How To Get Away With Murder, Season 2
The thrilling first season of How to Get Away with Murder left us craving for the next, and season 2 did not disappoint. It was bags full of the same—blood, drama, mystery and manipulation; only many, many times more. The series works best at its premiere and climax. The initial pieces are settling in, and viewers are being snuggled into the long-term mystery: #WhoShotAnnalise. The stakes are higher; it is Annalise’s shooting over Sam’s kill, and even with the season’s ups and downs, the question of who shot Annalise is the pressing one. The mid-season finale—‘What did we do?’—works very well; the time-jumps being a great plot device. The pieces set up by the writers are knocked out deftly; questions are being answered and new puzzles are being added. The series does not lose control of the narrative, but so much hinges on this long-term mystery that the 15 episodes seem like a bit of a drag. There are too many things happening, and some we just get sick of—like the stretchy mystery of Wes and Annalise’s past. The bloodiness of it all makes us wonder if there would be any respite. The climax is exciting, and while questions are put to rest, many of us had already figured Annalise’s fate. But that doesn’t matter. We want to watch it for Viola Davis herself; she more than justifies her Emmy in the season.