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INTERVIEW: Guillermo Diaz Previews What's Next For Scandal's "Ride-Or-Die Gladiators"

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Scandal left its fans in suspense after its cliffhanger-filled midseason finale. Guillermo Diaz, who had one of this television season’s most memorable scenes when his character Huck yanked out a couple of Quinn’s (Katie Lowes) teeth, previewed what’s next for the tortured torturer. He also shared his thoughts on Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) future, and revealed why B613 will continue to be terrifying no matter who is in charge.


Daytime Confidential: All hell broke loose in the Scandal midseason finale. What’s next for Huck?

Guillermo Diaz: The first episode you guys are going to see in February, you’re going to see Huck is still struggling with the fact he tortured Quinn and I don’t think he feels bad about that. What he feels bad about is that he knows Olivia is going to be really upset. So I think he’s embarrassed in front of her, kind of like when you have a dog that chewed up a shoe, or did something bad and he knows he did something bad, so they kind of have their head down. Honestly, we’re only one episode ahead of the episode you guys are going to see in February. So we don’t know that much more. We’ve only shot one. We’re shooting the next one right now. So we don’t know that much more that happens, but it’s exciting. Scott Foley, Jake, is the head of B613 now. That’s going to be a really interesting storyline. You kind of see Jake not as dark as Huck, but you start to see little glimpses of the darkness that shows through. It’s really cool how they’re doing that. It’s fun.

DC: Will it be a kinder, gentler B613?

GD: I don’t think it’s capable of being kinder and gentler at all. You kind of see moments of that, but then these other moments sort of happen, and it’s just completely shocking and you kind of remember. These are a bunch of hardcore, cut throat people that work for this organization. It’s frightening the things that they do.

DC: Fitz came through for Olivia when her mother returned. He’s just learned who her father is, and how horrible her mother is. What’s her frame of mind in the upcoming episodes?

GD: I think she’s frazzled. I don’t think she knows what to think. It’s all kind of a whirlwind of things happening around her. I think right now she just feels like a little girl lost in the storm. I picture her turning around and you’re just waiting to see where she’s going to stop and point and say, “This is what I want my life to be.” Right now there’s just a sort of craziness in her life. But I think the Fitz and Olivia relationship is the top relationship [on the show.] It’s the most important one, at least to me, and for the audience to, I think. The audience is still rooting for Fitz and Olivia.

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DC: Can Quinn and Huck’s friendship ever come back from him removing her molars?

GD: Stranger things have happened. I think, oddly enough, I feel like it’s going to be difficult for them to mend their relationship, but I feel like somehow that torture thing that happened brought them a little bit closer in an odd, messed up way. I absolutely see them being friends again and figuring it out.

DC:  Defiance, Ohio came back in a really unexpected way. Could that directly implicate Olivia? How does it affect Pope and Associates?

GD: It doesn’t really affect them that much, because we have her back no matter what. So I think they know most of the dirt that went on. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything out there that would break this group up. Obviously Quinn is kind of on the outskirts right now, but they’re ride-or-die Gladiators, know what I mean?

DC: When the Chris Christie scandal broke were you like, “He needs Olivia!”

GD: I think Judy Smith is working with him. Judy Smith, who Olivia is based on, also worked with Paula Deen. And we haven’t heard hide nor hair of her, which is amazing. So you know she’s good at what she does.

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