The best moment of the finale comes in the episode’s last few minutes: a sequence of two young girls walking through the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and lingering in front of a newly hung painting. Eventually, the camera reveals that they are awestruck by the image of none other than our heroine, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), enshrined forever among presidents, first ladies, and other notable government gladiators. It’s a moment that echoes a famous photo snapped last month of a little girl gazing in awe at a portrait of former FLOTUS Michelle Obama that is displayed in the gallery.

I think about the older child in the scene — played by Shonda’s daughter, Harper — her face is what we’ve been trying to do: show that representation matters. Everybody needs to see themselves on TV and know that their full potential is their full possibility, and there it is on the wall for all to see. Look at the bracelet Olivia is wearing, the “We the People” on the side. The choice of clothing that Olivia is wearing, the style of her hair … it’s all critical and so beautiful.” - Bellamy Young


Why are you here?! Because you are here! Because I love you! You are here right where you need to be. You are running the world. I ran the world too. And everything that went wrong happened when we weren’t together. Everything. Without you..


You’re a boy. You’ve been coddled and cared for, pampered and hugged. For you, it’s always summertime; living is easy. Daddy’s rich, momma’s good looking, you’re a Grant! You got money in your blood. You are a boy. I’m a man.