Series totally fulfills the expectations set out by its title. By the time the second season begins we already have a body count and there is more to come. This is primarily a legal thriller but it does focus on the lives of all the characters involved as well. As is often the case with humans, their flaws and foibles in real life seem to drive the situations they find themselves in the middle of. Plus even the cases they take on.
The Keating Five, Connor Walsh (played by Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (played by Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), Laurel Castillo (played by Karla Souza), and Wes Gibbins (played by Alfred Enoch), all continue to work and learn under Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis). Much of all of their time and energy is taken up by covering up the death they participated in. On top of that they take on cases which would never be classified as run of the mill.
Plus it comes out who killed Rebecca (played by Katie Findlay) and then who shot Annalise. Answers are few and far between in this series. It is like pulling a loose string on a sweater which results in the unravelling of the entire thing. If anything is answered it usually unveils a couple more mysteries or questions. Secrets abound here much to the viewing pleasure of those who watch…with bated breath. End result is the understanding that in the right (or wrong) circumstances anyone can commit murder.
Obviously the centrepiece of the series is Emmy, Oscar and Tony Award winner Viola Davis. But that is the case in whatever she does. No matter what character she portrays she inhabits them. With Annalise Keating she has a big fat character. Something she can really sink her teeth into. It demands anger, sadness, brilliance, instability, humour, and sexiness from her. And she fully delivers. What nudges the series up even further is her younger supporting cast. All of them have rather different characters – the perfectionist, the ass, the angry girl, the naive nice guy, and the promiscuous guy – and instill them with enough depth that they don’t become one dimensional. Plus they all seem to have plenty of skeletons in their closets. Ups the interesting level. Writing and acting is strong.
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