Here we are, the How to Get Away With Murder season finale — finding ourselves very much in the same place we’ve been finding ourselves for about two years now — in a mess of Jorge Castillo’s making.
Last week, we learned that the slimy lawyer who met with Nate Lahey, Sr. in prison was not, in fact, Emmett Crawford, but Laurel’s brother — Javier Castillo, who is basically Jorge 2.0. We see a flashback of this meeting where Javier tries to convince Nate Sr. they can get him a better trial date, but Nate sees through him and tells him to get his ass out that door. God, I miss this man.
Laurel sees the footage and is convinced her father is orchestrating this all from prison. But Annalise turns on Laurel, telling her that Nate’s father and Wes are both dead because of her. Annalise fires shots at Frank too, blaming Laurel’s internship on his penis. And she’s not wrong. They’re all living in hell now and she’s tired of it. Something tells me Annalise’s personal hell won’t end until this show does.
Meanwhile, the Keating Four try to figure out what to do with the gift bag containing pieces of Sandrine Castillo’s scalp. They debate handing it over to the FBI, who, in the form of Agent Telesco, is banging down Gabriel’s door. She has a file folder with the case about his mom’s ex-boyfriend who died from a drug overdose — if he doesn’t help her take down Annalise, she’ll put his mom away for providing the drugs.
Annalise and the Governor meet in church once again and Annalise tells her she knows Emmett Crawford’s phone records are fake. She wants to know who gave the governor her adoption papers — but this is personal for the Governor now, Annalise is ruining her carefully built life. Tegan calls Annalise to alert her to the FBI arresting Emmett, and Annalise explains this is the Castillos, which frightens her because Tegan’s afraid she’ll be next on her hit list.
Frank has gone over and over Miller’s burner phone logs and has identified a number now disconnected — he believes it has to be Javier’s number. But assumptions aren’t proof and both he and Nate are tired of guessing. He’s right though because we see a flashback of Miller being intercepted in the parking garage (this show’s favorite place) by Javier. He offers to help pay for Miller’s campaign and win his run for DA — he just has to help him hit back at Annalise for framing his dad for murder. That’s rich, Javier.
The Keating Four are freaking out. While Asher debates the next move and Michaela fields texts from Gabriel, Laurel has drawn up formal documents appointing Connor and Oliver as Christopher’s legal guardians if anything should happen to her. They try to decline the offer by throwing excuses at her, but they have more love than anyone in the house — and that’s what she wants for her son.
Annalise goes to Emmett Crawford and tells him what she’s learned about Javier Castillo faking his phone records. She promises to get him out of jail so he can run for DA. As soon as the FBI agents arrive, she passes along the warden’s footage of Javier Castillo and urges them to look more closely at Emmett’s phone records. They’re incredulous that Jorge Castillo is behind all this, but she insists it was all about getting back at her — and it worked. They don’t think she should represent Emmett given the conflict of interest with Nate Lahey, but she says that’s a sign of his innocence. Until they play her tapes from Tegan’s office where she asserts Emmett’s guilt (conveniently recorded before she knew better).
Bonnie is still obsessing over whether she killed an innocent man. She refuses to believe the number is Javier’s because the date of the phone call is the night they were on the phone together after she visited her sister. We see that call — he was considering dropping out of the race for DA because of all the shady dealings Denver had. She assures him he can do it his own way. But after they hang up, he pulls his burner from his bag, calls Javier, and tells him he’s in.
Nate is taking matters into his own hands — he corners the warden in the garage to get answers about Javier Castillo. The warden insists Miller was the only person he ever talked to. Miller was insistent the transfer happen at night on a speedier schedule despite that being against protocol. Nate insists that makes no sense, but when the warden once again defends his guards and calls Nate’s dad “a mental case,” Nate snaps. He’s back behind bars, calling Bonnie for help because he gave the warden what he calls “a little shove.” Bonnie promises to get him out and texts Annalise.
Gabriel tells Michaela the ultimatum Telesco has offered him. He is worried what will happen if his mom finds out the truth about the drugs, suggesting he’s the one responsible for the boyfriend’s murder in some way. He wants Michaela to give him something on Annalise, but she insists Annalise did nothing wrong, which makes him reveal Laurel went to Telesco for immunity. BIG MISTAKE (HUGE).
Cut to: Michaela bellowing for Laurel to come down and explain herself. She insists she didn’t go seeking immunity but for help figuring out if her mother was the one calling her. Telesco is the one who offered her a deal, which she declined. And she didn’t tell them because she knew they’d overreact. Telesco wanted them to turn on each other. She shows them Christopher’s bloody blanket, which she says is proof she is loyal since she didn’t just use it to get immunity and disappear.
Annalise is busy cleaning up everyone’s messes. Seriously, this woman should be a Swiffer spokesperson. She calls Tegan to come to Emmett’s aid and insists they’re too strong to let the Castillos scare them. Then, she goes to check on Nate and probe him on his violent rage against the warden. Does he want to end up like his dad? Then, he needs to stop using his fists to problem solve.
But use of force works for others — specifically Frank, who corners one of the guards who murdered Nate’s dad in her car. He chokes her with a cord until she reveals that Javier Castillo was the one who paid them to do the dirty deed.
Tegan comes to Emmett’s rescue, making a statement on his behalf and handing over a drive which proves numerous other occasions in which the Castillos doctored phone records. They mock her for this being rather convenient, which leads her to reveal to Emmett that she’s Jane Doe. She will testify on his behalf and take the risk of being disbarred because she’s so sure he’s innocent. He tells the agents he was framed because he’s running for DA and the Castillos know he can’t be bought.
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Viola Davis stars as a law professor where she teaches, wait for it, how to get away with murder.