Scandal Fans Left Heartbroken After Jake Ballard's Possible Death: Read Their Reactions!

Scandal shocked fans when Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) was supposedly killed off during the episode "I'm Just a Bill" on Thursday, April 16 Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin

Could it be? Will he never have a chance to stand in the sun ever again!? Scandal fans were left shocked (and confused!) when Scott Foley's sexy character Jake Ballard was supposedly killed off at the end of Thursday night's episode "I'm Just a Bill."

Foley, 42, joined Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and the rest of the gladiators in season 2. He quickly became a fan favorite — and dreamy eye candy! The Felicity alum, who played former "command" of B-613 and Olivia's lover, confirmed his departure via Twitter after the show, leaving viewers emotional and downright angry!

Take a gander at 3 reasons why we'll miss him below:

1. Shirtless Jake Is the Best Jake
Duh! Whether he's about to get naughty with Olivia, or wants to just break a sweat, shirtless Jake is always a good time. He recently bared his chest moments before Olivia was kidnapped from her swanky apartment. "Fun fact: @scottkfoley was less than thrilled but very game about running around outside in his undies. After I'd made him dance. #Scandal," show creator, Shonda Rhimes, tweeted at the time. (Rhimes previously killed off Foley's character Henry Burton on Grey's Anatomy.)

2. No More Team Jake!?
What's a show without a love triangle? Ballard's tragic demise means that fans won't be able to take sides between "Team Jake" and "Team Fitz." After all, it won't be surprising if Olivia ends up with the POTUS (Tony Goldwyn) making jam in Vermont one day. Or will it?

3. Standing in the Sun — Alone
No more getaways! The phrase "standing in the sun" was becoming just as popular as the show's "it's handled" one-liner before Jake's sudden goodbye. Olivia mentioned it to Fitz at one time or another, but it was Jake who nearly made it his catchphrase. He always hoped that one day Olivia would leave the political world behind and start a new life with him at a minute's notice.

Want more? Read some of the best reactions on how other fans are feeling during this difficult time: