How To Get Away With Murder: “Hello Raskolnikov” Review
Ever since we learned that Wes (Alfred Enoch) is the one that struck the fatal blow to Sam (Tom Verica) in the fall finale of How To Get Away With Murder (hereafter known as HTGAWM), I have been waiting for the return of the show to find out the aftermath of Murder Night, and to find out how much Annalise (Viola Davis) has known this entire time.
That last secret didn’t take long. Throughout the episode, we see each of our main cast be interrogated by the police as Annalise tries to prove that her husband was the one who killed Lila Stangard, thereby getting the charges against her client, Rebecca (Katie Findlay), dropped.
Spoiler alert: she succeeds. But really, that was never in doubt. What was far more interesting was watching how each of the characters deals with the fallout: Connor (Jack Falahee), ever the coward, is the first to predict that someone will run to the police and confess, though he is quickly shut down by Laurel (Karla Souza). He then goes on to predict that the one who will break will be Michaela (Aja Naomi King), but it should surprise no one that he is the one who first decides to go to the police. After all, Rebecca is the one who broke into the house, and Wes is the one that actually murdered Sam, so the rest are free and clear. Or so he convinces Michaela. The two then turn to Laurel to join them and they all three go to the police, but Laurel has actually told Wes everything, who tells Annalise everything, and so Annalise comes clean to all four of them about being the one who instructed Wes about getting rid of the body and the evidence, and she promises to help them since it helps her.
Everything seems like it’s going to work out, but then Marcia Gay Harden shows up at the last minute, declaring that there is no way that Sam killed Lila. She should know, after all: she’s his sister. There are 5 episodes left of this season for our less-than-heroic heroes to self destruct.
Several relationships progress: Michaela moves forward with her wedding plans; Laurel blows off Frank (Charlie Weber), but once he finds out the truth, he calls her out on it, leaving them in limbo; there is some tension between Wes and Rebecca, since he seems to be way too calm about everything; Asher (Matt McGorry) tries to pursue Bonnie (Liza Weil), but she rejects him, hard; and Connor goes back to Oliver (Conrad Ricamora), attempting to make nice.
All in all, it was a great episode to come back to. The structure of the Murder Night flashbacks is gone, but was replaced this episode by seeing each of the parties involved talking with the police throughout, and it will be interesting to see how each of the remaining episodes will attempt a new structure. The episode was largely wrap-up, with a little bit of setup for the rest of the season, but there were so many really great character moments throughout.
Are you excited that HTGAWM is back?