From the first moments of the pilot to the breakneck midseason finale, How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 has dazzled fans and become a bona fide freshman hit.
Each week we learned not only about the night Sam bit the dust, but also about our central characters and the many secrets they've been hiding. There's still so much to find out and the back half of the season is sure to provide us with even more mystery, intrigue, sex, betrayal and murder.
Let's dive into the best and worst this season has offered us so far, but be forewarned there may be spoilers if you're not all caught up. And if that's the case, do yourself a favor and watch How To Get Away With Murder online right now!
Best Episode: I'm not sure there can be another answer than How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Episode 9. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and we finally learned who killed Sam. Actually seeing what happened to Sam gave the flashforwards we'd seen all season so much more weight and if you go back and re-watch the episodes, you can pick up on things you never even thought about before. Discovering Annalise and Wes are in some sort of alliance to cover up the murder was the perfect ending to an awesome episode.
Worst Episode: It's hard to say any of the episodes so far are bad, but the one I was the least fond of was the Laurel-centric How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Episode 5. Coming right off the heels of penis gate, the episode was slower than usual and it had my least favorite case of the week. There were things to like of course, but I was the least interested in this episode overall.
Best Character: Everyone has their bright spots, even Michaela, but Connor takes the cake so far. He's intelligent, cunning, smart and he has a crazy sexual appeal that he uses to his advantage at every turn. But as cocky and sure of himself as he may seem, we saw his true heartbreak over losing Oliver and it's allowed us to see a new side of him that's enjoyable.
Worst Character: The obvious answer here is Sam, because duh. But I'm going to go ahead and give it to Michaela because she's hard to warm up to. She's a bratty, entitled girl that I just really can't stand so far. She's gets a little less irritating as time moves forward and if that trend continues she could be the best character by season's end! (I'm not counting on that though.)
Most Underused Character: With such a huge cast, there are a ton of contenders for this one. It all depends on your personal taste. For me, it's hot Nate and I haven't been shy about expressing that opinion. We know very, very little about him and just when it looks like he's going to get something juicy to do, it kind of just fizzles out. I'm thinking he's going to get very involved in Sam's "disappearance" and that, coupled with his reunion with Annalise, should bring him into the fold more.
Biggest Shock: Wes killed Sam. I know people have been predicting that from the beginning, but actually seeing it play out was such a huge surprise. A close runner-up would be Annalise revealing she knows Sam is dead and Wes is involved.
Best Quote: It's just the best thing ever.
Why is your penis on a dead girl's phone?Annalise [to Sam]
Hopes for How To Get Away With Murder Season 1B: I honestly just want them to keep doing what they're doing. Every week we get a mystery and question after question keeping us excited and looking forward to next Thursday. The writers have a firm grasp on the story they want to tell and I have all the faith in the world the final six episodes will be just as captivating as the previous ones. If I had to ask for more, it'd be more hot Nate, Asher, Frank and Bonnie. They could stand to be fleshed out a little more, don't you think?
Overall Grade: A-
Okay, guys, do me proud and tell me what you think. Was I way off? Or are we just about on the same page?
How would you grade the first half of How To Get Away With Murder?
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