Et's Nischelle Turner spoke with the showrunner as she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, where she reflected on her career and seven seasons of Scandal.
"I always said, 'I'm going to take over the world through television,' and that sounded fun, but I thought I was just going to be writing shows and enjoying myself and hopefully somebody would watch them," Rhimes confessed. "I don't think I ever dreamed of this."
"I feel so lucky that I've gotten to work with so many amazing people and that we form such great bonds that have lasted so long," she added, before dishing on Scandal's final episodes -- and whether Olivia Pope can come back from the dark side that is B613.
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