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TV Review: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Season 3, Episode 9: Who’s Dead? [ABC]

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How To Get Away With Murder Who’s Dead Review

How To Get Away With Murder: Season 3, Episode 9: Who’s Dead? is a marked improvement over the preceding episode and a stronger, if not wholly satisfying, midseason ending.

Admittedly, this assessment is colored by this reviewer’s misunderstanding of last week’s show as the final one until the program resumes in the spring. Against that lackluster entry, Thursday night’s show came as a welcome surprise, smartly wrapping up most ends and leaving them open-ended where it worked best. Case in point is the handling of the Frank (Charlie Weber) situation, which the previous episode led viewers (i.e. this reviewer) to believe ended with him taking his own life. The truth, however, is that Bonnie (Liza Weil) managed to talk him out of it before he disappeared once again, with Annalise (Viola Davis) simply telling Wes (Alfred Enoch) that he was “gone” and wouldn’t bother them anymore. Whether this will prove to be a more compelling plot development than Frank killing himself, but it certainly is a better note to end the first half of a season on.

Ending on another high note, the episode pulls the ultimate bait-and-switch and makes audiences think it was Nate (Billy Brown) who perished in the fire before revealing at the very last minute that it was in fact Wes who died. It was a risky move and no doubt one that will divide fans of the show, but it will be interesting to see where How To Get Away With Murder goes from here now that one of its principals is dead.

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Reggie Peralta

An aspiring writer, longtime film junkie, and former UCLARadio.com disc jockey (where I graduated with a BA in Political Science), I've made the jump from penning book reviews and current events editorials for HonorSociety.org to writing movie and TV news and reviews.

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