the kickass, problem-solving team we know and love.
Regardless of what happened offscreen, Harrison was an integral character to the series, and he will be missed. I have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear of Harrison. After all, Olivia’s dad (Joe Morton) was the one who ordered him to be killed. Olivia is going to be furious when she finds out.
I, for one, can’t wait to see it all go down.
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— Avery Thompson