‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Reviews and Recaps

 ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Recap: “Is Someone Really Dead?”

Aja Naomi King in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "Is Someone Really Dead?" Photo Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright Aja Naomi King in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "Is Someone Really Dead?" Photo Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright

Aja Naomi King in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “Is Someone Really Dead?” Photo Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright Aja Naomi King in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “Is Someone Really Dead?” Photo Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright

Last week’s How to Get Away with Murder was the very definition of insanity. From surprising hookups to explosive information about “Who’s Under the Sheet?” How to Get Away with Murder brought its A-game. This week’s episode of How to Get Away with Murder continued the insanity trend as more storylines were explored and big twists kept on coming. Let’s recap the latest episode “Is Someone Really Dead?”

At this point on How to Get Away with Murder, everyone is having sex with eachother or they are threatening to kill someone. Pretty typical behavior from our cast of characters. With only two episodes left until the “Who’s Under the Sheet?” reveal the stakes are even higher. This episode picks up right where we left off last week, with Michaela in her apartment with her adoptive mother. She just answered Connor’s phone and is not trying to call Asher and find him. We find out that Asher (Matt McGorry) is safe in the flashforwards when Michaela (Aja Naomi King) desperately tries to find him.

In the flashbacks, Wes (Alfred Enoch), Laurel (Karla Souza), Annalise (Viola Davis) and Bonnie (Liza Weil) are dealing with the news that Frank (Charlie Weber) is right around the corner. Annalise feels betrayed when she learns that Bonnie kept this news from her. Bonnie tells them that she recorded Frank confessing to Wallace Mahoney’s murder. This isn’t that surprising because let’s be honest, we figured he did it.

Just as all of this information is being spilled, Wes and Laurel both get a call from Meggy (Corbin Reed). She’s panicking because the police are at Wes’ apartment. Laurel tells Meggy that Wes is at the library and she should leave. Meanwhile, Annalise tells Wes that he’s now under “Keating House Arrest” and can’t leave. To make this house arrest even better, she tells him that Bonnie will be stuck there with him. Perfect.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Recap: “It’s About Frank”

Tom Verica and Charlie Weber in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "It's About Frank." Photo Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright

Tom Verica and Charlie Weber in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “It’s About Frank.” Photo Credit: ABC/Richard Cartwright

If you ever thought the twists and turns would stop on How to Get Away with Murder you were dead wrong. This week’s episode offered up a surprise hookup, a drunk Annalise (Viola Davis) and enough OMG moments to keep you hooked until the next episode. As we get closer and closer to the big “who’s under the sheet reveal,” the stakes just keep getting higher and higher. Let’s recap the latestHow to Get Away with Murder episode “It’s About Frank.”

This week’s episode picks up right where we last ended. Meggie (Corbin Reid), Bonnie (Liza Weil) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) are in the hospital frantically learning all the information they can about a pregnant and injured Laurel (Karla Souza). Meggie can’t give Bonnie, Oliver and us much info, which is making everyone very nervous.

Now we jump back three weeks earlier where some of the craziest stuff is going on. After learning her father is dead and that Frank (Charlie Weber) is in Coalport, Bonnie goes on a little trip. Although there to deal with funeral arrangements, that’s the thing we remember least about this storyline. Bonnie tells Laurel she’s going to find Frank, but to not, under any circumstances, tell Annalise. In an adorable reunion, Bonnie sees Frank outside the funeral home and they share a loving embrace as she thanks him.

Frank and Bonnie immediately spend time together in his rundown motel room. Bonnie tries to recap everything that has happened (which let’s be honest is quite a lot) and she even asks him about Wallace Mahoney’s murder and why he killed him. In a last effort, Bonnie tells Frank he should come back with her because it’s time he and Annalise forgive each other.  Rightly so, Frank doesn’t think Annalise will ever stop trying to kill him and coming back isn’t a good plan.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Review/Recap: “We’re Good People Now”

Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "We're Good People Now." Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "We're Good People Now." Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth

Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “We’re Good People Now.” Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “We’re Good People Now.” Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth

It appears to be a season of re-invention for ABC’s hit drama How to Get Away with Murder. The hit TGIT show, created by Pete Nowalk, kicked off its third season this week with an episode filled with new character arcs. How to Get Awaywith Murder is back with it’s premiere episode “We’re Good People Now.”

When you are a show that thrives on being at least five steps ahead of your viewers, it can be hard to create refreshing storylines. How long can you continue to lead them blindly before they figure out your plan? This is something I’ve been thinking about all summer as I awaited How to Get Away with Murder’s return.

Last season, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and company had to deal with the overarching Hapstall case as well as Wes (Alfred Enoch) learning more about his past. A season filled with twists and turns, it never quite lived up to the hype of season one, but remained a great follow up season. So, going into season three I was skeptical how the show would keep me interested. Would there be yet another murder to solve? Would we go through another season of the students blindly trusting Annalise? All of my hesitant questions were answered in the season three premiere and my verdict remains that I’m on the fence. I’m still unsure how I will remained hooked for an entire season, but again if any show were to surprise me, it would be this one.

Season three of How to Get Away with Murder kicks off right where last season ended. Frank (Charlie Weber) has taken off upon revealing that he indeed killed Lyla for Sam (Tom Verica). Frank has always been a mysterious character, however this season Weber seems to be dialing it to a full ten. He’s shaved his beard and is now on the run. Although Frank has always played a key role in storylines, this seems to be his season to be front and center. With Annalise furious over Frank’s betrayal and Laurel (Karla Souza) trying to distance herself as much as possible, Frank is the key character to keep an eye on as we launch into season three.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Review: “Anna Mae”

Cicely Tyson and Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "Anna Mae". Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder

Cicely Tyson and Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “Anna Mae”. Photo Credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder

How to Get Away with Murder aired its season two finale this week and it will surely hold fans over until the hit drama returns this fall on ABC. Last week fans watched as Laurel (Karla Souza) let slip to Annalise (Viola Davis) that Frank (Charlie Weber) was the one who killed Lyla. With secret after secret piling up,How to Get Away with Murder brought fans to an epic season two conclusion in the latest episode entitled “Anna Mae.”

Since her guest starring role in season one, fans have been clamoring for Cicely Tyson’s return to How to Get Away with Murder. Season two answered fans prayers as Annalise went running home to her Mama. Tyson makes her triumphant return to How to Get Away with Murder this week as fans learn more about Annalise’s home life. No one on How to Get Away with Murder ever rivals Davis and her star power but that all changed with Tyson in this episode. Davis and Tyson create one of the best mother-daughter pairings on primetime TV. Mama and Annalise have an irreplaceable bond and it shines in this episode. Right from the start, Tyson and Davis remind fans why their dynamic is so amazing.

Since How to Get Away with Murder began, very little is known about Annalise’s home life. The season two finale offers some more info on Annalise’s life before she became the famous lawyer Annalise Keating. With Anna Mae (Annalise’s real name) home, Mama decides it’s time for a good old fashion family gathering. This scene is filled with relatives coming up to Annalise and talking about her recent shooting, the death of Sam and basically everything that is a trigger for her. One of the most important guests at Mama’s family gathering is Annalise’s estranged father. The introduction of Annalise’s father offers more insight into her life. Fans quickly learn that her father and mother have begun seeing each other again following Annalise’s shooting. Davis does an incredible job at playing the protective daughter who is skeptical about her absentee father reappearing in her mother’s life. Once again, Tyson and Davis expand on their mother-daughter relationship in the best way possible.

While Annalise is home and avoiding responsibility, an arrest warrant for Annalise has been issued. Cue Nate (Billy Brown) marching down to Tennessee to see how Annalise is doing and to let her know. Brown and Davis have always had incredible chemistry on How to Get Away with Murder. Their scenes together are always interesting as they play the couple that wants to be together but is afraid to let one another in. With Nate showing up at Annalise’s family home, a hilarious scene ensues involving Annalise’s sister and mother. Seeing Cicely Tyson spying on Nate and Annalise is nothing short of amusing and it’s great to have these small moments to break up the larger, more intense plot lines.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Review: “There’s My Baby”

Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "There's My Baby." Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth

Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “There’s My Baby.” Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth

How to Get Away with Murder catapulted fans towards the season two finale with the latest episode entitled “There’s My Baby.” Last week’s heart-pounding episode ended with Annalise (Viola Davis) being attacked by Phillip (Jefferson White) in Wes’ (Alfred Enoch) apartment. With only two episodes left this season, How to Get Away with Murder answers some questions, but leaves fans with so many more.

How to Get Away with Murder picked up right where the previous episode ended with Annalise struggling against Philip and Wes in NYC visiting Eve (Famke Janssen). This event launches How to Get Away with Murder into one of the best episodes of the season. With Phillip on the loose after attacking Annalise, Keating & Associates are on lockdown. With all of the Keating Five secluded into one room, secrets are exposed in typical How to Get Away with Murder fashion. Janssen and Davis continue to work perfectly opposite each other. Eve promptly tells Annalise that she needs to talk to Wes about the Mahoney file and his mother’s involvement. She then offers for Annalise to come home with her to NYC. Of course, Annalise has bigger issues to worry about.

It’s no surprise that the videotape Philip sent would come back to haunt the Keating Five. The lawyer dealing with the Hapstall case decides it’s time all the people featured on video should be interviewed. This creates an interesting montage on How to Get Away with Murder. The short, quick cutting scenes allow each character’s characteristics to shine. Alongside Bonnie (Liza Weil), Wes appears calm, Michaela (Aja Naomi King) is preoccupied with Caleb’s (Kendrick Sampson) abduction, Connor (Jack Falahee) is trying to remain collected and Laurel (Karla Souza) is two steps ahead as usual. These short montages that are often scene in Shondaland shows help move the plot along and allow each character to shine.

Matt McGorry continues to bring his A-game to How to Get Away with Murder this season and it’s an amazing transformation for fans to watch. Last season, McGorry was simply the comedic relief last season and although that character is still part of Asher’s persona, the complexity of his character has grown astronomically. Asher starts to feel guilty for all the trouble he has caused by killing Sinclair. In a heartfelt moment, Asher tells the entire group, “I messed up and made you stick up for me and I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for protecting me.” McGorry has transformed Asher into a multi-faceted character and it’s wonderful seeing it on screen week after week. Of course moments after this admission, Asher is called into the lawyers office for questioning.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Review: “It’s a Trap”

Karla Souza and Wes Enoch in the How to Get Away with Murder episode "It's a Trap." Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth

Karla Souza and Wes Enoch in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “It’s a Trap.” Photo Credit: ABC/Mitch Haaseth

How to Get Away with Murder jumped into the past this week as Wes (Alfred Enoch) and Laurel (Karla Souza) dig deeper into Annalise’s (Viola Davis) connection to Rose (Kelsey Scott). Last week fans watched as Annalise returned to the courtroom and other secrets were revealed. The latest episode of How to Get Away with Murder entitled “It’s a Trap,” delivers some answers while leaving fans with even more questions.

Karla Souza astounds on How to Get Away with Murder and this week’s episode is no exception. In the span of one season, Souza has turned Laurel into one of the most important characters on How to Get Away with Murder. Souza has become one of the breakthrough actresses and her scenes this week further prove her amazing potential. One of her best scenes this week comes when Laurel presses Frank (Charlie Weber) for more information on Lyla. Last week, fans watched as Frank finally revealed to Laurel that he killed Lyla. In an emotional exchange, Laurel believes Frank is lying and is utterly distraught that he kept this from her. Souza and Weber have unbeatable chemistry and this scene showcases how far the duo have come as actors. Both began How to Get Away with Murder as relatively unknown actors and now it’s hard to imagine the series without them. Souza shines and Weber triumphs in this emotional scene. In the end, Laurel walks out leaving a distraught Frank alone in his apartment.

While Laurel and Frank deal with secrets coming to light, Connor (Jack Falahee) and the rest of the Keating Five deal with a video that incriminates all of them. Last week, fans saw as Connor received a video that clearly shows the Keating Five at the Hapstall mansion the night Annalise was shot. This leads to an “all hands on deck” episode, especially when the blackmailer requests $1 million be deposited. Some of the best How to Get Away with Murder episodes involve the entire team at Keating & Associates working together and this episode was no exception. The only difference between this episode and others: most of the Keating Five planned to go down.

With all hope appearing to be lost, Connor, Asher (Matt McGorry) and Michaela (Aja Naomi King) prepare to go down for their involvement in Annalise’s shooting. Each character deals with the possibility in their own way. Asher goes to Bonnie (Liza Weil) and what ensues is an amazing, small moment between Matt McGorry and Liza Weil. McGorry and Weil continuously flourish in their scenes opposite each other. This week on How to Get Away with Murder, Asher talks to Bonnie about killing Sinclair. In an emotional moment, Bonnie tells Asher that she isn’t his lawyer or his girlfriend. Weil and McGorry knock these small moments out of the park. McGorry has transformed Asher this season and his character arc is one of the most intriguing. Weil has the natural ability to evoke fans emotions even when no words are exchanged. Bonnie shuts the door in Asher’s face and the tears in Bonnie’s eyes say it all.

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*Note: These are not all my published HTGAWM reviews*

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