Spoiler warning: This story contains spoilers for the Feb. 11 episode of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”
It was all Viola’s idea.
Thursday’s episode of “How to Get Away with Murder,” titled “What Happened to You, Annalise?” was another raw, revealing episode that saw Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) at her most vulnerable — glamour-free as she recovered from her gunshot wound.
Showrunner and creator Pete Nowalk revealed that the episode was Davis’ concept, from start to finish, in a panel discussion held at the recent aTVfest, hosted by SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design).
Praising his collaborative working relationship with his star, who has won multiple awards for the role, including a recent SAG Award, Nowalk said, “She actually came up with this episode idea, beat by beat, and I wanted to kiss her every step of the way. Because as a creator, you’re exhausted all the time; you have no ideas; and here’s someone giving you this path, this journey.”
Nowalk, who was joined on stage by “HTGAWM” stars Liza Weil (Bonnie), Charlie Weber (Frank Delfino), and Jack Falahee (Connor Walsh), said of Davis, “I’ve grown so much, in so many ways as a writer working with her. It’s the best version of a collaboration that I could ever imagine. She’s a much nicer version of a teacher than Annalise Keating.”
He shared, too, that he also works with the rest of the cast in developing their characters, which the actors appreciate. “That’s the genesis of how the creative the show is,” said Weber.
Weil said the experience on this show was different than “Gilmore Girls,” where she played Paris. “When I think about it, I feel more like the Lauren Graham of this show because I’m a grown up now,” she said. “This one always felt like we’ve always known each other from the start.”
While the first half of the season focused on the mystery of who shot Annalise, Nowalk said the second half will revolve around the Christophe mystery. “The back six has a lot of reveals, including that Annalise was pregnant back in the day,” he said. “We’ll find out a lot more about what happened.”