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Khandi Alexander to Play Olivia Pope’s Mom

Gladiators, rejoice! The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived…

According to Hollywood Reporter, HBO Treme actress Khandi Alexander will portray Olivia Pope’s mom on ABC’s hit show Scandal. The choice comes as a surprise to many fans, but we’re sure Alexander, who is known for her role in CSI: Miami and ER, will rise to the challenge.

Alexander, an NAACP Image Award winner, will assume the role of Maya Lewis and appear in flashbacks beginning this Thursday. We can’t wait to see what happens after last week’s jaw-dropping episode told us President Fitz may be responsible for Olivia’s mom’s death!

Do you agree with ABC’s choice? Take our poll below and tell us what you think! And don’t forget to visit this slideshow to see the other actresses we think could have played Olivia Pope’s mom.