What better way to kick-start the third season of a hit crime thriller like “How to Get Away With Murder” than with a mystery so big its aftermath will resonate through the show’s entire cast?
Emmy award winning actress Viola Davis, who plays as the high profile defense attorney Annalise Keating, told Deadline Hollywood in a recent interview that series creator Peter Nowalk had worked out a new mystery to present in the first episode of the upcoming season. It is a mystery so big and daunting that Davis and her co-actors cannot figure it out.
“I mean, last year we could figure it out; we actually did. We got together and figured it out,” Davis said. “This year we’re totally stumped.” However, she added that this mystery will provide an avenue for the succeeding episodes to explore the relationship dynamics between the characters in a deeper, more personal way.
Entertainment Weekly also reported a big reveal happening right where the first episode picks the story up from last season’s finale. It concerns Wes in the aftermath of witnessing a man get shot just after he told this man that Wes might be his son. This big finale reveal could inspire a corresponding premiere reveal, as teased by Nowalk himself.
Meanwhile, in an earlier interview with E! Live from the Red Carpet, Davis mentioned that there is going to be a bit of a time jump when season 3 opens, some flashbacks like in the previous seasons, and getting back to normal where Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) and Annalise’s relationship is concerned.
Another question that’s going to be addressed in the first episode is whether or not Oliver Hampton will be joining the Keating Five now that Conrad Ricamora, the actor who’s playing him, is now a series regular. His partner, Connor Walsh, played by Jack Falahee, has been adamant about not allowing him into Annalise’s group. There’s also the matter of Oliver deleting Connor’s Stanford acceptance letter before the latter could even see it, and his HIV-positive diagnosis that has significantly changed his view on life.
“He wants a little bit more excitement,” Nowalk told TV Line earlier this year. “He wants to feel passionate about his job. He doesn’t want to be bored.”
On the other hand, a set photo recently posted by Davis on her Facebook account led some fans to speculate that Rebecca Sutter, played by Katie Findlay, may still be alive. However, a closer inspection of the image revealed that it’s actually a throwback photo from season 1 and that Katie, who was killed in season 2, will not be coming back for season 3, unless it’s in a flashback scene.
“How to Get Away With Murder” season 3 is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, Sept. 22 on ABC. Previous episodes are available for streaming on Netflix.