I really don’t know where to start.
That’s not saying that Who’s Dead? is a terrific finale because despite all that fuss you might be hearing over social media and that shocking ending, this is still a very flawed episode. The writers were rushing to get to the ending where all the good stuff happened, but they forgot to give us an entertaining, coherent story halfway through. What purpose does the Connor/Thomas scene provide other than possibly adding more drama in the future? And while I shockingly loved every bit of Michaela fighting with her mother, I couldn’t help but wonder what’s the point of it all? And had the writers known from the start who they wanted to kill off, they could have planned this much better.
Regardless of that rant, the final 10 minutes are without a doubt jaw-dropping. The twist with Wes’ flash-forward from a couple episodes earlier actually taking place BEFORE the fire was inspired, and I never thought this show would be capable of killing off Wes, who one would argue is as integral to the show’s mythology as Annalise. It was a pulse-pounding, breathtaking sequence executed to near-perfection with an incredibly astounding score, top notch performances and nifty camerawork. Kudos for actually living up to the #UnderTheSheet hype.
However, let’s not kid ourselves and pretend that this show is willing to kill off major characters that easily; this isn’t Game of Thrones after all. Unfortunately, we’ll continue to see a lot of Wes in the second half of the season because the show set up ANOTHER unnecessary killer mystery. That’s right, I wasn’t impressed by the writers’ decision to have Wes be killed before the fire because it’s a terrible, convoluted twist. I would have loved this show to return next year with a new sense of direction and fresh storylines, but it looks like we’ll be seeing flashbacks to the night of the Keating fire until the very end of the season. And I am not amused.
– I’m rooting for Laurel and Michaela to get together now after that quick smooch.
– Heartbreaking moment with Annalise breaking down to Mary J Blige.
– Nate is quite simply the dullest, most one-dimensional character alive on television right now.
– While I loved seeing Annalise burning the Mahoney and Rebecca files and then smashing her computer with the infamous trophy, this scene was very heavy-handed. I did like hearing “why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone” again, though.
– Nice callback to Connor’s substance abuse lie to Oliver way back in season one. Ah, simpler times.
– Yes, Wes being dead is a huge shocker and all, but the biggest OMG moment of the night was Annalise and Bonnie kissing. It was a passionate one too!
– Another shocker: everyone passed the class despite almost never studying.
– Chilling moment with the detectives revealing that they’ve found Rebecca’s body in the woods. Did not see that coming.
– It’s a great decision to kill Wes off from a writing standpoint because it tells the audience that even someone with a huge backstory like him doesn’t have immunity, but did we really need another twisty murder mystery? I’m losing count of those now.
– The montage at the end with everyone breaking down in tears was very emotional.
– Interesting how Wes has been the answer to all the mysteries on this show so far: #WhoKilledSam, #WhoShotAnnalise and who is #UnderTheSheet.
– So, let’s start speculating. Did Frank kill Wes? Who burned down the house? And who was the anonymous source that betrayed Annalise (since it’s obviously not Wes now)?
– We’ll be back on January 19th where the full #TGIT lineup finally returns!
Annalise: You know, someone may take me down, but my ass if it’s gonna be you.
Trishelle: I’m your mama and I love you.
Michaela: I don’t know what that means.
Trishelle: You don’t know what love means?
Michaela: Coming from you? No.
A messy winter finale salvaged by an intense killer ending.