The president's right-hand man tells PEOPLE his character "has no idea what to hell to do"
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For any other show, a bomb in a church, a looming election, an attempted murder, the takedown of a shadow government agency, and some face-licking would make for an amazing season finale.

But when you’re talking about Scandal, that was just the appetizer. On Thursday, ABC’s D.C.-set hit drama, starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, wraps up its third season (10 p.m. ET) – and everyone wants to know if it will go out with a bang.

Spoiler alert! In case you missed last week’s episode, Olivia’s mom, Maya, planted an explosive device in a church where President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) was expected to attend a funeral. The president’s chief of staff, Cyrus Beene, was tipped off about the bomb, but decided not to tell anyone about it because the church was already packed with his enemies – while the president was still safely ensconced in the White House.

Jeff Perry, who plays Cyrus, dropped a couple hints about what to expect on the finale.

“We are now 48 hours from the election. And the President is four to five points down in the polls, both Sally Langston and Sam Reston are both ahead of us,” Perry says. “Sally with the biggest lead. And Cyrus has no idea what to hell to do. The bomb is ticking in that cathedral. Is it going to off?”

Well, according to a promo from ABC, it sure does – and in a glorious fiery fashion. Watch below.

Who’s at risk? Current vice president Sally Langston (Kate Burton), Langston’s advisor Leo Bergen (Paul Adelstein) and the president’s new choice for VP, Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney), who had been engaged in an affair with first lady Mellie Grant.

Perry was mum on any more details, even after being offered $20 and some pocket lint in exchange for more spoilers.

“Those are great rewards. That’s dang generous of you,” he said kiddingly. “But I don’t know if it’s a good trade-off for me being fired from one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.”

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