We still have our jaws on the ground after the intense Season 3 finale of “Scandal.” As promised, the ABC drama delivered a shocking death – and now fan theories are putting another character’s life in danger.
For those that somehow don’t remember the twisted ending of episode 18, the season finale found Rowan going to extreme lengths to exact revenge against Fitz, and get Olivia on an airplane. With the help of Tom, Rowan managed to infect Fitz’s teenage son with a rare strain of bacterial meningitis. Little Jerry ended up sneezing blood and collapsing on the stage of his father’s last campaign speech … only to die shortly after in the hospital. Needless to say, Mellie and Fitz were destroyed over their son’s death. But when Fitz found out that a vial of the rare strain went missing from the CDC earlier that week, Fitz wanted revenge.
Rowan ended up placing the blame for Little Jerry’s death on Momma Pope, and promised the president that he’d have her head on a platter. However by the end of the finale Rowan’s real plans were exposed and Momma Pope was discovered to be locked up in the B613 “hole.”
Fans were left with a whole list of questions at the end of the episode – but a new one just surfaced thanks to Yahoo TV writer Maggie Furlong: Will Season 4 of “Scandal” be dealing with an outbreak?
After Little Jerry sneezed and coughed up blood in front of a packed auditorium, Furlong is afraid that Mellie might have become infected, and therefore be the next one to bite the dust on “Scandal.”
“I don’t Google things about medicine on the Internet because I get myself all worked up,” Mellie’s Bellamy Young revealed after hearing Furlong’s theory. “But now I’ll be all worked up! I don’t know! He did, he sneezed all over me, there was blood all over my blazer …”
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacterial meningitis “is usually severe” – as seen with Little Jerry – and was responsible for 500 deaths out of 4,100 cases between 2003 – 2007. Like Furlong suggested, the bacteria can be spread “through the exchange (e.g., by kissing) of respiratory and throat secretions (e.g., saliva or mucus).”
That would mean that Little Jerry could have spread the disease to Mellie … however we have our doubts that “an outbreak” will occur. Bacterial meningitis can be treated, and if the president and first lady were exposed we highly doubt that the hospital would release them without receiving antibiotics.
Do you think that Mellie could be in danger in Season 4 of “Scandal”? Would you be interested in an “outbreak” storyline? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments section or send a tweet to @AmandaTVScoop.