‘How To Get Away With Murder’: Who Shot Annalise?

The Season 2 premiere of “How To Get Away with Murder” ended with a bang, leaving Viola Davis’ Professor Annalise Keating shot in the gut, before the screen cut to black.

Per usual in the world of Shondaland, the cliffhanger won’t be resolved for quite some time, and each episode will deliver more clues into the night Annalise was wounded, ultimately answering the question: who shot Annalise?

Aja Naomi King, who plays law student Michaela on the ABC drama, tells Variety that not even the cast knows the shooter’s identity.

“Anyone is really up for grabs, so to speak,” King says, joking that she is just as curious as the viewers. “At this point, with the way that things are going and how we still don’t really trust Annalise or each other, it could have been any one of us just to get out from under her.”

Giving her best guess at who could have pulled the trigger, King ponders, “There’s something about seeing the gunshots and seeing Wes (Alfred Enoch) running that makes me think, ‘Oh Alfie killed another person now.’ But with the big reveal of Bonnie (Liza Weil) having killed Rebecca (Katie Findlay) and Frank (Charlie Weber) — we already knew he killed Lila last year — Annalise worked very closely with two people who have successfully murdered innocent girls. But there hasn’t been any evidence leaning toward them. I don’t know. It’s just so hard!”

Though King doesn’t know what the writers are up to, she hopes that she’s not guilty.

“I would rather not be associated with who shot Annalise. That was a lot of blood,” she says. “Even though Michaela has been around for Sam’s (Tom Verica) murder, she to me, is still very innocent and still has a chance of pulling her life together. I’d rather her be murder-free. Being an accomplice sucks, but she is still one to be murder-free.”

With Davis anchoring the ensemble show, it seems unlikely that Annalise will be killed off the show, but since the scene didn’t make clear of her fate, is there any chance that Annalise could die?

“When I first read this episode when Annalise had been shot, I was like, ‘Wow they just really jumped in there,'” King recalls. With a laugh, she adds, “I initially thought, ‘Oh, I guess we’re ending after two seasons, if they’re trying to kill her off.”

“With these writers, I have no idea,” she continued. “You never know. It’s crazy. I cannot tell you the number of scenes we have shot where I have no clue what I’m talking about or what is going on so I’m very anxious to find out, along with everyone, else what is going to happen. Will she live? Who shot her? Was it one of us? How can we go forward if it was one of us?”

“How To Get Away With Murder” airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.

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