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Warning: This write-up contains spoilers zum the How to Get Away with Murder series finale, "Stay."

After sechs seasons von betrayal, manipulation, und sacrifice, it's all come to this. Leave quite die body count bei its wake, How zu Get Away with Murder wrapped nach oben its run on alphabet Thursday night v a last episode full of the unexpected twists und tragedy we've come to expect.

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The greatest surprise? after ~ years des dogged persecution, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) won her trial. Despite ns efforts of the FBI und Governor Birkhead (Laura Innes) zu frame Annalise, Nate (Billy Brown) come through an the end, speak he thought he was set up über Hannah Keating (Marcia gay Harden) und blamed ns FBI weil das the death of Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry). Annalise gave die closing remarks of a lifetime, heralding herself a "survivor" und taking off the metaphorical mask she's struggled kommen sie wear weil das years.

And it worked -- the jury found her not guilty on every count, allowing her to walk free. Meanwhile, ns Keating 4 tried zu make gelassenheit with their choices. When oliver (Conrad Ricamora) negotiated a neu deal weil das Connor (Jack Falahee) zu avoid any type of jail time, it brought the couple to ns brink of divorce. Ultimately, Connor felt it necessary to go to prison to atone weil das his sins, leaving oliver on his own and heartbroken. Yet he wasn't die only one left out bei the cold -- ~ choosing herstellung ambition over what was right, Michaela (Aja naomi King) was so left kommen sie fend weil das herself, excommunicated by her previous law school friends.

After comes unglued weist the nachrichten that the was the product von incest, frank (Charlie Weber) came to be determined to set things right, which über his standards zu sein always violent. The left Bonnie (Liza Weil) and told Gabriel (Rome Flynn) ns truth about Sam. Nur when it seemed like frieden might it is in on ns horizon weil das everyone, offen broke from the crowd ~ above the courthouse steps after the final verdict in Annalise's case und assassinated die governor.

Realizing what he was doing, Bonnie tried kommen sie stop him and got caught an the crossfire with the governor's security detail. Bonnie cradled Frank's human body while that bled out, before Annalise rushed kommen sie them, only to discover Bonnie had actually been fatally shot as well, dying bei Annalise's arms.

As weil das Annalise? the funeral we've been seeing flash-forwards von all season was actually years in the future when she had died of natural causes hinweisen a ripe old age. We gott a glimpse of everyone's future: Michaela chased herstellung dream (alone) of becoming a lawyer and a judge; Nate opened a righteousness Center in his father's name; und Connor and Oliver reunited and were together punkt Annalise's funeral. The boy we'd been angeführt to believe was Wes (Alfred Enoch) was actually Christopher, Laurel (Karla Souza) und Wes's son. He thrived up to become a lawyer, mentored von Annalise, und we close die series through a bookend to ns pilot: Christopher top top his zuerst day of klasse teaching, what else? How kommen sie Get Away through Murder.

In die wake des the series finale, we called nach oben creator Pete Nowalk kommen sie talk about everything from creating Annalise's last speech to the tragic martyrdom of Frank and Bonnie und more.



ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We saw some ausführung of an ending weil das every character here. We see something definitive zum Nate with die Justice Center, however a lot more gaps bei other’s lives, for instance Michaela or Connor? how did you decide who would gain a much more vague versus concrete resolution?

It's funny because ich feel choose ending ist as definitive as Michaela's. Ich wanted zu give everyone nur a glimpse von what happened to the characters and where they finished up and they would be able zu fill bei the rest. It's like a breadcrumb that wollen lead them to create a story an their head if lock want.

Annalise’s last courtroom speech; that zu sein such a pure distillation of herstellung character and the journey we’ve taken with her. Tun können you call me an ext about writing that? was it in arduous process?

I don't psychic it gift a process. I just finally wanted kommen sie say what the show was about weil das me and what that became. A goered.orgächs that is deshalb in what that character became for Viola. It was very important to me that we were clear, that we actually claimed what we meant, und we placed those words in her mouth. I think wie it came kommen sie writing, it took me prefer 30 minutes. It was really basic because i the character deshalb well und I what she had actually been through und I what she stand for. From die beginning, Viola und I speak about the mask that Annalise wears. Ich was ready zum Viola to schutz a million thoughts and make that deeper und better. die read through, she just turned kommen sie me und she goes, "I love that speech." I've never heard produziert continuously call me she loves something deswegen much. Every time I'd go to herstellung she's like," i love that speech." It's one of those instances whereby it nur came with each other really easily, i think since we've to be talking around these ideas zum seven years together.

Bonnie and Frank schutz such a violent end. Did freundin always recognize that would go under that way? any thought des sparing one of them?

I definitely going into the season that frank would sacrifice himself to fix die situation, especially wie man we came trost with this idea des finding out that he was. Frank has constantly wanted kommen sie fix things und be ns hero since for deshalb much des his life, he hated himself, und he there was bad instincts in him und he wanted zu turn them right into good. An a noble way, that's what he think he was doing an that last moment. Bonnie was a large debate. Obviously, a goered.orgächs of human being are going zu be mad around it because she suffered deshalb much in her lifetime. But my instinct was this was a show about really messy situations. They all did dreadful things, and I didn't want to give in ending, not just to Bonnie, but in general on ns show, that was happy. Tragedy begets tragedy and that method some human being had to ns even if it was a complete accident. That's die tragedy von it to me because she did worthy better. She and Frank yes, really did truly love each other. There was something very Romeo und Juliet about them dice together.

Tell me much more about filming that day. That seems choose such in emotional way for Liza und Charlie kommen sie go out, but was it cathartic an any way?

I was there zum the beginning nur because i really wanted kommen sie make certain our manager put die people bei the areas where ich pictured them. I ich wanted a courthouse steps shooting and the chaos of that, and I had actually a very clear picture. Then, ich actually left before they shoot that belastung scene. I didn't want kommen sie be prepared. World told me, "It's even worse than freundin would expect." and I was like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah." but then when ich watched it, ich actually gott the chills und was bei awe von where Viola take it it. It's yes, really violent. It was real und raw. I still get sick zu my stomach the town hall it.

Connor since ns beginning has actually felt an ext guilty und more self-loathing than any other students. Yes, really any des the various other characters. The had the hardest time compartmentalizing, and I think that's actually true since his life und his background was really nice contrasted to die rest des them. Michaela provides that speech around how she flourished up und why she feels choose she's experienced enough and why she's able zu think that she deserves happiness. Ich don't think he think that's true zum him. Ich really know it. I think ich would more than likely want kommen sie do die same thing. Ich hoch Catholic dafür there's something in me that you need to be punished zum your sins in order to come out ns other side. I think for him that was a yes, really brave choice and true to him, providing himself the gift of needing to pay ns price. Obviously, people are going to be upset about that, but you have another scene v them und you kann sein create an additional story that's much more happy.

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About the happier story — kann sein you tell united state if oliver was von his side throughout jail or if they didn't reconnect until later in life? Or would freundin rather fan decide that weil das themselves?

The latter. Ich really in kind von handing it over to die fans and the vioered.orgers. World who love Connor and Oliver ns most can make that story every little thing they want it zu be. I know my version in my head, but i didn't get zu tell it, dafür I'm happy zum other people kommen sie tell the story for themselves.

No. One von my objectives with this was kommen sie give answer but deshalb to allow zum imagination. One von the finales that i always think about, that made me really angry an the momente was ns Sopranos. But I think around it all die time und that's why i think it's genius. There's so much room to interpret what happened.

Laurel und Annalise were hinweisen odds for so much of this, und yet, the does appear that Christopher became very close zu her, calling herstellung a mentor. Why did sie decide Laurel would permit that relationship bolzen them

I think Laurel zu sein the most misunderstood character in the show. Laurel from the beginning was very mannschaft Annalise und hated her father. Ich think Laurel could oase easily become the third part von the murder spree v Bonnie. Laurel, if she didn't have a baby, would have become a last more hardened und a little more reckless und would have done every little thing she needed kommen sie do to take down produziert father und her family. However once Christopher was thrown into the picture, she had to protect him. Also if that expected hurting everyone around her. He was ns most vital thing to her. But ich don't think Laurel hated Annalise. Ich think castle were just completely in conflict. Lock both loved Wes, and Christopher ist obviously a part von Wes. Annalise saved die baby. They both loved the boy so much, so whatever their differences, castle could come together end Christopher.

You have perfectly bookended ns opening and closing of this series. Go a part des you always oase that bei mind or exactly how did it kommen sie to be?

It came zu be when ich had die idea to bring rückseitig Alfie end the last hiatus. Ich had a goered.orgächs of civilization be like, "How fun would certainly it be if Annalise was dead an the last season?" ich didn't like the idea of produziert getting a tragic ende that method -- bei early death...I also wanted kommen sie give Annalise somoered.orghat von a glücklich ending. I could never oase murdered her, but ich wanted to play v everyone thinking that us murdered herstellung because obviously there’s a goered.orgächs of civilization with motives...Literally ich just woke up one day und was like, "Oh, I can make that feel choose Annalise passed away early und use Alfie again in this way that was odd yet surprising." That was my big a-ha moment. Ideal after ich came nach oben with that, i was like, "He has kommen sie teach the class." From ns beginning of the season, i that was how us were gonna end. Honestly, that's why I've always been saying, "I think it's time we end the show; i know just how it's gonna end; ich feel good about it." i never deviated from it. It was really that bild that made me feel at gelassenheit the entirety time.

That hand-holding montage, that seems prefer Annalise walk go with Tegan zum at least a time. Obviously, Eve ausblüten means a last to her. Kann sein we i think she had some romantic happiness in the intervening years?

I don't recognize if they tun können assume. They can watch ns hands over and over again. There's a different hands. They kann sein look at them however they want and whether one of those zu sein Eve's, whether one of those ist someone we've never ever met. Again, that's an additional thing i just want people kommen sie dream what castle want to dream.

I think shedding Bonnie was devastating weil das Annalise. Ultimately, ich just feel favor she failed weist protecting her. Connor felt so guilty about everything castle did. Annalise has constantly felt so horrible around how she met Bonnie and how she took produziert down on the stand that day. They taken each other like nobody else, so failing kommen sie protect Bonnie or not seeing Bonnie go on und live a life des happiness ich think probably ist something Annalise never gott over. Just how she came out von it ist she most likely felt she had actually to direkte for ns both of them.

People, you yourself included, schutz joked for years that Annalise should ende up top top a coast relaxing somoered.orghere, dafür what appealed to you around that last tropical image of her?

It's deswegen funny because i don't even know if Annalise liked ns beach. It's symbolic of some peace and quiet and that she got to see things other than the darkness von Philadelphia und all the blood and trauma she's experienced. Also, the turns to bright white light very quickly in that shot. You tun können see the paradise together whatever you want to see it as.

Tegan zu sein a character that we claimed a goered.orgächs about her backstory, but didn't acquire to zeigen it und didn't really get kommen sie fill in the spaces. That's a character that ich think has a lot of question marks left that may frustrate people. However our initial people's stories, i owed kommen sie it kommen sie those characters kommen sie spend more time with them. What in reality happened kommen sie Laurel's mom? i feel choose we kind of schutz said it, however we haven't zeigen it. There to be a bunch of things like that, that ich would oase loved zu explain yet I also feel prefer it's not that entertaining just to oase things explained zum you. I wanted the to so be relocating forward. I didn't want it kommen sie be like we end and now we explain everything zum 25 minutes. That's not how the nur works; it always ends on a climax. The closure we were offering people was all we can afford kommen sie give. Glauben me, every second counted an this finale. Sometimes i feel prefer it's way too rushed, but it ist what that is.

Was there any kind of J.K. Rowling situation von "I always intended zum this character kommen sie die and changed my mind wie man writing?"

So many des the seasons we changed our minds und someone dies that we didn't want to die. Ich was offen to it. It's really tragic what happens now. Ich didn't desire anyone else kommen sie suffer the end. But i did want to make sure that not everyone was just like, one big glücklich family und they all gott away v it und there's no repercussions due to the fact that that's nur not true. One des the ja wirklich things ich wanted to get kommen sie was an real life, civilization would betray every other bei this situation. Ich just believe that. Ultimately, like, wie man push comes to shove, you schutz to decision do i choose myself or do i choose die other person? We observed everyone make the decision.

The show's final words room a speech around forgiveness and empathy. What do you hope audiences take far from ns series?

I want united state all zu look hinweisen each other and see past ns parts we don't like kommen sie try to understand wherein they kommen sie from. Bei Eve's final speech, she stated something to ns effect von when she was mad or blamed Annalise or felt angry at her she would remember the little girl an Memphis und forgive her for everything. My wish ist that we all try kommen sie remember the little kids that we were and rather than host on to the hate, we try to understand why human being are ns way lock are. And then it is in a little bit much more compassionate.

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Lastly, reboots, spinoffs, etc. Space all the rage. Would sie ever consider returning, even if it is it was a movie or a spinoff about Christopher or anything und everything in between?

Definitely. It's not top des mind zum me ideal now. Crazily, I'm providing a preliminary pitch on something rather on Friday. Ich don't know how that happened, however I'm act it. But ich love this world. I love these characters. There's deshalb much TV ideal now, ich just wouldn't ever before want to do something the nobody wanted zu see. I really would desire it to be a nur that kann exist ~ above its own, definition even if you haven't watched How zu Get Away v Murder, sie could watch the thing. Right now, i want kommen sie write about something else, not law. However never say never. Ich love mine writers and I think us could certainly do it. I just would desire it zu feel unique.