How to Get Away With Murder Returns With Season 4 + Season 3 Recap
The highly successful drama series How To Get Away With Murder was renewed starring EGOT winner Viola Davis for its fourth season (as if we're still not reeling over the season three finale still). The series details the ever-changing lives of five law students, nicknamed Keating 5 and their professor Annaliese Keating, who all get caught up in multiple webs of lies, deceits, and murder.
Season four promises the same heart racing, nail biting, and alcohol-induced pain we've grown accustomed to since season one. There are more secrets to be told and more lives to be taken but only How To Get Away With Murder can torture us that way. Season three 2- hour finale left everyone speechless and anxious for more. Annaliese Keating and her crew have gotten themselves into a mess that's deeper than they had expected.
First off, let's just say it: Wes. Is. Dead. Hard to believe but after weeks of wondering who was #UnderTheSheet after Annaliese's house blew up from an unknown explosion and them teasing us every episode by showing one person alive until we were left with two guesses: Nate Lahey or Wes Gibbins. The answer shocked everyone when Nate was shown walking into the morgue and the sheet flipped back, exposing a severely burned Wes. That alone took the breath away of the loyal viewers of the ABC series. It was later revealed that he had died before the fire.
Now, we were left with the burning question of who could have done it.
But first, we witness something we had hoped we wouldn't have to: The arrest and almost downfall of Annaliese Keating that sent her into existential crisis. She was getting hit with charges left and right, even one for the murder of Rebecca Sutter, Wes's girlfriend from season one who mysteriously disappeared. It was revealed that she was killed by Bonnie Winterbottom, who thought she was doing Annaliese a favor when she thought Rebecca would run to the police. Annaliese wasn’t happy.
Every season starts off with the climax and rewinds back to the start of it all. As we see Annaliese, shocked and stricken with fear and uncertainty, standing outside her house along with cops, ambulances, and onlookers, she asked to view the body of the person they pulled from her house. As the camera pans closer and the EMT pulls back the sheet, Keating's body moves in front, obstructing our view of the body. Cue in the blood curling scream.
As the season progress, Bonnie tries her hardest to get Keating out on bail; none of her attempts work. Michaela and Asher try to calm down an angry Connor, who blames everything on Keating, all while Connor tries to convince Olivier to examine the copied contents of Keating's phone when she asked him to erase everything before the police got their hands on it. Frank confesses to the murder of Wes to help Annaliese after he had disappeared. Then we have Laurel, who had started dating Wes after her had broken up with his girlfriend. She was also in the fire but managed to come out alive -- and pregnant. She takes Wes's death the hardest as she feels nobody wants justice.
Annaliese is released from jail on bond after provoking an inmate to hit her and not everyone is excited as there's the still mystery of not only who killed Wes, but who moved his body out of the morgue. We see Keating at her lowest, something nobody is used to seeing but she soon bounces back as she files a lawsuit against Renee Atwood, who gets fired due to her relationship with Nate Lahey.
In episode 313, Asher comes out and says what we are thinking -- Connor is the snitch. Of course, Connor defends himself but Asher's isn't convinced as Connor's actions prove otherwise. The episode ended with a flashback of Connor given Wes CPR. He had been holding onto the burden of Wes’s death, resulting in him lashing out.
Laurel wants justice. She sets off to find Charles Mahoney’s son, who she believes is responsible for Wes’s death. The real cliffhanger as she rushed outside to shoot Mahoney’s son, her cousin stops her in tracks, unaware of her current mission. Flash forward to Laurel’s father, Jorge Castillo, setting up the whole explosion of Keating’s house. Talk about a messy set up. The season ended with Annaliese in her AA meeting, coming to terms with Wes’s death as well as her own son. We felt it too.
Season four is currently in production and is set to premiere September 28th at 10 PM as part of ABC’s #TGIT lineup.