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TV Review: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Season 3, Episode 2: There Are Worse Things Than Murder [ABC]

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How To Get Away With Murder There Are Worse Things Than Murder Review

How To Get Away With Murder: Season 3, Episode 2: There Are Worse Things Than Murder
offers one of the most powerful guest appearances in the show’s history.

While most viewers’ attention might understandably be focused on Frank’s disappearance and the mysterious posters calling Annalise (Viola Davis) a killer being placed all over campus, the real highlight of the episode is in another of the show’s many subplots. This week, Connor (Jack Falahee) is tasked with helping Annalise represent Irene Crawley, a woman (Amy Madigan) who killed her husband after enduring years of abuse under him, during her parole hearing. Although most would consider the circumstances under which she killed her husband extenuating, Crawley refuses to admit that she is responsible for her husband’s death, making it impossible for the parole board to extend any sympathy towards her.

Both Falahee and Madigan shine in the program, which is no small feat in a show as stimulating as How To Get Away With Murder. Wracked with guilt as it is over his past misdeeds with the Keating Five, Connor confesses to Crawley in order to convince her to admit her own guilt to the parole board. Touched by Connor’s honesty, the formerly stone-cold abuse survivor painfully recounts her suffering at the hands of her husband to the members of the parole board before firmly stating that she does not regret killing him. As far as the show goes, it’s nothing compared to some of the more outlandish and even outright ghoulish things we’ve seen, but Madigan’s delivery is so credible, so real, that you almost feel the urge to stand up and applaud for her when the board announces that she will be released.

Again, it’s not even the focus of the episode, but Connor’s case definitely feels like it should have been and would have been, had it been for the main mythology-oriented plot necessitated by the show’s larger narrative. All nitpicking aside, Season 3 of How To Get Away With Murder looks like it will impress as much as previous ones.

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