This Thursday’s Scandal season 4 episode will be the last one until 2015. What does the winter finale have in store for fans?

There’s no finale like a Scandal finale, the show has promised us.

Scandal season 4, episode 9 is titled “Where the Sun Don’t Shine,” and will find Olivia targeting her father after what happened during last week’s episode. Rowan escaped the clutches of his daughter and the President of the United States, but how many more times can this happen?

The synopsis for this Thursday’s new episode reads: “Command is always two steps ahead and everyone in Olivia’s life is in danger. Meanwhile, Cyrus is forced to face the consequences of his behavior, and Huck and Quinn finally figure out just what Elizabeth North has been planning, but they might be too late to stop it.”

Photos shows a scene that appeared in the trailer for the Scandal winter finale: Jake is teaching Olivia how to use a gun!

In the featured image above, it almost looks like Ms. Pope is reluctant to learn how to use the deadly weapon. Is it because she’s uninterested in the plan that Jake has devised? Does she want to use a bigger weapon? Is she simply uncertain about shooting her father? Or is it something else entirely? (Probably that last option – this show is always able to surprise us.)

KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY

KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY

KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY

KATIE LOWES, GUILLERMO RODRIGUEZ, KERRY WASHINGTON

KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY

The trailer for the winter finale shows that Olivia wants to be the one responsible for the kill shot, and everyone is assuming she’s speaking about her father.

Take a look and decide for yourself what’s going on:

Speaking of the Pope family: Her mother is expected to return during the finale. We previously speculated that it’s Mama Pope who has been having Olivia tracked.

All the answers (and Rowan’s death?) are hopefully just a few days away.

Scandal season 4, episode 9 airs Thursday, November 20 at 9 p.m. eastern/pacific on ABC.

While you wait for this week’s episode, check out our recap of episode 8!

What are your ‘Scandal’ winter finale predictions?

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