How To Get Away With Murder struggles to sell its twists in season finale

Shows like How To Get Away With Murder thrive on viewer manipulation. It’s their nature to fake us out. So it tracks that How To Get Away With Murder would totally pull the rug out from us after last week’s penultimate episode. The end of that episode suggests that Bonnie has gotten into a major car accident. And when…

How To Get Away With Murder tediously goes through the motions of setting up its finale

Unsurprisingly, the penultimate episode of How To Get Away With Murder’s fourth season has a lot going on. “The Day Before He Died” tries to attack all of the long-term storylines at once. Isaac is in the hospital recovering from overdosing. Simon’s in the hospital, too, but now he’s awake and gradually remembering…

Not even Olivia Pope can fix an unfocused How To Get Away With Murder

Oh how I wish I could say that the final seconds of “Ask Him About Stella” were enough to carry the entire episode. After teasing a How To Get Away With Murder/Scandal crossover for a while now—something I thought was only possible in my wildest of dreams and fanfiction—we get our first brief glimpse at what a world…

Mental health is at the heart of a smart but struggling How To Get Away With Murder

“He’s A Bad Father” unravels plenty of thread for How To Get Away With Murder season four’s murder board, managing to connect Annalise’s class action, Wes’ death, Laurel’s fucked up family drama, and even Isaac’s once seemingly random backstory with more coherence than the show has exhibited in a while. Look, I get…

Bonnie and Annalise's toxic relationship remains one of the best parts of How To Get Away With Murder

Despite many of its narrative flaws, How To Get Away With Murder remains one of the most piercing portrayals of toxic relationships on television. Erratic character dynamics are a strange thing to praise, and yet, How To Get Away With Murder makes its extreme character highs and lows a defining part of its fabric. The…

How To Get Away With Murder jolts back into action with a million flashbacks

You know that feeling when you jolt awake after a nap you didn’t mean to take or a nap that lasted longer than intended? That’s exactly what a midseason premiere of How To Get Away With feels like. It’s a dizzying inhale. It knocks you out of time. It sends a powerful tension through your entire body. That’s all…

How To Get Away With Murder’s midseason finale features its most graphic scene ever

How To Get Away With Murder dedicates its midseason finale to Laurel and company’s ill-devised plan to bring down her father and Antares. In typical How To Get Away With Murder fashion, it unspools the story in a nonlinear fashion, starting with a big tease and then jumping back 24 hours and then repeatedly jumping…

How To Get Away With Murder bungles the build-up to next week’s chaos with a tedious episode

Though their central storylines have been mostly separate, Annalise and Laurel/Michaela/Oliver have more or less been on similar paths this season. They’ve all taken on a noble cause. In Annalise’s case, she’s helping a large group of poor people who received unfair trials. In Laurel/Michaela/Oliver’s case, they’re…

Connor and Annalise teaming up somehow isn’t the most confusing part of How To Get Away With Murder

“I can’t be strong all the time,” Annalise Keating declares during another one of her terrible therapy sessions to her terrible therapist Isaac. Since the beginning, How To Get Away With Murder has challenged the concept of the “strong female character.” What, after all, does “strong female character” even mean? It’s…

Bonnie and Annalise’s dark past comes to light in a disturbing How To Get Away With Murder

Guilt and self-preservation are often at the surface of How To Get Away With Murder, and they often go hand in hand. “I Love Her” crucially delves into the background between Annalise and Bonnie, shedding light—and darkness—on their complex, often contradictory and boundaryless relationship. Bonnie, who is still lying…

How To Get Away With Murder does too much plotting, not enough character development

How To Get Away With Murder pedals some far-flung ideas—namely, the idea that anyone is capable of murder. But something much easier to get behind is the recurring sentiment on the show that the legal process is inextricable from human emotion. How To Get Away With Murder persistently challenges the idea that laws and…

Annalise is back in court and ready to take down the entire criminal justice system on HTGAWM

How To Get Away With Murder is in a bit of a rebuilding phase. After Annalise fired everyone, the show has reorganized itself into two spheres: the world of the Keating Four and the world of Annalise. Frank and Bonnie exist somewhere in the liminal spaces of both. The show has previously drawn these lines before, but…

In season four premiere, How To Get Away With Murder rebuilds with quiet character drama

How To Get Away With Murder has two speeds: full-on wild, twisty murder party and slow, intense character drama about trauma. Blending those has always been the show’s greatest challenge, and most attempts to combine both speeds in the confines of one episode lead to narrative whiplash. The episodes that tend to go…

How To Get Away With Murder suffocates with an overstuffed two-part finale

How To Get Away With Murder’s tradition of two-hour finales should perhaps be reconsidered in the future. The show so often overwhelms by overstuffing its episodes, and halfway into the first part of tonight’s finale, I was already exhausted. It’s a doozy of a finale, racing through the final twists and turns of Wes’…