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How to Get Away with Murder: First survivor speaks out

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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of How to Get Away with Murder. Read at your own risk.

Annalise Keating isn’t the only one alive on the new Murder night.

During Thursday’s episode of How to Get Away with Murder, another flash-forward to the night of the house fire revealed that Oliver is not under the sheet — meaning Conrad Ricamora’s character will potentially survive the season.

In the flash-forward, Oliver frantically shows up at the crime scene after hearing a body was discovered. Annalise secretly passes over her phone to Oliver, asking him to wipe her phone clear moments before Annalise gets arrested by the police. What’s next? EW turned to Ricamora to find out:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did it feel about becoming the first person in the clear?
CONRAD RICAMORA:
It’s a little bittersweet and very fleeting. You know that Oliver was there the night of the house fire, but you don’t really know what his role was in the events of that night. The night is still very young, and it’s going to be played out for a long time, so I feel safe for now, but the nature of this show is that everybody is on a tightrope, so I’m not getting too comfortable.

So, what you’re saying is he’s not the one under the sheet, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to survive the season.
Right, yeah. [Laughs.] That’s the life of an actor.

Was it still hard going week-to-week with the stress of knowing one of your costars might get killed off?
No, I learned a long time ago to just focus on the story that we’re telling. We can’t really control where the story is going to go. It’s out of my control, and I knew that, so I let it go. Yeah, it’s tough when you get close to people that you’re working with, and they’re not going to be there anymore, potentially. Or you’re not going to be there anymore.

Annalise has asked Oliver to wipe her phone. Is this indicative of Oliver turning to the dark side this season?
Oh yeah. I think this is going to be a huge test for Oliver. I don’t think she’s ever asked him to do anything this blatantly illegal on the spot at the scene of a crime. The urgency behind it, he’s going to be in a little bit of shock, and then he’s going to have to figure out what he wants to do. It feels a little bit like this is a huge test. This might be an initiation into their world. Whether he decides to go forward with it is going to be an indicator of his future.

How much do you really know when you’re filming these flash-forwards? Did you know about what Oliver has done in these two intervening months when you filmed it? Do they give you any indication?
No, they don’t really know either. I also don’t feel like it’s completely unnecessary, because behavior shows up in many different ways. Trying to decide how you’re going to display somebody’s behavior according to what they’ve done, it could show up in a million different ways and be justified in a million different ways, so I don’t really worry about it too much.

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In present day, Oliver all but kicked Connor out. What’s next for them as they navigate working together, but also needing to be their own people right now?
It’s going to be tense. Both of them are still young adults with, obviously, a high sex drive. It’s going to be tense to see how Oliver and Connor navigate being single while working together, just having such a fresh breakup with each other. I think it’s going to play out in a refreshing way. I don’t think it’s going to be stereotypical. I think it’s going to be really well thought out. I like the way it’s played out so far.

Is this a case of them being unable to keep their hands off each other, or will we see some new love interests coming in?
[Laughs.] I don’t know if I’m allowed to say anything about that. You’ll just have to watch and find out. They’re definitely going to be figuring out where their boundaries are in their relationship. Because they’re working together now, what are they now? They’re not going to know exactly what they are at first.

Will we finally get more insight on Oliver’s history through all this?
I actually don’t know, because the writers follow their intuition while they’re writing for the future, so they keep it open. But he’s going to be tested — tested in very different ways as a single person, and also as a person that’s living positive. There’s going to be a lot of new challenges coming up in the next few episodes in that regard.

Will we get to see more of how living with HIV affects him?
Yeah, it’s going to be touched on. It’s not going to be in any kind of public service announcement way. It’s going to be how it would come up in real life. It’s going to be brought up.

How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.