Peter Nowalk

How to Get Away with Murder boss, Liza Weil on that shocking hookup

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

The flash-forward reveal of who’s still alive wasn’t the biggest surprise during Thursday’s episode of How to Get Away with Murder. That honor belonged to a steamy reunion between Bonnie (Liza Weil) and Frank (Charlie Weber).

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How to Get Away With Murder: Shonda Rhimes calls Italian TV's censorship of gay sex scene 'inexcusable'

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When an Italian network cut a steamy same-sex scene from the pilot of How to Get Away with Murder, Shonda Rhimes, star Jack Falahee, and series creator Pete Nowalk had one response: We object!

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The year in Shondaland: A look back with Shonda Rhimes, her leading ladies, and more

After a stellar year that saw Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder air on one night — now fondly dubbed TGIT — Viola Davis snag an Emmy, and boss Shonda Rhimes become a household name, everyone wants to ride the roller coaster that is Shondaland. EW takes you behind the scenes with the cast and creative minds to get the inside dirt on what’s becoming the premier place to work:

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Exclusive postmortem: How to Get Away with Murder boss on that killer finale and what's next

WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder. If you have not watched yet, turn back now!  How to Get Away with Murder delivered a killer season finale on Thursday night as one of the show’s central characters met her demise—and viewers will now have to wait roughly seven months to figure out who killed her!

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How to Get Away with Murder boss reflects on first season and looks to the future

When How to Get Away with Murder kicked off in September, few could’ve foreseen that it would become one of this season’s most talked-about new shows. From Viola Davis’ powerful scene removing her makeup and wig to the boundary-pushing sex talk, the show became a Thursday night hit as the ABC freshman drama unraveled not one, but two murder mysteries that kept viewers coming back. With the Murder finale upon us, EW sat down with series creator Pete Nowalk to look back on the show’s rise to success and what could be in store for the future.

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How to Get Away with Murder poll: Who really killed Lila?

After How to Get Away with Murder viewers learned that Wes (Alfred Enoch) actually killed Sam (Tom Verica), the mystery of who murdered sorority girl Lila Stangard was pushed to the forefront. Fortunately, Murder fans will get an answer during Thursday’s season finale.

Did Tom kill his mistress after she threatened to tell Annalise (Viola Davis) the truth? Or could Rebecca (Katie Findlay) have drowned her supposed BFF after sleeping with Lila’s boyfriend Griffin? Wes, for one, strongly believes the latter is to blame after Rebecca’s former neighbor-turned-mental patient Rudy all but pointed the finger at her.

“Wes is in a real crisis in our finale,” showrunner Pete Nowalk tells EW. “He’s in a crisis of, who does he trust and what does he believe? Early on in the season, Annalise said, ‘People are unknowable.’ Our finale is really about him experiencing how unknowable people are. He’s a mess. Here’s this girl he murdered for and now he’s paranoid that he was wrong. Of course, the person he wants to talk to about it is the person he’s in love with, Rebecca. That will be a dilemma for him. Does he just confront her and ask her? Or does he try to figure it out behind her back? He has to deal with Rebecca very carefully.”

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How to put together another Murder night

By now, we all know how to get away with murder. First, you discredit the witness. Then you introduce a new suspect—and finally, you bury the evidence. But the real challenge How to Get Away with Murder boss Pete Nowalk faced as the ABC drama’s first season came to a close was figuring out how to create a second Murder Night—and it wasn’t as simple as the three steps listed above.

Below, the showrunner runs EW through creating Murder Night 2.0 for the show’s finale, which airs Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The two-hour closer will flash back to the night of Lila Stangard’s murder and finally reveal who did the deed. Was it No. 1 suspect Sam (Tom Verica)? Or has Rebecca (Katie Findlay) been playing Wes (Alfred Enoch) all along?

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