'How to Get Away With Murder': Which Character Is Dead?

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER S03E02 Still - Publicity - H 2016
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HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER S03E02 Still - Publicity - H 2016

How to Get Away With Murder is known for crazy plot twists, untimely deaths and a jumpy timeline that calls narratives into question with each episode. For viewers who have watched the show since the start though, the third season twist may hit home in a way unlike ever before.

As first revealed in the third season premiere, one of the show’s characters will be dead by the midseason finale and it’s up to viewers to guess who in the weeks leading up to that big moment. Each week until then another character’s fate will be revealed, eliminating the potential victims one-by-one.

Thanks to a reveal in the closing minutes of the second episode of the season, "There Are Worse Things Than Murder," viewers now know that Oli (Conrad Ricamora) is safe. Before that game of Bingo continues on Thursday, THR has rounded up a ranking of the most and least likely characters to be dead as a result of that awful house fire at Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) house.

8. Asher (Matt McGorry)

Although the premiere set up a different kind of relationship between Asher and Annalise (one in which Asher seemed comfortable enough to ask for a loan), it’s hard to imagine Annalise freaking out the way she did over Asher’s dead body. Unless something changes over the first few episodes and these two suddenly grow a lot closer, odds are it wasn’t him under that sheet.

7. Michaela (Aja Naomi King)

Likewise, Annalise and Michaela aren’t that close, but audiences have seen Annalise come to Michaela’s rescue on several occasions — including over the summer during a drunk-driving incident. The lawyer may feel residual guilt over contaminating the young girl who once said she wants to be Annalise, but then again, Michaela’s death doesn’t feel as though it would throw that big of a wrench into the overall storyline.

6. Connor (Jack Falahee)

There has been disdain between Connor and Annalise for quite some time; if anything Annalise’s shady doings have made the Connor character actually try to be a better person. But like with Annalise and Asher, there isn’t a strong connection there; it’s hard to imagine her being that devastated over Connor’s death. Plus, with all the controversy over the “bury your gays” trope in the past year, it seems like showrunner Pete Nowalk would want to steer clear of a Connor death.

5. Laurel (Karla Souza)

Last season Laurel was “the new Bonnie,” which means Annalise sees a lot of potential in her and maybe has more of a sentimental attachment to the girl than she lets on. Nowalk has also promised viewers will see a little more of Laurel’s backstory this season, which may make her slightly more likely to be the body under the sheet. Plus, Laurel has always been the sensible one of the group, so story-wise it would be interesting to see how the rest of the Keating clan fare without her around to always calm them down.

4. Bonnie (Liza Weil)

As far as character relationships go, Bonnie and Annalise have one of the richest and most in-depth of the show. And viewers haven’t even scratched the surface yet on its origins or why it’s so important to both characters. Nowalk has said he’d love to dig in a little bit more on Bonnie’s backstory and how she came to be with Annalise. Killing her off and then flashing back in time could certainly provide an excuse to do that, but that construct may not give viewers enough of a “dangling carrot” storyline for the back half of the season.

3. Frank (Charlie Weber)

Given that the season started off with Frank and Annalise at complete odds, it would be a great bait-and-switch to have him be the one under the sheet —especially if some unforeseen twist had them making up before then. Or, perhaps they’ve been working together all this time in order to plot against someone else. With this show, it seems as though anything goes. What’s for certain is that this season focuses a lot on Frank’s backstory, and that he and Annalise go far enough back that his death would still cause a huge impact on her character no matter what their current status.

2. Nate (Billy Brown)

The “good guy” of the series, Nate continues to be with Annalise even though it’s cost him so much at this point. In the premiere, the couple was happy and shiny (or as happy and shiny as a couple like that can be), which can only mean dark things ahead. Annalise has already had a hard time grappling with the death of Sam (Tom Verica), so having to deal with the death of another man she loves would certainly plunge her character into even darker territory. Plus, killing off Nate would impact the overall story since the police connection would disappear, but it wouldn’t impact the show so much that it would turn it on its head.  

1. Wes (Alfred Enoch)

From the moment audiences met Wes, it was clear that he has a lot of importance to Annalise. Thanks to the storyline last season it’s now apparent why —she’s always felt guilt over his mother’s death and he’s become sort of a pseudo son to her after she lost her own baby. His death would absolutely cause a huge emotional reaction from Annalise, and it would also have a rippling effect on the other characters. Plus, most of the big twists on this show so far have revolved around Wes in some way, shape or form. If he is the one under the sheet, it would certainly be keeping with the story. It would also be sad and poetic now that he’s trying to turn his life around and be “normal.” All those reasons combined are enough to place him at the top of the list, at least for the time being.

How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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