I power watched season 1 of HTGAWM so that I could enjoy the second season live and, after discovering that I have a really disturbing obsession with the topic, I’ve decided to pen weekly reviews of this ground-breaking show. If you’re not caught up with the current season, visit Netflix and watch Season 1, then go to ABC.com to watch season 2 with me. Enjoy!
Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…
S2xE07: “I Want You To Die”
Sometimes, I forget how important the scenes in Annalise’s classroom are to the story. This week, when Annalise is teaching her students how to convince a jury of that even someone such as Mother Theresa’s could be guilty of murder, we are reminded of the lengths that Annalise and the Keating Five have been willing to go to in order to keep themselves and the people they care about out of jail…for murder…that they actually have committed. This is a twisted family that has gotten even larger and more twisted–we now have Oliver and Eve in on the Keating shenanigans, both of them caught up in cases they probably shouldn’t be. As much as I like both these characters, I do worry that they’re both expendable, if not to their respective beaus, at least the rest of the Keating household. With Oliver’s sudden inclusion at the house, and Philip a.k.a. Secret Baby’s appearance in Ollie’s home, I am very wary of his involvement in the murder mystery that is Annalise’s life (as is Connor). If Annalise and her minions are able to convince a jury of Mother Theresa’s guilt, who are they willing to sacrifice in order to stay out of jail?
While I remain devestated thinking about the fate of poor, sweet Ollie and the subsequent meltdown of his day-drinking boyfriend Connor, I am extremely happy to see Eve back on the show and helping Nate. Eve and Annalise’s story is unwinding to be something beautiful and complex and much more than fleeting, and I appreciate that she returns, no strings, to do something for Annalise that only she can accomplish, which is to get Nate off for assisting in the suicide of his wife. Sinclair has it out for Annalise, and she’s going through Nate to get her, regardless of the threats Annalise levels at her in the courtroom hallway (LOVED THAT SCENE BTW). We know from the flash forward (which is now only 4 days away, on the show timeline) that Sinclair falls from a very high balcony at the Hapstall house, and that Bonnie is left standing as if she may or may not have pushed the very pushy D.A.. Whoever killed Sinclair may not have been the same person to shoot Annalise, though, and so we are stuck waiting for the big reveal that is coming in the mid-season finale. I may not like Sinclair (at all), but I’m still not sure she deserves to be splattered on the pavement by our merry band of murderers.
Regardless of Sinclair’s future, I sure am glad to see Eve back to kicking her ass in court. Eve is there because Annalise needs her, and their relationship continues to evolve before our eyes. I don’t know what to make of Annalise’s confession to Eve that Wes is “him”, though. Is the implication that Wes is Annalise’s son? I toyed with the idea last week, and it actually makes sense, in a weird, twisted, Keating sort of way. Wes is the only reason Annalise covered up Sam’s murder, and she continues to favor Wes, encourage him to trust her, and basically put up with his shit when she doesn’t really put up with anyone’s shit. While it’s not the most unique plot twist, it would make “waitlist’s” presence in the company of these hardcore law students more plausible.
Speaking of hard core, Laurel proves herself as a badass and saves the case of the week, helping to expose an affair between the dead guy’s wife and her lawyer, allowing Annalise’s obviously creepy, stalker client to go free. For Laurel, it’s a shining moment in the courtroom, when most of her previous moments have been in the bedroom, at least so far this season. I’m glad to see her stepping out of the shadows and showing Annalise and the team what she is capable of. Also very capable, is Bonnie, who finally gets into it with Annalise, after she finds out that Asher knows about her childhood trauma because Annalise leaked the footage to him. Bonnie tells Annalise, “I want you to die,” and after the chilling footage in the flash forward of Bonnie and Frank and pretty much the whole Keating household driving away from the scene of Annalise in the Hapstall foyer, it seems that everyone has a reason to kill everyone in this show.
The Collectress and I were discussing the idea that Ollie might actually die, and my blogmate reminded me how tragic it would be for one of the few canonically queer characters on prime time telly to die. While I have no desire AT ALL to see the death of such an interesting and important character as Oliver, I have come to trust the writers of HTGAWM waaaaay more than, say, the asshats who killed Charlie on Supernatural. Whatever happens to Ollie, to Annalise, and even to Sinclair, I trust that the bigger picture will be worth it and that their tribulations will continue to deeply contribute to the plot development and story one of the best shows on television.
Until next time, friends.
How to Get Away With Murder is on ABC, Thursdays at 10pm.
xoxo C. Diva