Jake Ballard's future -- not to mention his life -- seemed up in the air when he was dumped into the B613 dark hole for not following orders in the Season 2 finale.
But he'll be sticking around for sure, as Scott Foley is now a series regular for Scandal Season 3.
First shown in Season 2, Foley was a recurring guest star. His character, Jake, was first introduced as a love interest for Olivia, but of course it's not that simple. He has ties with President Grant, as they served overseas together, and ultimately, we find out he's part of the super secret CIA group of assassins, B613.
In the finale
, he pretty much gave up his life to reveal his true identity to Olivia. But because he didn't carry out his mission to kill her, he has to pay.
While the move is a good one because we love Scott Foley, it's intriguing to see where his character goes moving forward. Being stuck in a hole, where he's in there to forget who he is and what he did, didn't seem to bode well for his future when it happened. I had pretty much written off his character altogether, maybe thinking he'll pop up a few times to show he's still alive in the dungeon.
With this announcement, maybe he'll either find a way out or maybe he'll primarily be shown in flashbacks.
"I'm thrilled to join such a talented, enthusiastic and professional group of people," Foley said in a statement. "Shonda and company have created a troupe of layered, complex characters and to be able to be part of that is both exciting and humbling."
Foley can be seen currently in FOX's The Goodwin Games. It wasn't likely the show was going to get picked up for another season, and this move pretty guarantees that.
In other news for Season 3, the show won't be seeing much of a time jump after viewers were left shocked when Olivia addressed her father, the Mystery Man. The Hollywood Reporter reported
that Season 3 will likely pick up about a half-hour later. From Season 1 to 2, there had been quite a time jump, but it also didn't end with this big of a cliffhanger.
Scandal returns to ABC on Thursdays in the fall.
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