Scandal Season 2 has chronicled everyone's fall from grace. Well, every character who presumably could have a fall from grace (sorry, Charlie). The finale's title calls back to this season's premiere, "White Hat's Off," when Olivia had to betray the law and her moral code to help protect Quinn. And throughout the season we've gone deeper and deeper into the original sin of Scandal -- Defiance. Tonight's episode was all about who could still be saved, and who is lost forever. And in some ways it all comes down to Olivia. She holds the key to everyone's salvation and must selflessly give herself over to The Greater Good so that everyone else can be saved. She's a martyr, choosing her Gladiators over her love. It's tempting to say that Olivia chose the Gladiators over her happiness, but that doesn't sound particularly true. She had two paths, and the fact that she didn't choose the man this time doesn't mean that she's put happiness aside. But her choice is the safer, more controlled path.