'Amazing': 'How to Get Away with Murder' series finale leaves fans pleased, teary-eyed
Spoiler alert! This story contains details from the series finale of "How to Get Away with Murder."
Class with professor Annalise Keating has been dismissed.
ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" concluded its six-season run Thursday, providing viewers of the drama starring Academy Award winner Viola Davis with a major flash forward in the show's final minutes, which also included a funeral and three slayings.
As for how the characters ended up, Annalise (Davis) wins her murder trial following a powerful closing argument about removing her mask. "Who I am is a 53-year-old woman from Memphis, Tennessee, named Anna May Hartness. I’m ambitious, black, bisexual, angry, sad, strong, sensitive, scared, fierce, talented, exhausted," she tells the jury, who finds her not guilty of multiple murders. "And I am at your mercy.”
But she loses the two people closest to her, Bonnie (Liza Weil) and Frank (Charlie Weber), after a shooting on the courthouse steps.
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As for Annalise's funeral the show teased all season? That was real, but it's part of a flash-forward to the future decades later.
During a eulogy at her funeral from Eve (Famke Janssen), Annalise is shown through the years attending her mother's funeral, dancing with Tegan (Amirah Vann) and walking on the beach. Connor (Jack Falahee), who goes to prison for five years as part of his plea deal for testifying against Annalise, ultimately stays together with his husband Oliver (Conrad Ricamora). We see the two of them at the funeral together.
Michaela (Aja Naomi King) becomes a judge, Nate (Billy Brown) opens the Lahey Justice Center, and the son of Laurel (Karla Souza), Christopher, grows up to look exactly like his late father Wes (Alfred Enoch, who returned to play his adult son in the flash-forward. Enoch's Wes died in a 2016 episode, though he appeared on later shows). Christopher becomes Annalise’s mentee and ends the episode teaching the same class at the same law school where Annalise taught, Middleton University.
Twitter users celebrated the full-circle moment.
"Props to the writers of How to Get Away With Murder for having a consistently good series from the first episode to the last," one person wrote. "Not many shows can claim that. What an amazing end to an amazing series. The final scene being an iconic moment to remember!"
"this parallel," someone marveled, "I'M NOT CRYING, YOU ARE."
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Members of the Twittersphere also memorialized Bonnie and Frank.
"frank & bonnie appreciation post," a person wrote, sharing four images, "the definition of loyalty! i’m not crying, you are"
"Frank was loyal til the end," another declared, adding you can't get any "realer than Frank."
Another simply shared a photo of the two with the words: "In loving memory."
Other users of the social media site expressed their sadness that the show had come to an end.
"me for the past half hour bc of the #HTGAWM series finale," a person tweeted, along with an image of Lamorne Morris' Winston from "New Girl" sobbing.
"I am crushed. But I'm thankful for a well-writen (sic) show and a beautiful ending," another post read.
Davis also took her emotions to Twitter, using two pictures of herself in character displaying opposing emotions. "That moment when you realize #HTGAWM is TONIGHT, but then you also realize it’s the #HTGAWMFinale...." she wrote.
Thursday, Davis paid tribute to "How to Get Away with Murder" executive producer Shonda Rhimes and show creator/executive producer Peter Nowalk on Instagram.
She thanked Rhimes for her "bravery, vision, leadership and talent!!"
Davis praised Nowalk for being "an innovator."
"Love you @PeteNowalk," she began. "Love that you wrote boldly, fearlessly without constriction. For the disabled, LGBTQ, people of color, women of a certain age who have ALWAYS been on the periphery, always being written for tentatively....we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!"