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"Scandal" Returns, But Stars Remain Tight-Lipped on New Season

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Scandal fans, rejoice! After waiting several weeks, the show returns with the second half of its third season Thursday night on ABC.

Bellamy Young, who plays first lady Mellie Grant on the series, said she can't even believe what's happening on the series, and is surprised on where creator Shonda Rhimes and the writers are taking the show.

"Every single table read has been absolutely jaw-dropping," Young tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, we've had to just sort of like sit still and hold our heads in our hands and like collect ourselves. I can't even leave the table after the table reads. These back nine are insane!"

Scandal is set to pick up after Vice President Sally Langston, played by Kate Burton, killed her husband after discovering he was gay. Thursday night's episode, entitled “Ride, Sally, Ride,” will deal with the aftermath of her fatal stabbing.

"Is she gonna leave our administration? She's gonna run on her own against Fitzgerald Grant [played by Tony Goldwyn] for, you know, to be the President of the United States, which is just evil, horrible, sinister, so...mayhem!" Young says. "We jump right in on mayhem and Mellie is just trying to lock it all down, get it under control."

Joe Morton, who portrays Olivia Pope's father Rowan Pope on Scandal, remained mum on what his character is doing in part two of season three. Last season, Morton's character was ousted as the head of secret U.S. spy agency, B613. Now, he has to answer to Jake Ballard, played by Scott Foley, who has taken over the position.

When asked earlier this year at the Television Critics Association winter press tour what's next for his character, Morton told ABC News Radio: "I can't tell you."

However, Morton did share that the show will continue to keep viewers hooked. He added, "[I]t sort of supports exactly what Shonda Rhimes has been doing I think for a long time, this ability to write some wonderful, wonderful television; keep it not only poignant but keep it entertaining."

Young can sympathize with waiting Scandal fans, and tells ABC News Radio she knows the wait has been tough. Still, she’s personally okay with it, because she prefers not to binge on shows.

"I like anticipation. I like looking forward to it," she says. "Like, if it's over too soon...I can't pace myself is what I'm saying. So it's good structure for me; I like it."

Scandal returns to ABC Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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