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There weren’t any kind of bonfires, swanky legislation firm parties or snow-covered wedding receptions to ruin, butHow to get Away v Murder‘s séries finale toujours found time à la some tragedy.

The ABC drama wrapped that six-season run on Thursday night, bringing part long-awaited closure to thé lives de Annalise Keating & Co. And though auto episode fabriqué room à la some victorious des moments — namely Annalise’s acquittal nous all charge at attempt — over there was also plenty du devastation, consisting of Frank and Bonnie’s tragic, back-to-back deaths.


Here’s how the finale’s last acte went down: After Annalise was found not guilty par the jury, she stood on the courthouse measures where elle took questions from auto press. At the same time, franc — whose sapin had been upended de the news that he’s Sam et Hannah Keating’s son — arrived at thé courthouse, where he gunned down Gov. Birkhead in wide daylight as she came out ns the building. Cible someone in Birkhead’s unir shot ago at candide after hey opened fire, et both Frank and Bonnie were killed in the crossfire.

Meanwhile, nous finally learned the truth behind Annalise’s long-teased funeral. Thé event actually took place decades in the future, after Annalise had passed away as an old woman. And Alfred Enoch — that played Wes Gibbins in Murder‘s first three periods — to be not returning oui Wes at auto funeral, cible as année adult dépense of Wes et Laurel’s son, Christopher, who ended up being a Middleton University professeur himself. (For a full recap du what taken place in the finale, click here.)

After screening thé episode, llywelyn.net spoke v series creator Pete Nowalk, who broke down auto finale’s surtout developments — including thé twist he’d to be envisioning because last summer.

llywelyn.net | i want to aller back à a dialoguées we had last fall, avant this season started. Amie said the idea à la how venir end the montrer came venir you prefer a vision. Can tu say what specifically the idea was? go it échanger at all throughout thé year?It had been planted in my head — ns think de Viola — that cette would be a an excellent mystery si Annalise was killed et we didn’t à savoir who cette was. Et I agreed through her. I’d kind ns always wondered, “Should Annalise’s murder be the critique season?” marqué I likewise did no want venir kill her. je felt like elle was together a triumphant character who beat down her problems et fought and persevered. Ce was really significativement for me that elle had a triumphant ending. Sauce soja the vue that came to je was the Alfie could play Christopher, so je could ont my cake and eat it, too.

llywelyn.net | elle absolutely tricked moi with his illustration in auto fall finale, et I’m sure ns wasn’t the seul one. Marqué that whole Christopher twist had already been chose when amie started writing the season?It wasn’t set in rock until said cette would do it. et luckily, cette was thrilled to à faire it. Marqué yes, that was my pitch. The was a way to kill Annalise and also remain in the style ns the show, which is flashing forward. This is auto ultimate flash-forward.


llywelyn.net | ce was suggested, pour a big part de this season, that Annalise would eventually fake elle death et get a fresh begin somewhere else. Was that ever something tu seriously considered oui a way venir end elle storyline?Not at all. Since even if people in real tons fake their own deaths, ce seems fake when tu try to à faire it nous TV. haricot de soja we absolutely told the storyline because it was such an easy fake-out parce que le the audience, but I never ever wanted . I didn’t see comment , also in a show that has actually such heightened characteristics like this one, and sometimes personnes might think they’re over auto top. It just felt favor that was une step as well far.

llywelyn.net | and there to be a beaucoup of la poêle theories make over auto years that Wes’ death had actually been faked, too. Was that ever a legitimate possibility à la you in the writers’ room?No, and you know what? it would have been if we hadn’t watched him et shown his autopsy, which to be such a horrible, graphic thing. I mean, work-related backwards from there — Annalise seeing him conditions météorologiques the stretcher was one de our best twists, one du our most painful twists and most pains decisions venir make. That would oui had to be, like, the policier put makeup conditions météorologiques him. over there was no way venir make that work. Marqué I loved that personnes were prêt to believe ce because ce made our définitif twist easier à do.

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llywelyn.net | Speaking of deaths, are tu able to confirm that Bonnie et Frank did both mourir in this finale?<after a pause> Yes.

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llywelyn.net | appel me how that decision came around — not seul to kill la fin two characters who were conditions météorologiques the seul from the start, cible Bonnie and Frank in particular. Why did that feel like auto right ending for them?I felt prefer there had à be tragedy that resulted from all of auto tragedy in auto show. Si everyone to be going à walk away v their life, then ce wasn’t at toutes les personnes going venir feel favor a good story jaune a true story. Et then it really started with Frank. Je understood that cette would saccrochant himself pour Annalise. Also 10 year ago, ns think he would oui sacrificed himself parce que le Annalise, and that was yes, really because du his guilt that he was responsible parce que le the death of sa child. Je don’t think cette could ever forgive himself à la that, and if hey had auto opportunity à save Annalise or faire right de her, cette was walking to à faire whatever cette had à do, even si that expected going nous a suicide mission.


Then, within that, nous debated thé Bonnie thing a parcelle in thé writers’ room. and most personnes were really conditions météorologiques the side ns giving her a an ext triumphant ending, oui something the allowed sa some happiness. There’s really no character who has suffered much more than elle on auto show et had such a cold life. Cible I seul felt choose that wasn’t true, either. It’s not prefer everyone gets what they deserve in life, and I didn’t want that à also happen conditions météorologiques the show. Ns wanted there venir be some tragedy. And the seul thing that fabriquer me feel oui about ce was that her et Frank did really love each other, et it was like Romeo and Juliet pour them to mourir together.

llywelyn.net | When je watched their death scenes, i was struck passant par the idea that perhaps Bonnie couldn’t have lived without Frank, given everything she’s gone through, and it made sense to moi that lock would oui to dé together. Did amie feel that method at all? walk that contribute to the decision?It really started with Frank, et then the debate was, “Well, quel should Bonnie’s finishing be?” fully separate native that. Je think elle would oui been maybe to live without him, to be frank. Non pun intended. ns think Annalise would have taken her, et they would have been together wherever they went, because their bond was haricot de soja unbreakable. Lock really interpreted each est différent in this deep, deep means that nobody rather did. Marqué that’s not what fate gave her. Ns don’t à savoir what her life would ont been. It’s sad à think that elle maybe could oui found some happiness. Cible all de the personalities could oui died in my book. seulement given je vous demande pardon they’ve done and tous the destruction they’ve wreaked. But just two du them did.

llywelyn.net | In that exact same vein, Michaela had an interesting finishing here. She has à pay part kind ns price in thé short term for what she’s done, considering tous of sa friends leave sa after the trial. Cible in the flash-forward as soon as she’s acquiring sworn in, ce seems she still completed what she set out to do. Did elle feel she deserved a happy ending, despite tous of sa actions?I did want Michaela to volonté a happy ending. One du my favori things in the finale is when we hear specific fémur that happened to her as she grew up, because nous never got venir see that nous the seul — et she never ever really talked about it, due to the fact that that’s no something elle chooses venir dwell on. I thought she had endured enough. When she says, “I’ve experienced enough,” ns believed that. And she fabriqué some really difficult choices to be a survivor. Every decision the characters do feels real et true à that character. Michaela is a survivor, et she have the right to compartmentalize et reinvent herself. Elle makes hard choices and knows that she’s going à lose things, but she to know what she wants and she walk after it, and that’s what she got.


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llywelyn.net | cette was so nice to see Connor and Oliver come back à each différent in the end, though it really seemed like their breakup to be going à stick at first. To be it important to amie that castle stuck ce out together?Ever since je knew conditions météorologiques were law this giant leap front , je knew ns wanted them venir be there together. And the complete story ns what happens — between when Connor is dragged éteindre to jail et then they’re ensemble at auto funeral — that’s really my amour letter to “Coliver” fans, who space our many vocal et most passionate. Now, they volonté to write thé story de what happened. I oui my version, but I’m likewise happy pour the fans to think about quel they want à la those two personnes in those 30 or 40 years.

llywelyn.net | ns did an alert there weren’t any interim scenes between thé trial et the funeral. Cette sounds choose that was intentional conditions météorologiques your part.Yeah, nous really don’t see anyone, except parce que le Annalise, after thé courthouse steps. Et that to be purposeful. My favori stories are when we importer to fill in thé blanks oui the audience, et I volonté that personnes might be frustrated at that. marqué I’m likewise passing thé baton à them.

llywelyn.net | once Connor told Oliver that he didn’t amour him, do you think cette was really being honest there? jaune was hey saying that à make thé idea of divorce easier à la Oliver? I’m no gonna answer that one. Je could answer, but it depends nous the day. That’s comment Connor would answer it, too. In that moment, it’s up in the air.

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llywelyn.net | was there anything tu didn’t importer to explore in this critique season the you’d want to? any kind of storylines amie didn’t ont room for?I’m gonna say no. haricot de soja much de making a network TV démontrer is really messy, and from the mess comes auto greatest moments, due to the fact that they’re instinctual. The finale end up the way, too. Obviously, je had to cut some scenes, part lines, some storylines that je never got venir write because i knew lock wouldn’t droit in. Marqué within that, i think nous would oui been trying to explain everything, and I in reality don’t think that’s to chat — venir watch every little thing be explained, every au sens propre detail. There’s some questions je could more than likely answer, plot-wise, where i could say, “Yeah, this is what ns think happened venir Laurel’s mom specifically,” or, “This is who ns think eliminated Jorge.” There’s definitely hints, just in case people are very worried about it. But in auto mess comes auto magic.