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TV Review: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Season 3, Episode 6: Is Someone Really Dead? [ABC]

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How To Get Away With Murder Is Someone Really Dead? Review

How To Get Away With Murder: Season 3, Episode 6: Is Someone Really Dead? is a well-balanced episode that keeps the show’s larger narrative moving without ever feeling anything less than fresh.

With so much going on in the program, one can’t help but ponder when it will finally begin to run out of steam. True, the show has at points become too confusing for viewers to process, but it’s always managed to get back on track and never has quite reached a point where viewers simply stop watching because they have lost interest. Call it hectic or chaotic, but you can’t accuse of How To Get Away With Murder of being boring.

And as anybody who watched Thursday night’s show can tell you, it was anything but boring. Annalise (Viola Davis) relationship with Bonnie (Liza Weil) is at the lowest we’ve ever seen it following her trip to see Frank (Charlie Weber). Convinced that Frank named them to law enforcement, the frustrated law professor holds her confidante responsible, something that clearly hurts Bonnie. Not helping matters is the presence of police at Wes’s (Alfred Enoch) apartment, a development that is quickly established to be in connection to his presence when his father Wallace Mahoney (Adam Arkin) was publicly gunned down by an unknown assailant.

Not to say that everything is terrible for our characters: Annalise manages to get her tenure and license to practice law reinstated, albeit under overly-cumbersome rules that constrain the brilliant attorney. This becomes woefully apparent when she tries to grill a witness and the judge sustains objection after objection from the prosecution in one of the most effective moments of the episode. We may like to think that Annalise is invincible, but it’s moments like this, moments when even she must stop and reconsider her methods, that make her such a compelling character, and How To Get Away With Murder such a great show.

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