This week’s episode of How To Get Away With Murder attempted to clear one name off the suspect list and add another, but after three seasons, the only thing we know for sure is nothing is for sure. And that can make for frustrating TV.
This week’s episode saw a free at last Annalise almost back to her old ways (still no fake eyelashes, so we know she’s not fully healed). She’s again doing her best to corral her students, as well as Bonnie and Nate, with some participants more willing than others.
The shock of Wes’ death has worn off to the point where Annalise could think like a lawyer once more, identifying Soraya’s newfound friendship as a play for DA Atwood, and using Frank to get DA Atwood suspended. But even with Annalise back on her game and Laurel using dad’s drug money to hire a PI that connected the Mahoneys to Wes, we’re still not that further along in finding out who killed Wes.
On some legal series, being presented with all the evidence gives viewers the chance to solve the case on their own, but that’s never really been possible for HTGAWM. Last week’s episod ended with Nate in Annalise’s house with Wes before the fire, but this week we saw that Nate left. Or, at least he said he did. He could have easily gone back inside and started the fire. So, did we really learn anything?
Asher’s gut feeling (two years of law school and all he’s got to show is a gut feeling?) towards Connor did prove correct (go gut!). This week’s flashback showed Connor administering CPR to Wes, giving traction to the diagnosis that Wes was dead before the fire, which was then retracted. So again, what did we really learn other than Connor’s snarkiness can be attributed to yet another traumatic event in his life.
HTGAWM has crafted a smart and successful series around only letting the audience in on little clues leading up to a mystery that lasts the entire season. At what point does keeping clues hidden go from suspense to making it impossible for the audience to play along in their role as couch detective? When the rules of the game continually change, it’s not much fun to play.
Next week’s two-hour season finale may reveal that clues on who murdered Wes were littered throughout the season and we just didn’t put them all together. Let’s hope so. Because throwing a dart at a character and calling them the killer isn’t very interesting TV. Wes deserves better.
The two-hour Season 3 finale of How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursday at a new time of 9 p.m. ET on CTV.