The last we saw Quinn (Katie Lowes) on Scandal, she was about to do the unthinkable: get some secrets out of Olivia (Kerry Washington)! But then the story diverged into a flashback and we lost the thread a little bit. Did Olivia really answer Quinn’s questions? Did she do so completely truthfully? And is Quinn looking at her boss any differently now? We caught up with Lowes on the Scandal set in Los Angeles earlier this month to find out what’s to come for Quinn in the next chunk of season two.
“It’s definitely not finished for Quinn, yet,” Lowes said about the conspiracy.
“You will definitely see, again, flashbacks into Quinn’s life—into Lindsay Dwyer—coming up. She will definitely get a lot more answers. I think Quinn really knows that she is at the center; something happened and that courtroom and getting off and all of it is connected to Oliva, to Hollis, to the President. Everything is connected, and I think she’s really digging for herself personally. I know she’s really looking for some closure. She will get to the bottom of it!”
In these flashbacks, we will see Lindsay’s doomed boyfriend Jesse, as well, getting to know their relationship and just what goes wrong enough that people realistically believe she could have blown up a building just to kill him. Jesse is being played by Lowes’ real life husband, Adam Shapiro.
“How great? How fun for our family! We were trying to keep it this huge secret from our family, because they all watch it in real time, but then it came out. They’re so freaking excited! He’s really good! I hope you guys like it,” Lowes said.
She wasn’t sure how much of Jesse’s demise would end up in the final to-air edit of the episode, though, only revealing: “There are flashbacks to them together. Lindsay Dwyer and Jesse Tyler. It rhymes! They’re a match made in doom. Quinn is like a black widow spider. She kills all of her boyfriends.”
Probably needless to say, Quinn doesn’t have time in the present day Scandal storyline to have any semblance of a personal life, what with the intense hours she keeps and the extracurricular of digging into the truth about Cytron.
“I think now especially that she’s realized she has no friends, no family, no life outside of Olivia Pope, she doesn’t have an identity outside of Olivia Pope; this is what she eats, breathes, and sleeps,” Lowes said, noting that gives those office moments a ton of extra weight, like a “pressure cooker.”
“Quinn in present time is so tortured and is trying to dig and get to the bottom and get this information and figure out why her life is the way it is [but] in the past, she was just a regular kid, in law school, dating a dude, with dreams. I look so fondly back on that time in my life when you first got an agent and you were in your mid-twenties and the world was your oyster.”
Lowes shared that getting to know Lindsay in this new flashback episode really is like getting to know a separate character from who Quinn is today:
“She’s light and fun, and she can do anything! And then it all falls apart and she gets a needle to the neck!” Lowes laughed.
But then she’s reborn as Quinn, so something good came out of it. At least for the audience who got to know her through and thanks to Olivia Pope & Associates.
Scandal airs on ABC on Thursday nights at 10 p.m.
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