Scandal season 5
ABC's political thriller will be renewed for a sixth seasonABC

If it is not the tense political intrigue then it is probably the intense romantic roller-coaster between Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Fitzgerald Thomas Grant (Tony Goldwyn) that have audiences hooked to Scandal.

In the latest episodes, the couple broke up and seem to have their respective attentions drawn towards other love interests. Will this last, or will fate bring them back together?

The show is currently in its fifth season and already ABC has confirmed the renewal of the political thriller series. However, the network has not disclosed the exact date as to when the new season will start, but have indicated that it will be sometime during the 2016-17 TV season.

Along with the good news, there is some sad news as well. In a recent announcement, ABC has confirmed that Scandal season 5 will come to an end with the finale being aired on 12 May. There has been a lot of discussion as to when the show will end completely and creator/producer Shonda Rhimes has confirmed that the show will not last as long as her other hit TV series Grey's Anatomy, which is currently in its 12th season. She told Ad Week last September, "Scandal is a limited story. I am not watching Olivia Pope grow up. I am watching a specific moment in time, and I feel like in order to tell the story correctly, you have to end it."

Here's a list of all ABC shows that will air their season finale in May:

THURSDAY, MAY 12
9pm: Scandal

SUNDAY, MAY 15
7pm: Once Upon a Time (two hours)
9pm: The Family
10pm: Quantico

MONDAY, MAY 16
10pm: Castle

TUESDAY, MAY 17
9pm: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (two hours)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8pm: The Middle
8:30pm: The Goldbergs
9pm: Modern Family
9:30pm: black-ish

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8pm: Grey's Anatomy
9pm: The Catch (two hours)

FRIDAY, MAY 20
9pm: Shark Tank

SUNDAY, MAY 22
7pm: America's Funniest Home Videos

TUESDAY, MAY 24
8pm: Fresh Off the Boat
8:30pm: The Real O'Neals
9pm: Dancing With the Stars (two hours)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
10pm: Nashville

*All timings are EST.