by: NICOLE TRUGILLO/Editor-in-Chief
Getting away with murder is never easy and comes with consequences.
“How to Get Away with Murder” premiered its second season on Sept. 24, and it is still leaving viewers with mysterious plotlines and breathtaking performances by the cast.
The second season starts where season one left off. Lawyer Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and the Keating five are trying to move on from Rebecca’s (Katie Findlay) disappearance and the aftershock of Sam Keating’s (Tom Verica) death. Annalise and Frank (Charlie Weber), Annalise’s employee, discuss trying to get to the bottom of who really killed Rebecca.
Wes (Alfred Enoch) begins to disobey Annalise, and she confronts him about it. Wes apologizes for thinking that Annalise had something to do with Rebecca’s disappearance and tries to move on. Even though Annalise and the Keating five are dealing with the Rebecca situation, they take on the case of Caleb (Kendrick Sampson) and Catherine Hapstall (Amy Okunda), adopted siblings who are being accused of murdering their wealthy parents.
With Nate (Billy Brown), Annalise’s ex-lover is still on trial for the murder of her husband, she asks lawyer Eve Rothlow (Famke Janssen), who later is revealed to be an ex-lover, to take on Nate’s case. Michaela (Aja Naomi King) tries to contact the person who Rebecca last texted, hoping that maybe he or she knows where Rebecca is.
As the season continues, it flashes forward from the previous season. Two months later, a gunshot is heard from the Hapstall mansion, and Wes is seen fleeing the scene as Annalise is lying in a pool of blood.
During the present, Annalise and the Keating five are caught off guard when investigators are manipulating everyone to think that the Hapstall siblings are romantically involved. As if that wasn’t enough on Annalise’s plate, she is then cross examined on the witness stand during Nate’s hearing, which takes a toll on her.
Two months later, Wes, Michaela, Laurel (Karla Souza), and Connor (Jack Falahee) run out of the Hapstall mansion after seeing a dead body on the ground, revealed to be the new defense attorney, Emily Sinclair (Sarah Burns).
Days go by, and Annalise is hired to defend a teenage girl, proving her innocence when her best friend is killed. Wes finds out that Michaela is seeing Levi (Matt Cohen), Rebecca’s foster brother, and they both team up to find the truth about Rebecca’s disappearance.
Four weeks later, the ambulance is seen doing everything they can to keep Annalise alive. Nate tempts to drive Connor, Wes, Michaela, and Laurel away from the crime scene, hoping to calm them down.
Asher (Matt McGorry) discovers the truth about Sam, and Annalise explains to him that it isn’t what it seems. Meanwhile, Annalise takes on a new client, a transgender professor who is accused of killing her husband. With Annalise dealing with the new client and Asher, the Keating five are left to deal with the Hapstall case. They discover that the foster parents have an unknown son.
The defense attorney looks into the corruption of Asher’s father from the previous season when Annalise gives them that information to win one of her cases. Wes and Annalise have a fight about Rebecca, while Frank carries Rebecca’s body into the woods.
Weeks later, Frank goes to the hospital to make sure Annalise is OK. But, he switches his composure when he drives toward the woods with an unconscious Catherine in the back of his car. In the morning, Catherine is discovered in the woods by the police.
Nate’s wife dies, and Sinclair believes that Nate has something to do with it, so he is charged with murder. Sinclair tells Bonnie about Asher’s deep and troubling past, which leads to Asher explaining to Annalise what really happened.
The finale reveals Catherine running away with her half-sibling named Philip (Jefferson White) after the Keating five question why she has a hidden gun in her room. It also is revealed who killed Sinclair and why. Annalise once again goes to great measures to fix everybody’s problems. She orders Frank to find Catherine so she can be charged with killing Sinclair and her parents.
Annalise knows that the police need more of a motive for Catherine, so she tries to get one of the Keating four to shoot her. When no one wants to do it, Annalise tells Wes that Rebecca is dead and she knew all along. Wes feels betrayed, so he grabs the gun and shoots Annalise out of anger. When Wes is about to kill Annalise, she whispers his birth name and he drops the gun, hinting that Annalise has known Wes since his childhood.
The second half of season two will begin on Feb 11. This year, “How to Get Away with Murder” has been nominated for 12 awards, including Davis receiving Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2014 and in 2015 from the Screen Actors Guild.
I think season two is definitely my favorite season so far. The producer continues to entice the viewers with mysterious storylines and plot twists. I’m looking forward to sitting down at 9 p.m. trying to figure out how Annalise is going to get herself out of this one…again.