How to Get Away With Murder Books Cicely Tyson for Mystery Role

Earlier this year, she took The Trip to Bountiful. In early 2015, Cicely Tyson will pay a visit to Murder-ville.

The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress will guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC’s Thursday night hit How to Get Away With Murder, TVLine has learned.

As of now, Tyson is only booked for one episode — and the network remained tight-lipped regarding details about her character. (Could she be the mother of Viola Davis’ hard-charging defense attorney Annalise Keating? We can but hope!)

Tyson’s casting is yet another high-caliber get for the freshman drama. Last month, TVLine reported that Oscar winner Marcia Gay Hardern will board the series in a recurring role when it returns from its winter break.

How to Get Away With Murder returns Thursday, Jan. 29, with the last six episodes of its Season 1 run.

Excited about Tyson’s casting? Any theories (or hopes) about her character? Sound off below!

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  1. Sean says:

    This show has been getting some really good guest actresses.

  2. Steven says:

    Annalise’s mom was my first guess too. Can’t wait for it to come back!

  3. Kevin in CT says:

    Wow, she has really held up well. Looks great for 80 years old!!

  4. pamill says:

    Legends don’t do throwaway guest spots. She is Annalise’s mother all right.

  5. Ian says:

    Yeah, id say theyre going for another power child/parent dynamic like on Scandal.

  6. KCC says:

    Haha! When I saw the headline, my first thought was, “She did it!”. However, being Annaleise’s mom makes more sense than her being the killer in the case of the week.

  7. She has GOT to be Annalise’s mother.

  8. lechatnoir says:

    pretty clear she is going to be Ma’a Keating. She should be a mean Mum though.

  9. Chloe says:

    Viola Davis and Ms. Cicely Tyson sharing scenes? I’m not answering the phone that night.