On Thursday night, ABC aired the final episode of Scandal, a show that kept us on the edge of our seats for seven seasons. As fans said their goodbyes to Olivia Pope鈥檚 iconic white hat, star Kerry Washington reflected on what the show has meant to her over the years, and it鈥檚 enough to make us cry all over again.

鈥淭his picture was taken when we completed filming our very final scene in the Oval Office set,鈥 Washington wrote on Instagram, sharing a pair of photos of herself and the show鈥檚 crew laying on the set鈥檚 carpet. 鈥淏efore saying goodbye, I stretched out on that gorgeous rug and tried to just take it all in.鈥

鈥淭omorrow morning I will wake up and begin to try to process the magical dream of the past seven seasons,鈥 she continued. 鈥淚 imagine it will take some time to really understand what just transpired in my life. But, this much, I know. I am filled with endless gratitude for our #Scandal Family. Our glorious cast and crew and our community of #Gladiators. TOGETHER, we have changed history. Transformed television. And illuminated each other鈥檚 lives. Thank you for watching. And tweeting. And being with us!!!! With love and gratitude, my very best.鈥

Over the years, Shonda Rhimes鈥 Scandal鈥s characters and their dramas transfixed viewers and left a lasting impression on the current TV landscape. Of course, it鈥檚 not the last we鈥檒l see of Washington on our TVs 鈥 she鈥檚 set to star in Little Fires Everywhere with Reese Witherspoon, among other projects 鈥 but we鈥檒l certainly miss her as Olivia Pope.

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