HTGAWM‘s love of time hops is as alive as ever, with the episode starting where Season 2 left off, then jumping ahead four months, then back three, two and one month, then ahead another two. Still with us? While the episode was titled ‘We’re Good People,’ a more fitting title may have been ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer.’ Much of the episode was spent with Annalise checking in on her proteges and after spending two seasons killing and covering up the killings, guess what? Everyone is a mess.
We now know that Frank drove Wes to meet his father and was likely the same person who pulled the trigger, killing Wallace Mahoney only inches away from Wes. We know that Frank looks like Brad Pitt when he’s clean shaven and that Annalise likely just got yet another person killed after hiring them to follow Frank. Lastly, we know that in two months, Annalise’s heavily wallpapered house is going to burn to the ground and take with it someone whose death causes the defence attorney to sob like she’s never sobbed has before, and she’s sobbed a lot on this show.
HTGAWM seems to be ignoring the Hapstall sibling storyline, never mentioning the death of Caleb or the disappearance of Catherine from last season’s finale and we’re okay with that. The story had been done to death, pardon the pun, and we’re ready for a new mystery to solve at Middleton University, specifically who’s under the sheet at the end of the premiere.
Thursday’s fresh start also involved a number of refreshing moments of realness that seemed to get lost with the layers of time hops and lies in Season 2. This season there are repercussions, like Asher being cut off financially by his mother, Michaela turning to drinking to deal with the dead bodies that keep popping up around her, and Connor’s preference to ignore that his boyfriend Oliver lied to him, opting instead to keep the one normal and happy thing in his life normal and happy. Unfortunately, Oliver needs to get to know his new bad side alone. RIP Conver.
But maybe the best part of the entire premiere was one of the less dramatic moments. After being called into a meeting with the new University president, Annalise finds out that she’s being demoted and that her five ‘chosen’ students have terrible grades. Finally!
After two seasons of Wes, Michaela, Asher, Connor and Laurel asking for time to study and being denied that time by Annalise to instead focus on her current case/the latest person they killed/keeping one another from going to the police about the last person they killed, the question of ‘how are any of them passing their classes?’ is answered. They’re not. Even more, Annalise’s recklessness as a lawyer and a teacher are finally addressed and she’s demoted from her position teaching Intro to Law.
This item of realism may seem like an insignificant speck in an episode chock full of intrigue and dramatic questions, but what it so largely represents is the kick off to a season that will not only provide an exciting murder mystery, but a believable one.
How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV