First Posted: Sep 24, 2013 01:42 PM EDT

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We’re days away from the biggest presidential scandal our nation has ever seen. The president's affair is now public. It’s over. The news will rock the nation and crush its integrity. It’s unclear exactly how the public will react, but next week, everything will become clear.

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“Scandal” is now just a few days away from its Season 3 debut, and fans couldn’t be happier. Now that Olivia’s affair with the president is out in the open, the entire landscape of the show has shifted. It’s a whole new world. Season 3 promises to bring new characters, new secrets and new scandals that are sure to rock the capitol. Last season’s central scandal revolved around the presidents affair, and now that it’s out in the open, new issues and conniving plots are sure to ensue.

And what’s more intriguing than a top-secret marriage? According to TVLine, Sally Pressman will be joining the show for a multi-episode Season 2 arc who will engage in a secretive and potentially dangerous marriage. The exact details surrounding her character are unclear, however, she’s expected to make her debut in November.

As previously reported. Paul Adelstein will also join the Season 3 cast to fulfill a secret recurring role. Although there’s little known on his character, Adelstein will join the D.C. drama amidst the boiling turmoil between Olivia Pope and the married President of the United States. Scandalous.

In addition, Scott Foley, who plays Jake, has been promoted to a series regular. "I'm thrilled to join such a talented, enthusiastic and professional group of people." Foley said. "Shonda and company have created a troupe of layered complex characters and to be able to be part of that is both exciting and humbling."

Foley originally joined the show towards the end of season 2 as the recurring character Jake, who took on a rather mysterious role. Upon his arrival, Foley claimed, "there's a possibility of permanence" and added that he and Rhimes had discussed the idea of sticking around for Season 3 in a more prominent role. "Shonda and I have talked about something longer," he said. "I love this show, and I'd love to be there as long as they'll have me."

"Scandal” will return to ABC for its third season on Thursday, October 3.

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