How to Get Away with Murder | Season 2 (DVD) | Rating: 8/10 |
Season two of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder pulled the double duty of answering some remaining questions from the first season while pivoting into a new whodunnit mystery. The first season finale left viewers reeling with the question of who killed student Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findley), with virtually every character as a suspect. The second season began with the Keating Law Firm taking on a new case in the form of the Hapstall murders, an intrigue involving the deaths of a wealthy couple with their adopted children as the defendants. As if this wasn’t enough, another puzzle was created when it was revealed that attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) had been shot and had a mysterious connection to student Wesley Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) dating back to his childhood.
In true Murder form, the reveal of Rebecca’s killer was both surprising and insightful as it gave development to one of the characters and informed us about their motivations and loyalty. The Hapstall trial provided more understanding about students Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Michaela (Aja Naomi King), Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), and brought
Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) into the inner circle while framing the juxtaposition of the groups developing bond against their contempt and dislike for each other. Keating Law staffers Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil) and Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) both dipped their toes into the sleeping with students pool while doing the unthinkable, and attorney Eve Rothlo (Famke Janssen) and Officer Nate Leahy (Billy Brown) each played a vital role in the current mystery and, in the case of Eve, the connection between Annalise and Wes. But the season truly belonged to
Annalise Keating, whose backstory is tragic on both the personal and professional front. Viola Davis continues to lead the cast with a powerhouse performance worthy of every accolade she receives.
Included in the DVD release special features of season two are deleted scenes and bloopers, the latter of which reveal that star Viola Davis has a choice phrase when flubbing a line and that Matt McGorry’s hilarious presence is as persistent behind the camera as it is on the screen. With season three set to begin airing in September, viewers have three months to binge-watch the heck out of this new release (and you won’t regret a moment of it).