Wes is dead, but the show must go on.
Yes, Alfred Enoch's alter ego met his maker during How to Get Away With Murder Season 3, but there are still a lot of stories to be told for Annalise Keating's band of murderers.
Series creator Pete Nowalk chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about what fans can expect during the show's upcoming season which will be the first one without Wes.
Interestingly, the show will be taking to the future when Season 4 debuts next month.
"We are gonna jump a little bit in time so everyone can start in a more restful, low-key place," Nowalk teases.
"We'll be starting at the beginning of their second semester of their second year in law school. They're halfway done. It's their winter semester."
Previous seasons of the show have home some pretty crazy twists to kick the drama off, but it sounds like the twists will come at a slower pace this time around.
"Everyone's more in a normal place; probably how most of us live our lives without murders happening all the time. It's really nice just to be eased into where they are."
Getting to see the characters at a tranquil moment in their lives will be a great change of pace. It's surprising any of the characters are still in school when you consider they have been driven to murder on countless occasions because of it.
That's not to say there will not be a central focus of the season and that is set to be introduced in the premiere.
"That's how I always start the writers each year," Nowalk says.
"What is our 'Who is under the sheet? Who killed Sam? Who shot Annalise?' This year, the question is not a 'who,' it's a 'where.' It's very different than the other seasons, which is why I love it, but it's still a really great mystery."
"It's still a crazy balls, roller coaster, what the fuck happened mystery. We'll find out that question — in fact, one of the characters will even say it by the end of the first episode."
Thankfully, it sounds like some of the couples are in a better place than when we left them.
"Asher and Michaela are going to be living together, Laurel will have made a decision about whether or not to have the baby, and Annalise will really have had time to breathe and say, 'OK, what do I want my life to look like now that I am disgraced and starting at rock bottom? How can I build my life back from that?'"
With Laurel's dad being the one to give the order to murder Wes, Laurel is starting the season in a precarious place. She's getting closer to the man who killed her baby daddy.
But has she made a decision about what she will be doing with her baby?
"We have to start the season wondering does Laurel have any idea that her dad basically killed Wes, and what is she going to do about that if she does? Wes was the heart of the show, and now he's dead."
"I think someone has to work to still solve his murder because it's unsolved. Annalise feels like that's just what they have to live with, but I don't think Laurel wants to give up on that answer yet."
Also, the big proposal that was teased on How to Get Away with Murder Season 3 Episode 15 will be addressed early on.
"The proposal is on the table, and we'll see them talk about it in a way that I find is kind of fun and unexpected in our premiere, and will come to a mutual decision about what to do," Nowalk says.
"I will say their relationship is just getting deeper, and what's really fun is for them to each be finding out things they didn't know about each other, as well as the audience is finding that out. For example, we're gonna meet one of Connor's parents, and Oliver will meet one of those parents."
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