Just who exactly is Wes to Annalise?
We got our first real definitive declaration on How to Get Away with Murder Season 2 Episode 7 that there is a real connection between the two central characters. Although it appears only Annalise (and Eve) know exactly what that connection is.
Fans have been guessing since the shows inception that the two are mother and son, but could it really be that simple?
Below, staff members Rachel Miller, Miranda Wicker, Amanda Steinmetz and Whitney Evans gather around to talk about the tortured duo and ponder Oliver's fate. Let's just say, everyone is VERY concerned about Oliver.
What was your favorite scene or quote?
Rachel: I loved watching Oliver interact with everyone else. He doesn’t know what all Connor and the crew has done, but he’s willing to put himself into potential trouble without even thinking twice.
Miranda: As much as I hate needy Laurel, I really liked the moment where Annalise told Laurel that the reason she's not all over her is because Laurel can handle herself. She really, truly can, and in a lot of ways, she's smarter than the rest of them. She's not paranoid and knows they've done their best to cover their tracks, and she's not afraid to do what she has to do.
Amanda:I loved the scene between Annalise and Bonnie. There's so much history between these two women that we have yet to uncover. Bonnie's anger had clearly been building up for a long time.
Whitney: I thought Laurel was on fire the whole episode and I love when she shows that she's not the quiet girl of the group.
Did you believe Asher's description of what happened at Trotter Lake?
Rachel: I half believed what Asher said. He may have given just a synopsis of what really went down that night. I just feel like there’s more to the Trotter Lake story than what we were told.
Miranda: I do. Asher's stupid, but he also wants to be liked. Those are not great character traits when they mix. I can see him thinking that he knew what might happen but not wanting to say anything because he wanted to be accepted, but deep down, living with what he knows happened has been eating away at him. He's too moral not to do the right thing.
Amanda: I believe his version of events. Asher isn't always the most perceptive person, and it's possible he had no idea what was going to happen to that girl. Still, that doesn't excuse his silence for all these years after the fact.
Whitney: I have a feeling there's more to the story. Asher isn't a bad person, but he makes foolish decisions and I feel like his whole "I was in a different room" excuse is a little too convenient. I think the jury is still out on what really happened at Trotter Lake.
Was Bonnie's lashing out at Annalise justified?
Rachel: Bonnie has the right to be over Annalise and all the problems she’s caused. I’m just surprised it took Bonnie this long to finally give Annalise a piece of her own medicine. We’re finally getting a little character development with Bonnie and it’s both frightening and fascinating. She’s no longer the quiet, timid girl in the background anymore. Bonnie has finally snapped!
Miranda: Absolutely justified. Completely. Annalise used Bonnie's private history for (sort of) personal gain. What I really want to know is how far back their relationship goes. It almost seemed like their relationship was maternal and went further back than law school, but that makes everything with Sam even more weird. Bonnie's about to snap.
Amanda: Of course. Annalise's reasoning for her actions is always beyond me. She's always lying and manipulating everyone around her. If she were more honest and didn't keep people in the dark, maybe she would have more allies and people who love her. Also, Liza Weil's acting has been superb this season!
Whitney: Bonnie is entitled to feel whatever way she wants about the situation. Annalise took a very private part of Bonnie's past and exposed it to the one person she loves, so she was definitely justified in her reaction. However, I do believe that Annalise does care for Bonnie. Call me crazy, but I do think in her warped mind she thought she was helping Bonnie.
Oliver and Phillip came face to face. React!
Rachel: Poor Oliver! Phillip will probably hold Oliver hostage for some ransom money, or he just may kill him. Hopefully they will figure out Oliver’s whereabouts before it’s entirely too late.
Miranda: I'm so, so scared for Oliver. He seriously cannot die. I need Connor to rescue him and kill Phillip. That has to happen. Or Oliver needs to kill Phillip and then we'll find out that the kids really did kill their parents and then they'll all have to go to work protecting Oliver. Or something.
Amanda: I'm really nervous for Oliver. Even though he is a fan favorite character, I'm sure that wouldn't stop the writers from killing him off. I hope that doesn't happen, and he's just taken hostage.
Whitney: I am so worried about Oliver! He's really become a great secondary character this season and I've loved how much they've integrated him into the core group. I really don't want to see him go, but Phillip definitely has that crazy look about it him, so I can't help but think this may be the end of Oliver's journey.
Prediction time! What is the connection between Annalise and Wes?
Rachel: I still think that Wes was adopted and Annalise is his birth mother. Annalise is very protective when it comes to Wes. She has a tendency to be very motherly and comforting to Wes whenever he’s on the verge of giving up.
Miranda: Ditto Rachel. Annalise is Wes' birth mother and he doesn't even know he was adopted. He just knows his mother committed suicide and abandoned him.
Amanda: I really don't want Annalise to be Wes' birth mother, but they sure as hell are making it seem that way. It'll just be so creepy if she is his mother considering the weird sexual undertones of their interactions.
Whitney: I completely agree with Amanda. People have been predicting Wes was Annalise's son since day one and it wouldn't be much of a shock if that turns out to be true. And doesn't this show just live to shock us?
Make sure to tune into How to Get Away with Murder Season 2 Episode 8, "Hi, I'm Philip," Thursday, Nov. 12!
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