How to Get Away With Murder Season 2 finale

HTGAWM EP Previews Season 2 Finale: 'Shocking' Hapstall Ending, Absent Annalise, Sam and Frank Secrets

Please hold off on asking How to Get Away With Murder EP Pete Nowalk about his vision for Season 3.

“There are several ways we’ve backed ourselves into a corner” with Thursday’s Season 2 finale (10/9c on ABC), he explains. “That’s my favorite thing to do, but it means I really don’t know [which direction] we’ll head next.”

Network promos for the episode promise, “Three backstabbers exposed, two dead bodies added to the count, and one bloody good ender” (with images of gore dripping from a kitchen cabinet and a suitcase full of cash).

But Nowalk warns that the “slower-paced” hour takes Annalise away from the fictional Middleton University in Philadelphia, leaving Frank, Bonnie and the Keating Five to deal with sorting out the final pieces of the Hapstall murder mystery. Read on for teasers about that arc, Frank’s uncovered secret and Wes’ reaction to the ugly truth about his biological father.

ALFRED ENOCHTVLINE | Last week, Annalise told Wes about his mother’s suicide — and also revealed that he was conceived when his mother was raped by Wallace Mahoney. Was that the whole story, or should we assume there is still more to uncover from Wes’ past?
We have one episode left, and there are going to be more flashbacks. There are other layers to Wes’ story. I think they’ll surprise some people.

TVLINE | The Mahoneys have loomed large in these flashbacks, and when the show was casting Adam Arkin, Wilson Bethel and Roxanne Hart, it was suggested their characters could continue to recur in Season 3. Is it safe to say the Mahoneys’ arc won’t end with Thursday’s episode?
I can’t even answer… We’ll go back to work in two months and see how we feel, but obviously there’s a big storyline for Wes and Annalise there. There’s a lot of unfinished business — but you’ll find out more [on Thursday] about the future of that storyline.

TVLINE | Without giving away too many spoilers, what can you tease about Wes’ response to the bombshell news. Is he going to make some big moves regarding the Mahoneys in the finale?
I’m trying to answer that in a way that’s vague. Wes was reactive a lot of the time when he was more immature, and I think he’s trying to handle things in a more slow and gradual manner. Whether he can actually do that or not, that’s the question for the finale. We know that Wallace Mahoney is in New York. It’s not that far from Philadelphia.

TVLINE | Speaking of the flashbacks, Annalise got hit by a car at the exact moment she was making a phone call regarding the Mahoneys’ coercion of Rose’s alibi. Should we assume that was no coincidence?
I’ll just say “no comment” to that.

TVLINE | Last week’s hour also ended with a drunken Laurel getting in Annalise’s face — and spilling the beans about Frank, not Sam, having murdered Lila Stangard. That’s an enormous betrayal.
Absolutely. And if I’m Annalise, I would run away to [my] mother, as well. Everything she thinks she knows, all the people closest to her, she’s found out they have been lying to her. So she’s alone. She’s been betrayed by another man. For Annalise, the finale asks, “What does her life mean now?”

HTGAWM finaleTVLINE | You told me a week ago that the Season 2 finale is slower-paced. Does Annalise spend the whole episode at her mother’s — or is it a place where she regroups, then comes raging back to Philadelphia to kick ass and take names.
It’s more of the first [option]. Cicely Tyson [who plays Ophelia] just happened to be available for this timeframe — and there was nothing more exciting to me than that. And it felt new to me to have a finale where Annalise was not in Philadelphia. That’s going to be strange, and I’m interested to see how people react to it. We’ve had really high-adrenaline [season and mid-season] finales, and of course, there’s exciting things that happen in this one, too. But for me, that’s what felt so different than the rest of our finales. Annalise is around her family. She hasn’t gone home in 20 years, so there’s a lot to deal with there.

TVLINE | Is it just Annalise and her mom? Or are there other relatives?
There are other relatives.

TVLINE | Anyone you can tease?
What’s great is that Viola knows this stable of actors that I haven’t seen on television a lot before. I’d rather people just discover the family [rather than reveal anything beforehand]. It’s always fun for the audience to be a little bit behind. Does Annalise have sisters or brothers? Who are these people?

TVLINE | There are two looming mysteries fans are expecting you to deal with. First and foremost, the Hapstall murder case. How does that get resolved with Annalise out of town?
Obviously, the students and Frank and Bonnie are going to be very alarmed that Annalise isn’t there, and they’re going to have to pick up the pieces to deal with Caleb being missing and Philip’s whereabouts. We will wrap that storyline up. Our season-long case was the Hapstalls, so it feels really nice that we get some answers — and in a way that’s pretty shocking. And we also still have to wrap up the reason Frank killed Lila.

TVLINE | Which one of those is going to be more shocking to viewers?
Oh, I have no idea. The things I think are shocking, sometimes people don’t find shocking. They’re like “Oh, yeah, we knew that.” We get answers, but they might not be the exact answers people want.

TVLINE | I got suspicious the moment Caleb went missing. He’s a big guy. I feel like it would be hard for Philip to overpower and kidnap him. No?
I don’t know. Phillip seems scary to me, but anything’s game.

CHARLIE WEBERTVLINE | Last week’s flashback gave us more hints about Frank’s backstory, that he somehow was rescued from a difficult life by Sam — and that Annalise had hired him more as a favor to her husband. How much more will we find out about that?
Annalise says, “Sam picked you up out of the gutter and forced me to hire you.” To me, it’s clear that Bonnie was someone that Annalise found, and Frank was someone Sam found. We haven’t shown how they all met each other that first time. I would like to save that for future seasons, but we’ll get more Sam and Frank secrets in the finale.

Excited about the HTGAWM finale? How do you think the Hapstall case will wrap? And who’s your prediction for those “two dead bodies”? Sound off below!

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24 Comments
  1. Sarah says:

    I freaking love this insane show so much. My coworker and I have the best day-after conversations about it. They’re almost as fun as the show. Really excited to see Cicely Tyson again. Watching her and Viola Davis together on screen is like a master class in acting. They’re at another level.

    P.S. My favorite quote from last week was Bonnie saying, “We’re all bad people. That’s the only thing we have in common.”

  2. NM says:

    If I recall correctly, the last time Annalise’s mom was in town, she mentioned a “brother and sister”, as well as the dead molesting uncle. So you can expect at least some siblings.

  3. I stopped watching the show when she got stabbed. I just can’t anymore. I mean if I want to see morally corrupt people who never get what is coming to them, I will watch the Republican Debates.

  4. Larc says:

    If anybody dies, I’ll be OK with it being Frank and/or Bonnie. They both have innocent blood on their hands.

  5. Arthur says:

    what really bothers me is that Wes will survive this season no matter what…

  6. Maher says:

    i think Caleb or even both, him and Catherine, might be working with Phillip too. I have no idea who the dead bodies may be i’m really afraid it’s someone i like. Laurel pissed off Frank so i’m scared it might be her, but i hope not. If my theory in the beginning is wrong, then Caleb would be one of the bodies.

    • but if Frank kills Laurel, whats next! Laurel father (I believe) is part of a cartel or he something dangerous to where murder (in Laurel’s family home) is common. I cant wait to see who they are.

  7. N says:

    i do love that he was honest about not knowing where they are going

  8. Me says:

    My opinion: Philip is one of the dead bodies. And I think he’s innocent. At the end of the day, we’ve never seen him do anything bad. I think his main problem is that he looks creepy, and that we know that he is the product of an incestuous relationship, wich makes him a freak. I think Caleb is the real culprit. As for the other dead body: I hope it’s Frank – he’s my least favourite main character. I kind of like Bonnie, in spite of all her gray zones, I like how she can be ruthless and extremely vulnerable at the same time. And it just can’t be one of the Keating five, or god forbid Oliver!

  9. CMW says:

    After reading all this stuff about frank/Sam/lila secrets and it saying we still have to find out why frank killed her I’m even more sure about my theory of Frank being the one who ran into annalise. Initially I thought it had to be someone involved with the mahoneys but now I keep thinking about the fact that frank was constantly there bugging annalise in that episode when she didn’t need him… But yet the whole time she’s in hospital frank suddenly disappears??? I think he was either in hospital dealing with his own injuries or he was just laying low. I also think Sam somehow figured out it was him that basically killed their baby so that would be something to make frank guilty enough to be willing to kill for him…. That could just be me over thinking it though! So we’ll just have to wait and see! 😂

  10. John Kimble says:

    Is the murder of Rebecca ever going to get resolved? (Meaning, somebody other than Frank knows who did it, and somebody other than Frank & Annalise know she’s dead)

    I mean that friend of hers popped up and disappeared (guess he’s still in jail on drug charges). And Wes seemed to forget about her after the case files were dropped in his lap.

  11. marisel robles says:

    I love this show!. I think Phillip is just a pawn in this.. and I think annalise has something planned.. when he was “attacking” her in Wes’ apt he said something to her and before she left she looked back and had a confused look on her face.. I think she knows exactly what his role in this is.. as for the dead bodies, I think Laurel might be one.. this season just made her more of a bother then the others. And who knows Oliver might do something stupid that gets him killed