By the hands of Shonda Rhimes, who we all know from hit series Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, comes a new tv-series: How to Get Away with Murder. Along with fellow producers Peter Nowalk and Betsy Beers, who also had their share in those three tv-series mentioned before, Rhimes is determined to create a new hit series.
How to Get Away with Murder is really a tv-series to recommend! It’s very original with lots of plot twist, interesting characters who can or can’t be trust, and two murder cases. With most series when there’s an ungoing story, it’s kept in the background too much and the weekly cases are high priority. In this show it’s the other way around. That’s why it keeps you so interested, each weeks episode shows a bit more and leaves you even more hanging!
Annalise Keating is a tough criminal defense lawyer who does anything to win her case. In the meantime she’s also a professor with a group of ambitious law students who helps her win her cases along with Annalise’s partners in crime, Frank and Bonnie. When a murder is committed at the campus, Annalise and her team become involved in a twisted murder plot.
Viola Davis has a great reputation and has already won some awards. One of her best performances was when she played Aibileen Clark in The Help, for this role she even got nominated for an Oscar. In How to Get Away with Murder, she plays Annalise Keating who has a complete different character but she plays it with total credibility. On the outside she’s a hard criminal lawyer who demands the best from everyone she works with, including herself. But she also has a more gentle side, which she shows occasionally. Another familiar face is one of her students: Wes Gibbins, played by Alfred Enoch who can be remembered from the Harry Potter films. The other cast members are not familiar to me, but they all showed some great performances.
The tv-series goes back and forth between two situations in time: the horrible night and five months before that night. But the events on that horrible night comes in flashes, so it takes a lot of episodes for the viewers to understand what exactly happened. When those ‘five months before’ finally catch up with the present, we still don’t know all of it. This keeps you interested in the show because, whether you like it or not, you do want to find out what happened and who did what? There are a lot of plot twist during the first season and your knowledge of human nature is questioned all the time. Who can be trusted and who’s not telling the truth?
Before the events on that life changing night, we see Annalise and her five chosen students work hard for any clients. Some clients are indeed monsters, but that doesn’t mean Annalise won’t do anything to defend them. Her students are Wes (Alfred Enoch), Connor (Jack Falahee), Michaela (Aja Naomi King), Asher (Matt McGorry) and Laurel (Karla Souza). It’s interesting to see how these five different kind of people with extremely different characters can work together and have some really creative ideas to win cases. The same goes for Frank Delfino played by Charlie Weber. He’s a true ladies’ man but can he be trusted? Along the way we see how he solve many things for his boss Annalise. It also makes you question how honest and good those criminal lawyers truly are? After all, professor Keating does teach her students how to get away with murder.
From the moment Wes’ roommate Rebecca (Katie Findley) gets arrested for murder things go downhill for Annalise and her team. Annalise decides to defend Rebecca but is she a girl who can be trusted? Things get even worse when the time zones collide and the police finds another dead body: Annalise’s husband Sam (Tom Verica). Is this murder connected to the one Rebecca is accused off? There are so many questions and you start doubting everyone, maybe because no one is entirely innocent. Besides Asher, one of the students. He’s kept out of all the secrets and lies which is in fact a good thing for him. Another employe of Annalise is Bonnie (Liza Weil), who looks like a fragile woman but might be very much tougher than she looks. She also might be the most trustworthy person.
The last two episodes were amazing! We got our answers but also a lot of turns and twists. But when you got your answer, are you happy with it? Or is it a direct punch in your face? The season ends with an amazing cliffhanger: Does Asher spill the bean, not knowing he did? And a new situation of “How to get Away with Murder”. Season two, are you here yet?