Just a forewarning, this will contain spoilers.
This time last year I became obsessed with How to Get Away with Murder. The court room / mystery drama follows Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) an esteemed lawyer and professor who selects 5 of her students to intern for her at her law firm (which is also her home). The lucky 5 – Michaela (Aja Naomi King), Laurel (Karla Souza), Connor (Jack Falahee), Wes (Alfred Enoch) and Asher (Matt McGorry) – get to help Annalise with her cases trying to come up with creative but strong defences for Annalise’s clients. Season 1 focuses on 2 main plot lines: the unsolved murder of student Lila Stangard who was killed a year previous and also the death of Annalise’s husband, Sam. In the first episode we see 4 of the interns: Wes, Connor, Michaela and Laurel disposing of Sam’s body leaving us to wonder… did they kill Sam?
Every episode is a constant thrill, it’s fast and exciting and completely gripping. So after the explosive season 1 finale which answered many of the questions that audiences had, leaving only a few loose ends to tie up, I was a little worried about which direction season 2 was going to go in. I was praying that the writers wouldn’t drag out a tired story for multiple seasons. After watching the first episode of season 2 I can now confirm that I’m ashamed I didn’t have more faith in the fantastic writing.
The opening episode “It’s Time to Move on” brought everything I love about this show rushing back: the acting, the over dramatics, the mystery, the character dynamics, the twists and most of all the fearlessness that made me love the show so much. It isn’t afraid to cross boundaries or be over dramatic. The episode itself was kind of cathartic in a way: with season 1 ending in another murder connected to the Sam/Lila case I was positive this season would focus on revealing the identity of that killer. However, there’s no time wasted in revealing the killer allowing audiences to move on from the Lila/Sam saga and dig their heels into a new mystery.
This doesn’t mean that Sam’s death in forgotten about. With Nate Lahey (Billy Brown), Annalise’s lover, being framed for Sam’s murder and an ongoing trial it seems Annalise is repenting for framing him in the first place so brings in Eve Rothlow (Famke Janssen) a lawyer specialising in death row cases to help get Nate free. I’m extremely excited to see where Janseen’s character goes as we’ve already seen that her long history with Annalise is interesting to say the least! The show promises to continue providing us with decent and fearless writing. There aren’t many shows that would tackle the subject of H.I.V and A.I.D.S in its first season and it looks like it isn’t going away any time soon. It’s refreshing to see that kind of writing on television. I’m excited to have each of the characters back. The writing is so precise in defining each characters layers and backgrounds that it’s hard for any of the characters to just blend into the background, you either love or hate them. There’s no give and take with this bunch.
The season does seem to have taken a slight turn however and hints at a more ongoing case rather than a ‘case of the week’ type approach. The adopted son and daughter of 2 millionaires are on trial for the murder of their parents and with the way this episode ended it seems that there might be some dire consequences for Annalise’s desire to take on this case. In typical How to Get Away with Murder style we were left with a bunch of questions and a thirst for answers. It feels so good to be watching again.
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