Anatomy of a Scandal's Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend and Naomi Scott on That Shocking Finale

Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend and Naomi Scott discussed Anatomy of a Scandal's finale and finding the good in the bad.

By Cydney Contreras Apr 18, 2022 8:34 PMTags
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Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Anatomy of a Scandal's finale saw Kate Woodcroft and Sophie Whitehouse get closure, but what about Olivia Lytton?

The political aide's accusations against her former lover, James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend), are what set in motion the court case at the center of the series. But viewers didn't see Olivia's reaction to James' acquittal. Audiences were merely left with Sophie (Sienna Miller) turning against her husband and giving Kate (Michelle Dockery) the evidence she needed to put James behind bars for a different crime. 

Naomi Scott, who plays Olivia, wasn't disappointed by the ending though, telling E! News that she thought it was realistic that her character, an alleged sexual assault survivor, was forgotten after James' acquittal: "Not having this specific resolution makes her more of a symbol of people who go through [similar experiences]."

She noted that director S.J. Clarkson even had her film a final scene but "it didn't feel right for the character," she explained. "I think it's better to be open ended than try to do something just for the sake of it."

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But Naomi said that Olivia hasn't lost everything. The actress likes to think that her character is still dedicated to enacting change through politics, saying, "I think those things don't change. It just might look a little bit in a different context."


Sienna was equally happy with her character, Sophie's bittersweet ending, as it marks the beginning of a new chapter for the family: "I like to imagine that Sophie and the children live on the coast in Dorset and have a very, very normal, simple life and the chain of 'we are Whitehouses' is broken and she really starts to educate them in the realities of living a normal existence."

That "normal existence" Sienna speaks of doesn't include James. When asked how he envisions the Whitehouses' futures, Rupert, who plays James, jokingly replied, "Lots of prison visits."

Anatomy of a Scandal is streaming now on Netflix.

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