It’s been a long three months since we’ve last seen Annalise Keating and the gang in the critically acclaimed ABC legal drama, How to Get Away with Murder. Since the show premiered in 2014, we have seen Viola Davis and The Keating 5 in the courtroom, in the classroom, and even in custody. One month from now, we’ll finally get to find out what happens next when it returns with the second half of the 6th and final season.
What were fans left within the midseason finale?
Annalise, played by Viola Davis, is now under criminal investigation after the informant brought forth key details regarding “Operation Bonfire,” as shown above. She was last seen fleeing Philadelphia after the news broke. The big mystery of the season is the burning question of “Who killed Annalise?” It was revealed in episode 8 that Annalise’s plan all along on exactly how to get away with murder is to fake your death and disappear. But someone still has to go down for it, right? So, who will?
Laurel’s disappearance at the end of season 5 left her fate hanging in the balance, but throughout the 6th season, it’s been hinted that she might be alive. Fans finally got some closure as they witnessed Laurel alive and well, along with Christopher. Her conversation with the Keating 5 was brief, but she revealed a critical piece of the puzzle. She claimed that it was Teagan who helped her escape, so now the question is how and why? How did Tegan pull it off, and why is she the one helping Laurel? We’ll find out soon.
Who was the mole?
Later, the FBI informant was discovered to be Asher. Why Asher? He felt obliged to comply with the police after being convinced by his mother and sister following threats against them. However, Asher did not share anything “concrete,” as he puts it. Still, this leaves the rest of the gang rattled, understandably so. Someone—we don’t know who—knocks on Gabriel’s door. Not too long after, Michaela and Connor are arrested for murdering Asher. All fans know is that he was beaten to death with a fireplace poker outside Gabriel’s apartment. Gabriel may be the obvious choice here, but if HTGAWM has taught us anything… It’s that anything can happen, and it can be anyone at this point.
So, yes, Asher really is dead, and Connor and Michaela were really arrested as the FBI found their fingerprints on the murder weapon. (But if we think back to the beginning of the season… isn’t everyone’s fingerprints on the murder weapon? Just saying). If things weren’t already crazy enough, the last few seconds of the midseason finale show us a familiar face…. Wes. Perhaps this is a hint that he never died in season 3 and has been in hiding this whole time. Guess we’ll have to see when the show returns on April 2nd.
What lies ahead?
Pete Nowalk, the creator of the show, gave some insight as to what lies ahead in the 6-episode farewell event, as shown in the YouTube video on the Hollywood News Source account: “There are gonna be answers, and there’s gonna be a lot of feuding. People are going to have to decide who they are and what team they’re on, whether they’re on their team or someone else’s team. So, we’re driving towards a crash of epic proportions for our show and our characters.”
An article with Variety shares that, “Although Nowalk acknowledges that some of the audience might be ‘really angry to see that Annalise, this person that maybe I’ve been rooting for, is dead,’ he says that anger is an important emotion for the final season. In it, he adds, ‘is something really useful to maybe take away into your own life. It’s going to be uncomfortable.’”
In addition, Variety shares the following sentiment from Nowalk about the final batch of episodes: “’As we get to the end of the doom and everything builds to this final, horrible conclusion — which it will be final and horrible — they have to ask themselves who they want to be, can they live with getting away with this, or is the guilt going to get to them? It’s a real existential part of the episodes: What type of person am I? Would I rather be in jail but be honest with myself and the world? Is that more liberating than running? That’s one of the final questions that I’m having everyone ask themselves,’” he says.”
The show will air its final episode on May 14th, and fans are more than ready to see what happens. Since the beginning, it’s always been questions with answers, but with those answers raise new questions. Whatever happens, we know it’ll be a wild ride. Are you ready for it?
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