WARNING: Don’t read further if you prefer not to read unsubstantiated and uneducated theories about fictional TV characters.
Having only just watched the first episode of How to Get Away With Murder and knowing absolutely nothing about anything, I have to confess that I’ve already worked up a pet theory.
I think Viola Davis’ character, Annalise Keating, is responsible for the murder of her husband. Only she isn’t the murderer. Instead she spends the majority of the season manipulating her four star students so that they carry out the murder without realizing they have been played. Keating is a woman who spends her career defending people accused of murder. But the best defense for murder is to not actually commit murder.
I have no evidence to support this and in fact I kind of hope I’m wrong. But the idea just popped into my head while mulling over the episode later in the evening. Oh, there is one small clue. Keating is away at the time of the murder. As a criminal defense lawyer she probably wants to have a rock solid alibi, or at least the appearance of a rock solid alibi.
So yeah that’s my little theory even though after one episode I really have no right to be speculating on these sorts of things. And I do hope I’m wrong and that the show does take me on an unexpected and surprising journey.
One more note about this and other shows involving long mysteries. After Lost and The Killing I think most viewers are weary of getting wrapped up in a drama that overstays its welcome. I am definitely willing to play this one out for thirteen episodes. But if after season one we’re still not sure who killed Keating’s husband, or who kidnapped the jock’s girlfriend, I doubt I will come back for season two.