That's because it was reported on Monday that Olivia Pope's second baby just got the ABC drama's episode order cut by six episodes for next year!
Apparently, Disney doesn't want to risk any issues with filming, so Season Six will feature 16 hour-long episodes, as opposed to the usual 22.
While this isn't the best news for fans, Gladiators are used to this kind of treatment — Kerry's first pregnancy in 2013 saw Season Three shrink from 22 episodes to just 18.
However, this shorter season may actually be a blessing in disguise, because we're hearing ABC may choose to air all 16 episodes without interruption in Spring 2017… meaning no lengthy mid-season hiatus over the Holidays!
Make sure to catch Scandal every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST to see how Shonda Rhymes writes in Kerry's pregnancy!
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