On How to Get Away with Murder Season 3 Episode 1, we were thrown straight into the deep end in the aftermath of Mahoney’s murder, and it served as a great point to fix the fractured relationship between Wes and Annalise.
Their relationship was strained for much of How to Get Away with Murder Season 2, so it was refreshing that they were on speaking terms again. If Annalise knew all it would take was Mahoney getting his brains thrown out, she would have probably found a way for that to happen much sooner.
She has no compunction with doing some wicked things. Just give her a few vodkas and she’ll have a hit list of all the people she wants whacked.
For now, it looks like Frank was the one who pulled the trigger. It was pretty sketchy that he even showed up in the first place to take Wes there. I can’t fathom why he would take Wes to meet up with his long lost father, only to start firing rounds in his direction. It makes absolutely zero sense. With little answers surrounding the Frank situation, it makes the whole plot seem pretty absurd.
Frank is practically a trained killer at this point. Just look at the way he stealthily dispatched Annalise’s goon. Here I was half expecting Frank to be the one Annalise was texting, but instead, she was lining up his murder.
With the ammunition Frank has against Annalise, you can bet your bottom dollar that he won’t be going anywhere soon. Now that he knows there was a chance Annalise was having him murdered, he’s going to make her pay for it.
It would be far too easy to say that Frank is the one stalking Annalise. It is probably going to be someone from her past coming back to haunt her. She has worked on a lot of cases throughout her career, so it could be anyone.
The flashbacks were a neat touch, and they helped us get up to speed on why the Keating 5 were being civil toward Annalise in the present.
It seemed like Wes was continuing on with his life, but I just could not for the life of me stop thinking about the sexual chemistry between him and Laurel. The scene at the end of the hour with Laurel visiting Wes made me think he was avoiding her. Wes tried to render her guilty by association with Frank, but Maggie’s observation that Wes is always talking about Laurel sort of showed Laurel the holes in that statement.
If Laurel really reminds him of Frank, why would he not shut up about her? He’s blatantly into her and he doesn’t want to face up to his feelings for her, so he’s using poor Maggie in the meantime.
Now that Laurel knows Wes is pretty much into her, will she take the opportunity to become a thing with him? That’s probably going to be one of the more interesting plots throughout the season ahead.
Laurel will also continue to try and figure out where Frank went. As much as she hates what he did, she just needs to know he’s okay so that she can get the closure she needs to be able to move on emotionally.
It sucks for Laurel that Annalise was treating her like complete trash. She has done nothing wrong, so giving her the ultimatum about Frank was completely uncalled for and Laurel should have grown a backbone and fought back.
The end of Connor and Oliver will probably be temporary, but it was heartbreaking. We’ve witnessed this couple navigate some tough times that would challenge any relationship.
Oliver deleting the Stanford email was downright horrible, but I get that he didn’t want things to change in the relationship. It doesn’t make it okay.
It’s crazy to think just how mature Connor has grown since the start of this relationship. If you recall, all he seemed to care about at the beginning of How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 was screwing any guy who looked at him.
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He would have had every right to explode with rage, but he opted to just move on to the next chapter of his life. He knew there was nothing he could do to go to Stanford. It was too late, so he let it slide.
Unfortunately, that was the ammunition Oliver needed to claim that the relationship was unhealthy. Frankly, it seemed like an easy way out for Oliver.
I do feel bad for Connor because Oliver took Stanford away from him and subsequently broke up with him. Hopefully Connor manages to refrain from going back to his former self.
Now Oliver’s job with Annalise just seems like a mere plot device to create tension between him and Connor.
It wouldn’t be How to Get Away with Murder without a crazy flash-forward that made us fear for our favorite characters.
We know Annalise will lose her beautiful house and someone close to her, but we don’t quite know who bites the dust. It could be anyone with this show.
“We’re Good People Now” was a solid opening to the new season. It was full of twists and turns, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Other tidbits from the episode:
Asher going to Annalise for a loan made sense. He was stuck between a rock and a hard place. It was surprising that she declined him the loan. His new job will no doubt bring him a lot of drama.
The case of the week was not great. The questions surrounding what happened during the time jump detracted from it.
Annalise and Nate are a super hot couple. Please, no more back and forth between them. Let them be happy.
Could Bonnie somehow work with Frank to get him back in good graces with Annalise? She seems to be struggling to continue without Frank in her life.
Annalise running a pro bono class could work really well, but will the university even give her the opportunity?
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It was a kind of…a quiet premiere. The beginning was interesting. The ending of course was interesting. The rest was sort of filler.
I enjoyed Mama Annalise having little moments with each of her Murder children. Somehow the tension bordering on animosity has subsided. And I LOVE that the gang is struggling academically. Law school is hell even when you’re focused, so no way any of them would still be top of the class with all that’s been going on.
I’m still not convinced that Frank actually killed Mahoney. I just don’t buy it. Granted Frank is my favorite. And his relationship with Annalise is one of the best things about the show for me and the possibility of it being destroyed hurts my heart. But nope still not convinced.”Now Oliver’s job with Annalise just seems like a mere plot device to create tension between him and Connor. ”
I’d be surprised if Oliver took the job–he dumped Connor and now he wants to work alongside him? #Awkward!!!!!! I think Connor may have engineered this a bit. He didn’t want Oliver working for Annalise so he feigns forgiveness about the Stanford letter, Oliver is thrown off-kilter and ends up not taking the job, just like Connor wanted. I suppose it’s a little passive-aggressive, and there’s no real proof, but it’s an interesting coincidence to ponder.
As for who’s under that sheet in the ambulance, it’s a very tall person, which makes me think it’s either Wes or Nate–Bonnie seems too short.
Meanwhile, what’s with this new student Mr. Drake? He’s like Asher through the looking glass. Let’s keep an eye on him, huh? And on the subject of students and school, the Keating 5 are obviously in their second year of law school. They couldn’t have Annalise continue to teach the first-years and “hire” another 5 students so they gave her a different class. I also wonder if she’ll tell the Keating 5 that their rankings have slid.
Welcome to our newest method of reviewing/recapping season three of How to Get Away with Murder where I’ll be joined by film writer Alana Jane Chase in discussing (mainly reacting to) the latest episodes live. The discussion has been edited for (some) clarity.
Season three of How to Get Away with Murder is here and with it, a new model to write by on a week to week basis. Instead of writing individual reviews, myself and Alana (or others if she’s busy because I can’t monopolize everyone’s time all the time) are going to review by way of discussion, as live reactions might just be the best means of capturing the essence of what makes this show so fun to watch on a week to week basis.
The season premiere, “We’re Good People Now” is a fun, light on it’s feet and sun soaked episode that builds upon these characters and their dynamics. Season two became muddled in it’s back half-even for a show that loves to twist its storylines up until the answer is just as incomprehensible as the set up. Season three seems to be recapturing the spirit of season one where all the crazy is still present, just toned down enough and character focused so that by the time the big season reveal is rolled out, we’ll care.
Continue to page two to read the conversation Alana and I had live as the episode aired and trek through our exclamations of shock, my complete inability to accurately guess an upcoming twist and our unreliable focus as we are too often distracted by the gross amount of collective beauty the cast shares.
Much like season two of How To Get Away With Murder wasted no time in letting us know who killed Rebecca at the end of season one, season three swipes the “cliffhanger” from the end of season two under the rug as quickly as possible. Frank killed Wes’s father in order to have something on Annalise. Wes and Annalise promptly head to the woods to literally scream into the night and everyone’s back to business. Murder class is back in session!
Of course, How To Get Away With Murder’s modus operandi is to repeatedly pull the rug out from under its characters and viewers, so there’s still a good chance that Wes’s father’s murder isn’t as solved as Annalise thinks it is. But for now, it’s just off to the side, Frank’s absence a crucial part of the emotional stakes to the premiere but not necessarily all that urgent, even with Annalise ominously texting from a burner phone she keeps hidden in her jewelry box. Watching the premiere amounts to waiting for the shoe to drop, but at the same time, that wait is largely devoid of suspense and tension. I waited, but not from the edge of my seat.
Much of “We’re Good People Now” amounts to a lookback on how Annalise and the Keating Five spent their summers, which is exactly as boring as it sounds. Annalise helped Michaela get out of a DUI. Asher’s poor now that daddy’s dead. Connor read Giovanni’s Room poolside and made Annalise promise to never hire Oliver (a promise she very quickly breaks). Wes got a cute girlfriend named Meggy who is a hugger. Annalise planted some flowers. Laurel tried to convince everyone that she is not Team Frank. It’s unclear exactly what Bonnie did this summer, but hopefully she took a much needed vacation. Look, the summer flashbacks weren’t completely useless. It is very refreshing to see these characters take a moment to feel and to talk about their feelings openly. There are certain character moments that are genuinely fascinating, like the fact that Michaela and Connor seem to be coping with the trauma of working for Annalise in opposite but parallel ways, Michaela going from an up-tight perfectionist to a party girl and Connor conversely opting for a much more relaxed and quiet lifestyle. Although, Oliver drops a bomb on their functional—compared to everyone else on the show—relationship by dumping him in the episode’s most gutting scene.
But even though there are glimpses of character work and emotion in those summer flashbacks, they still predominantly seem like heavy-handed table-setting. Sometimes, the show’s nonlinear way of storytelling creates brilliant suspense and urgency; other times, it’s just superfluous. Tellingly, the emotional moments that take place in the present land much better. One thing the premiere does exceptionally well is keep its characters firmly rooted in the emotional ramifications of their past actions. Sometimes, there’s a tendency for these characters to become oddly divorced from the past for the sake of keeping the story moving along, but that isn’t the case here. Oliver and Connor’s breakup comes from an honest emotional place that reaches back into their character histories in a meaningful way. Laurel and Wes’s relationship also makes for an understated highlight of the episode, with Wes confessing that he has distanced himself from her because of her association with Frank.
How To Get Away With Murder has always struggled when it comes to balancing its serialized storytelling with its cases of the week. Every once in awhile, it will bust out a case that’s as immersive as the more long-term drama between the main characters, but it’s rare. In “We’re Good People Now,” Annalise is teaching a pro bono clinic—something she proposes when the school takes away her criminal law class in an effort to transition her into a research position. As part of the course, her students take on actual cases. For their first, they have to defend Karim, a father who is facing deportation after being found in possession of marijuana. The case brings to light the very real and serious problems with U.S. immigration policy, but it all happens on the periphery of the episode. Like so many of How To Get Away With Murder’s courtroom subplots, it’s just sort of there. Karim and his daughter are barely developed characters. Any moment intended to be suspenseful in the trial comes off as forced and hollow. I’ve been rewatching season one of The Good Wife, which only makes How To Get Away With Murder’s shortcomings when it comes to imbuing its cases of the week with urgency and depth all the more glaringly obvious. Whether they were judges, opposing counsel, or clients, the tertiary characters on The Good Wife were treated with just as much nuance and detail as the main characters. They would sometimes only be around for one episode, but they weren’t treated like temporary guests. How To Get Away With Murder is a less hospitable host. There have certainly been major exceptions, but one-off characters on this show are written like one-off characters, drawn in big, vague strokes.
So yes, watching “We’re Good People Now” amounts to a lot of waiting for something to happen. When Michaela shouts “boring!” at Laurel mid-episode, I found myself agreeing. We’re three seasons into How To Get Away With Murder now, so we know the drill. Someone’s going to get murdered. Ah, but here is where How To Get Away With Murder changes the game a bit this time around. Someone indeed gets murdered at episode’s end, but we don’t know who. Someone died in a fire at Annalise’s house, and her reaction indicates that it’s someone she cares about, but we don’t get to see their face. Over the course of the next several weeks, How To Get Away With Murder will not reveal who is dead but will reveal one person per episode who is not dead. It’s quite literally a game, and on a different show, I would roll my eyes at such an unconcealed gimmick. But a murder reveal game is perfectly at home on How To Get Away With Murder. One of the best moments in HTGAWM history was when Annalise Keating uttered the words “Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?,” and a murder reveal game is the same brand of bonkers that works on this show. There’s a strong sense of self-awareness behind the decision to structure the first stretch of the season like this, like showrunner Peter Nowalk knows exactly why people keep coming back to this show. But it could easily go too off the rails, too. But “We’re Good People Now” is on the opposite side of the spectrum. It plays it all a little too safe and a little too according to expectations. Summer’s over. Let the murder games begin.
Finally, the show recognizes that all of the Keating kiddos could not possibly be doing well in school.
Moment of silence for Frank’s facial hair, but also bless that jawline he can finally show off.
Earlier this week, I wrote about the significance of Annalise’s love for vodka, and then three days later, she announced she’s over vodka. Like so many others, I was betrayed by Annalise Keating. (But, it should be noted, she still poured vodka for herself and Bonnie later in the episode.)
Speaking of Bonnie, this premiere didn’t even try to make her seem useful.
Asher isn’t a rich boy anymore, and thankfully, the show isn’t turning that into some sort of character rehabilitation. He’s still as annoying as ever, and Michaela and Annalise are quick to put him in his place.
So, who do you think is dead? Wes would be too obvious, no? Same with Nate? But honestly, how many people does Annalise care that deeply about? I feel like most of the other members of the Keating Five wouldn’t get that reaction from her. Maybe Bonnie?
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According to Nowalk, HTGAWM has a new costume designer this season. She’s already killing it.
Viola Davis is, as always, astonishing in the scene where Annalise spirals out after her pal on the other end of the burner phone says he found Frank. Annalise tries to be so cool and collected all episode, but that moment makes it clear she’s still teetering on the edge. Davis plays that polarity flawlessly.
“Justice is the exception. You should know that by now.” While I didn’t love this episode, that line might just be in my top all-time favorite How To Get Away With Murder quote rankings.
Since I already brought up the comparison, I also want to point out that The Good Wife did multiple episodes that exceptionally portrayed how fucked up our immigration system and the courts that govern it are. But again those stories felt more complete and pressing than this one does, even when they were centered on characters we never saw again, and that made the message all the more powerful.