Consider it handled! With all the speculation surrounding Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, it was only a matter of time before ABC made a decision regarding the rest of season 3 of “Scandal.”

The network has opted to cut four episodes from the show’s current run, leaving the third season with a total of 18 episodes, according to TVLine.

The network did not give a reason for the trimmed order, but with Washington reportedly due in the spring, the writing was on the wall.

Sources tell TVLine that having “Olivia out of the show for an extended period of time was not an option.”

Washington married her boyfriend, Nnamdi Asomugha, in secret earlier this year, and the pregnancy was rumored not long after.

After next Thursday’s mid-season finale, the show will return with 8 more episodes beginning on Thursday, February 27.

Are you sad about the shortened order or do you think the season’s final episodes will now be crazier than ever?

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