Alfred Enoch doesn’t necessarily believe in life after death, but he does believe in “flashbacks after death.” At least that was the How to Get Away With Murder star’s take when we spoke with him in Los Angeles ahead of the show’s third season winter premiere. And it’s a good thing he does — otherwise we might never see his character, Wes Gibbins, on the small screen again.
As we learned in the Murder‘s midseason finale, Wes was indeed the body under the sheet following the awful fire at Annalise’s house. Which means the character is dead (in a shocking twist we also learned he was dead before the actual fire), but we’ll still get to see plenty of him when the show comes back on Thursday night.
“We see a bit more of Wes, and there’s, obviously, the big question of how he ended up dead,” Enoch explains. “It kind of goes quickly, and there’s a lot to deal with in terms of the consequences of that event.”
Offscreen, Enoch says that he wasn’t completely surprised when he learned Wes was the body under the sheet; in fact, he even had an inkling that it would be. But it wasn’t until he was called into a meeting with creator and showrunner Pete Nowalk that he realized his character’s fate had been confirmed.
“The week that I found out — that he told me, I just got this feeling. It would make sense for various reasons so it kind of confirmed that when I got a voicemail on my phone from Pete’s assistant,” Enoch tells us. But even knowing what was coming didn’t make the conversation any easier — at least not from the producer’s standpoint. In fact, as the actor remembers it, he kept waiting for Nowalk to come out with it already.
“We always have a little chat, but the chat went on for a bit. I’m kind of thinking, ‘Like, he’s got to tell me. Don’t draw it out, it’s going to be even more difficult to get around to it.’ So, I’m half in the conversation and half watching him thinking, ‘Are you making this a bit difficult for yourself, Pete?'”
Enoch adds that after roughly 10 or 15 minutes and wondering how he could possibly help his boss out to make things easier on both of them, he finally came out with it.
“I think it’s difficult to tell someone something like that, and it’s difficult to part with a character as well,” Enoch says. “This was his show from the beginning; he envisioned that pilot.”
As for finding out how Wes actually died, Enoch says that there have been some initial conversations but even he still doesn’t know the full truth of what happened in the story. He promises we’ll all find out soon enough though.
“I can’t really say too much about that,” he teases. “But look, we’ll find out. I still haven’t found out exactly what happens. So, we’ll see what Pete ended up going for.”