When you remember that “How to Get Away with Murder” is entitled as it is, you would think for the most part that murder would be the name of the game 24/7. However, that was not entirely the case for the episode airing on Thursday night. This was an episode that was really all about emotional pain more than it was any investigation, and we feel that way even in spite of the cliffhanger.
Oh, and did we mention that this was the best episode of the entire series by a good margin? That music at the end was so perfectly-placed, it almost framed the dialogue in a way that corrected some of the show’s occasional flaws. Some of the over-dramatic lines were stripped away, and we were left with one vulnerable character after another.
For Annalise, this meant giving Hannah at least some of the truth regarding her knowledge of Sam and Lila Stangard, and her own affair with Nate. She calculated her way to a connection, not really giving away everything, but still giving her enough to make her believe that the two had forged some decent emotional bond … which will probably be undone by the events later.
For Michaela, this meant watching her entire relationship fall apart, and a wedding end before it even began. The Keating five are struggling with the realization that this is too big of a burden to carry, and the pain is crossing over into almost every other facet of their lives.
Oh, and we should also mention now that cliffhanger: Sam’s body was found and identified, and it appears now that they have to deal with the potential consequences of that. A great ending to a great, gut-wrenching episode. Grade: A-.
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