Joe Morton Promoted to ‘Scandal’ Series Regular

Get ready for more rants from Scandal‘s Daddy Pope, because Joe Morton has just been upgraded to a series regular.

Wait, wasn’t this already a thing?

Well, the 68-year-old may have a larger-than-life presence on the show, but he’d only had a recurring role.

Making his initial debut during the second season, the actor has been instilling fear into the hearts of fans (and Olivia) for four seasons now. And with his latest promotion, he clearly won’t be going anywhere for a long time.

Catch him Thursdays at 8pm est on ABC.