By Michael Alford III
Published: October 4th, 2017
Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) has endured the mistakes of her and her cohorts’ pasts time after time. Between seasons 1 and 2, Keating fights to protect her colleagues and students from the mistakes they continuously make. She has managed to cover up murders, find loopholes, and even coach her students through these struggles, all the while attempting to keep herself together from her personal tragedies.
In this season of “How to Get Away with Murder,” which premiered last Thursday, Keating’s life is finally taking its toll on her. She has undergone the loss of not only her husband, a student she cared deeply for, and her home, but her mother (Cicely Tyson) is also slowly suffering from dementia. Even with her long-time colleague and right-hand man Bonnie (Liza Weil) by her side during her disciplinary hearing, Keating is slowly realizing that her zeal is wavering, and things must change.
At Keating’s hearing, she begged to the disciplinary board to allow her to keep her license because she felt like that’s all she had to hang onto. Her weakness becomes a new-found strength: the strength she needed to disband her loyal subjects.
Keating’s interns/ students have practically been through hell and back under her reign. Wes (Alfred Enoch), as a result, has been killed. In her own way, Keating lets everyone go, admitting that what they were given was a “second chance,” and saying that their relationship with each other is unhealthy. Keating sends them off with stellar recommendation letters so they can become what they dreamed of being: lawyers. Her final advice was to remember who they were before they met, and who they want to become in the future.
The news may have been harsh, but Keating loves her students and believes that starting over is their best option.
With the students begrudgingly going their separate ways, as well as the flash-forward (a staple in this show) of Laurel (Karla Souza) regaining consciousness in a hospital bed after being drugged and wondering what happened to her baby, we are left at the edge of our seats. This begs the question of what is to come.
From what last season has revealed, I’ve formulated a theory. If Laurel’s father (Esai Morales) didn’t want her and Wes to be together and managed to have Wes killed, it is extremely likely he knows more than he lets on. He may know about the corruption surrounding Annalise, and about Laurel keeping the baby. After all, he does run a telecommunications company and could find Frank (Charlie Weber) when no one else knew where he was. It’s that and the fact that her father has a record of bad behavior, according to Laurel. In the end, I for one am anticipating this season.
Shonda Rhimes has been instrumental in bringing captivating dramas to ABC’s network. Each show lures the audience in and entangles them in the web of the characters’ lives. “How to Get Away with Murder” is a prime example of Rhimes’ talent as a creator. With her departure from the network and her partnership with Netflix, it will be interesting to see what becomes of this change. I, for one, believe that Netflix will benefit greatly if Rhimes continues creating shows of this nature.