‘How to Get Away With Murder’ season 2 premiere: EW review

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Annalise Keating’s Most Badass Quotes from How to Get Away with Murder.

Lies, secrets, intrigue, murder — it must be time for another season of How to Get Away With Murder! Just as the second season of the twisty Viola Davis legal thriller is about to begin, Nowalk — one of Variety‘s 2015 Showrunners Impact Report honorees — looks back at Season 1, offering up his favorite moments, including tears from Davis and dance moves from Matt McGorry (who plays law student Asher). Thursday night’s premiere episode, “It’s Time to Move On,” wasted little time in revealing who it was that killed Rebecca (Katie Findlay) in the Season 1 finale. She’s incredibly smart, deviously clever, ruthlessly determined and, at turns, both strong and vulnerable – and it’s all due to Viola Davis’ powerhouse, Emmy-winning performance.

Best note: “When I originally pitched the show to ABC Studios, they encouraged me to go darker with Annalise (Viola Davis) to make her more of an anti-hero, which surprised me. Consider this your Coles Notes to Season 1: a binge-watching meal replacement that breaks down its highlights and lowlights to give you maximum premiere pleasure.

That means you’re doing things that are transformative.” The actress, 50, won’t give any specifics when it comes to what the writers have in store for season 2, but she’s willing to share her own hopes for her character, the bold Annalise Keating. “At some point, I would want her to love herself a little bit more,” says Davis. “I know, that sounds like something you don’t want to hear. I could be more unhinged with the darker side of Annalise, which is the most fun part of the show for me to write.” Worst note: Nothing that scarred me. Yet another in Shonda Rhimes’ stable of hits, Murder Season 1 was part case-of-the-week courtroom drama, part soap opera and part murder mystery with two whodunits: the strangling of university student Lila and the demise of Annalise’s husband Sam, whose body we saw her law students disposing of in Episode 1.

You can spend it in a corporate office drafting contracts and hitting on chubby paralegals before finally putting a gun in your mouth, or you can join my firm and become someone you actually like.” –”Pilot” “You’re never going to trust me; that’s not in your nature. By the finale, we knew that Annalise’s employee Frank killed Lila on orders from Sam, who had got Lila pregnant, and Sam was bludgeoned by student Wes while throttling Wes’s girlfriend, Rebecca, who was out to prove that Sam killed Lila.

Viewers may have had a whole summer to stew over the events of the finale, but for these characters, only 10 days had gone by and there was definitely tension in the ranks. But before the techno beat of a case-of-the-week evidence-discovery montage overtakes us on this hallowed TGIT, let’s take a look at 10 of the most insane, outrageous, truly WTF-inducing moments that you almost definitely forgot happened on the road from the flying cheerleader to the dead goth girl under the stairs.

The app’s hilariously genius debut in episode five was proof that aside from the pilot’s promise of murder and insanity, there was actually a sense of humor to be had. As she shares the news with her students, she and Wes lock eyes and, via flashback, we see what really happened when Wes returned to her house/office to retrieve the murder weapon. “I’m so sorry,” he says, looking down at Sam’s body. “Don’t be,” says Annalise, unseen until that moment. Proudest moment during Season 1: I was happy we won the GLAAD award because there are so many good shows on right now that have so many great gay characters, which is so new, but I was proud because Connor (Jack Falahee) is a bad person sometimes. One of the least likeable characters in the series, Rebecca threatens to out boyfriend Wes for killing Sam, which leads to her being tied up and brought to Annalise’s house. The only problem was that the clients — two adopted siblings who were accused of shooting and killing their parents — were already being represented by someone else.

Meanwhile, Michaela (Aja Naomi King) was understandably nervous that the recipient of Rebecca’s cryptic “Eggs 911” text would eventually contact her since it was her phone Rebecca had been using at the time. When the Keating Five returned home for a lighthearted Christmas break of pies, presents, and keeping the deadly secret that they murdered a middle-aged man, it was revealed that quiet Laurel Castillo — she of silent strategies and modest cardigans — comes from a super wealthy Floridian family. So instead of waiting to see what would happen, Michaela decided to take action by sending this mystery person a “Hi” text message of her own, which he/she has now responded back to, saying, “Hello… you there?” And so the plot thickens… After finding Rebecca’s body in the basement, Frank (Charlie Weber) and Annalise were forced to cover up the crime, but they still had no idea who had actually done it. It’s not actually that crazy of a reveal, but we knew so little about Laurel that a brief glimpse into her surprising oodles of money (and her amazing chunky jewelry collection) made the introspective student so much more layered. Remember her random hotel hook-up, which I definitely thought was her attempt to steal some guy’s DNA? (Damn, this show really got into my head.) Or when she handed Asher’s ass to him outside the courtroom like he had just served the most offensive of raw beef on Chopped?

Sam Keating (Tom Verica): The university professor indulges in extracurriculars with his students and lies about it until he gets caught pulling an Anthony Weiner on the dead girl’s phone. And while Annalise seems to be keeping this secret under wraps, this little incident will definitely put on a strain on their relationship from here on out. Scene that made you cry: That’s the scene between Cicely Tyson and Viola Davis where Cicely Tyson is revealing that she actually burned down the house and killed the uncle that had sexually abused Annalise. Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber): Besides sleeping with Annalise’s law students, he does dirty work for the boss, like planting evidence that implicates Nate in Sam’s death.

And you wonder why Connor’s got the trauma shakes on Murder Night? (My old roommate’s theory is that he’s just cold.) Annalise’s most heartstopping confrontations aren’t always when she’s confronting her husband about dead girls or scolding her students, also about dead girls. However, the presiding prosecutor of the case isn’t about to go down without a fight, which is why she’s making poor Asher (Matt McGorry) spy on all of his friends.

If the big question of the first half of season one was “Who killed Sam?,” the second question was about how Annalise was going to react when she found out. As it so happens, when Wes apologized to Sam’s corpse for, well, being responsible for it being a corpse, Annalise calmly assured him that he had no reason to feel guilt. We then jump two months into the future, hear gunshots fired, and see Wes running from the mansion of the two clients Annalise had just procured earlier on. Try The Good Wife: Another legal drama starring a woman (Julianna Margulies) whose character raises hell in her personal life as well as the courtroom. Paxton, the corporate assistant Connor wooed to squeal on his boss, was consequently humiliated by his employer and was so shamed that he threw himself out the window.

My favorite moment from season 1 of HTGAWM was the truly ridiculous scene in episode 8 in which Michaela, after being shamed into a prenup by her intimidating future mother-in-law, decided that the best route to take is to ATTEMPT TO SLAP HER. When Aiden’s mother (Lynn Whitfield) pushed the right buttons and forced Michaela to sign a prenup — “Either sign or I will make sure you go back to that nasty bayou swamp you came from, you stubborn bitch” — Michaela finally snapped. Though she later apologized for her “backwater” side, it remains one of HTGAWM’s most unexpected acts of human behavior … on a show where a man was literally chopped up and distributed across a landfill after being transported to the woods in an antique rug.

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