“Scandal” Season 6 star Scott Foley recently opened up about his character Jake Ballard.

Jake wasn’t featured in the first two episodes of “Scandal” Season 6, which is quite questionable since he’s also in the running to become the next vice president of the United States. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Foley explained that there’s a reason why Jake disappeared, and this will be explained in a series of flashbacks in the upcoming episode.

“We will see Jake’s perspective on what happens on Election Night. He plays a very important role. He disappears and there’s a reason why he disappears. We will see it. It’s very important where he went, but that’s all I can say,” he said.

There are speculations that Jake might have something to do with Frankie Vargas’ (Ricardo Chavira) assassination. In the previous episodes, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was certain that it was Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) who had Frankie assassinated. She even found a recording of the two men fighting. Even though Cyrus is very much capable of having his running mate killed, it’s possible that he really didn’t have anything to do with it.

Jake, on the other hand, has a more obvious motive for having Frankie assassinated. He is running as vice president under Mellie Grant’s (Bellamy Young) campaign. It’s possible that when Jake realized that Mellie will lose to Frankie, he had to come up with a plan to secure Mellie’s win. What Jake didn’t realize was that President Fitzgerald (Tony Goldwyn) may endorse Cyrus over his own wife, and this is exactly what happened. In the upcoming episode, Jake will return and will have some explaining to do to Olivia and the Gladiators.

“Scandal” Season 6 airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.