This week’s return of How To Get Away With Murder may be short one member of the Keating 5, but not much has really changed.
Thankfully, we’re able to ease into our Wes-withdrawals thanks to flashbacks to a time when the Wait-list still had all his skin attached to his body. The flashbacks allow us to enjoy simpler times, like soccer in the squad, inadvertently sexually assaulting women who look like Michaela, Connor being awful to Wes, and Laurel gaining the title of the calmest unwed 20-something in history who just realized the condom broke. Run to the clinic for Plan B? Heck no! Let’s have a bubble bath and reassure ourselves that everything is fine. As if we forgot, the Keating 5 are definitely in law school, not med school.
Fast forward to the current time zone and we find that each character is acting exactly as they always have, even in the wake of a tragedy that affects one of their own. Laurel is in her usual current state of frowning, although now she has a solid reason for her melancholy. Connor is acting like a self-destructive jerk in order to deal with his guilt. Asher gets caught between being the good guy and reverting to his douche-face past. Michaela works hard and succeeds at keeping all her emotions inside her cashmere sweater. Bonnie looks to Frank and Annalise for approval and doesn’t really get it either. Oliver does his manadatory pushing and pulling with Connor while still being mostly out of the loop. Nate says he’s done with Annalise but still can’t stop himself from getting involved in her case, and Frank plays the role of the martyr by taking the fall for Wes’ murder.
Even Annalise is acting like Annalise and feeling sorry for herself, but this time she has truly given herself a good reason. Incarcerated, strip searched, denied bail and forced to pee in front of others. We’ve seen Annalise cry a lot of tears over three seasons, but this time around she has earned every drop.
As with every episode of HTGAWM, we learn the most in the final two minutes, with this week’s episode revealing that Frank picked Wes up from the police station hours before the fire.
We also learned that contrary to what the medical examiner told Nate in the mid-season finale, Wes died from smoke inhalation from the fire. So, did Frank set the fire and kill Wes, which is what he took the blame for this episode? Probably not. This is just Frank trying to make his penance to Annalise for causing the death of her child. With the DA adamant about taking Annalise down, we don’t think Frank’s admission of guilt is going to get her out of a jumpsuit anytime soon.
It’s all on you, Bonnie.
How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV