What We Know Heading Into the 'How to Get Away with Murder' Season 3 Finale

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"He Made A Terrible Mistake" - Annalise tries to ward off a surprising new angle in the D.A.'s case. Meanwhile, alliances shift amongst the Keating 4, as they discover crucial information about the circumstances surrounding Wes's death. The two-hour season finale of "How to Get Away with Murder" will air on Thursday, February 23 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

Before we head into the sure to be twisty season finale of How to Get Away with Murder, let’s go through what we know.

Annalise Stills Has Fight in Her: The slammer may have changed Annalise (Viola Davis) in many ways, but she still has that fighting spirit. This is brought out thanks to Michaela showing her continued support for her and Laurel really bringing it out of her. She ended her pity party and drafts a letter to Ingrid Peters of the Pennsylvania Office of the Deputy Attorney General seeking a grand jury investigation into a conspiracy launched against her by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She specifically targets A.D.A. Atwood and the fact that Wes’ body has gone missing on her watch. Annalise later has Oliver release an article to the press regarding this and the pushing the idea of conspiracy theory. These tactics don’t fully work as Peters finds out she leaked the article, but it gives an idea that Annalise is still in it to win it, or in this case, find out who killed Wes.

Laurel Won't Stop Until She Gets Some Answers: Laurel is relentless in her pursuit of the truth of what happened to Wes. She is fully convinced the Mahoney’s had something to do with it. Laurel hires a private investigator named Howie, who finds out that Sylvia Mahoney submitted DNA to a lab analysis on Wes five days before his death. This gets Laurel thinking they must have found out who he was.

President Hargrove Had More Than a Girl Crush: There was more to the university president than wanting to help Annalise. The phone calls checking up on her and the visit in prison wasn’t to check on her well-being. She was a mole for Atwood, who dangled the carrot in the form of getting her children back. I mean, you can’t blame the mom for doing what is necessary in that type of scenario. You could see Annalise felt that way to by her reaction.

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We Love Asher and Maybe Not Connor: Whether he is spouting out bits of humor or making pop culture references to Game of Thrones or Veronica Mars, Asher has turned into a beloved character. This wasn’t always the case, especially during season one. He also is one of Annalise’s biggest cheerleaders. At the same time Connor has been the jerk. He is constantly alluding that Annalise may not be innocent. Asher starts to think he took a deal and was an informant. Making matters worse for Connor, Oliver goes through Annalise’s phone records and finds that Connor got a voicemail the night of the fire. He even called the guy he boned in Thomas, who told him he left his apartment hours before and used his cell phone to check his voicemail. He went to Annalise’s house that evening. We see him at the end of the episode during a flashback trying to resuscitate Wes. So that explains his attitude and mind set the last few weeks. However, the question remains of how far his involvement regarding Wes’ death goes.

Frank Can Be Lawyer-y: There is something to be said for loyalty, and he certainly is when it comes to the women in his life. He represents himself during a hearing and files for a subpoena asking for correspondence from Atwood on the day Wes’ body was lost. He brings up the morgue transfer with Nate’s signature and that Atwood was in a romantic relationship with Nate. He mentions the sixth amendment where a defendant has the right to a fair trial. He was able to bring enough evidence for the judge to rule in his favor due to an appearance of potential bias. She waves the protection from the D.A.’s office from disclosure. Atwood was forced to turn all her records over for review. She gets suspended in the process and admits to getting the body moved.

The kicker here though is Wes was actually cremated. So we will see the impact this has on Annalise’s case as we finally (hopefully) get the answers we are looking for during the season finale.

How to Get Away with Murder, Season finale, Thursday, Feb. 23, 9/8c, ABC