Scandal's original ending revealed

If you never thought you’d see the day that President Mellie Grant would be running the country, you’re not alone.

During a visit to The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday, Bellamy Young confirmed that Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes originally intended for the series to end with Mellie being sworn in as POTUS, which happened at the end of Season 6.

Young recalled, “We asked her at the beginning of the year. We went out to dinner and asked, ‘Is it ending like you always thought it would, or has anything changed?’ And she said that, no, it was going to end at the inauguration, so we got an extra year. It feels like such a gift from heaven.”

This firms up a notion Young first shared with TVLine last month, speculating that the series “was supposed to end with Fitz leaving office, but then the world changed, and I think [Rhimes] realized she has a few more things to say about racial injustice and gender politics and the state of our world as it is.”

Of course, Mellie’s presidency is just the latest in a long line of Scandal-ous surprises for Young, whose character had only “two lines in the pilot” back in 2012.

“I was supposed to be there maybe three episodes,” she recalled. “Shonda knew she wanted to write a presidential divorce, but then she realized that Mellie was a good lever between Olivia and Fitz.”

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 27: Bellamy Young visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Bellamy Young arrives at ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actresses Bellamy Young (L) and Darby Stanchfield attend Sunday Matinee of 'Turn Me Loose' at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 15, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Wireimage for Fashion Media )
SCANDAL - Adventures in Babysitting - Olivia and Mellie assert their power like never before; meanwhile, Cyrus is working on congressional approval to declare war in Bashran, and QPA is keeping close watch on President Rashads niece, on Scandal, airing THURSDAY, NOV. 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actresses Bellamy Young (L) and Kerry Washington arrive at the 6th Annual Women Making History Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Bellamy Young attends the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 26: Bellamy Young attends 'In The Cosmos' Where We Come From, Where We Are, And Where We Are Going' at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on August 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
SCANDAL - 'Pressing the Flesh' - President Mellie Grant hosts a state dinner for President Rashad of Bashran in a first step toward peace in the Middle East, and in case Mellie's charm alone doesn't work, Olivia secretly puts Jake to work so that they are armed with a back-up plan. Meanwhile, the team at Quinn Perkins & Associates attends the party in hopes to gain more high-profile clientele, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG, FARAN TAHIR
US actress and producer Bellamy Young poses during the 2017 Summer TCA Tour Disney ABC Television Group at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on August 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIBRINA HOBSON (Photo credit should read TIBRINA HOBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Watch Me' - One hundred days into Mellie's presidency, Olivia Pope is proving she can run the world; but to avoid an international incident, she may have to make her toughest call yet. Meanwhile, Quinn Perkins & Associates struggle to find their first client, on the highly-anticipated season premiere of 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actress Bellamy Young attends Max Mara and Vanity Fair's celebration of Women In Film's Face of the Future Award recipient, Zoey Deutch at Chateau Marmont on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: (L-R) Bellamy Young, Kate Burton and Katie Lowes (co-stars on the TV show 'Scandal') pose at the Midnight Matinee (12am performance) of the hit play 'A Dolls House, Part 2'' on Broadway at The Golden Theatre on May 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Actress Bellamy Young attends The Paley Center For Media Presents: The Ultimate 'Scandal' Watch Party at The Paley Center for Media on May 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Bellamy Young attends the 2017 ABC Upfront event on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actress Bellamy Young visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Transfer of Power' - In the final days of his presidency, Fitz uses his power to make some unexpected changes, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) TONY GOLDWYN, BELLAMY YOUNG
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 22: Actress Bellamy Young attends Humane Society of The United States' annual To The Rescue! Los Angeles benefit at Paramount Studios on April 22, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: Actress Bellamy Young attends ABC's 'Scandal' 100th episode celebration at Fig & Olive on April 8, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 26: Actress Bellamy Young attends the 'Scandal' event at the Paley Center for Media's 34th annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Bellamy Young arrives at the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Actress Bellamy Young enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on January 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 10: Bellamy Young attends the red carpet for ' Shondaland ' on December 10 , 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Camilla Morandi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Bellamy Young appears to promote 'Test.Talk. Take Action' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Host Bellamy Young attends the Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards presented by Los Angeles Confidential Magazine at Exchange LA on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for LA Confidential)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Bellamy Young arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Bellamy Young attends the Jen Klein Day of Indulgence 2016 on August 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Bellamy Young attends the Television Academy's 70th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: Bellamy Young attends the 37th College Television Awards at Skirball Cultural Center on May 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Bellamy Young continues her partnership with Pernix Therapeutics for a second year to share her personal experience with migraines, on May 3, 2016 in New York City. Young is encouraging other sufferers to get the help and support they need to take control of their migraines. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for TREXIMET)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Actress Bellamy Young attends the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Actress Bellamy Young attends as Jaguar Land Rover sponsor Capitol File's White House Correspondents' Dinner Party on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Actors Bellamy Young (L) and Jeff Perry attend the Smithsonian Associates's 'Scandal-ous!' discussion with the cast and executive producers of ABC's 'Scandal' at the University of District of Columbia Theater of the Arts on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Actress Bellamy Young speaks at the Trust for the National Mall's Ninth Annual Benefit Luncheon in West Potomac Park on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Bellamy Young -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Bellamy Young (R) visits ''Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy' at SiriusXM Studio on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Conrad Ricamora (on Shonda Rhimes 'How To Get Away With Murder') and Bellamy Young (on Shonda Rhimes 'Scandal') pose at The Opening Night Celebration for 'Fully Committed' on Broadway at The Eventi Hotel on April 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
SCANDAL - 'That's My Girl' - As each presidential candidate gets ready to announce their running mate, Olivia finds herself in a potentially dire situation. Meanwhile, Cyrus is presented with damaging information that could alter the presidential race entirely, on the season finale of 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: Bellamy Young attends a dinner celebrating Kerry Washington hosted by ELLE, Editor-In-Chief, Robbie Myers and Movado, Chairman & CEO, Efraim Grinberg at A.O.C. on April 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ELLE)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 31: Actress Bellamy Young attends the Los Angeles premiere of HBO Films' 'Confirmation' at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Actresses Bellamy Young (L) and Kerry Washington attend The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2016 Honoring 'Scandal' at The Dolby Theater on March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Paley Center)
SCANDAL - 'Thwack!' - The election is in full swing, which means everyone is doing their best to take down their opponents, but when a potential leak threatens several candidates, they have to work together to keep their secrets safe. Boundaries are pushed and lines are crossed as we find out just how far some people are willing to go to protect themselves, on a shocking-new 'Scandal,' THURSDAY APRIL 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Bellamy Young attends the 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'The Miseducation of Susan Ross' - Following the first Republican debate, Olivia is presented with damaging information about an opponent and enlists the Gladiators to verify its authenticity. Meanwhile, David deals with fallout from his dating life, and Cyrus continues to work on his own political agenda, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via via Getty Images)BELLAMY YOUNG
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Lara Spencer takes viewers behind-the-scenes and visits the cast of 'Scandal,' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 2/11/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. #ScandalonGMA (Photo by Scott Everett White/ABC via Getty Images) GUILLERMO DIAZ, KATIE LOWES, BELLAMY YOUNG
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Bellamy Young arrives at Entertainment Weekly's celebration honoring the 2016 SAG Awards nominees held at Chateau Marmont on January 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress Bellamy Young attends HBO's Post Golden Globes Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Bellamy Young arrives at the 2016 Winter TCA Tour - Disney/ABC at Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Tony Goldwyn and Bellamy Young of ABC Networks Scandal pose in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2016 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Bellamy Young attends Art of Elysium's 9th annual Heaven Gala at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Bellamy Young attends the 93rd Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at The Ellipse on December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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She added, “There are a lot of lady presidents on TV right now, but I feel very lucky to be a part of that wave. … I know how much it meant to me to see Dennis Haysbert every week get to be president [on 24], and I feel like it means that much to me to see all these fabulous ladies get to be president on TV.”

As for the mood on set, Young admitted, “We cry a lot. Every table read is so emotional. Every time we wrap an actor or a set, it’s like death by 1,000 goodbyes. It really is a family of love.”

 

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