How to Get Away with Murder ended its first season with a big twist ending, and now it appears that ABC has some even bigger things for the second season.
[WARNING: Spoilers ahead]
The show concluded its first season on Thursday with a series of twists. First, viewers learned in the closing minutes of the finale that it was actually Frank who strangled Lila to death, doing so at the request of Sam, who had something over Frank’s head.
That wasn’t the only big twist, however. Entertainment Weekly’s recap summed it up.
“That was a nice twist, but it wasn’t the biggest of the episode. It turns out that Rebecca hadn’t been telling the whole truth. She did send the text to Lila from Griffin’s phone, and she did end up in the water tank with Lila’s dead body. She also drugged Rudy with some mysterious drug called Purple X, which caused him to horrifyingly crawl at the walls, and caused us to cry out in horror.”
Rebecca was then tied up but tried to blackmail the others as they questioned her and then disappeared… or so it seemed. Moments later, Annalise came back to ask Frank if he had “done it.” Viewers then saw just what she was talking about — Rebecca’s dead body.
There may have been another ending, which star Viola Davis explained in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“The one that we didn’t use, I just walk down the stairs to the cellar and I’m calling Rebecca’s name and I find her dead in her chair, tied up. I love the ending by the way,” Davis told Jimmy Kimmel. “I just think it’s still heart pounding. It’s just filled with so many moments that we didn’t expect. I’m glad I didn’t have anything to do with it, I’m trying to make some people like me.”
How to Get Away with Murder ended its first season on a high note. The 15-episode debut-season brought in nine million viewers and a 2.8 ratings in the coveted “money” demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds — and did it all without the strong lead-in of Scandal.
As Entertainment Weekly pointed out, How to Get Away with Murder started out strong and lost a bit of its shine, but still finished very strong.
“What’s interesting is how ‘Murder’ was the show everybody was talking about—until Fox’s ‘Empire’ came along. Suddenly ‘Murder’s’ strong ratings seemed to shrink when compared to ‘Empire,’ which has delivered an incredible seven consecutive weeks of viewership gains and a more exciting story for the media to grab onto. Still, the success of ‘Murder,’ and showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ triple-header domination on Thursday nights this season, remains a huge accomplishment. Broadcast TV is lucky to have more than one happy tale to brag about this season.”
While the finale did clear up some things, Viola Davis revealed a possible spoiler for How to Get Away with Murder in its second season. She noted that there were more details to the unaired second ending to this year’s finale, which she can’t reveal because it will be incorporated into the second season.
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