HTGAWM Boss Teases 'Dark, Twisty' Christophe Arc, 'Keating Five' Bonding

When How to Get Away With Murder last aired a fresh episode, your Thanksgiving turkey was still in the freezer — which means we’ve had 84 days to ponder that crazy flashback of Annalise and Eve watching a pre-teen Wes (aka Christophe) in a police interview room talking about discovering his mother’s body.

Executive producer Pete Nowalk is well aware that that’s a pretty long fast between OMG/WTF feasts, which is why HTGAWM won’t skimp on fleshing out that shocking backstory when the ABC drama returns this Thursday at 10/9c.

“We’re going to see flashbacks throughout the rest of the season,” promises Nowalk. “I don’t like to tease something and not revisit it — and the flashbacks are really fun to write. Famke [Janssen’s Eve] is coming back, too, so take from that what you want.”

Just don’t expect a lot of misty, water-colored memories as the show delves into Christophe’s childhood. After all, Eve’s parting comment — “Good God, Annalise, what did we do?” — implied some kind of misstep on the part of the young attorneys/sometimes lovers.

“Something is not right. It’s definitely dark. It’s definitely twisty. And it’s our biggest mystery for the rest of Season 2 — what led up to that moment in the interrogation room,” Nowalk teases. “That’s a big question mark. We’ll lead up to it and go a little past it and learn what happened between Annalise and Christophe.”

MARY PAT GLEASON, AMY OKUDAMeanwhile, back in the present day, the show has yet to definitively answer who killed Caleb and Catherine Hapstall’s wealthy parents, a fact that will loom large in Thursday’s installment.

“We left a lot of things unexplained. Catherine was found in the woods with blood on her. Caleb was still in Michaela’s apartment. There are a lot of loose ends [that will determine whether] Annalise’s frame job will work — and we deal with that in Episode 10 in a big way,” Nowalk says. “We’ll answer a lot of questions. It can’t all be swept under the rug with a big bow — ‘OK, that’s it, we’re going home!’ Those characters — Catherine, Caleb, Philip — will continue to play throughout the season.”

The implications of what Annalise and her students did at the Hapstall mansion — disposing of ADA Sinclair’s body to cover up the fact that Asher killed her; Wes shooting Annalise to muddy the crime scene; Frank sedating Catherine and making it look like she was the guilty party — will come home to roost, psychologically speaking, in Season 2’s final six episodes.

“Guilt and dealing with your sins is one of the biggest themes of the series. You’re right to wonder if anyone will get caught or pay the price — and it’s our job to tell that story in a way that hasn’t been told before,” Nowalk says. “The game of the show is how do they avoid that situation.”

What’s more, adds the exec producer, “these characters are constantly measuring their guilt, figuring out how much do they want to get away with it. Is this worth it? At what point do you just want to give up and pay for your sins? A lot of times when you see criminals alone, they break. Like with [Crime and Punishment‘s] Raskolnikov — you can’t deal with it alone. But because there’s a group here, in the sickest way, they can support each other. When one of them is about to break, someone else is there. I wanted the back half of the season to explore that group dynamic, look at the different characters bonding, and show new relationships.”

And if Annalise and her underlings eventually all wind up behind bars? “Then, we become Orange Is the New Black,” Nowalk says, with a laugh.

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16 Comments
  1. Such a weird show. Not a single redeemable character in the lot. They all deserve what they get.

  2. I am all for Wes and Laurel as a couple. And please keep giving us Connor/Michaela, I love their friendship.

    • Derek117 says:

      I’m totally with you on Wes and Laurel. They are a good looking couple–a perfect replacement for Rebecca. Laurel also has a mother-like approach with Wes, which is better than the sociopath that Rebecca could be.

    • Erin says:

      No! I love them together but platonically. Just because it’s Shonda and they’re of opposite genders does it mean they should be hooked up, ugh. Not a fan of Michaela at all, happy with Connor and anyone though, Asher needs a bit of love. I’d love to see more of that threesome (with Oliver).

  3. Ian says:

    Murders are a diminishing return. I hope these writers remember that moving forward and into future seasons. They can’t keep getting away with a murder a year.

  4. Angela says:

    YES to everything about exploring the gang’s psychological reactions to the craziness that’s gone down. I’m particularly interested in that-I think it’ll be a great way to explore the characters a lot more deeply. It’ll be fascinating to see who gets closer and who pulls apart as a result of all of this.
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    And of course, I’m anxious to see how the cover up plays out, and what the deal is with this Christophe thing, too. Can’t wait-bring it on!

  5. Mak says:

    If I never hear the name Rebecca ever again on this show..it will be too soon! Time for Wes to move on and get a new plot. I Love Laurel & Wes’ friendship.

  6. James says:

    I love how people complain about the characters being unlikable when in real life you don’t really find “good people” or “bad people”. That’s what I like about the show, the characters do what they gotta do to survive.

    • Angela says:

      Same here. I never really got the sense I was supposed to root for these characters to get away with these crimes. I can’t speak for anyone else, of course, but for me, the interest is more in seeing how long these people can last while attempting to cover this mess up before it all falls apart on them.
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      Plus, they may not be in jail (yet), but they’re still feeling the effects of their horrible deeds in some form or another-it’s put any relationships they have at risk, the guilt’s eating away at them, they have people breathing down their necks-so it’s not like they’ve been able to walk away from their crimes completely unscathed.

  7. Ash says:

    I hope we get some Connor/Asher scenes. They are really funny together on and off-screen.

  8. bongo land says:

    Yesssss! Famke will be back!☺