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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.


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.


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.


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?


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: Incest Is Best, Put Your Brother To The Test – WTF?!

A review-recap of HTGAWM s06e13

Dear HTGAWM, my mind is blown, but I’m not sure it’s in the way you’d expect.


This week’s episode is a lot of things, but subtle isn’t one of it. It’s a stream of twists and turns, something fans of the show are used to seeing after spending six years with this beauty. But, somehow, this week’s dose of murder-tainment just seemed too much to handle; too much to shove down our throats under 45 minutes.

As feared, HTGAWM has gone down the incest road, which is sad for me, but it is what it is. And the thing with subplots like this one this late in a TV season is how convulated and in-your-face it may come across because of time constraints.

We’ve got two episodes to go and lots of pending and new questions begging for answers, and I really hope the show knows what it’s doing. It’d better help me make proper sense of how Sam is Frank’s father, yet sent his son to kill his side-chick (remember the Lila Stangard murder?)

Unless, of course, Sam didn’t really know about Frank being his son?

But, in that case, Hannah would have to know, otherwise what’s the explanation of Frank being in their lives? The story here had better be good, Shonda, I’m warning you. 😩

HTGAWM has a lot of explaining to do before it finally goes off air. This Sam-Frank-Hannah reveal had better not be a case of lazy writing, a cheap reveal mostly for its shock value. And, while they’re at it, can they please help me make sense of Nate’s continued existence by getting him to do something good with Annalise’s court case next week.

PS: It felt good seeing braided Annalise and Sam again. Solid performances from all the case members, as always.

Seen this episode? What shocked you the most?

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!

HTGAWM: It’s Annalise Keating vs The World Now

This is a review-recap for How to Get Away with Murder s06e10

Everyone’s gunning for Annalise -the State, the Feds and, now, even her own students – no wonder she had to run.

Fans of saucy, dramatic TV murder, ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ is back for its final six episodes and things aren’t looking good for our favorite professor.

It’s ironic how Annalise Keating (AK) is the only one on the FBI’s radar who hasn’t actually killed anyone, but also the one they seem to have the hardest boner for. Makes you wonder how bad they are at their jobs, or how they just want to go with the perfect narrative that a Black law professor cajoled her impressionable students into killing her ex-husband and all the enemies that came after him, to cover her tracks. Cool story from their white perspective.

Remember how AK asked/blackmailed Solomon (Michaela’s dad) for help to run away, during the midseason finale? Well, that was for nought because she only got as far as Mexico.

In her defense, she never could’ve known Asher would be murdered and that Michaela and Connor would be picked up for it. Solomon did what any father would do, especially one trying to enter his grownup daughter’s life, he gave up Annalise in exchange for Michaela’s release.

So, the action is on… AK is back and obviously going to face trial thanks to Connor and Michaela’s testimony and I’m wondering who’d represent the Tigress vicious enough to go against the Supreme Court?

Teagan is good, but she’s no Annalise.

Eve? I doubt it.

Maybe AK will defend herself, who knows?

We still have to figure out who killed Asher, not like we really care, but it has to be solved before the show ends. Top on the list of suspects now -Frank and Gabriel. But, what if the FBI or the Governor actually killed Asher? Think about it, how his death was the final ingredient that provided all the evidence to nail AK?

And, also, how TF is Wes alive, that’s if that show isn’t a dream.

So many questions, one down, five episodes to go.

HTGAWM, welcome back _ the beginning of the end.

PS: Did you catch that scene where Annalise took off all her make-up and hair? It reminded me of that one from season one.