ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder opened its first season with the revelation that the main character’s husband, Sam Keating, would be killed in the future. Over the next nine episodes, we saw all the events that led up to the death, and we wrapped up the first half of the first season with another revelation, that Sam’s wife, Annalise Keating as masterfully portrayed by Viola Davis, knew about the murder that her own law students were attempting to cover up.
All in all, those first episodes told a self-contained story. But now it’s going to get messy.
The flashforwards are gone, replaced with a daunting number of flashbacks detailing the entire night of the murder. All the main characters are questioned by a pair of police detectives in connection with Sam’s mysterious disappearance, and they all give their own version of events—which is roughly 25 percent truth, 75 percent lies.
In an entertaining stylistic move, the flashbacks are narrated by each character’s false testimonial. Which means that most of them are spinning their entire story while the audience watches them facing a very dead Sam. It gets a little repetitive.