WARNING: Scandal fans, do not read the following post-mortem unless you want to be super-spoiled on what went down in the the show’s midseason finale. Proceed with caution. SPOILERS AHEAD!
A reveal at the end of last week’s episode of Scandal left viewers’ jaws on the floor and Huck fans crying, “Say it ain’t so!” Well, luckily, this week’s midseason finale revealed the truth: Huck (Guillermo Diaz) was anything but the guilty man he was made out to be.
It turned out that the former CIA op had actually been set up by Becky, the girl from his AA group with whom he’d been forming a bond. Betrayed, Huck became determined to bring her down — until she convinced him otherwise. In fact, the two almost ran away together.
They didn’t, of course. A change of heart made Huck return to the original plan, but when she found out, Becky went nuts. She killed his “family” and took off in the wind, which is especially unfortunate considering the episode ended with Huck in handcuffs!
For the full story on all these developments from the epic episode and a few looks at what’s ahead, read our interview with Diaz below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me how much you knew about Huck’s arc going into these last two or three episodes.
GUILLERMO DIAZ: I don’t know anything about my arc. I don’t think anyone else knows either.
When you first read last week’s script and got to the last page, did you call anybody? What did you do when you were left on the cliffhanger?
Oh my God [Laughs]. I was in my trailer when I was reading it, and I remember just siting there in silence and getting chills up my spine. I didn’t call anybody. I just sat with it for a while. I was just like, “Oh My God.” And when I would see other actors who read it, I would say, “Did you read it?!” We just kept saying that to each other. I was just in shock for a while. And in the original first draft of the script, you didn’t see Huck in the room with the rifle. You actually saw Huck dropping the weapon into the water and then the camera [came] up out of the water and you see my face bent over the body of water. And then for the draft that they shot, it’s different. But I was so excited. “This is going to be so good!”
When you read it, did you have doubts about him or did you think there had to be some sort of explanation?
I did doubt him. I doubted Huck. The thing with Scandal is that you just never know. They’ve shown Huck torturing a guy with a drill and murdering people. I mean, it’s always people who deserve it [laughs] — I’m not condoning torture or anything like that at all — but you kind of hope he has a good reason behind it. But I thought, “Maybe he really did shoot the President, but there’s gotta be a good reason he did it.” My first thought was Olivia (Kerry Washington). “Did Olivia put him up to this?” But it was so exciting. As you can imagine, we couldn’t wait for the next script to find out what’s going on.
I don’t think you’re alone on the Olivia factor. I think a lot of people thought his dedication to Olivia might have something to do with it.
Yeah. My first thought was, “Did he do it because he knew her relationship with the President is torturing her? Does he know what she’s going through? Did he shoot [the President] to get him out of her life?”
So when you finally got the answer, what was your reaction?
I was floored. The woman who plays Becky — Susan Pourfar — is so good. My first thought was that she had her work cut out for her, and she was going to do such a good job. I thought it was going to be a lot of fun to play with her.
In the episode, Huck decides to run away with Becky, but then decides to turn her in. Do you think he was actually considering doing it? Or was the plan always to give her up?
I think Huck was absolutely considering doing it. Up until the scene where I’m in her apartment, I believe Huck was going to leave with her. He didn’t care. He loved her so much and had been through so much and hasn’t seen his family in God knows how long and doesn’t have anybody special in his life. So I thought he was really going to go away with Becky. But Huck’s test for Becky — to see if she loved him as much as he loved her — was to ask her for her real name. But she didn’t. That’s when it hits him. “She doesn’t love me the same way I love her.” He was prepared to give her his real name. But after that, that’s it. All bets were off.
What was the hardest scene for you to film in this episode?
I think the hardest scene to film was when I walk into the house to find the family murdered. That was the hardest scene to be honest. It was the most compelling when I read it. It was so intense, and I was so emotional reading it. Then you get there on the day and I just knew I had to be really really prepared for that scene. But it’s hard. You hope you give enough. I’m still kind of nervous to see it and nervous about it. I just wanted my performance and reaction to the family to be as good as when I read it.
I loved how Harrison (Columbus Short) called Olivia at the end and tells her that Huck is repeating, “She killed my family.” That really spoke to how crushing that moment was, too.
Just knowing Huck’s past — the little that we know and what he’s spoken about — he has no connection to his past any more. He can’t see his parents or anyone. So this family became the symbolic figure of everything that he loved but lost…I think he’s grown to love them even though he’s never met them, which is odd to say. So it just felt like it was the worst thing that could happen to Huck. It’s tough. I just want to be as sincere as possible with the character and do it justice.
Last we saw Huck was in handcuffs, getting hauled away. Tease what we’ll see in the next new episode for me.
They say at the end of the episode that he’s being taken away under the Patriot Act. So he’s not necessarily taken away to prison or to jail. I think anything is possible. We do know Huck is capable of a lot, and [a lot] has been done to him. He’s tortured people, and he’s been tortured. So he’s prepared for whatever it is that is coming, and you see it on his face. He’s thinking, “Some s— is going to go down, and I gotta be prepared.” And he is. His past has prepared him for what’s coming…but I can’t say what is.