ABC’s legal-drama mystery thriller “How to Get Away with Murder” has been quite the attention-grabber for me since it started in 2014, and all three seasons it has run since. I’ve had quite the fascination for the law, and I was drawn very deeply to all the law discussion and courtroom procedurals depicted in the series despite my full knowledge that all of it has been dramatized, with some seriously dark story-mandated undercurrents to boot. As ABC gears to prepare for premiere of the fourth season this coming fall, let’s go over what information has been revealed about it, and also check up on the latest happenings for two of its main stars.
It must be the best time ever to be Viola Davis, who plays main character lawyer Annalise Keating in “HTGAWM”. She’s already had the honor of two previous Academy Award Nominations, but in the recent 89th Oscars she finally triumphed when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2016 film “Fences”, itself a big-screen adaptation of a play that she also starred in on Broadway; she even reprised the same role. Davis also got nods at the same year’s Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards. But the real clincher was that by her Oscar win, she has done the milestone achievement of winning the American “Triple Crown” of acting, winning a competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony. It’s no wonder then that Davis now has secured her place in TIME magazine’s 100 “Most Influential People” for 2017, the second time she’s made this “who’s who” list since 2012.
Meanwhile, Jack Falahee is on a roll himself, what with his new image as a TV “Sex symbol” and rallying point for gay supporters due to his stellar portrayal of Connor Walsh, homosexual law student and intern to Davis’ character Annalise. Despite having come clean to his fans that he is heterosexual in real life, the 28-year-old Falahee has embraced his role with such gusto and sincerity that one could easily think that he’s still queer because of the character Walsh, who at the last developments of season 3 was in a cohabitant and intimate relationship with a boyfriend who had tested HIV-positive. Falahee, who supported Hillary Clinton at the 2016 polls, also sees continuing gay role on the show as his own way to stick it to the current administration, especially VP Mike Pence and his questionable opinions on homosexuality.
Finally, the latest word on what over-arching plot will guide the narrative for “HTGAWM” season 4 is the revelation from the season3 finale that intern Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) was murdered by the father of fellow intern Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), and for more reasons beyond his opposition to Wes and Laurel’s relationship. Interviews with Souza reveal plot points such as Laurel being put in an asylum by her dad Jorge Castillo (Esai Morales), but ultimately leading to an epic confrontation between the two.