How to Get Away with Murder Season 3 Episode 9 Review: Who's Dead

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Rest in peace, Wes Gibbins. 

That's about all I can muster after watching How to Get Away with Murder Season 3 Episode 9. The show has been relentless in cranking up the intrigue for the reveal about who was under the sheet and it really floored me. 

For me, it was always a toss up between Frank or Nate. Frank has done so much sketchy stuff that I would have been ecstatic if he was the one to go. Nate has never really been given a storyline, so his death wouldn't have been a shock.

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He was about to get himself killed, but then came the reveal that he was alive and the deceased was none other than Wes. What the heck? I never for one minute expected Wes to be dead. 

Remember, right after How to Get Away with Murder Season 3 Episode 1 aired, we were promised we would learn one person who was safe every week? Yeah, well Wes was one of the people who was apparently safe. What happened to that?

Maybe I'm just bitter because I didn't call it myself, but this show really gets under my skin. The reveals always happen so fast that you question whether they are for real. Sadly, I think Wes being dead is pretty real. 

We know that he was already dead before the Keating house blew up, so he most definitely didn't die of natural causes. We really need to know what went down in that house.

It's easy to rule Frank as his murderer, but somehow, I don't think it will ring true. It would be far too predictable, and if this show has proven anything, it's that it is not predictable.

Frank has been the type of guy to just murder for the sake of it. He's essentially becoming a killing machine, and I no longer care for the character. Bonnie is welcome to him, as long as she keeps all of her interactions with him off-screen.

Then again, maybe he won't want her after the way she tried to get him to take the fall for everything. 

From a storyline standpoint, it makes perfect sense for Wes to be the one to go. There needed to be some solid consequences for all of the things these kids have done. 

Annalise Keating has royally played them for the past three seasons. She can claim she was trying to keep them safe all she wants, but it's clear that all she wants is a group of lemmings to follow her around and do her dirty work. 

She wanted Frank to die for everything he has done, but the way I see it is that they are both as bad as each other. Annalise has done nothing but manipulate everyone to get what she wants, and that's what ultimately led to her downfall. 

Going to Oliver was a real silly move because as soon as he find out that Connor was getting jiggy with Thomas, he would probably have no compunction with ratting them out. 

Just when I was starting to get on board with Laurel and Wes, Wes had to go and die on us. Frank better steer clear of Laurel because I don't think it would make sense for them to get back together. 

Too much stuff has happened now. Laurel is apparently pregnant with Wes' baby. That's if she really didn't sleep with Frank. This show loves to throw twists at us. 

Also, Laurel and Wes arguing right before it all went down is not going to help Laurel get over it any time soon. 

It's just so sad that all of this happened when everyone was celebrating passing their assignments. Annalise always has an ulterior motive, so I would not be shocked if she somehow orchestrated what happened to Wes. 

Yes, she's played this mother figure to him over the course of the series, but there was always going to come a time that the bond was going to be broken. 

It sure seems like the second half of the season will focus in the immediate aftermath, with the rest of the Keating 5 trying to figure out who murdered their friend. 

"Who's Dead?" was a solid episode. It took until about the half way mark to kick things into high gear, but it was worth the wait. There are going to be a lot of changes in store for the show, and I can't wait to see where they take us. 

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • Atwood is not impressed with Nate in the slightest. I'm so glad he believed Annalise and started doing some digging of his own. 
  • What the frack was that kiss scene with Annalise and Bonnie all about? Is there a past between them?
  • Michaela's mother seemed like she just wanted to use her until she landed on her feet elsewhere. Michaela worked for everything she had and that's why she knew she could make it without her. 
  • Oliver and Connor can NOT go back from this. 
  • That scene of Meggie and Laurel crying was heartbreaking. Something tells me these two might become friends. 
  • Is it January 19 yet?
  • Could killing Wes off be a way to reboot the series to try and improve the ratings?
  • Asher sending a selfie to Michaela's mother was just overboard. 

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Note: How to Get Away with Murder returns January 19 on ABC.

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