How to Get Away With Murder Is Back, and Now It's Time to Get Away With Murder!

How to Get Away With Murder S01E10: "Hello Raskolnikov"


And the first one to crack is... Annalise.

How to Get Away with Murder didn't keep too many secrets in Thursday's winter premiere. While Annalise relayed a slightly tweaked story about her whereabouts on Murder Night to the police, we saw what went down between her and Wes in the house: She gave him step-by-step orders to burn and dispose of Sam's body. "What you did tonight needed to be done," she said. "He killed that girl, and for that, he needed to die. Trust me. I got you into this, and it's my job to get you out of it. Now go and do what you've been told."

The next morning, in between interrogation sessions with the police, the Keating 5 set to work on Rebecca's defense. Their objective? To prove in court that Sam was Lila's baby daddy and had a motive to kill her—which would also strengthen Annalise's story that Sam ran away. The paternity test came back positive, which Annalise read with a sigh of relief in front of Frank. "What the hell, Annalise? No one is this relieved when they find out their husband knocked up a dead girl," Frank said, forcing Annalise to tell him the truth on the condition that "Bonnie can never know." In light of the positive DNA test, the judge ruled for a forensic expert to examine Sam's laptop, which had been in police lockup, to determine whether his backed-up phone data would reveal his whereabouts on the night of Lila's murder. Voila! Sam was at Lila's sorority house around her estimated time of death, so the charges against Rebecca were dropped.

With Sam the prime suspect in Lila's murder, Connor and McKayla, growing increasingly scared, tried to convince Laurel to come clean to the police since they didn't actually kill Sam. However, after she was cornered by Frank, Laurel told Wes, who told Annalise, and they confronted Connor and McKayla outside the police station. "It doesn't matter how I know. I just know. I can give you a million reasons why this plan won't go your way or you can just trust me," Annalise explained. "I don't blame you. If I did, I would've turned you in the night that it happened. Let me help you. Because if you do, I promise, you will get away with this."

But not if new character Hannah (Marcia Gay Harden) has any say. In the final seconds of the episode, Hannah told the police that she is Sam's sister. "Whatever his wife told you, my brother is no murderer," she said.

What havoc will Hannah wreak? Did Annalise make a mistake telling Connor, McKayla, Laurel, and Frank? And what about Bonnie and Asher? Executive producer Pete Nowalk answers our burning questions.


Why did you decide to let Frank and the other three in so soon? I think some shows would've dragged that out. 

That's an interesting question. I've not thought about that. I think it felt real for her that they would need to know that, in order to not crack. I think Annalise is really smart and very together and knows how to handle things. I think for me to believe that any of the students wouldn't go to the police and wouldn't just crack, they needed to know that they were being taken care of by probably the most powerful person they've ever met. They were close to confessing.



Is there strength in numbers, or will this new development just increase their paranoia? 

I think they will always be paranoid, especially Connor and McKayla. How can you not be? From Annalise's end, I think she might think it's better if they're all in the know, so they can be on the same page. I think that's a big reason why she told them too, and Frank can help her.


Would Annalise have told them so soon if Connor and McKayla weren't going to confess? 

I feel like she would eventually let them know. It's all messy. They're all flying by the seat of their pants, even Annalise. They're just kind of reacting to the moment and there's gonna be a lot of that. There are a lot of moments where they have to make decisions in an instant and hold on tight and hope it works. I think that's where all the tension and thrill come out the rest of the season. It is asking, "How do you get away with murder?"


Annalise has always given off a weird maternal vibe from Annalise. She's touchy-feely with Wes, and now she says she's helping the students because she got them into this mess in the first place. It's like, "These silly kids made a mess killing my husband. Mommy has to come in and clean it up." 

Exactly. I think Annalise is really complicated. I think she genuinely believes her husband is a murderer. He murdered a girl and then lied to her about it. I think she feels responsible for these students, especially Wes, for getting them all into this. Deep down, she has heart and cares for people. There's that side of it. There's also the side of self-protection, as she said. If they get away with it, she gets away with it. She's done a lot of illegal things that can get her caught. She's the wife. She's who they're gonna suspect if they find out Sam is dead. I think there's two things going on, or maybe three or four or five, which is always the case with Annalise. [Laughs] She's playing many sides at once.



Nate, Rebecca, Bonnie, and Asher are still on the outside, but they're all suspicious, to varying degrees. Will any of them make headway in figuring out what happened or be clued in? 

Yes. I think everyone has to be suspicious. If you know Annalise at all, you know that maybe what's happening on the surface isn't actually the truth. Nate is obviously the most suspicious of all, and he's a cop. He's still got contacts inside [the force]. But I think all the characters are smart in their own ways to jump in on little things. I think it will be fun to watch who becomes suspicious with whom.


What kind of roadblock will Hannah be? 

A big one! Sam and Annalise have been together for 20 years. Hannah knows Annalise extremely well and can poke at Annalise in a way most people in Annalise's world can't. Hannah's very smart. She's also a psychiatrist, so she can see beneath the surface. Annalise has a very formidable surface and wears many masks, but I think Hannah is one person who has her number and can see through Annalise in many ways. She also doesn't believe the story that Annalise is telling that Sam is missing.


What kind of dirt does she have on Annalise? 

She knows a lot of things about Annalise. We'll learn much more about Annalise and Sam's relationship and how they met, and what has gone on between her and Hannah. Hannah is very determined [to clear Sam's name]. She's very much a threat to Annalise and the students.



What's Bonnie and Annalise's relationship going to be like? Bonnie definitely has to re-prove herself to Annalise. 

Yes, that's exactly what it is. They had a very emotional moment. [Annalise fired Bonnie] and she called her back after she fired her when she needed her. I think we're gonna deal with how their relationship is messier from that moment and also how they need each other. Bonnie has a lot of ground to cover with Annalise. Like you said, she has re-prove herself. We will watch her do that. She also has to deal with her relationship with Asher and how they're gonna work together after that drunken night. Asher and Bonnie have a lot of conversations about that, and there's definitely going to be fallout from it.


Annalise kept Sam's wedding ring. And you have McKayla's missing engagement ring, the missing scales from the Immunity Idol, Rebecca's frantic 911 calls—which of these loose ends will come back to haunt people? 

Yeah, and another thing Connor mentioned was the campus cop. There are a ton of loose ends, and they all know that. I think what's fun is we're used to seeing people [on TV] knowing how to get away with murder. They don't, well, except for Annalise. [Laughs] That's what's gonna freak them out. Just like in real life, some [things] will come back to haunt you. Others will not. I think what's been really fun for us in the writers' room is to keep track of those and to divvy answers up throughout the rest of the season. I really get a lot of satisfaction out of tying things up with a bow and not leaving loose ends. Some will be answered and some we'll keep on playing. For instance, some of those that you mentioned, we will get the answers of by the end of the season. You will know exactly what happened.


When will we find out who murdered Lila? 

Well, Sam was on the roof. That's what Annalise proved in Episode 10, so what was he doing on that roof? And does that mean he killed her? That's a question for the rest of the season and we will definitely answer all of that and find out exactly what happened that night and how Lila ended up dead. We will see all that play out.


What did you think of the winter premiere?


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Feb 27, 2015
can anyone inform me if they will have a 2nd season???
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Feb 05, 2015
So now we have some answers and hopefully never again have to suffer flashbacks of those idiots in the woods. I have been binge watching this to get up to date, so I think I may be more than usually irritated by the repetition (thank God for fast forward!) although on the other hand, it was a good strategy, because if I'd had a whole week to contemplate between eps, the ridiculousness of this show would be too obvious.
I'm sure you don't have to have studied law or worked as a lawyer (although I speak from experience) to know that first year students being entrusted with anything in a law office beyond the filing is laughable. To be given such responsibilities in a murder defence, let alone a death row case as they were in one ep? That one made me laughed out loud. It's the Scandal gladiators, minus the credibility.
The writers do their best with lines about studying torts, and random complaining about exams, but these kids spend all their time at Annalise's beck and call. And they suffer badly from lack of character development so remain stereotypes - the annoying privileged jock, the pouting princess, the quiet nerdy girl, the promiscuous gay and underprivileged black guy! And although Viola Davis is wonderful, her character is a hot mess and I don't think it's entirely intentional.
But watching Shonda's high-drama nonsense is like eating icecream from the carton, I can't put down the spoon even though I know it's bad for me. Maybe now things are wrapped up (kind of - I am sure there will be twists) I can quit. Although Marcia Gay Harding... maybe a reason to stay tuned in. We'll see!
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Feb 01, 2015
Maybe in the end Rebecca will be the one who gets away with murder...
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Jan 31, 2015
Wait I'm confused what was it Annalease told them to make them cooperate?... Regardless, I think it was stupid of them to want to confess either way they may not have killed the guy but they were accomplices and they sure burned and disposed of his body... they're going down
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Jan 30, 2015
I will be watching til the end. I must give the writers and producers credit for giving us so many answers middle of the season. Many other shows would have drag it out. It is great to see Marcia Gay Harden, she is a very good actress.
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Jan 30, 2015
Laurel is clearly the best character on this show. Everyone else is pretty weak.
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Jan 30, 2015
I feel like this show has wasted all its potential and now there's nothing to keep me watching. I don't care about any of the characters, the murder plot has gone on for way too long, and the second-hand embarrassment I get from watching these people screw up in a milion ways is unbearable. I'm gonna watch it till the end of the season, but unless they finish it with a jawdropping cliffhanger, I'm out after that.
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Jan 30, 2015
For such a promising show, they used too many flashbacks, they have to many insecure teenagers and too less interesting development right now. I gave up halfway this episode.
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Jan 30, 2015
This show is such a mess. I feel bad that someone as talented as Viola is stuck playing such an inconsistent character. She's not complex or multidimensional, she's just a mess.
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Jan 30, 2015
Annalease killed Lila Stangard, Sam went to the apartment to see Lila who was already been killed by Annalease.
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Jan 31, 2015
It was Bonnie. She is extremely loyal to Annalease and she seemingly had a thing w/ her husband as well. She probably did it out of revenge for him stepping out on her w/ Lila and to protect Annalease
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Feb 01, 2015
Bonnie doesn't have the rage, guts and reason. She was Annalease's sheep for many years. Her character is not the one that takes very high risks.
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Feb 04, 2015
That's exactly why she's perfect for it... the audience will be like wtf I didn't see that coming. Me personally I wouldn't put it past her, her & that other guy do shady stuff for Annalease all the time. Those on the margins have to make their way to the center at some point. But I could be completely wrong it could be Wes for all we know (just throwing that out there, it doesn't mean I actually think it was him).
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Feb 05, 2015
If a character does something that they wouldn't do, it will be like wtf but the show would loose its credibility and authenticity if that happens. Writers don't just kill people for shock. They need to make it believable.

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Jan 30, 2015
I'm also thinking Annalise killed Lila. It's way to obvious for it to be Sam.
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Jan 30, 2015
For a show that's been on for half a season I still feel like pretty much all characters except Wes are underdeveloped.
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Jan 30, 2015
it's michaela, not mckayla lol
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