How to Get Away with Murder 1×14-1×15 ‘The Night Lila Died’ & ‘It’s All My Fault’: Some friggin’ hitman

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The only word I can use other than random keyboard mashing is: Wow. Initially I was wondering how this show could possibly go into a second season without the characters making it the How to Dwell on Murder show. I thought what if they get rid of the students and make Annalise teach new students using real life murder scenarios to see if they are tough enough. Throw them right into the actions to see if they can save themselves. Or Bonnie leaves the firm because of her distrust of Annalise, taking Asher with her and causing tension between the now rivalling firms. However, all of those ideas are null and void now that we were brought this gloriously jaw-dropping two-hour season finale of How to Get Away with MurderPrepare yourself because this one is a doozy. Here’s ‘The Night the Lila Died’ & ‘It’s All My Fault.’

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

With all of the information in these episodes and the way they are presented I’m going to try my best to keep it coherent, so bear with me! Unlike most of my previous reviews this won’t be a detailed recap, but more a summary with general thoughts on things as A LOT happened in this episode. Here are the highlights:

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FATHER FORGIVE ME FOR I HAVE SINNED

Annalise is defending Father Andrew Crawford, a priest who has pleaded guilty for the murder of Father Bernard. However, he changes his mind when he sees Agnes, a church goer, arrive at the courtroom. Apparently Father Crawford killed Father Bernard after he confessed to molesting an altar boy who had since committed suicide. Crawford knew what he did was wrong, but he did not feel it was the wrong decision. He loves Agnes and does not want to go to jail, but after she is forced to testify about having an affair with him in order to save him, he decides to plead guilty and save her from scrutiny. Not much in this case, and to be honest most of us were not focused on it with the big reveal coming in the season long mystery.

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IS ANNALISE NATE’S KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR?

Next up is Nate Lahey’s situation. Last we saw him Annalise had given him a number for a new lawyer, but it appears he did not take her advice. Using Frank’s connections she gets Nate roughed up in prison in an attempt to release him for his safety, but the judge in charge instead puts him in solitary. No matter, Annalise sends Asher to schmooze with the judge causing a conflict of interest, allowing a new judge to release Nate on bail. Annalise you sly minx. She visits Nate in an attempt to convince him to call the number. Annalise ends up testifying to Nate’s lawyer Emily St. Clair explaining that Nate protected Annalise from a drunk Sam on their driveway explaining his fingerprint on Sam’s ring. Again, Annalise visits Nate pleaded that he call the other lawyer. She tells him she did not set him up and she is trying to help. ‘Try to trust me.’

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THE KEATING FIVE STILL HAVE THEIR PROBLEMS

As with the entire season each character has their own mini-arc going on. Aside from Wes and Rebecca who are directly related to the mystery of Lila’s murder, the rest of our characters had a lot go on. Since Frank learned about Bonnie and Asher’s relationship he has subtly joked around until finally admitting to knowing about them. He says he will think about whether or not to tell Annalise. Asher confronts Frank about this within earshot of everyone else no less. Way to go Asher. Sidenote: We must talk about Asher’s need to seduce Bonnie via his butt. Yes. That happened. Alright back to it.

Meanwhile Connor and Oliver are back at it, but Oliver wants to get tested before they get physical again. They get tested and Connor becomes nervous about his results, but after Oliver receives a negative result so does Connor. The fandom rejoices for them! ‘That thing I feel in your pants tells a different story.’ And finally the last of the Keating Five dealing with something is Michaela who meets with Aaron’s parents. She blatantly tells them they can’t have her ring back, but they want her back in Aaron’s life. Then all of a sudden Michaela drops her act, she starts speaking with a southern accent. She is done with putting on a charade to please these people. ‘We want you in our family.’ ‘Aaron’s gay, or bi, or whatever.’ MIC DROP.

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THE GUILTY MIND RUNS RAMPANT

Alright if you need a breather now is the time to take it because from here on out things are going to get intense. Wes comes home to Rebecca, who knows where he was thanks to her expert stalking abilities. Even with their distrusting of each other they end up sleeping together. Wes and Laurel look into Rebecca’s testimony who retrace her steps the night of Lila’s murder. As they continue to be secretive Michaela becomes curious causing her and Connor to confront them. Wes decides to reveal his doubts regarding Rebecca’s innocence.

The Guilty Four confront Rebecca at Wes’ apartment. ‘Tell us the truth. Did you or did you not kill Lila?’ She stares at Wes. ‘Answer the question.’ They mean business. Rebecca answers by blackmailing them with a witness that Annalise made disappear that Rebecca knows the location of. Annalise arrives at the apartment where the Guilty Four stand around rather suspiciously. Annalise wants to know what is going on. She follows Laurel to the bathroom where Rebecca is tied up on the floor. HOLY CRAP.

The Guilty Four are all screaming various facts at Annalise about Rebecca’s guilt. She tells them to shut up and asks Wes to tell her. ‘Everything they are saying is true.’ He says Sam might have been innocent. Annalise confronts Rebecca in the bathroom who immediately starts screaming. They take her back to the Keating Residence where Annalise decides they will bring Rebecca to trial to figure this out once and for all. Cue the montage of the Guilty Four each pitching their case against Rebecca, but Annalise attacks them for all using speculation in their cases.

While Frank tries to keep Asher out Rebecca grabs Michaela’s phone and texts a cryptic message to an unknown number. They take her to the basement and tie her up. Laurel confronts Frank about whether or not he will take care of Rebecca if she sells them out. ‘What do you think I am? Some frigging hitman?’ After Annalise fails to get Rebecca to talk, she attacks Wes’ manhood as a way to convince him to get the truth out of her. He goes to the basement and she explains that she gave Rudy PCP, causing him to go insane, and that she was wet that evening because she hid in the water tank. Wes confronts the group, telling them that Rebecca is messed up, but she isn’t a murderer. Annalise believes him causing the group to become outraged.

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SO WHO KILLED LILA?

This is the flashback part, the part that actually uncovers to us what really went on. They are thrown at us in a very non-linear fashion so let’s make sense of it shall we? First off is Rebecca’s story, where we are shown Rudy listening in on an argument between Rebecca and Lila. Rebecca believes Lila should stay with Mr. Darcy rather than Griffin as she is happier, but it ends in Lila storming out. Rebecca meets Griffin at his frat house, uses his phone to text Lila and makes it so she walks in on Griffin and Rebecca having sex to show his unfaithfulness.

Lila storms out again as Rebecca smiles. She is bad news. Rebecca goes to Lila’s sorority house to confront her. Cut to Rudy asking Rebecca if she is okay when returning to her room drenched. He mentions Lila prompting her to ask him to come over. She drugs him, which causes him to scratch the walls until his fingers bleed and allows Rebecca to call the police about his nervous breakdown. Her flashbacks end with Rebecca hiding in the water tank with Lila’s dead body.

The second perspective of the flashbacks are those of Sam Keating. Sam is seen in the parking garage at his conference on the phone with Lila. She is scared that Sam is leaving for Yale and decides she wants to tell Annalise about them. Lila goes to the Keating Residence where she is stopped by Bonnie, telling her to calm down and go home. Sam calls Lila saying he drove back to speak with her, but she is on the roof thinking about her life. Suddenly she hears someone call her name. She hides and Griffin runs out on to the roof looking for her.

He goes to the roof where Lila has returned. They talk about their situation and she lies about going to his house, but she doesn’t want to give up the baby. She does not believe he loves her, but he admits he is no longer in love with Annalise and he loves Lila. They start to kiss. So basically Rebecca is seen with Lila’s dead body and Sam is seen kissing Lila with his hands around her neck. Rebecca could have easily killed Lila and hid with the body if she heard someone coming, but Sam was the last person we know saw her alive. Could this BE any more suspenseful?!

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THE FINAL SHOCK AND AWE

Now here it is, the big OMG moments within the last few minutes. Prepare yourself. Prepared? Alright good.

At the Keating Residence Annalise tells them that it is over and hopefully Rebecca will keep her mouth shut, but as the group is scorned by Bonnie for dragging Annalise through the dirt they hear a scream. Everyone rushes outside and Rebecca is gone. Annalise comes to a disoriented Wes in the house who, blames himself for the entire situation, she comforts him getting him to repeat ‘Sam killed Lila.’ She promises they will find Rebecca. Flashback to Sam telling Rebecca his marriage is over and them kissing again.

Cut to Nate sitting in his car calling the lawyer Annalise recommended. Flashback to Rebecca entering the sorority and heading to the roof looking for Lila. She calls her phone, and finds it beside the water tank. She opens it to find Lila floating in it. Emily St. Clair comes to Asher’s house to ask him some questions about Annalise.

Michaela and Laurel are at a bar drinking in case it is their last night of freedom. Laurel reveals she found Michaela’s ring in the back of Connor’s car and hid it to keep Michaela from going to the police. Connor comes home to Oliver who is disheveled in his room, he lied to Connor about his result and actually tested positive.

Flashback to Sam kissing Lila again when he leaves to tell Annalise. He reaches a payphone and calls in a favour. ‘You owe me.’ Cut to hands around Lila’s neck and the killer is revealed: FRANK. Annalise heads into the basement where Frank is. ‘Did you do it?’ ‘No, I thought you did.’ ‘No.’ As the two stand in mystery the camera moves to under the stairs where Rebecca lays dead.

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Speechless. I suspected a fair number of people throughout the season. The obvious choices were Rebecca, Sam and Griffin. I even suspected Annalise maybe for being her husband’s mistress, or even Bonnie due to her relationship with Sam. The ‘you owe me’ made me think it might be either of them given his relationship with both of these women, but Frank?! Why did he owe Sam? And now WHO KILLED REBECCA? Annalise and Frank both are not taking credit, but then again does Annalise know that Frank killed Lila? If not he could be lying to her. So many unanswered questions and I am definitely excited to see what happens in season two especially in the development of Frank’s character who quite frankly was a phenomenally mysterious character.

QUESTIONS:

  • What lawyer did Annalise recommend for Nate?
  • Who killed Rebecca? What does this mean for the group?
  • What do the test results mean for Connor and Oliver’s relationship?
  • Will Bonnie and Asher face scrutiny from the group?
  • What is Michaela’s next arc with her relationship with Aaron seemingly finished?
  • Will Hannah Keating return with a vengeance if Nate is found innocent?
  • Who is Frank Delfino really?

What did you think of “The Night Lila Died/It’s All My Fault”? Did you expect everything thrown at us in the final moments? What do you expect next season will entail? Let me know in the comments below!

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

is a film fanatic and TV junkie from the mysterious land of Canada. He is an aspiring writer/director who hopes to make his mark on the industry one way or another, whether it be behind a camera or with a pen. When he isn’t watching hours upon hours of movies or writing scripts, Dylan can be found playing his guitar, avidly watching baseball or writing film reviews on his website and blog.

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