Shonda Rhimes posted on twitter on May 8, 2015 that ABC ordered a fifth season of Scandal.  The season premiered on September 24, 2015 and ended on May 12, 2016. It was broadcast on Thursday nights at 9|8c on ABC.
- 1 About
- 2 Season News
- 3 Season Overview
- 4 Cast
- 5 Episodes
- 6 Cast Promotional Photos
- 7 Promotional Photos
- 8 Behind the Scenes
- 9 DVD
- 10 2015 Shondaland EW & Essence Cover Issues
- 11 Social Media Marketing
- 12 Cast Behind the Scenes Photos
- 13 Crew Behind the Scenes Photos
- 14 Trailers
- 15 External Links
- 16 References
The season continues the story of Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House in Washington D.C. Season five has eleven series regulars, all returning from the previous season, out of which eight are part of the original cast of ten regulars from the first season and two new regulars were added.
- Portia de Rossi returned to season five as a series regular.  
- Cornelius Smith Jr. also returned as a series regular in Season 5 
- The first table read of Season 5 took place on July 14, 2015. 
- The Scandal crew went back to work on Monday July 6, 2015 to prepared for the first episode of Season 5.
- The filming for season five started on July 16, 2015.
- Mia Maestro and Ricardo Antonio Chavira joined Scandal in recurring roles for Season 5.
- The Scandal Season Five DVD was released on August 23, 2016 (Region 1) and November 23, 2016 (Region 2).
Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant now embrace being a couple, going public with their relationship, thus leading to Olivia taking on many more of the First Lady-established roles in the White House. She continues managing Olivia Pope & Associates, which Marcus Walker becomes a part of, even using it to spin her image once the world looks down on her due to her new relationship with the President. However, by the midpoint of the season she feels too suffocated in this new life, and so she leaves Fitz, the White House, and secretly has an abortion. Olivia returns to her old life, dealing with the aftermath of her and Fitz's break up, and Rowan gets out of jail and reclaims Jake Ballard as his lapdog, while Fitz starts sleeping around and is put in his place by Abby. Meanwhile, Cyrus and Mellie are forced to move on with their lives now that Fitz has kicked them out, Cyrus Beene struggling to figure out what he wishes to do next, and Mellie running for and being elected as a senator, being her next step in making a run for the presidency, which is the main focal point of the second half of the season.
Mellie makes a run for the presidency and takes Olivia on as her campaign manager, having to go against the likes of current Vice President Susan Ross (Artemis Pebdani), Hollis Doyle, and Pennsylvania Governor Francisco Vargas, the latter of which has his campaign managed by Cyrus. David Rosen and Elizabeth North push for Susan's presidential run, and David begins to fall for her while also entering into a sexual relationship with Liz, ending in heartbreak for two of the three parties involved. Quinn Perkins and Charlie begin seeing each other, and Cyrus also has marital problems with Michael (Matthew Del Negro). Jake marries Vanessa Moss as per Rowan's arrangement, and also kills her father, also upon Rowan's request. Olivia brutally murders former Vice President Andrew Nichols when he starts to recover from his paralysis and threatens to expose a great number of secrets, Fitz learns of her secret abortion, and the season concludes with Mellie and Frankie named as the respective Republican and Democratic nominees, with Jake and Cyrus selected as their respective VPs.
Season Recurring Cast
Cast Promotional Photos
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Behind the Scenes
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The Scandal Season Five DVD was released in region one on August 23, 2016 and then released in region two on October 23, 2016. To celebrate the release of 'Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season' on DVD, TV Line released an exclusive first look at the laugh-packed blooper reel.
2015 Shondaland EW & Essence Cover Issues
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- Main article: 2015 Shondaland Essence Magazine Cover Issue
On the afternoon of September 2, 2015 Shonda Rhimes, The casts of Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder gathered in the month of August for an exclusive photo and cover shoot with Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and Essence Magazine, in New York.
Social Media Marketing
- Main article: Scandal on Social Media
Social Media is one of the main reasons Scandal is so successful.
Cast Behind the Scenes Photos
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The cast and crew of Scandal often post selfies with other cast members, behind the scenes pictures and episode sneak peeks.
Crew Behind the Scenes Photos
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- Kerry Washington: Where 'Scandal' Season 5 Picks Up - Access Hollywood
- Scandal Cast Season 5 Q&A - Scandal on ABC
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