There's a lot to unpack this week, from Bonnie finally being let in on the secret, to another win for team Annalise, but can we start with the most intriguing part of the hour?
Why does Bonnie have Nate's phone in the flashforward? Why?
We've been fooled into thinking Nate was a goner before (or perhaps that was just me) but with Bonnie being as shady as ever and Annalise's guttural cries at the end of How to Get Away with Murder Season 5 Episode 4, it seems very possible that Nate is the man in the snow.
Nate has been given a ton of stuff to do this season, he's reuniting with his dad and finally seems to be in a good place professionally, so it makes perfect sense that now would be the time for him to die.
One thing about this world that will always ring true; there is no longterm happiness.
Just when you think things are going your way, you will be knocked back down to earth, and everything will fall apart on you. And no one knows that better than Bonnie.
Think about a time when Bonnie has been happier than she was here, gliding down the hallways ready to embrace Miller publicly and continue living her best life. Can you think of time?
She was moderately happy when she was with Asher, I guess, but at this point in her life, she was in a great place both personally and professionally. And now her world has been completely flipped on its head.
Annalise: She doesn't want to know any of this.
Nate: How do you know that?
Annalise: I don't. But you don't have a right to mess with anyone else's trauma.
Now Annalise had to tell Bonnie the truth. That is not the kind of secret you just sit on and pretend like you don't know. And it's also better that it came from Annalise and not Nate. I found myself actually feeling bad for Bonnie, and that's an emotion I don't typically feel.
Now that Bonnie knows, I have to imagine she will either throw herself into a wave of denial or throw herself into finding her son. The interwebs have been ablaze since the end of How To Get Away With Murder Season 4 with the idea that Gabriel is Bonnie's son, but that theory took a hit tonight.
For starters, wouldn't Gabriel be familiar with the Winterbottom last name? I guess it's possible that Julie raised him as a Maddox and he never knew what her real last name was, but I'm not sure I buy that.
The show is also being so on the nose with the hints that Gabriel is the missing child, that it makes you feel like we are in for something entirely different.
We could spend hours running through scenarios about Gabriel but we all know this show is into the slow burn, so I'm preparing now not to get the big Gabriel reveal until the season finale.
The cases this week involving Nate's father and the tone-deaf burger chain CEO were misses in the grand scheme of the episode. There was nothing particularly compelling about either case, and it didn't help that we didn't spend much time with either.
Nate Senior's case has been ongoing for a while, and while I've enjoyed the added incorporation of Nate, it is starting to feel like this storyline needs to reach its conclusion.
This happens every season, but usually more towards the latter part. The murder, mayhem, and mysteries that dictate the season become more important and more entertaining than the cases of the week.
At this point, I could spend a whole hour watching Frank follow Gabriel around. That's the most intriguing thing going on right now.
One thing I don't have any interest in whatsoever is the reappearance of bratty Connor. The partnership between Annalise and Connor during the end of last season was one of the freshest pairings the show has ever had.
Sending them back to a place where Connor once again assumes the role of Annalise's adversary isn't something I was hoping to explore again so soon. Connor is allowed to be frustrated, but instead of throwing a fit because Annalise didn't tell him the truth maybe he should be counting his lucky stars that he's in the place he is.
Connor has a lot to be thankful for. And his temper tantrum with Annalise was unfortunate because he's come a long way from the petulant Connor we once knew so well.
Everything Else You Need To Know
- Annalise and Tegan salsa dancing and having little pow-pows in the Caplan and Gold office is a lot of fun. Annalise is in need of a friend who isn't Bonnie or Nate.
- So what exactly did Emmett do with a client? This isn't the most compelling storyline because Emmett is far from fleshed out at this point, but still something to get us thinking.
- There was a Wes sighting! Sure it was just on a computer screen, but it was still a sighting nonetheless. The show hasn't suffered from his absence, but every time there's a Wes mention, or we get to see his face, I get a little sad. Wes deserved better!
- Oliver is still missing in the flashforward, but I still don't believe he is in danger. My theory of Miller being the victim hasn't been debunked yet, but there are some other viable victims as well.
Alright guys, now it's your turn to break down "It's Her Kid." What will Bonnie do with the news about her child? What are your working theories about Gabriel? Did you enjoy the cases this week?
Drop me a line down below, and please make sure that you watch How to Get Away with Murder online right this minute so you can join us in the discussion!
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