Tony Goldwyn Teases Scandal’s Winter Premiere: ‘Fitz Is Alone Really for the First Time in His Life’

Scandal is almost back – and it’s taking a big leap forward.

“We start six months after the last episode ended, so you sort of flash-forward,” Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant, told PEOPLE at the U.S. Premiere of Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame Gala Performance in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

“We’re going to be very focused on the upcoming presidential campaign and our fantasy political world,” Goldwyn revealed.

And as Gladiators can recall, it seems as though Fitz may no longer be with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). In the midseason finale, Pope moved out of the White House after getting an abortion.

“Fitz is alone really for the first time in his life so he’s coping with that – and that’s not easy,” Goldwyn explains. “And [he’s] trying to work on his legacy. That’s pretty much where we find us.”

Although the actor might have had his heart broken in the drama series, in real-life Goldwyn is planning a sweet Valentine’s Day surprise for his wife of 29 years, Jane Musky.

“Something nice will happen,” Goldwyn shares. “I never forget it, that’s for sure.”

Scandal returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC

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