SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched the Oct. 20 episode of “How To Get Away With Murder,” titled, “It’s About Frank.”
After four episodes away from his cohorts, Frank (Charlie Weber) finally came into contact with someone from Annalise’s (Viola Davis) camp — Bonnie (Liza Weil), who was thrilled that Frank had killed her father. (More on that here.)
Bonnie came to meet up with the fleeing Frank, without telling Annalise, and when they were reunited, they wasted no time getting close again — yes, that sort of close. The twosome hooked up and even talked about a future together away from Annalise, murder and mayhem, but in the morning, Frank yet again fled the scene, leaving Bonnie devastated — and leaving viewers wondering where he was off to next.
In flashbacks, even more of Frank’s past was revealed. Turns out, Frank was in jail from the time he was thirteen until his early twenties because he attempted to kill his own father. None other than Sam Keating (Tom Verica) and Annalise came to his rescue and got him out of jail. And that’s how the entire Frank-owes-Sam storyline began many, many years ago.
In the flash-forward, another lucky victim was revealed not to be the dead one the night of the house fire: Michaela (Aja Naomi King). But, while Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) and Bonnie were in the hospital visiting the unconscious and pregnant Laurel (Karla Souza), the news came on the TV, revealing that a male body had been found dead in the burning house.
Here, Charlie Weber talks to Variety about his relationship with Bonnie, his backstory with Sam and the father of Laurel’s baby. Plus, he teases who could be killed off this season.
We learned that Frank was in jail for years. How does that fit into his character in present day?
It’s a huge deal because he wasn’t in jail for a week or a month or even a year — he was in jail for 10 years. He grew up in jail from 13 years old to 23. It’s astounding what that would do to someone psychologically. We see him in a situation where he’s not sure if he’s going to be able to function outside of [jail] and then ultimately, Sam Keating gets through to him and the whole thing is history.
So now we finally understand why Frank killed Lila for Sam, back in Season 1.
The depth of that relationship and how much Sam meant to Frank, now we kind of see the origin of :you owe me,” which is what Sam told Frank when he asked him to kill Lila Stangard.
Bonnie and Frank — that’s a thing that happened!
Yes, that is a thing that happened!
Are we supposed to believe this is the first of it, or have Bonnie and Frank had some romantic history?
I think we’ll find that out. These are two people who have been in each other’s lives for 10 years at least and a lot of that has been in the same house and in close proximity. Frank and Bonnie’s relationship is something that we could never get quite to the depths of. There’s hopefully a lot to come and we will try, but that relationship is deep for sure.
Frank leaves and Bonnie is devastated. Why did he do that?
I hated him for it. I really did not enjoy doing that. Frank is just very mixed up right now. He didn’t want to leave her there — he just has some things he has to do.
Frank says something to Bonnie along the lines of: we should run away and have cute babies. Do you think that’s really what he wants deep down?
I think he meant every word of that.
Will we see Frank come back, or is he still on the run?
Metaphorically, he’ll be on the run until he’s accepted back. I think it would be nice to see him go back to Philadelphia and make things right, and maybe he will. Maybe he’ll try.
Last episode, we learned that Laurel is pregnant. I know that the cast does not know who the father is, so who do you think it is?
I don’t know. If you’re asking me as a viewer, I think Wes. But it’s so interesting to be on a show where I don’t know anything and actually watch it. It’s interesting to be an audience member when it comes to a major plot point. It just seems like their [Laurel and Wes] relationship is real and palpable and tangible. But again, on our show, it could be someone I’ve never even heard of [laughing].
Frank and Laurel haven’t even seen each other since he’s run way, so would it even be feasible that he is the father?
At this point, it doesn’t seem feasible. But we’ll see where that goes.
Who do you think Frank has real feelings for — Bonnie or Laurel?
Frank is so messed up. That’s what intrigues me about Frank and Bonnie because they’re both so incredibly damaged that I think they’re the only people alive that could actually be with the other one. He has history with Laurel and he was taking this shot at what a real relationship is supposed to be, and he did develop very real feelings for her — when you’ve had that intense relationship with someone, there’s probably always this element there. There are worlds to explore when it comes to Frank’s ability to be in a relationship with either of those people. We’ll see how this whole thing unfolds, but I think Frank and Bonnie are a really interesting pair. And now, with Laurel with Wes, there’s been this realignment of relationships. But again, Frank and Bonnie are so damaged that maybe they’re scared of even trying.
At the end of the episode, Laurel goes to Annalise’s house and blurts out everything about Frank’s whereabouts and Bonnie visiting him. How will that shift the dynamic between Annalise, Bonnie and Laurel?
There’s no choice but to shake things up to some degree. This is a big deal. Annalise has been looking for me, sent a hit man after me, so for her most trusted ally on earth to not have told her that she was going to see me, that seems like a pretty big deal. Annalise, I would imagine, feels like the world is against her — her job is in jeopardy, her personal life, everyone around her is lying to her.
We find out that Michaela is alive, but that a man died in the house fire. By process of elimination, if it’s one of the main characters, it’s Connor (Jack Falahee) or Asher (Matt McGorry)…right?
We don’t know where a bunch of people are. It’s going to take all the way up to the actual moment that we catch up to the body coming out of the house that you will find out who it is.
What was the cast’s reaction to finding out who is dead?
It was genuinely heartbreaking. That was the universal feeling for the entire cast. It sucks. It’s upsetting.
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