The Final Season Of 'Scandal' Has Been Announced — Here's How We're ALL Feeling

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So melancholy ...

Rumor has it that Season 7,the upcoming season, will be the last of one of ABC's Shonda Rhimes' fan-favorite dramas — Scandal.

The official confirmation is said to be scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, and the network's decision to end it came after Rhimes announced her intentions to end it, according to TV Line.

This might not come as much of a shock to those who've been following Scandal or Shonda, as she has hinted in the past that the show would conclude sooner than her other hit series, Grey's Anatomy (well into its 13th season).

Back in 2013, Rhimes spoke to NPR about the show:

“It is very political. The political landscape on the outside, in the real world, will change possibly before ‘Scandal’ is over. But I feel like there is a finite amount of ‘Scandal’ to be told. So I know what the end of ‘Scandal’ will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that… I know how long I think it will be. But we’ll see.” 

And an ABC exec confirmed this theory —  not that we needed confirmation.

Aside from agreeing that there's only so much you can do with a show so politically prompted, we can all agree that the show has run its course. And it feels like it's time for the show to wrap up while there's still a bit of excitement about it.

Because of this realization, Season 6 (the current season) has by far been the most difficult to watch. 

Perhaps that was intentional, as Rhimes might have wanted to start parsing out the closure any real fan will want when she hits us with a cliffhanger ending the way she loves to do. And honestly, fans of Scandal will greatly appreciate this, because there's nothing worse than giving several years of your life and time to a show and never receiving a real, proper goodbye that wraps it up for you.

This doesn't mean we won't be heartbroken to see it go, though.

Here are eight Shondaland gifs that will perfectly sum up our reaction once we reach the final season next fall, especially because we all know Shonda's going to have the most jaw-dropping craziness happening during the final season. Ugh.

At first, we'll all be in disbelief that it's really happening, despite having a whole summer and some change to prepare.

Eventually, that disbelief will fade and reassemble as sadness or a slight depression because what are we going to do without Fitz worming his way back into Olivia's heart (through her panties).

Which will force us to drink the sorrow away ... "Olivia Pope" style.

And more drinking because again, it's the only way to numb the pain.

Until we finally start to accept, so we just need a moment alone to process. 

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And eventually, we'll realize what you knew along — this was so necessary and finally let go.

Although we won't celebrate, we will come to a happy place that allows us to reminisce on all the shows, hot men (really just Jake), and ... scandal.