Hard to believe, but it’s been an entire summer since we last checked in with Annalise Keating, the Keating Five, Bonnie, Frank, Oliver and the rest of the How to Get Away With Murder gang. But on Thursday night the show is finally back for a third season and we have a lot of emotions coming back to us too.
As you’ll recall, when we last left the series Wes had just confronted who he thought was his biological father, only to witness the man get shot right in front of him. Meanwhile Annalise found out that Frank was responsible for the car accident that killed her unborn child all those years ago, causing her fixer to disappear.
When the series returns, creator Pete Nowalk promises the show will “pick up very soon after it left off.” He tells us that, “one of my goals is always to answer the major question right from the beginning of the show. We’re going to answer a big question in the first few minutes and then we are going to move forward in time.”
Although the writer would have us believe that Frank is dead, we’re not buying it. Not yet anyhow. If that was the goal, wouldn’t we have already seen him dead? Besides, actor Charlie Weber is not only still listed on the cast, but he came to Toronto recently to do interviews for the show, too.
“Frank not being in the house will be very impactful and will be something that has to be dealt with by everyone on some level,” the actor teased. Note that he says nothing about his character being dead.
But that doesn’t mean somebody won’t die. As you can see from the show’s latest promo, below, it looks like a known and possibly beloved character will die this season, which means the show is going to hit home like never before.
Considering Asher’s dad, that pesky prosecutor, Caleb Hapstall, Sam, Lyla and Rebecca are all dead at this point, that’s saying something. Could it be Wes, given that death seems to follow him everywhere? Or how about Annalise’s boy-toy Nate? Asher has always been a bit of a fringe character so he could definitely go… but then again, given Annalise’s screams towards the end of the promo maybe it’s someone even closer to her… Bonnie perhaps?
If it’s any consolation, Norwalk tells us that he can’t see himself killing off one of the Keating five… or at least he doesn’t want to kill one of them off. And since he’s the man who gets to make those kinds of decisions, we’re hoping that means he won’t. But at this point in the series, it seems like anyone can go, doesn’t it? That’s kind of why we love the show in the first place.
“I love them all, I feel like I’m the luckiest showrunner. One, I have Viola Davis, she elevates everything that we’ve written. But I also sometimes don’t give enough credit to these 20-something kids,” he says. “So I can’t imagine killing one of them off. That doesn’t say it won’t happen, but… yeah. That’s one of the worst parts about my job.”
Then don’t do it, Pete. Don’t do it. Because we’re freaking out right about now, in that ‘please don’t kill somebody we (TV) love’ kind of way.