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HTGAWM Season 3

How to Get Away With Murder Recap: Hotline Bling — Plus: Charlie Weber Discusses That Pivotal Phone Call

Need to catch up? Check out last week’s How to Get Away With Murder recap here. 

Anyone know a good couples’ therapist in the Philadelphia area? Because Connor and Oliver need that doc’s number, stat.

Just 48 hours after Valentine’s Day, How to Get Away With Murder used its latest episode to remind us that not every couple is cut out for flowers, candy and canoodling. In Connor and Oliver’s case, their romance is more about constant, relationship-altering trust issues.

Take, for example, Thursday’s episode-ending revelation, which Oliver discovered after sifting through his copy of Annalise’s phone files: that Connor did, in fact, check his voicemail on the night of the fire, after Annalise called him over to her house. And he did go. And, at some point during his visit — as we learn in the hour’s final seconds — he was doing chest compressions on an unconscious Wes, in an attempt to resuscitate him.

This all puts a very interesting spin on Connor’s storyline — which, ever since Wes’ death, has mainly involved blaming Annalise for his classmate’s murder and pretending not to care that The Student Formerly Known As Waitlist is gone for good. But perhaps Connor is actually to blame for Wes’ demise?

Of course, it won’t be until next week’s two-hour season finale that we discover who’s really responsible for Wes’ trip to the morgue. In the meantime, let’s recap the other details from “It’s War”:

* Picking up where last week’s Nate cliffhanger left off, we learn that Det. Lahey (probably) had nothing to do with Wes’ death, after all. When he encounters Wes at Annalise’s house on the night of the fire, he tries to persuade the kid not to help his professor anymore, given her selfish track record. But Wes informs Nate that Annalise knew his mother and has cut him countless breaks since he arrived at Middleton — and, in the present day, Nate tearfully reveals to Annalise how guilty he feels that he could have saved Wes, if only he had stayed at Annalise’s house a while longer that night.

HTGAWM Season 3* Finding herself at odds with the Keating Four (and, let’s be honest, everyone else in her life), Annalise decides to write a letter to the attorney general, asking for a formal grand jury investigation into A.D.A. Atwood for misconduct and conspiracy against Annalise. Long story short? It doesn’t take.

Meanwhile, Frank — still in jail! — dials Bonnie’s home number to discuss their case — but it’s Annalise who picks up the phone, and she has to remind him, “You’re being recorded.” Frank keeps up the charade, pretending he’s still talking to Bonnie, and he uses that opportunity to reassure Annalise that he’ll do whatever she needs him to do in order to get them out of their current pickle. That’s when Annalise concocts a new defense strategy: At his next hearing, Frank will request a subpoena for all of Atwood’s text, phone call and e-mail communications on the day of the fire. (Which he does.) He’ll remind the judge that, because of the D.A.’s extreme bias against Annalise and Atwood’s romantic relationship with Nate, it’s impossible for Frank to get a fair trial. (Which he does.) Atwood will be forced to turn over all her files, and reveal any involvement she may have had in the disappearance of Wes’ body, if all goes according to plan. (Which it does.)

Rightly furious, D.A. Denver suspends Atwood, and she uses that opportunity to warn him of some incriminating you-know-what that’s about to hit the fan — a conversation to which we’re unfortunately not privy. But later that night, Nate informs Annalise that (1) Atwood admitted to moving Wes’ body, and (2) Wes was ultimately cremated. (Annalise then relays this news to a devastated Laurel, and I have to repeat: Karla. Freakin’. Souza.)

* Speaking of Laurel, she hires a private investigator to look into the Mahoneys — and it turns out that Sylvia, Wallace Mahoney’s ex-wife, ordered a DNA test on Wes just days before he died. The logical conclusion: If the Mahoneys found out that Wes was Wallace’s son, surely one of them killed Wes, right? Right? (My trusty Magic 8-Ball says, “Ask again after the season finale.”)

* We finally get an answer as to why President Hargrove has been so chummy with Annalise since she was arrested: The D.A.’s office made Hargrove an offer she couldn’t refuse — custody of her children — if she got close to Annalise and assisted with their investigation. Fortunately, Annalise connects those dots before she can dig her own legal hole any deeper, and promptly cuts off whatever friendship she’d been forming with the president.

* Also of note: Annalise begins to eye the prescription meds and cough syrup in Bonnie’s medicine cabinet, though she doesn’t do anything with them; Annalise reveals to the Keating Four that the Mahoneys are responsible for her infant son’s death, a revelation that leaves them stunned; and Bonnie offers to schedule an abortion for Laurel, in the event she doesn’t want to follow through with the pregnancy. (Laurel’s response: “You’re just as bad as [Annalise] is.”)

In summary: It was not a good week for the Middleton crew. For some insight into the season’s penultimate episode, TVLine chatted with Murder co-star Charlie Weber, who broke down Frank’s biggest scenes and shared whether his shifty character might actually be to blame for Wes’ death.

HTGAWM Season 3TVLINE | Let’s talk about Frank’s phone call from jail, which he knows is with Annalise but pretends is with Bonnie. He essentially says, “Whatever you need me to do for you, Annalise, I’ll do it. No questions asked.” And that’s a change from two or three weeks ago, when he went rogue and confessed to Wes’ murder without telling anyone he’d do that. Why, now, is he willing to do whatever Annalise and Bonnie want?
He really always has been. These are the two most important people in his life that he’d do anything for, and he is absolutely going to. That’s who he’s been the whole time. He’s just going to continue on that path. He feels that his life is about protecting them.

TVLINE | Earlier this season, though, Frank was on the verge of committing suicide — and now, it seems like he has a renewed commitment to getting himself and Annalise out of this situation. Would you say there’s any part of Frank that’s still tempted to throw in the towel and just admit to all that he’s done?
Not anymore. That’s how low he got, but Frank is a very misguided person, to say the least. That was him at rock bottom. But at the same time, he sees the value in his life because he can’t protect them if he’s dead. So he does see the value in living and protecting himself in order to protect them.

TVLINE | Frank’s relationships with Bonnie, Annalise and Laurel are extremely tricky right now. Heading into the finale, where does he stand with each of those women?
He’s probably the closest, right now, with Bonnie. They’re as thick as thieves. He’s on the mend with Annalise. She’s starting to realize that he’s going to keep helping her, and there’s nothing she can do about it. [Laughs] He’s going to do everything he can to protect her.

And Laurel — that’s beyond complicated. They’re almost strangers now. There will always be this lingering thing, but they speak so rarely. When she went to go see Frank in jail, more than anything, she wanted closure because of the love she had for Wes. And I think she would have had that closure, but when she looked in my eyes, she felt that Frank didn’t do it. Unfortunately for her, that keeps her from gaining closure. So she’s on her own mission, in that respect.

TVLINE | And even though Laurel trusts that Frank didn’t kill Wes, Bonnie still suspects that he may have done it. Who should we believe?
Frank’s earned a certain reputation. The audience has a real love-hate thing with Frank, and I totally get it. If you look at his history, and the people that he’s killed, it’s always been to protect someone he loves. That’s not necessarily an excuse, but he has this very big, misguided heart, and it’s cost a few people their lives. For me, it doesn’t seem that [killing Wes] fits. But you really never know with our show. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Give me your best Frank-related teaser for the finale.
Frank’s storyline is surprising. We’re used to him being a certain guy in these finales, and this strays from the path a bit. But it continues the story of what he’s been doing all season, and maybe gives a little closure to the very difficult journey he’s had.

Your turn, Murder fans! Do you suspect that Connor killed Wes — and if not, who do you think did? Drop a comment below with your thoughts on Thursday’s episode.

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61 Comments
  1. Dave says:

    I havent seen tonights episode or read his recap yet ( I waited a whole week to post this lol)I’m guessing the only shocker left is that Wess “perfect” girlfriend killed him after finding out he cheated

  2. QueenB says:

    Connor didn’t kill Wes he showed up and found Wes and tried to resuscitate him and when Laurel walked in he fled out the cellar doors

    • laurelnev says:

      STILL not convinced that Connor was who Laurel saw fleeing…but I agree that he found Wes dead when he arrived. But as I said in mu own comment, this now is someone who can testify that Wes was dead BEFORE the explosion, despite the fact that JellyFace ADA Atwood tried to burn that evidence. ;)

      • Wyngate says:

        You are all forgetting that just a mere 10 seconds after Laurel entered the house, it exploded. I don’t think she saw anyone.

        • laurelnev says:

          Well, I won’t disagree with that either. :) My point more was that placing Connor there now confirms what the ME originally told Nate–Wes died BEFORE the fire, a piece of evidence SOMEONE wanted to cover up SO BADLY that she torched an already torched body. I want to know who (and with what) originally blackmailed the ME into changing the autopsy results!

        • Linda says:

          I don’t believe the house blew up right after Laurel went into it. I think they showed that scene out of order to throw us off. Laurel said she saw Frank leaving out of the basement door. So that means she went in and went downstairs. But did she see Frank or did she see Connor? Connor was trying to resuscitate Wes. Maybe when he heard someone coming downstairs he got scared and fled out the door and that’s who Laurel saw leaving.

    • Kaikai says:

      Might be bonnie , told frank to killl wes, cuz wes knows that bonnie killed his ex, she knows wes will tell the police about it and what all happened right from the get go.

  3. laurelnev says:

    Props to those who’ve been saying Connor had more to do with this than it appears. But my $’s still on JellyFace ADA. The fact she colluded with Ana’s boss is bad enough, but having the body cremated is certainly covering up something…most likely whatever she blackmailed the ME into hiding when she changed the cause of death. But I STILL think there’s SOME connection between JellyFace and Meggie, that one, or both was the cause of Wes’s demise, and that Connor reveal is a red herring…other than to confirm Wes was dead BEFORE the exposion. And I am glad to see this coming back on JellyFace too…finally!

    • laurelnev says:

      And PS…I think the key will be found in WES’S phone, and whomever the ICE who knows he’s Cristophe turns out to be…

      • Linda says:

        The only other person who knows Wes as Christoph is Eve. She was working with Annalise during the time Annalise was pregnant and meeting with Wes’ mother.

    • NightOwl1 says:

      I agree! it’s possible that ADA and Meggie are related somehow. I somehow think that Meggie is involved.

      • laurelnev says:

        Meggie had to have had more of a plot purpose than being the girl that made Laurel realize she had the hots for Wes! ;)

  4. Coach Taylor says:

    Laurel killed Wes

  5. tina says:

    1. oh I get connor acting like a baby now. he feels guilty about not being able to save wes so he is lashing out at everyone else and claiming he doesn’t care that wait list is dead. when he asked asher to keep hitting him it was pretty clear he was trying to feel something but now it makes even more sense.
    2. frank is the most loyal amazing guy ever I want my own frank
    3. wha the hell laurel you dated frank for a year, went crazy when he left you begged him to come back, but yet you love wes more after a month and act like a crazy woman
    4. asher and veronica mars!!!

  6. justsomeguy says:

    Very interesting, because this new bit of info has completely thrown me off of who I thought was the real killer(Det. Lahey). I honestly don’t know who it is anymore. No one fits anymore, unless it was the doctor chick who was pissed he dumped her to be with Laurel. That’s one heck of a stretch, I’ll admit lol

    • Chloe says:

      I’m thinking it might be her. Meggie really liked Wes & every time she was with him, Laurel was “there” also, whether showing up in person or in Wes’ thoughts. She might be a secret psycho, who decided that if she couldn’t have Wes, no one would.

  7. Yuni Knight says:

    I am hoping that Wes faked his death because he felt the Mahoneys were coming for him. Hence, the reason why he called the Emergency number. The badly burnt body could be some other dead person that was there to take his place. he probably didn’t know about the baby.

    • cmstevens88 says:

      I agree with part of your premise, but I think it may be someone connected with the Mahoneys helping to fake his death. They would know him as Christophe and they HATE Annalise with a passion. I’m thinking the bag lady who gave Frank the money 10 yrs. ago and also provided an alibi for Charles Mahoney. Bet she was sleeping with Wallace Mahoney and was on the other end of that phone call before he was shot.

  8. Kimberly Johnson says:

    Bonnie! She’s just too dang shifty lol it’s like you almost forgets she’s there plus she’s Always creeping around. She’s just as bad as Frank.

  9. Chris says:

    I’m still saying Wes probably isn’t dead. He called someone for help – someone that knows his real name. I think there are a number of people involved, but Wes’ death is being faked. He did kill Sam, so it would be helpful to disappear or become someone new. He has experience changing identities, after all. His corpse being cremated is just too convenient at this point in the story.

    • SABRINA says:

      No Chris
      He’s really dead. You know S.Times will anyone. Look what happen 8th Grey’s Anatomy. She practically killed the main cast. Only four people remain from e original cast.

  10. Lola says:

    Bonnie and Frank are out for me. Both of them knew about how painful it was for Annalise dealing with the death of her child. Why hurt her by killing Wes?

    Didn’t Meggie say her cousin was a lawyer? Can’t remember. She’s the only one with a real motive.

  11. Lola says:

    What if that little weasel guy killed Wes? No one is really paying attention to him.

  12. Bklyn Finesse says:

    Come on next Thursday. … I have to see who killed Wes and if he is really dead. the suspects pool is deeper than I thought.

  13. Red Apple says:

    I’d bet my next paycheck it’s Maggie, Wes’ ex-girlfriend before Laura. Any takers?

    • Lola says:

      Anything is better than the Laurel by accident theory. Meggie still sticks out to me, but maybe that’s how they want it.

      • JenM says:

        I feel like Meggie is involved as well. She almost “has” to be, otherwise, what purpose did her character serve? Now, whether Meggie directly killed him (doesn’t seem consistent with what we’ve seen – something is off with her, but she doesn’t peg me as a killer) or lead to his death through collusion with the Mahoneys and/or the ADA, I’m less sure of. Regardless, I think Conner just stumbled on the scene and has been too scared/traumatized to admit it, and I suspect that is who Laurel saw fleeing right before the fire.

        Come on Thursday!

        • Lola says:

          That’s my point. What’s the purpose of her character? To be the heartbroken girl? Those few seconds are more than enough time to see someone run, you’re right.

          • Chen says:

            Could Laurel be really pregnant? Now I doubt it. It was only Meggie who said that. Not sure if she had a chance to have a second opinion.

  14. Max says:

    IMO, Laurel killed him… but accidentally. It has to be someone within the inner circle to keep the group tied together even more.They will figure out a way to pin it on someone else though.

    • Leo says:

      No way they’re going out the predictable way with Maggie being the killer out of jealousy or Mahoneys who don’t even get any screentime this season? Seriously, it’s insulting to think Peter Nowalk will go that route.
      Laurel is the killer (accidental). She blocked it out and now pieces are coming back, hence the overdramatic grieving response. Also trying to frame the Mahoneys because she still refused to believe she killed Wes.

    • Wyngate says:

      Don’t you remember that scene when Laurel entered the house after the call from Annalise? Less than 10 seconds later there was that huge explosion and fire. Laurel did not kill him. Mainly because he is still alive. Wait for the shocking season finale last seconds, and then wait a year to find out why(if ever).

  15. QueenB says:

    I think Maggie was the one who provided the DNA sample to the Mahooney’s and that they had Wes killed and that DA Atwood had the Dean burn down the house not knowing anyone was in there. Still unsure who the informant , any guesses? Or was it the Dean

  16. OMG!!!! That ending was crazy!

  17. Wyngate says:

    Now that there is no longer a body, my theory from two weeks ago is even stronger- WES IS NOT DEAD! No One killed him! The coroner is the ONLY ONE who handled the body, and then it disappeared. It would serve nobody, even Atwood, to have the body cremated.The coroner switched her theory as to the cause of death. Why? This is a typical Shondra surprise that will come out as the last second cliff-hanger at the end of this season’s finale.
    Next year will not be your typical HTGAWM. But with this show, the only constant is the great Viola Davis.

    • Lola says:

      Annalise did say the Mahoney Family is powerful. I hope your theory is right.

    • laurelnev says:

      Okay…it WOULD benefit the ADA, who’s proven she’s no Analese Keating in the set up department. Nate knew from the ME that Wes died before the fire. The ME changed the autopsy, probably due to blackmail on the part of the ADA. Cremating the body means there can be no 2nd autopsy, and no proof Wes died before the fire. So it benefits whomever bribed the ME to change the report to begin with. That is why Connor finding a dead Wes is so important to the plot. So unless a faking a death set up included a Romeo and Juliet type “nearly dead” potion of some sort, Connor’s new info both proves Wes is really dead and that the death occurred sometime before the explosion. We still haven’t seen the fire report though, so we still don’t know if the explosion was accidental or arson.

  18. laurelnev says:

    Now I’ve read through ALL of the comments and had a chance to digest, I’d like to throw a real unorthodox theory into the mix:

    WHAT IF NO ONE KILLED WES?

    Connor appears to have found him at the bottom of the basement stairs. What if he fell down the steps in such a way he died, and THAT obvious physical evidence is what the ADA wants to cover up, so she can frame Annalise and get her revenge?

    Now THAT would be a twist!

  19. 'Bamiyo says:

    I have always been of the opinion that Connor murdered Wes. I wrote on that on my page 8 weeks ago.

    What I’m yet to be certain of is who burnt down that building, assuming there are two different perpetrators

  20. Lanie says:

    Maybe oliver killed wes, hes probably working for the mahoneys, hes the one who provide dna of wes , and beside he said hes a good actor after the interview at the ploice station. He kept a copy of annalise phone, . Connor went to the house to see annalise after she left a msg for him. Saw oliver killed wes, oliver didnt see connor , when oliver is out , connor tried too revive wes, got panic , in order to protect oliver , he sets the house on fire to destroy any evidence of the crime. Then he keep telling the guys that annalise killed wes, . When connor found out that oliver made a copy of annalise phone, he knows game is over, thats why he was so eager to tell oliver to hack ana’s phone , oliver will find out that he listen to the voicemail, and went to anas house , and he knows what oliver did to wes… damn.. is my theory sound far fetch.?.. too many theories, . Theres maggie, laura, connor, bonnie, the mohoneys, .and frank. .but there is the emergency num wes called. Faked his death or killed himself. Damn my mind is bleeding right now. Cant wait for the last epi.. season 4.??..??

  21. Erik says:

    I think it’s that obnoxious student they rarely show — the one who approached them all after the funeral and accused Annalise. He’s the one who hates her, posting a photo about her being a murderer early on. I think he went to burn down the house when it was empty, was confronted by Wes and killed him. Otherwise, all these teasing shots of the guy in the episode two weeks ago are meaningless.

  22. Itsmedave says:

    I remember early in the season thinking Meggie and the ADA looked very similiar…right down to that unusual hairstyle. What if Meggie kills in a jealous rage and goes to her cousin/aunt for help…and the Aunt is only too happy to use this as another shot in her vendetta against Ms Keating and she sets up the frame job?