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How To Get Away With Murder: Parts Of The Show We Don’t Like To Talk About

Thursday nights won’t be the same without Shondaland’s How to Get Away with Murder to keep us company anymore, that’s for sure. It’s weird, but the show is finally over. And with it, all the mysteries, tension-driven Annalise courtroom dramas, and pleasant moments of listening to Tegan pronounce the villainous Castillo surname as Cas-TEE-yoes.

After six seasons, multiple deaths, mindboggling questions, and measurably satisfying answers, there’s almost no doubt the show has done well for itself. Watching the electrifying series finale, we can also agree it served its characters well and gave them different doses of poetic justice.

But the question now is, how did it achieve all that? Now that the show is over, it’s easier to view the whole thing in retrospect and try to figure out which parts of the road leading to the finale worked fine, and which parts weren’t all that great.

Don’t worry, you won’t end up hating the show, its legacy is already cemented. It’s our opinion. You don’t need to take it that seriously, unless you think we’re right, too.

The Show’s Big Bad. Who?

Every show needs an overarching big bad, right? For ‘Game of Thrones’, that was the Night King. For ‘The Vampire Diaries’, we can also agree that was the elusive Katherine Pierce.

A hero is only as good as the villain they contend with. And for everything we loved about Viola Davis’ portrayal of the fierce Law Professor, Annalise Keating, neither Governor Lynne Birkhead, Jorge or Xavier Castillo come close in opposing measure.

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For the benefit of the doubt, this isn’t to apportion blame on the actors, I think they all did good jobs with what they were given. Birkhead’s cold, unconcerned demeanor is something to be desire, but it just wasn’t good enough for her to be taken as a real threat by me (the viewers). As the show ends, the inner workings of Birkhead’s mind remains shrouded in mystery, and her real motivations remain unknown until the very end, which shouldn’t have been. How does a public servant get so pissed at one citizen, to the point that she piles up countless murders just to take her down? Pretty sloppy if you ask me.

It’d have been great if the show shone a little more light on her and the Castillos, too. It would’ve greatly helped us (the fans) understand why they all did what they did, and why trying to ruin Annalise was so damn important to them, other than implying it was to make a statement.

Nate’s Hatred for Annalise.

When we first met Nate, he was a police officer; not sure if he was decorated, but he was a man with a dying wife, still serving and protecting lives. Annalise happened. Then we saw Nate the adulterer; the widower; a son estranged from his father; a son trying to fix things with his father; and, finally, a son without one. It was a mixture of fun and sadness following Nate through his journey, but that was before he started to hate Annalise for a next-to-no reason.

Now, I know AK framed him for Sam’s murder to help those ungrateful kids in season one, and I’m not trying to justify that. But she did atone for that sin. That should count for something, right?

She also tried getting his old man out of jail. And, although Nate Lahey Sr. died, on the orders of the Governor (another lame thing the Governor did without us understanding her true motives) Nate Jr. knew who was responsible. He knew Annalise did everything she could to help his dad, so I never really did understand his whole anger against her, even going as far as agreeing to be an informant for the FBI against her.

Lame!

Not to forget his double stunt at murder; RIP DA Ronald Miller, Nate had more dirt on his hands than a lot of the other characters. All those talks about forgiving Annalise in the finale; man really did get away with murder(s) and to think he never attended Annalise’s class.

Michaela isn’t Really a Bad Person.

Talking about people who attended Annalise’s classes – Michaela Pratt deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame for b*tchy attitude.

If desperate ambition could be personified, Lord knows Michaela would fit that bill. Same Lord knows I hated her for a very, very long time. Gosh! That girl was so annoying. And that’s a testament to the top-notch performance Aja Naomi King put into the role.

But, is Michaela a bad person for wanting to be somebody in a world that’s mostly seen her as a nobody? I don’t think so.

Yeah, maybe her approach was aggressive, but there isn’t really anything wrong with putting yourself first every time. No law against that. The only logical end to such an ambitious, selfish character is allowing her get everything she ever wanted but at the expense of her relationships. The show does a good job of portraying that in the finale.

Having ambition is good. Ambition gets you your heart desires, most of the time. In the case of Michaela, it’s a judgeship. But, at what cost? The loss of her one-time friends and (hypothetically speaking) her children. Remember this scene? 👇

Michaela and her (supposed) granddaughter

Some people are willing to pay such a hefty price, Michaela’s one of such. If you think about it, she’s the only one who really did pass Annalise’s classes_ she survived and got away with…

Frank: A Keating²

I remember when we first met Frank and I couldn’t understand his devotion to Annalise Keating. It wasn’t until the backstory episode aired and I understood how much of his life he owed to that very-forgiving woman. And for the most part of it, I enjoyed watching him grow in and out of AK’s shadow, beating himself for what he did. And his zeal to want to become a better person, first for Laurel, and then for Bonnie.

I appreciated that character growth.

Then, came the whirlwind plot twist from hell (typical HTGAWM style). And just like that, Frank was revealed to not just be a Keating, but a Keating birthed by another Keating. Really, Murder Writers?

A few years ago, such an incest storyline would’ve been a BIG shocker, but not in this post GOT world.

I thought that plot was a bad idea, and really prayed against its confirmation after it got teased in the final moments of “What if Sam wasn’t the bad guy this whole time” – s06e13. We all know how that turned out.

The revelation may have explained some of Sam and Hannah’s motives, but it doesn’t excuse any of the atrocious things either of them did, especially the former and how he treated Frank. Once that secret came to light, I knew there was only one way Frank’s story would end — if the guilt of Annalise’s son could still be eating him up after all those years, imagine what’d happen when the label changes and he realizes that not only did he mortgaged the life of his unborn baby brother for a few thousand dollars, but that his father also sent him to kill another of his unborn sibling?

It’s Frank, the guilt would eat him alive.

And since there’s no Sam or Hannah to take out his frustration on, he’d go for the next best thing. I think that was an easy way for the show writers to tie off Birkhead, Hannah, Frank, and Bonnie’s stories.

Hannah’s Death was Lazy Writing. Yeah, I Finally Said It!

Still talking about loose cannons. I think Hannah’s death, the way it happened, was an easy route the show took to avoid unnecessary confrontation with Frank, which would’ve meant more airtime.

Who better to pin her death on than the Governor whose tab never gets full?

With all these intricate, last-minute plotting, it’s still a wonder how this show managed to get away nearly unscathed?

Gabriel was Underutilized

I don’t think I can ever forget the excitement I felt when Gabriel was introduced to the show_ s04e15.

Frank’s words in that season’s finale were: “the kid’s here” and they launched a new division of HTGAWM sleuths hoping to solve the mystery before the show returned for the next (5th) season.

The road towards his revelation as Sam’s only surviving child (before Frank entered the contest) took up a lot of screen time and, sadly, didn’t amount to much for we the viewers.

I think Rome Flynn is an amazing actor almost as good as his looks, or maybe better. But, boy, was he underutilized?!

He never really escaped being under Sam’s shadow.

The whole reason for his existence on the show was to bug everyone for the truth about how his dad died. And, while it was initially sad to watch Michaela and the others play him around like a ball, the end of his story arc didn’t leave much to pity anymore.

In the end, he gave up years of searching for the truth in exchange for a lot of coins and sob words from Frank to not let Sam ruin his life, too. Everyone has a price, and I guess Gabriel finally realized he needed to secure the bag for himself and his mom more than he needed to hear more painful truths about Sam.

The FBI

I’ll just say this… If the FBI in real-life is anything as portrayed on the show, the whole of the USA is in trouble. Why did that Agent Pollock have to kill Asher?

Enough gloom about the show. How about I highlight some of the things I thought worked with the finale?

So, What Worked?

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Annalise’s not-guilty verdict. She’s worked so hard and technically, remains innocent until the fact, to go to jail again for crimes she didn’t commit. More beautiful is that she went on to live a long, beautiful life with Tegan (and some other faceless people) … and that funeral eulogy from Eve. BEAUTIFUL!

Connor going to prison for 5 years and Oliver waiting for him. That was beautiful, and true to both character’s individual journeys and love together.

The fast-forward in time to reveal Alfred Enoch as Christopher and not Wes. That was really good.

The Bonnie and Clyde parallel to Bonnie and Frank’s end.

That’s about it…

Tell me if there’s a mostly unspoken truth about the show/ the series finale I missed, in the comment below.

HTGAWM: She is Annalise Fucking Keating! and She’s a Survivor.

This is a recap-review of the series finale of How to Get Away with Murder – s06e15


How to Get Away with Murder has ended, and TGIT nights won’t be the same again without AK and the Keating minions using the law to break the law.

The series finale has been receiving unanimous acclaims from fans all over the world, and I’ll tell you why.

It’s because it was a simple episode.

It didn’t try to play smart or add the same kind of jaw-dropping twists the show was well known for. It knew to not give more questions, but provide answers to already existing one, and that was a smart decision.

And so, we draw the curtains on what will unarguably go down in history as one of the best TV shows of it’s time. HTGAWM, one of the G.O.A.T.s!

Which moment from the series finale was your favorite? There were a lot, so feel free to make multiple choices.

For me, it just has to be the revelation of Alfred Enoch’s return as a grown-up Christopher and not Wes coming back form the dead.

Aside for the fact that I’m not Wes’s biggest fan 😈, the route the show went was better and, remember, simpler.

Simplicity isn’t always bad. Infact, HTGAWM has proven, once again, that simplicity is good and can be a tool to be reckoned with.

(Insert whichever show’s season finale you’re still not at peace with here 🤡)


Honorable mentions from the series finale:

Eve’s return.

The aging make-up and shots used.

AK + Tegan = 2geda 4eva.

Nate Lahey’s Center for Justice.

Gunshots at the Law court.

That sexy, jaw-dropping Spanish accent.

The death of the Governor.

Lonely, Michaela’s lonely.

Connor and Oliver, together forever.

Which moment from the series finale was your favorite? Tell me in the comment below.

HTGAWM: Her Name Is Annalise Freaking Keating!

A review-recap for HTGAWM s06e15


Ladies and gentlemen, we made it to the penultimate episode of How to Get Away with Murder.

I’m full of emotions right now, but will still manage to highlight some of the coolest happenings from this week’s episode.

1 Michaela is a terrible person. She’d burn anybody to get what she wants, and that’s not a good way to live. I hope she gets the end of Gabriel’s stick next week.

2 You know Gabriel finally knows for sure Michaela had a hand in Sam’s death? I wonder what he does next with this info?

3 Nate might be annoying, but he finally came through for Annalise. Does that mean we forgive him for the many stupid things he’s done? Nope.

4 If Frank has redeemed himself, as he normally says, who then killed Hannah Keating? The Governor? Or do we just blame Bonnie’s loud mouth.

5 It was nice to see Laurel again, but it was even better that she finally decided to do the right thing and tell the truth on the stand.

6 Tegan needs to fess up to Annalise especially now that the latter has finally openly stated she’s bisexual.

7 Sorry, Tegan, again, but it felt good to watch Annalise take charge of her destiny and kick Michaela, Connor and Laurel’s ass in court. Of course, she’s Annalise FREAKING Keating!

8 How would Annalise’s death, burial and Wes’ return feature in the series finale? 🤔

What was your favorite moment from this week’s episode?

HTGAWM: WTF Is Wrong With Nate?

This is a recap-review of How to Get Away With Murder s06e12


Fans of TV Murder, we’re getting closer to the end, yet ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ isn’t pulling any of its punches. Episode after episode, the show keeps throwing new twists and swings our way, hoping we remain constantly awed by its marvelous storytelling. But I think it teased one too many in this week’s episode and I’m not so sure I like it. I’ll leave the judgement till after next episode.

Sam and Hannah? I don’t think TV is ready for another Lannister plot so soon, especially not one that feels like an afterthought.

My Hate for Nate Continues to Fester.

Can we all agree there’s no worthy redemption in sight for that guy? Even when presented with all the facts he still chooses to act on his emotions like a cry-man-baby and undermine Annalise every chance he gets.

Killing Xavier Castillo was a dumb move. Nate doesn’t know it yet, but his action may have just helped nudge the Governor one step forward to getting away with everything. He helped her take care of a big loose end, and I’m sure she’d thank him if she could. How could he not see that?!

Talking about loose ends. What do you think will happen to Agent Pollock now that the whole gang knows she killed Asher? Who’s more inclined to send her on a trip to meet her maker? I think she’ll survive the show, though.

I wish I could talk about Annalise’s survival with the same kind of certainty. Although the court had the death penalty thrown off her case, thanks to the badass combo she and Teagan make, we know there’s still a coffin hanging around somewhere in her (near) future. So, unless something miraculous happens soon to support the theory of that funeral scene being a ruse, I’d say AK hasn’t really changed the future.

Me: She’s still headed for 6-feet
My conscience:Ain’t we all?

Enough about Annalise. I want to gloat over the two characters that may not have any future left after the FBI is done with them. You guessed it, Michaela and Connor. In order to support her case challenging the death penalty, AK had to provide evidence. Shockingly, but exhilarating to watch, she choose to give up these two instead of Gabriel. And I liked it. It’s about time AK starts teaching them what it really means to bite the hands that fed you.

What did you like most about this episode? Do you think Annalise giving Michaela and Connor up was uncalled for? What is the Governor’s beef with AK? Share your thoughts in the comment box.

PS: I’d almost completely forgotten about Robert. Good thing his return in this episode was just to further Annalise and Teagan romance plot. He can go now and never return, no one would miss him.

HTGAWM: We Now Know Asher’s Killer – Was It Who You Expected?

This is a review-recap for How to Get Away With Murder s06e11


I knew those kids turned on Annalise for nothing. See how they’ve played themselves. Haq-haq-haq!!! 😂

‘How to Get Away with Murder’ continues to thrill with its twists and unexpected turns. Few episodes to go before the series finale and we already know who killed Asher. Shocking? I thought so too.

Some might call the reveal of Asher’s killer as cheap writing, but I think the show needed to quickly get that off their plate for more intriguing revelations, like whether Annalise survives the show or not, and if Wes is truly still alive.

What better way to depict desperation to achieve one’s goal and the thin line between good and evil than having indicting the FBI as Asher’s killer(just like I rightly guessed last week). The situation surrounding Asher’s death was perfect catalyst for them to get Michaela and Connor to turn on Annalise, and now it’s game on for them.

In the coming episodes it’ll become clearer:

  • If Agent Pollack, who actually clubbed Asher to death, works for both the FBI and Xavier Castillo. Which of the parties gave the order to off Asher? And,
  • How deep in bed is Solomon with the FBI?

This episode really needed to happen. Annalise needed someone to propel her to fight tooth and nail to save herself from her many enemies, old (the Governor, the Castillos and the FBI) new (Laurel, Connor, Oliver and Nate), and whoever may still be lurking in the shadows. Thanks to her mom, Ophelia, we get an Annalise that’s ready to burn both bridges and people, metaphorically speaking, to clear her name.

Now it’s Annalise, Bonnie, Frank and Teagan vs The rest of the world.

It felt good to see Bonnie and Frank choose to stick with Annalise.

This is the content I signed up for. 😎

Here’s another prediction. Nate broke Annalise mother’s heart by allegedly turning in those files to the FBI, I feel like she won’t let that slide just easy. Let’s just say another house fire might happen. Only time will tell, though.

How to Get Away With Murder returns next Thursday!

2019: RR’s Top TV Shows

Say what you may about its final season, Game of Thrones still isn’t anyone’s mate. Since 2011, thanks to the show, fans worldwide have been privy to high-quality entertainment, the best in decades, so I’ll be damned if I let one polarizing season mess things up so much I don’t give honor to whom its due:

Game of Thrones is RR’s show of the decade! 👑

(Breathes heavily)

Now that we’re done with that, here are the top 20 TV shows that made 2019 awesome for us.

PS: This list includes miniseries, traditional TV series and web-series, and are arranged in no particular order.


1. Four Weddings and a Funeral – Hulu

This miniseries presented a heartfelt, self-contained story about love and loss. It’s n exceptional watch.


2. Euphoria s1 – HBO

Teen angst has never been well captured as HBO did it with this one. Expect lots of sex, drugs and all other crazy teen stuff.


3. Watchmen – HBO

A lot of people are calling this the show of the decade; for a show that premiered just two months ago, that’s pretty commendable. If you haven’t yet, you should watch Regina King kick-ass the HBO way.


4. When they see us – Netflix

There was a time in America when racial injustice didn’t receive as much backlash as it does today; this show takes us back to those perilous times and how four men eventually got compensated for losing their youthful days to an unjust system.


5. Sex Education – Netflix

Gillian Anderson is sexy and we now know it very much, thank you.


6. Chernobyl – HBO

Although one of the biggest disasters to have occured, not much was known about it; this show’s changed that.


7. The Mandalorian – Disney +

Pedro Paschal is having the time of his life playing really fun characters. Though Mando might not seem like it, he’s been having twice his normal fun since Baby Yoda came into his life.


8. Undone – Amazon Prime

The shooting technic used to create this live-action-animation easily makes it one of the best shows of this year. Then, factor in its strong story and cast performance, you’ve got a big winner.


9. See – Apple TV

If you thought Jason Momoa’s awesomeness had peaked out playing Khal Drogo and Aquaman, wait to you meet Baba Voss, his fiercest yet.


10. The Morning Show – Apple TV

Jennifer Aniston is back on TV as Alex Levy. I can tell you one thing though, she’s no Rachel.


11. Barry s2 – HBO

Bill Hader continues to impress as Barry. He’s on fire and so is his character.


12. The Hot Zone – Nat Geo

Ebola is a disease that’s always wiped out large number of people whenever it reappears. This is a trip to one of its earlier occurrence in history.


13. Evil s1 – CBS

Our current world is inherently evil and CBS has found a way to phone-in to make a truly drama from these happenings. If you didn’t like Mike Colter during his time as Luke Cage, then you should like him here as a priest-in-training.


14. Swamp Thing s1 – DC Universe

Although this show got cancelled, it still remains one of the best things to come out of 2019. It’s a pity its strong story and cast performance couldn’t save it from issues behind the scenes.


15. The Boys – Amazon Prime

What will be said of 2019 if we don’t mention the show that gave us the best instance of what it’d be like if Superman and the rest of the Justice League were evil? Nothin good.


16. How to Get Away with Murder – ABC

The current season 6 might be its weakest, but the love I’ve got for the show just wouldn’t let me not include it on this list. I’m sorry.


17. Fleabag s2 – BBC One

Fleabag is hilarious, entertaining, and mostly educative. It’s obvious a lot of work went into the crafting of this piece of art; great writing, awesome acting, and a very believable world; definitely worth all the hype.


18. Doom Patrol s1 – DC Universe

Another DC offering that really surprised me. Just like Legends of Tomorrow, this show knows it’s stupid and embraces it well.


19. Stranger Things s3 – Netflix

Allow your mind to be blow again by Eleven and her crew of merry men and women.


20. Carnival Row s1 – Amazon Prime

No doubt, 2019 was a good year for Amazon. This Orlando Bloom/ Cara Delevingne lead fairytale fantasy also helped make it so.


Honorable mentions: The Crown; Love, Death & Robots; The Terror; Good Omens; Mindhunter s2; Emergence; AHS: 84; Godfather of Harlem; Succession; A discovery of Witches; Stranger Things; Killing Eve s2; The Politician s1; Agents of SHIELD s6; All Rise s1.

HTGAWM: Who Killed Asher?

Yeah, you read that right. HTGAWM pulled a fast one on us. All season, the show kept foreshadowing Annalise’s death whereas there was someone we should’ve been more worried about. RIP Mr. Millstone. No more wiggle wiggle from this one.

Welcome to my last recap this year for the number one crime-drama on TV (Don’t argue. Just go with it 😌). HTGAWM is going on a long hiatus and will return in April 2020 for its last six episodes.

With that out of the way, let’s dive into the episode.

Asher Was The Mole! 😥

Sad to believe but it’s true, Asher was the mole all along. The FBI held him tight by the balls to save his mom from jail he began to act like crazy Nate, blaming Annalise for all his problems and tried, unsuccessfully, to rope the others into his scheme. Can we give it up for Michaela eagle eyes. That babe continues to impress me. The way she figured out Asher was the culprit was some good observation skills, and to think that happened with her being high.

How these kids manage to always blame AK for all the wrong things they’ve done will remain one of the greatest mysteries of all time. They probably do it to make better sense of their lives and feel better. Weaklings they are, especially NATE LAHEY.

After Simon, I think Oliver has a boundary problem with the sanctity of human life. In fact, they’ve all got it but Oliver used to be the purest and now he’s been brought into the fold of murders and cover-ups, I think he doesn’t know how to stop. The fact that the first thing he could do when Asher came clean was to hit him in the head with a fireplace poker is quite scary.

But because Oliver’s the obvious culprit is what makes him the least likeliest to finish the job he started. I mean, what are the odds?

Another suspect is Annalise. Where did she go when she asked the driver to turn the car around? I guess we’ll never know until the show returns.

Other strong contenders for the glory of having killed Asher are Gabriel (it happened at his apartment); Tegan (if she could help Laurel escape, she could be guilty of anything now); Frank (he’d do anything to make Bonnie happy); Nate (unstable psycho); the Governor (anything to further implicate Annalise); or Oliver by technicality (probably the hit to the head was actually something to worry about).

Who’s your money on? Who killed Asher?

This episode had its shortcomings too. The whole retcon thing to implicate Asher as the bad guy felt so soap opera-ish, which isn’t a bad thing, but isn’t how I like my HTGAWM dish served. For what it’s worth, though, it’s a breath of fresh air for the show. For its final season, it’s got liberty to experiment some more.

How’s Wes Alive?!

Perhaps one of the biggest mysteries of this episode will be its very confusing timeline. At the tail end of the episode, we see Wes Gibbons, who we’ve thought dead for a long time (season 3) come forward to give a speech at Annalise’s funeral. It’s be good to note that this person isn’t called by the name “Wes”, he only shares his likeness. This means it could actually be Christopher, Wes’s son, and the scene is shot far into the future. Maybe no one killed Annalise after all. Maybe she got to live a long life and died happy. We won’t know for sure until the show returns for what’s been teased to be an exolosive conclusion to a stellar run.

Where will you be April 2, 2020?


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5