There’s good news and bad news for “Scandal” fans who are Team Jake Ballard (Scott Foley). The good news being that Jake Ballard miraculously survived a brutal stabbing on the April 16 episode. The bad news is his survival doesn’t necessarily mean Ballard is safe forever.
Foley stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday (May 11) where he opened up about the near death experience and the cryptic remark he got from showrunner Shonda Rhimes about his character’s future.
“The table read was fine because it just said, at the end it said, ‘Jake gets stabbed.’ And it was just one stab,” Foley says of how he initially found out what was happening with Ballard. “I thought like Jake can come back from one stab that’s not a big deal.”
However, when Foley went to shoot the scene, it took a turn he wasn’t expecting.
“Then we shot it and I got stabbed once and then the next day we got new pages that we had to re-shoot the ending of this thing,” he says. “We were shooting it and this guy just kept stabbing me over and over and I just felt like someone’s gonna tell him to stop right? And they didn’t tell him to stop. And they kept it like that. There’s blood everywhere.”
Fans who were certain Ballard couldn’t — and wouldn’t — survive the stab wounds were not alone.
“I wrote Shonda an email and I was like, ‘Hey, so I know because you’ve killed people off before that you usually have a discussion with them prior to killing them off. Do we need to have a discussion?'” Foley says. “‘She wrote back, ‘No it looks like you’re fine … for now!’ And I thought, well that’s not great.”
“Scandal’s” Season 4 finale airs Thursday, May 14 on ABC.