Stephen’s surprise return on ‘Scandal’ was everything. I finally realized how much I missed that dreamboat. Here are 5 reasons why Stephen should return to Washington for good.
I’ve been a Gladiator since day one of Scandal, so seeing Stephen (Henry Ian Cusick) back on my TV screen for the first in three seasons had me freaking out in the best way. Stephen saving Olivia (Kerry Washington) was the best way to bring back such a fan favorite. Since Stephen remains one of my favorite Scandal characters, I’ve come up with 5 solid reasons why the original OPA member should eventually take back his rightful place on the show.
Stephen’s Return On ‘Scandal’: 5 Reasons Why He Should Come Back For Good
1. The Gladiators need him
Since Harrison (Columbus Short) was killed off and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) left for the White House, there’s been a void at OPA. Yes, we really missed Stephen when he left the show in season one, but the whole Defiance scandal sort of overshadowed his departure in season two.
As of now, there’s only Olivia, Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Quinn (Katie Lowes) left at OPA. I feel like Jake’s (Scott Foley) an honorary member at this point, but there’s no denying that bringing Stephen back for good would give the Gladiators that extra boost of confidence they need right now.
2. He’s Olivia’s “person”
Yep, I’m going all Grey’s Anatomy on us here. Back in season one, Stephen was the person that Olivia called when she needed someone. When she thought Amanda Tanner was pregnant with Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) baby, his face was the one she wanted to see. He was the only one that could calm her down and was her voice of reason. Stephen knew all of her secrets, and she trusted him wholeheartedly. Olivia hasn’t been that way with anyone since.
3. Jake and Stephen bromance
If you think about it, this could be the bromance of our dreams. Stephen and Jake could end up on a Joey/Chandler, Castiel/Dean and Damon/Alaric level.
4. He’s dreamy
Don’t tell me that you hadn’t missed that swoonworthy British accent. Olivia’s right-hand man always remained calm, cool and collected. He was a total womanizer but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
5. Stephen and Abby reunion
Speaking of womanizer, we could finally explore Stephen and Abby’s incredible sexual chemistry! We were on that will-they-or-won’t-they train for all of season one and hoped they’d kiss in season two. Yes, I think Abby and David (Josh Malina) make a good couple, but Stephen and Abby together would be amazing.
Plus, let’s not forget that Abby was the one that called up Stephen to save Olivia.
I’m about to burst my bubble here. Henry still has a role on CW’s The 100. However, anything can happen in TV!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Stephen should return to Scandal for good? Let me know!
— Avery Thompson