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After 6 seasons of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, Peter Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes put an end to this series with jaw-dropping resolutions, and loose ends that leave you wanting to know more about these characters and what really happed at Middleton University. While it would have been impossible to tie up every loose end that has occurred in this show, Nowalk admits in an interview withdeadline.com, that he prioritized the story lines of the core character saying “I cared about like what happen to our people the most and we just kept that in track when we had to sacrifice certain mysteries along the way, that’s just the way TV works.” (link to article: https://deadline.com/2020/05/how-to-get-away-with-murder-series-finale-recap-verdict-is-in-interview-with-creator-pete-norwalk-1202934152/
Nonetheless, we got a heck of a finale! We spent all season toying with the idea that someone had murdered Annalise, when in reality she gets the privilege to live well into her old age and have a funeral full of people who loved and adored her throughout her life. As an audience we were also left with the impression that Wes may still be alive as we saw many flash forwards throughout the season, however, when he reappears at the end with a Spanish accent we realize he is not Wes, but rather Christopher, who was Annalise’s mentee, allowing Wes’ character to go full circle because Christopher gets to be the man that Wes never got the chance to be.
Connor can finally let go of the guilt that has been eating at him by serving his time in prison, and we see that Oliver stays by his side through it all. Frank learns the truth about his parent’s incestial past that only leads him to hate himself even more when he realizes he killed his little brother, Baby Sam. Laslty, Frank dies defending Annalise, and Connie dies protecting Frank, which seems like the only ending for two people who have suffered greatly, and truly loved each other regardless of the monsters they knew they were.
On the contrary, would this really be a Shonda Rhimes show if she didn’t leave of us wanting more? Of course not! All season long we have seen the love Tegan has for Annalise, and she finally admits it to her in the finale. We get to see a clip of them dancing sometime in the future, but did they ever get to have a relationship? Does Annalise ever truly embrace her sexuality? Does Gabriel go back home with any answers about who Sam really was? Why does Laurel quickly change her number and race off after the court case is over? We will never know!
Nowalk has said that he as no intention of doing a spinoff or remake, and he would like to put the topic of murder to rest for the moment, and find different ways to challenge himself.
One of the things that is important to not overlook as we reflect on this series as a whole is the amount of inclusion that took place in something as wildly successful as this show. Viola Davis acknowledges this in an instagram post where she applauds Nowalk for writing a show that included the “disabled, LGBTQ, people of color, women of a certain age who have always been on the periphery, always being written for tentatively…we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!”
The LGBTQ storylines were especially important to Nowalk because he himself was a closeted man for 21 years, who lived in a small town where he never even knew what a gay person looked or sounded like. Having one’s “mask off” was the message that surrounded this series finale through the powerful monologue given by Viola Davis, which means not only living your truth no matter how out of the ordinary it may seem, but to understand that we are all survivors.
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