How to Get Away With Murder Season 1 Finale Recap: Over Her Dead Body

“We’re not monsters! We don’t tie people up and hold them captive against their will!”

Ohhhhhhh, oooooookay Annalise Keating — that’s how you want to play it in the How to Get Away With Murder Season 1 finale?

But didn’t you just get a pious Catholic church secretary to perjure herself on behalf of a homicidal priest? Didn’t you frame your innocent lover for your husband’s murder — then have him beaten down to try to secure his bail? And weren’t you the one who transported a bound and gagged Rebecca Sutter from her sketchy apartment building to your tony Philadelphia law office/home? (Nice bathroom wallpaper, bee tee dubs.)

Yeah, sure, Annalise — our Thursday nights would be nothing without your delicious legal flights of fancy, your “smarter than everybody in the room” conclusions and your flair for dramatic line-readings like “Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?” But to paraphrase a classic Britney Spears jam that I’m 97.3% certain is not on your iTunes, you’re not! that! innocent!

Oh wait, make that 99.7%. At the end of HTGAWM‘s two-hour Season 1 finale, we learned the following:

CHARLIE WEBER, LIZA WEIL1. Rebecca winds up dead in Annalise’s basement — and the only two people who don’t seem especially surprised are Annalise and Frank, each of whom casually claims they thought the other one did it. (I bet this corpse gets properly incinerated — since the pros are in charge!)

1a. Not a statement, but a Big Question: Was Rebecca’s body moved/hidden when the Keating Four went down to the basement to look for her and realized she’d “escaped”? Or was she dead underneath the stairs the whole time — without them knowing it? If it’s the latter, they need to be a weeeee bit more observant going forward, yes?

2. We learn it was Frank — working on direct orders from Sam, who apparently was owed one whopper of a favor — who choked the life out of Lila Stangard on her sorority rooftop. So to review: Frank did it. Sam ordered it. Both guilty. Though I still can’t fathom why Sam couldn’t have just broken it off with the co-ed.

3. Oliver is HIV positive. Connor is not.

4. Laurel had Michaela’s ring the entire time. (Oh, Ms. Castillo, I loved your twist most of all!)

5. I still can’t tell if Annalise wants to be Wes’ mother or his lover — and that might be the most disturbing takeaway of all.

6. Nobody weighed in on the color of the dress (although we all know it’s black and blue).

Annnnyyyyhow

There were a bunch of red herrings, diversions and even the sensational Lynn Whitfield on hand to try to distract us from the Big Questions — and given that the 120-minute finale was actually comprised of two distinctive episodes, we even got a Bonus Case — but I’ll do my best to boil it down to just the good parts (and the pertinent questions):

First, though, if there’s a twisted moral to the twisted story of Season 1, it’s this: Annalise Keating’s mantra is that as a defense attorney it’s better to lie to yourself about your clients — especially when “dwelling in the truth won’t let you do your job.” But that philosophy seems to have bled over (pun intended) into every corner of her life: You tell yourself what you need to believe, you repeat it over and over again until you’re convinced, you move forward to whatever obstacle comes next.

When Annalise turns down the sacrament of confession from her murderous priest client in Hour One, she mumbles that “no God should forgive me for all the bad things that I’ve done.” At this point, if Annalise has not actually taken a person’s life during her time on this earth, I’d be shocked — possibly even disappointed. Sure, helping her students dispose of her husband’s corpse wasn’t exactly the kind of thing deserve a “prayer hand” emoji, but there must be darker stains on her soul, no? The cloud of guilt that hangs over her head — that informs all of her decisions — tells me the answer is “yes.”

Here’s what else we learned:

NAILED IT! | Turns out Wes’ neighbor Rudy was (seemingly) a last-minute red herring — although the fact that Rebecca drugged the naive law student with PCP and “Purple Ecstacy” (causing him to lose his mind and give himself a terrible home manicure using his plaster walls) proves she wasn’t above some Annalise-level treachery to save her own hide.

KARLA SOUZA, AJA NAOMI KINGA JURY OF FOUR | By the end of Hour One, after Wes has poked holes in so many of Rebecca’s stories and depositions, the Keating Four confront the erstwhile drug dealer at her apartment. Michaela gives her the harshest cross examination — including a light slap and an “I swear to God I will personally destroy you” barb that definitely should’ve earned an “Objection! Badgering the witness!” (had Rebecca had representation). Nose-Ring McRaccoonEyes, however, hits back — and hard — though not with an open palm. “I found the campus cop: His name is Roger Loftus,” she grins, showing the Keating Four aren’t the only ones who’ve soaked up intel around the Keating house (and tying up a loose end about why said security dude never reported seeing the Keating Four outside the Keating House the night Sam Keating died). “Don’t make me call him.”

IN A BIND | Apparently, watching Annalise win every case all year has made the Keating Four feel invincible. How else to explain the fact that by the time Annalise shows up at Wes’ apartment and demands her squirrely students “SPEAK!” they’ve already got Rebecca bound and gagged in the bathroom. (My past history watching Law & Order tells me this would fall under the heading of “unlawful imprisonment.”) “Sam might’ve been innocent,” Wes blurts, and from the look on her face, he might as well have knocked Annalise over the head with the trophy, too. (Side note: Who deserves that ol’ Scales of Justice figure this week? Laurel? Frank? Or Asher, for the way he puts a book on a shelf?)

When Rebecca disobeys Annalise’s order not to scream, she winds up transported back to the Keating residence — and under Frank’s watchful eye. (“Don’t make Frank take you to the basement; you wouldn’t like him in the basement” is the subtext of Annalise’s warning — which sends a chill down my spine when my brain jumps ahead to how and where the hour ends.)

KATIE FINDLAYIs all of this a little bit implausible behavior from people who are well-versed in the law? (Et tu, Bonnie?) Probably. But not as much as when Annalise decides the Keating Four should put Rebecca on trial and come at her with their best theories. (You have to say this for Prof. Keating: She recognizes a teachable moment when she sees it.) After scouring all of the evidence — including Rebecca’s confession video, her psych evaluation, and her various testimony, nobody can impress Annalise with anything more than a circumstantial case. “Everything that you’re presenting is speculation!” she groans. “You’ve been working with me for nearly six months now and this is the crap case you present me with!”

“EVERYBODY IS GETTING A ‘D’!” Annalise adds (in my daydream). “NO, WAIT, EVERYBODY IS GETTING AN ‘F’ — BECAUSE YOU ALSO LEFT MY HUSBAND IN A DUMPSTER!”

Rebecca, however, throws out the most interesting conspiracy theory: Wes is truly the devious one. “He got us to go along with his plan,” she tells Connor, and then adds with a wink-wink expression that “Waitlist” claimed his mother killed herself. And since she’s on a disobedience streak, Rebecca later snags Michaela’s phone and texts “EGGS 911. Lawyer’s House” to an unknown number — then ends up taped to a chair that’s bound to a post as punishment.

Who/what the hell is EGGS 911? Should we all come back to the Internet in the morning to ponder this cryptic clue with fresh eyes?

ANY LAST WORDS, REBECCA? | Annalise goes to the basement to try to interview Rebecca, even seeming to suggest they’re not so different. “I recognized you,” she whispers, adding that Rebecca uses people only because she doesn’t know any better. She then goes on to describe Wes as “a boy who so clearly loved you, and he still does – even if he doesn’t know who you are anymore.” Rebecca seems to soften, then confesses, “I did it. I killed Lila. Or maybe Sam did it — that’d be easier for you. Who knows who did it?”

If Annalise’s plan was to soften up her former client for a sit-down with Wes, though, it works (kind of) — as she barks at the puppy to “Be a man and go get your girlfriend to talk!” After Rebecca expresses her hurt over Wes’ lack of trust — “I didn’t know I had to be afraid of you” — she confesses her big sin about what she did to Rudy, then adds that she had found Lila’s dead body in the water tank, but didn’t tell anyone for fear she’d look guilty.

The students want to pin Lila’s death on Sam, and Sam’s death on Rebecca, but Annalise’s insurance company tells her she can no longer get refills on that bottle with instruction label “Take Two When Losing to Change Course Mid-Case.” It doesn’t matter who did what, anyway, Prof. Keating contends: “It’s not what’s right and what’s fair, it’s who tells the most convincing story.”

Bonnie, who probably just wants to get back home and place a booty call to Asher, delivers the most truthful Gospel, though, when she hisses at the law-student ingrates that the reasons Annalise continues to protect ’em are beyond her comprehension.

I HAVE A THEORY ABOUT THIS, THOUGH, BONNIE! WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR IT? (Keep reading…)

ALFRED ENOCHMOMMY ISSUES | I am convinced more than ever that Annalise is somehow connected to Wes’ deceased mother. Maybe the woman was a client of Prof. Keating. Maybe she was Annalise’s sister. Maybe she’s someone who got burned to the ground as collateral damage in Annalise’s zest to win. I think this because of how utterly broken Annalise looks when Wes tells her, “All of this — Rebecca, Sam, Nate — it’s all my fault.”

Annalise winds up sitting on the stairs, Wes’ head in her lap, stroking his back and saying reassuring things in his ear — all while knowing that Rebecca is one flight down and rapidly assuming the body temperature of the basement’s concrete floor (or the temperature of the blood in Prof. Keating’s veins). “What matters now is Sam killed Lila. He did. Sam killed her,” Annalise purrs. “With everything that happened, this is the version of the truth that makes the most sense and will let us move on.” She makes weepy Wes repeat the words like a mantra, “Sam killed Lila. Sam killed Lila. Sam killed Lila.”

“It will [feel better],” Annalise adds. “I promise you Wes. I’ve got you.” Then she sends the kid on his way, goes down the stairs and talks to Frank about the murder victim laying at their feet as casually as new parents standing over their baby’s crib at night. “Oh looky what we got tonight! Another homicide!”

UP ON THE ROOOOOOF… We also get a series of flashbacks to the night of Lila’s death — and much of it plays out as we were previously told. Rebecca and Lila have a fight, with the sorority girl shouting that her drug-dealer buddy is nothing but a “trashed-out druggie whore.” Rebecca beds Griffin, though, and then texts Lila from his phone so she can see what a cad the guy is. Lila, emotionally unravelling, goes to Annalise’s — where Bonnie (as we saw earlier this season) greets her with all the warmth of a dog opening a box of fleas. So, Lila returns to her sorority, calls Sam, gets him to come over. He’s her white knight — a white night with dead shark eyes that he keeps half-open when they kiss. He tells her she’s the one he loves, that he’s going home to end it with Annalise, but when he gets outside, he places a call instead: “It’s Sam. I need you to do what we talked about. You owe me.”

As some of the most menacing music this side of Marilyn Manson’s happy place pulsates through the Philadelphia night, we finally see a set of gloved hands wrap around Lila’s neck, extinguish the life from her, haul her over his shoulder,and put her in the water tank. Lo and behold, that person is… Frank! So what did Sam know about Annalise’s bearded right-hand that was explosive enough to drive him to serve as a contract killer? That question had better be explored in Season 2.

CONRAD RICAMORA, JACK FALAHEEALSO FROM THE FINALE
*Oliver insists Connor get tested before they get intimate, but he’s the one who gets bad news about being HIV-positive.

*Michaela rejects an olive branch from Aiden’s mother — most likely because her Tiffany ring is missing and these rich types aren’t gonna be fooled by cubic zirconia — and in fact, breaks out he bayou accent to tell the formidable woman her son is gay. “He doesn’t love me. But here’s the thing: I love me. So I’m done.”

* After getting an Annalise-ordered beat-down in jail, Nate winds up in solitary, rather than a bail-appeal hearing. So Frank and Bonnie use Asher — getting him photographed with the judge on Nate’s case — to lodge an objection and get a newer (hopefully more sympathetic) overlord in court. Out on bail (though badly bruised) he places a call to the mystery representation suggested by Annalise.

* Finally, there’s a perky new prosecutor on Nate’s case (Enlightened’s Sarah Burns). — so perky she’s almost menacing. Interestingly enough, though, her first port of call is Asher’s house — and she invites herself inside to question him, rather than dragging him down to the station.

OK, your turn: What did you think of the HTGAWM Season 1 finale? Which twists were most thrilling and which left you colder than Lila floating in the water tank? Grade the episode in our poll, then sound off in the comments! 

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215 Comments
  1. Tee says:

    That’s a recap???!

    • Lucie Loing says:

      He’ll be back with more. The show just ended 21 minutes ago. It takes some time to get to get a Michael recap ready, give him a break.

    • Butter says:

      The dress is white and gold!

    • cdhaskell says:

      I wanted to known when How To Get Away With Murders first season is available in DVD format because not everyone own kindle device. I can’t wait to see what will happened in the second season. I hope that the show will show how Anna meet her husband in the first place. It will be interested to see what the first wife of her Anna’s husband is doing.

  2. bradick says:

    I’m SCREAMING

    • bradick says:

      That was the most I’ve ever dropped my jaw at an episode of TV EVER, and I watch a lot of TV. I can’t wait to see the storyline that unfolds between Connor and Oliver. Laurel is officially the smartest of the five (she warned us Shondaland Revealed, but I didn’t believe her). How did I never suspect Frank? And WHO KILLED REBECCA? This show is the best kind of insane.

      • Lisa says:

        I’m right with you on the jaw dropping. My jaw hasn’t dropped this much since the finale of Murder in the First last summer. Honestly, it dropped more on this one, and mostly within a 10 minute time span.

        In a poll originally, I had picked either Frank or Nate, and I really expected that we’d see Nate when the camera turned. Of course, my question is how much does Annalise know? When Sam called him, did Annalise know what Frank was asked to do? Of course, although Frank actually killed her, Sam IS still just as guilty because he ordered it.

        The ring was genius.

        As for Rebecca, I have lots of questions. Did Frank kill her also or was it in fact Wes? And again, how much of it does Annalise already know? So many questions even after so many answers were provided.

        • Mary says:

          I had Bonnie as the killer thinking she would do anything for Annalise. Never expected Frank, I thought he was Annalise ally through and through. Next season should be interesting.

      • Marke says:

        Amen to that #HTGAWM IS hands-down MY favorite of the many shows I’m glued to lol….#KeepItGoingGreat Ms Rhimes 😀

  3. Nick says:

    HATED THAT IT WAS FRANK WHO KILLED LILA!

    But great twist with dead Rebecca, Oliver being HIV Positive & with the ring

    • I was hoping that it was Bonnie because I can’t stand her and was hoping Season 2 could explore her take-down. Frank made the most sense, though. The entire season revolved around Sam and Rebecca as the two potential murderers. I figured that it ultimately would be neither of them. Frank and Annalise were then the only two options(and I’d guess that Frank is the only one of the two who would have been able to carry her up to the top of the water tank). The ring twist, as small as it was, was the best of the night.

  4. Sabrina says:

    Who is that Eggs 911 guy though? I bet he killed Rebecca. Sweet gosh, Wes — WES. The puppy will be broken. I can handle this. My shipper heart — no, no, no (nO). And Coliver, COLIVER.

  5. 007 says:

    THAT’S how you end a season! Bravo, ‘Murder’ crew! Even though I had suspicions that Frank killed Lila, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire episode. The wait for season two is going to be long and killer (hehe) but definitely worth it!

  6. Steven says:

    I don’t know… as a huge fan of the first season I feel… underwhelmed.

    Sam didn’t kill her! But he gave the order so he still did, really.

    Rebecca got away and will be the cause of more drama! Nope, she’s dead

    It just felt to neat to me? Maybe I’ll be okay with it in the morning but for now I’m just disappointed.

    • Alichat says:

      I feel that way too……underwhelmed and frustrated. They dragged that out so long…..two hours….ugh. The four were frustrating the crap out of me. I knew it was Frank who killed Lila because he’s the one Annalise turns to when she needs something bad done, and he got too incensed when Laurel asked him if he was going to take care of Rebecca. But I thought we were going to find out that Annalise had asked him to take care of her…..or Bonnie told him about Lila showing up at the house, and they decided to get rid of her for Annalise’s sake. That would have been an interesting twist. And frankly, because Rebecca also frustrated the crap out of me, I could care less who killed her.

      • lizzieB says:

        Yep. I thought the Frank reveal was a cop out…for now I guess. Next season it’ll all get convoluted again and I cannot wait! Thank heavens Rebecca’s out of the picture.

        • Lisa says:

          There may be more to the Frank reveal than you realize. What IF Frank was told to kill Annalise, but killed Lila to frame Sam. Perhaps because of his loyalty to Annalise. Perhaps not likely, but what if?

          • Jackie says:

            interesting theory! I also have a theory that Eggs911 is Nate and he killed Rebecca. He had to get out on bail for some reason.

          • Nikki says:

            The only issue with that, given the information we know now is how did Frank know where Lila was?

            I supposed it could be stepped around with phone tracking, but this would have had to been prearranged before Sam even called Frank.

          • Leeeeeeeee says:

            @lisa ooooohhhhhhh thats a good one!

      • linda says:

        That’s what I was thinking too. I thought more bonnie than frank would. Be better

        • alexandrrina says:

          Lila would definitely be able to overpower Bonnie, she is a slender woman, or at least Lila would have had more time in that respect, she could’ve screamed or taken Bonnie’s DNA down with her. Also, strangling someone takes actual, physical strenght. So unless Bonnie is revealed to “have been liftin”she’s really not a plausible suspect for murder.

    • K Erik Souza says:

      For argument’s sake, Sam made a phone call asking for a favor and then Frank killed Lyla. If you hear hoofbeats, think horses and not zebras, but this show has given us lots of zebras already. There could be more to this story.

    • Rayne says:

      As a fan of Lost, I will tell you that if they hadn’t at least made some things look neat at the end of the season, they would have risked losing way more fans.

      • cdhaskell says:

        I can’t wait to see how Annalise and Frank will be able to cover the fact that Rebecca is dead and one of her student murder her. Season 2 is a long way to come.

  7. Steven says:

    I give it a WTF! Wow. I can’t wait till September for more! I like how ABC chose to announce the renewal at the end of the finale.

  8. Frank says:

    THAT’S how you end a season! Bravo, ‘Murder’ crew! That was just phenomenal. Even though I predicted Frank as Lila’s killer, I was still on the edge of my seat throughout the entire episode! The wait for season two is going to be long and killer (hehe) but worth it! Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

  9. kn1231 says:

    I thought the Keating 4 killed Rebecca at the beginning of the 2nd episode. From that point on I had the thought that Rebecca was going to die, and I was still rattled when it happened. Those two episodes were fantastic. Lots of our questions were answered, but they just piled on a bunch of new ones as well. Michaela’s accent came out of no where for me, loved it! Also, I have always loved Laurel, but tonight with the ring reveal, damn she is the smartest one out of all of them. She was calling the shots just as much as Annalise and Wes. Again, loved this finale and can’t wait until next season!

  10. schu says:

    There was too much to keep track of I feel. What in the world is EGGS 911 gonna end up being about? And so the whole introduction of Rebecca’s schizo neighbor was just that? He went craycray on drugs she gave him? That fell flat. Can’t get with Bonnie and the Douche. BUT, great revelation about Michaela’s ring AND if she really is a backyard bayou girl at heart, I’d love that to play out.

    • I love him so much on Orange is the New Black but I can’t stand him on HTGAWM. I don’t know anyone who talks and acts like him, especially a future lawyer and, more importantly, I can’t for the life of me figure out why Annalise would choose him to be part of the in-group. He’s not that smart nor is he typically useful outside of his parental connections.

      • Diana says:

        What if Annalise only put Asher in the Keating 5 BECAUSE of his family connections so she could use him if she ever needed to. Like with the whole changing judges for the sake of Nate incident. I mean he IS smart and has been useful a couple times throughout the season but if anything Annalise is smarter and probably knew she could use him for her own benefit if needed.

  11. TAL says:

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  12. bigdede says:

    After the last two great episodes, this season finale was a downer. It was so bad.

  13. Nicole says:

    I suspected that it was Frank working for Sam, although I did not guess that Sam had dirt on Frank to force his hand. I feel so bad for Rebecca; she deserved better. I cannot wait to see the damage this does to Wes once he finds out Rebecca has been murdered. Laurel, you sneaky girl. I love how she’s a hidden strategist. There’s more to her than meets the eye. I loved when Michaela stood up to Aiden’s mom. I would love to learn more about her back story. Finally, I feel so bad for Oliver. He’s such a sweet guy, and now he’s sick and just devastated. I hope Connor stands by him and stays loyal. Overall, I loved the finale, and I cannot wait for Season 2! I’m excited to see who they bring in to be Nat’s badass lawyer.

  14. Elaine says:

    I was totally thinking Bonnie had done it.

  15. Snow says:

    I really enjoyed that I had no idea what had happened until it was revealed but that ending was a roller coaster. I was so happy to find out that Rebecca was telling the truth and then was absolutely crushed when we saw she was killed. Rebecca was such a great character and my favourite. She wAs flawed but she was likeable and I just wanted to believe in her so badly

    • Lucie Loing says:

      I did not see that ending coming. I didn’t think it was Bonnie just because she couldn’t get Lila into the water tank. I’d like to pin Rebecca’s murder on Frank, but I think it was Wes. She lied so much that I don’t think he believed her story. He felt responsible for getting everyone into the mess and wanted to get them out of it. She was also horribly cruel to him. Hard to forget some of her vile spewing so quickly.

  16. David4 says:

    Rebecca being dead was not shocking, but that was an amazing finale!

    As a gay man the HIV storyline hit a little close to home, but it’s about time that a TV show finally deals with HIV. It will be amazing to watch it unfold, and if Conner is up for the job of being a decent gay guy.

    • Kat says:

      You know, “Queer as folk” dealt with the gay man and HIV storyline almost 10 years ago and it was done perfectly ;-) Just sayin’ ;-)

      • David4 says:

        Queer as Folk was a horrible mess of a show on a channel not well watched and never watched by straight people.

        Also in the last 10 years gays have been more open, marriage will be legal everywhere this year, the life expectancy of HIV positive went up 20 years, there is also PReP now. Tons have changed.

        • Kat says:

          You’re clearly talking about QaF UK, because I don’t think the US version was a mess and there was ONE character there dying from QAF, and he had had it for decades, but there were at least 2 other gay characters that were HIV positive and lived throughout the whole series…

          I was just pointing out that there WERE shows that have done a storyline like that before, nothing more…

  17. baddanoliver says:

    Wes killed Rebecca. He told Annalise he ‘didn’t let her go.’ But, does Annalise know Frank killed Lila?

    • DeeDee says:

      That’s what I thought too. Wes killed Rebecca. Was he not the last to see her alive? I will need to re-watch this episode to see what I missed!

    • Lisa says:

      Eggs911 is probably a phone number. It seems like a phone number. Probably the easiest way she could remember it. Did Annalise know that Frank was asked to kill Lila? If it weren’t for the look on Sam’s face, I’d be asking if Sam asked Frank to kill Lila or did he perhaps ask him to kill Annalise? Perhaps because of his loyalty to Annalise, he killed Lila instead. But the look on Sam’s face when he was kissing her makes me think that’s not the case.

    • Lisa says:

      I have wondered that myself.

  18. sladewilson says:

    I loved Michaela’s verbal smackdown of Mommie Dearest at the table when she let loose the accent and if you watched carefully, her whole demeanor changed. The look in her eye, her neck slightly crooked and the subtle lip snarl. It was a ‘you go girl” moment…. And yeah, Lauren knows a killer when she sees one, Frank. You are that guy… LOL…

    • sladewilson says:

      Laurel – my bad….

    • Angela says:

      I like Michaela. Always have. It was great to see her stand up to “Mommie Dearest”, as you so aptly put it. And I especially liked her calling the woman out on her real reason why she was so desperate to have her son married off. I suspect said mother-in-law (or potential mother-in-law) won’t let this rest easy, but still, I’m all for Michaela sticking up for herself.

  19. Tony says:

    Great finale. And I too have to point out the creepiness (albeit in a entertaining way) of Annalise’s “feelings” or whatever you want to call it towards Wes. Its almost like she’s:

    1) Either in love with him

    2) Or she knows something about him and his past that has yet to be revealed.

    • Sam says:

      I think Wes is her son. Seems a little too neat, but I wouldn’t be shocked.

      • kate says:

        I had that thought too. I feel like Wes had been hiding some stuff all season and almost expected an accent drop like Michaela had at dinner. You know the actual English accent coming out.

      • Lisa says:

        Yes…I had this thought too. Maybe she gave him up for adoption or to the family that raised him. They have many more seasons to work on that one.

        Great finale! I loved it. Can’t wait till Fall.

      • Angela says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised, either. I will say, though, that if he is her son, they’ve got some seriously weird, creepy boundary issues to work out. Wes has already committed one murder (that we know of, anyway-everyone’s seeming to wonder about him killing Rebecca now, too), if he and Annalise are related and they keep having this weird relationship, he’s liable to go all Norman Bates on us eventually.

    • nitenurse says:

      Wes is Annalise son. She got pregnant by the abusive uncle and gave him up for adoption. Annalise helped Wes kill that Rebecca bitch- (or they both helped each other)Sam knew that Frank raped and killed someone else before he had him kill Lilah-and Connor got HIV from some guy on the show that we think is straight

      • Cheyenne says:

        Maybe you should be writing the show. Don’t forget to add that the number they called for help was re-routed to OPA and Olivia Pope and her team are on the case.

      • Lucie Loing says:

        Wes can’t be her son by Uncle Clyde because Anna always wondered if her Mom knew about the abuse. A pregnancy would have brought that dirty little secret out a lot faster than 30 years later.

      • Jules says:

        Connor doesn’t have HIV. It’s Oliver.

        • flutiefan says:

          Or does he? He very plainly stated he has to get tested again in 3 months. This could’ve been a false negative.

          • cdhaskell says:

            I still can’t believe that Connor wasn’t HIV positive with all his sex partner. Oliver believe that Connor was his true love and he get HIV positive. I still hope that it was a mistake. It will be interested to see if Connor will stand be with Oliver with his health crisis.

          • Diana says:

            I feel like it is a false negative as well. What if after knowing that Oliver is HIV positive Connor leaves him, but after gets re-tested after 3 months and finds out that he is actually HIV positive and tries to get back together with Oliver. That would be interesting. But now that I have thought of this, if this actually happens I will be a tad bit dissapointed LOL!

  20. I’m really shocked, but I’m more shocked that Rebecca is dead!! I really liked her! She was cool! I wonder how Wes will take it! Unless he killed her? Maybe they’ll introduce a new female character in season 2 that can take her place.

    • JoMarch says:

      Yikes, I can’t imagine liking Rebecca, but to each his own. I couldn’t even stand looking at her with those piercings and bad makeup job. And I hated her whining about her poor upbringing, boo, hoo. A lot of us grew up poor, we didn’t all become drug dealers and low lifes. And how stupid was she, threatening people who have been covering up a murder and have a lot more to lose than her?

    • Rebecca D says:

      I’m not the only one. She was my favorite. I love her character development and all the layers she had. And she had a kick ass style. I honestly don’t even know if I wanna watch season 2 without her.

  21. Sean says:

    bye bye Rebecca. Won’t miss u

  22. Juan says:

    I’m legit dying. That was crazy. I can’t believe it was Frank. Why didn’t I even suspect him? And Laurel has become the smartest. She had the ring!!!! Well played. Also poor Oliver, he didn’t deserve that.

  23. dan says:

    I thought my prediction that Bonnie killed Lila was correct right up to the reveal, except for one pesky detail: when I saw Rebecca climb the ladder to the water tower I thought “no way Bonnie is carrying a dead girl up there.” Then I thought Bonnie and Sam did it together, which would explain all the silent glances between them during the early episodes. I was surprised but somewhat underwhelmed by the Frank reveal. It almost seems too obvious, but now I’m curious what he owed Sam. I admit when I’m wrong, and I missed the mark on that prediction. Oliver is HIV positive? Didn’t expect that twist. Laurel had the ring the whole time? Good red herring show! Rudy was also a red herring of sorts. I knew somebody would die in this episode and I’m glad it was Rebecca. Her storyline was done once we found out Frank killed Lila.

  24. spindae2 says:

    Just to be clear, I wrote here last week thatvFrank killed Lila but had no clu why. ^_^

  25. Kristen says:

    Oh my goodness I have so many questions. That was an amazing finale.
    -Who is Eggs911???
    -What did Sam have on Frank to make Frank murder Lila???
    -Who was the unknown caller that called lila’s phone after she was dead??
    -Who is Nate’s lawyer??
    -why is the DA wanting to talk to Asher?
    -how much does Annalise know about Frank??
    So many questions!!!

  26. kelly says:

    all i have to say is wow……

  27. anita says:

    the episode was exciting & thrilling but I am disappointed by the Oliver is HIV positive twist. Looking forward to Connor & Oliver have a loving relationship and now this. The most sympathetic character in the whole series is HIV positive. I am thinking Wes killed Rebecca. She was annoying person.

    • David4 says:

      This is something gay guys deal with all the time and I’m glad a TV show will be dealing with it. Just because he has HIV doesn’t mean they can’t be in a loving relationship. The treatments make spreading it insanely rare, and there is PReP treatment to stop it even more. It’s going to be amazing to watch.

  28. Flychick86 says:

    Wow! Intense ending!

  29. kate says:

    I think I was too upset over Oliver to get the full impact.

  30. Steven says:

    I was so upset that Oliver made me cry that I didn’t end up caring who killed Lila.

  31. wrstlgirl says:

    The last 20 minutes were great, the rest was just kinda meh. I knew Rebecca was toast so that was no surprise. A bit disappointed.

  32. Ryann says:

    Who killed Rosie Larsen?!

  33. JP says:

    Mind freaking blown. Amazing finale, though I have to say I’m mad at the writers. My wife and I are now arguing over who the lawyer Nate is calling. We both agree it’s Annalise’s mentor.. Just arguing over who should portray: Robert Duvall, James can, Meryl Streep.. BRAVOto HTGAWM. That is how you create a show

  34. dane says:

    WHY IS YOUR STUPID COMMENT AND YOUR STUPID SPOILER THE FIRST RESULT ON GOOGLE. IDIOTS.

    • Angela says:

      Why are people even Googling about a show the night they know full well its season finale or some other notable episode in its season is airing? This is what I always want to know.
      It’s the internet. You go online before watching a show, expect the possibility of being spoiled.

    • J.B. says:

      This is why some people should not have internet access.

    • RUCookie says:

      Get off the computer if you don’t want to be spoiled…. newsflash, don’t search a show that you don’t want to be spoiled on!!!

  35. Cassidy says:

    I’m not convinced Sam was calling Frank. I think Annalise or someone else told Frank about Lila. Sam was calling his sister, or a divorce lawyer. If he were calling Frank, it would’ve been shown without a doubt.

    • Sam says:

      That would be interesting, but do you think they would go that route? That would keep the Lila murder open in a way and I think they need to be done with it.

    • Lisa says:

      That’s a good point. What if Bonnie spoke to Frank after Lila visited Annalise? What if the missed call had something to do with the phone call that Sam made? What if Sam wanted the person to kill Annalise? Just some possibilities.

      • Cassidy says:

        Another part that doesn’t make sense to me is:

        Sam had to be aware that his penis was on Lila’s phone.
        Even hiring a hit, that evidence would link him to her. Her being dead, would still have the threat of Annalise finding out.
        So why hire a hit and not make sure the one piece of evidence linking you to her is gone? Frank isn’t messy. Frank is precise.

        I think Frank wanted the phone to be found.

        Furthermore, Lila was about to kill herself and Sam knew that. He could’ve let that happen because a) the police would not likely search for the owner of the phone penis in a suicide and b) murdered or committed suicide it was still pretty easy to link him to Lila. Having her killed over letting her kill herself had zero advantage.

  36. Sara says:

    10 reasons why I loved the finale:

    1. I’m glad they got rid of Rebecca. She’s a messy character and she needed to be cut loose. That being said, I’m not sure how I feel about the whole ‘we’re gonna pretend she’s on vacation’ thing. And when Wes does find out she’s dead, and he has to at some point, wtf is Frank and Annalise going to do?

    2. I agree with the person who said they’re confused whether Annalise wants to be Wes’s mother or lover. The twisted part of me wants the latter. Wouldn’t it be tragic if that happened? Wes killed her husband, who was supposedly missing, and Annalise (might have) killed or had Rebecca killed, whom she claims is missing. Tragic.

    3. What the heck did Nate’s attorney want with Asher?

    4. I want Michaela to embrace her Louisiana accent. That minute was one of my favorites.

    5. I can’t express how glad I am that Rebecca was just tied up in the bathroom and not dead.

    6. Again, I can’t express how glad I am that Sam did not kill Lila, it would have made these past five episodes an utter waste of time.

    7 . When the heck did Annalise find out Frank killed Lila? And how did she become such a good liar?

    8. The Laurel/ring thing was awesome. Didn’t see it coming. The Oliver/HIV thing was heartbreaking. Writers and the actor did a good job of making sure it seemed like he was OK on the phone with Connor.

    9. When are Bonnie’s (and really everyone besides Annalise) skeletons going to come out? ‘Cause she has some. (When it panned at the end with Lila for a second I thought it was Bonnie)

    10. Frank killed Lila. Enough said.

    (11. OK more needs to be said. I didn’t think it might be Frank until the last 10 minutes or so, I was literally guessing until the end; and even though I thought the hands looked feminine at first, I recognized the gloves as Frank’s from when he planted evidence in Nate’s apt.)

    • Cheyenne says:

      Sam did kill Lila. He ordered the hit so he is equally responsible, if not more so.

      • Sara says:

        Not physically though.. Thats what I meant.

        The way they were leading us on they were trying too hard to make it seem like Sam was about to kill her, so I’m glad that didn’t happen because it would have been too obvious at that point, plus the last few episodes would have been nearly pointless seeing as how last week set us up to suspect Rebecca as Lila’s murderer.

    • Angela says:

      The twisted part of me wants the latter. Wouldn’t it be tragic if that happened? Wes killed her husband, who was supposedly missing, and Annalise (might have) killed or had Rebecca killed, whom she claims is missing. Tragic.
      Ohhhhhhhh. I like the way you think.
      4. I want Michaela to embrace her Louisiana accent. That minute was one of my favorites.
      Yes.

    • Sara says:

      Correction, Nate’s prosecutor, not his attorney.

      Also, like everyone else I’m wondering who the heck Eggs911 was… with this show I doubt it will be a plot hole, so I’ll be disappointed if they don’t address it next season pretty quickly.

    • dan says:

      #7: does Annaliese know Frank killed Lila? If so, I missed that part.

      • Sara says:

        …I watched it again and I’m really not sure now–I took her expression and her words in the last 10 minutes to mean yes. I’m not sure about the exchange between Annalise and Frank though, I don’t know what that meant.

    • kpmom says:

      #3 – That wasn’t Nate’s lawyer. That was the new prosecutor on Nate’s case.
      #6 – Sam didn’t physically kill Lila but he ordered Frank to kill her. So he’s still guilty of killing Lila.
      #7 – We have no proof at all yet that Annalise knows that Frank killed Lila.

  37. Meg says:

    1. I had predicted that Lila killed herself from the first introduction, or that it was an accidentally death (got stuck in the water tank and drowned?). Guess I was wrong.

    2. We know Frank has secrets, remember what Bonnie said about how he won’t tell Annalise because she’s got dirt on him worse than sleeping with students? What if Bonnie knows Frank killed Lila?

    3. Who is Eggs 911. REBECCA is obviously Eggs, she texted from Michaela’s phone (who now has the number on her phone…) so she needed to tell the recipient who it was since they wouldn’t know because it was someone else’s number. Is it the same number Nate called? Probably. It’s probably the same number that Sam called… I don’t think he called Frank directly. I think he called someone who called Frank to give Frank orders because it’s Frank – he’s a hitman. It’s likely that Annalise gave Rebecca the number for the same reason she gave it to Nate.

    4. Who killed Rebecca? I’m torn on this one, but I’m leaning with Wes because of how shook up he was about it, and because he was the last one to see her alive and no one would suspect him anyway. Except he’s already killed before.

    But also maybe Annalise set Rebecca up with that number to test her loyalties – give her a number that she thinks would help her, but tell the recipient that if you get a text that says eggs 911, come tie up loose ends?

    5. Mafia? We already she’s got connections to them and that Frank is a hitman. Maybe get the mafia to protect Nate?

    • mcstepp says:

      Also: Why Asher and the Prosecutor were talking – because it was a picture of him talking to the judge that got the judge taken off Nate’s case.

    • Amy says:

      I thought Wes was mainly shook up because he’s the one who killed Sam and Rebecca escaped (or so he thinks) and will tell on him. ?

  38. Clare T says:

    Killing Rebecca was a cheap shot…a bunch of kids go to law school and get caught up in a “protect-my-loved-one” killing. That’s tenable, and the turmoil of each in the aftermath was truly well rendered. But killing Rebecca stretches credibility. Who behaves that way? These are students, not sociopaths.

    • Babygate says:

      Very well articulated. Agreed. To me it changed the tone of the show from self-preservation to ‘just another day in the life’.

  39. Bandslee Lee says:

    Frodo’s ring I did NOT see coming at all.

  40. Zed says:

    Two things:

    1. I didn’t care for the priest case. It felt rushed and unnecessary.

    2. Any guesses on casting for Nate’s new lawyer? I think it’d be something if it was Michaela’s would-be mother in law. Not sure if she is a lawyer though.

    • Angela says:

      I didn’t care for the priest case. It felt rushed and unnecessary.
      I was thinking for a while that the priest who committed the murder actually had been the one who’d abused kids, and he just was REALLY good at his cover story. Either that, or I thought the woman he was involved with would have some other sort of close relationship with him (maybe he was helping her through a particularly rough situation that people in the church would judge or frown on her for or something). I didn’t mind the case, but I think those twists could’ve added a little more intrigue.

    • dan says:

      I think the point of the priest story: sometimes people are guilty despite what the best lawyers can do (or try to do) on their behalf. The priest knew he killed the other priest (as did we based on the flashback), but was willing to lie for the possible love of a woman until that woman took the stand and started lying for him. That was too much for him (that’s what I understood); he’d rather take responsibility for his actions then let the woman lie on his behalf. I took the storyline as a lesson for Annaliese: you can’t fix everything and save every guilty person through lies and manipulation.

  41. amh says:

    Maybe Annalise (or maybe michaela as she was concerned about Nate’s fate) killed Rebecca for another reason. Rebecca told that the police that Nate wanted her to plant evidence in the house and that he must have “found another way.” Therefore, she is the main witness against Nate in the murder of Sam. She might have been acting nice towards her (freeing her from the tape and chair), so the other’s would not suspect her in the killing. Guess we will find out next season

  42. Jacob says:

    My favorite line of the night:
    *knock knock*
    Annalise: “Do I need to get the tape?”

  43. Brilliant finale…but even with the obvious murder aspects of the show the HIV story took me off guard. Just slightly too real for me. Poor Oliver!

  44. CecE says:

    I read this while watching how to get away with murder and I am sooooo done

  45. Working Theory says:

    I’d bet money Rebecca’s death will end up a suicide next season…

  46. nitenurse says:

    Oops I mean Oliver

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  48. Babygate says:

    I think this finale was an overreach in so many ways. Sam’s murder was only marginally justifiable because in reality, Wes could have just pushed him off Rebecca and between all of them they could have overpowered him. So, right there, the basis of the show is rather weak. But Rebecca ‘s murder is totally not justifiable and to me changes the entire premise of the show. Now it’s beginning to feel gratuitous. She was not the strongest or most likeable character but it’s a shame they killed her off. Frank as the killer was unexpected but I felt the big reveal lasted way too long which made it anticlimactic , on top of that, some of the elements feel redundant making the plot way too convoluted. The biggest cliffhanger for me is knowing who Nate has called. The biggest heartbreak is Oliver testing positive. The poor, adorable baby. That was upsetting. But I’m sure they will use it as a PSA moment.

  49. Lil-Iodine says:

    What if Sam called Bonnie and she called Frank to dispose of Lila? There was something between Sam and Bonnie, and Bonnie said she has info about Frank that he wouldn’t want to come out.

  50. Angela says:

    The more Annalise and Wes kept interacting with Rebecca in the last hour especially, the more I got a seriously bad feeling something was going to happen to her. That still didn’t stop me muttering, “Oh, no, oh, no, oh, no…” when Annalise was walking through her basement at the end, though. And while that’s one hell of a way to end the season, I liked Rebecca, so I’m kinda sad to see her go.
    Also sad? Connor and Oliver! Ohhhhhhhh…
    As for Frank? I wasn’t too keen on the guy as it was this season-I sure as hell didn’t expect him to be Lila’s killer, but he still had this “ick” factor about him to me. Good to see I wasn’t wrong to mistrust him overall.
    I still can’t tell if Annalise wants to be Wes’ mother or his lover — and that might be the most disturbing takeaway of all.
    Mmhm. My thoughts exactly. And I also agree on Laurel’s revelation about Michaela’s ring. The look on poor Michaela’s face…if ever there was an “Oh, snap!” moment, that’d be it.
    One hell of a finale, this. Damned cliffhangers-waiting until fall sucks.
    (Apologies if some variation of this posts twice, by the way, computer acted wonky for a moment.)