I was fully prepared for this to be the best part of season 3. Episode 313, “It’s War” was easily the best episode this entire season, and I believed that nothing could top it. Nothing could top the masterpiece that was the finale of “How to Get Away with Murder”‘s first season. Turns out….I was right. Last night’s episode was the cherry on top of a disappointing season.
Let’s start with who killed Wes. It wasn’t Oliver or Connor. It wasn’t Bonnie or Frank or Laurel. Not even the Mahoneys. All of those would’ve made much more sense than having him killed by some stranger. I thought that Wes would leave the show in some heroic way. I was expecting Laurel to hunt down Wes’ killer and really make them pay. None of that happened last night. Wes died in a brutal and demeaning way…for no good reason at all! Worse yet, the hit was ordered by Laurel’s own father! Wes was screwed over in life and he was screwed over in death. I am so furious with Annalise and the rest of the Keating crew. Expect for Laurel, of course. How could they do that to Wes?! Turn him into some violent psycho killer?! All Wes did was protect the people he loved. He wasn’t a bad guy. He was obviously broken, but he was a good person. Probably the most human character on the show. He fought hard to make a decent life for himself. Life beat him up, but he didn’t stay down. Not until, yeah. That. He deserved so much more than this. And I guess I’ll have to use my Charmed approach–pretend this whole season doesn’t exist. After Prue died, the show just wasn’t the same. The same is true for Wes on How to Get Away with Murder.
All these months theorizing and looking for clues turned out to be a waste of time. If you wanted Laurel’s dad to be involved, you should’ve made him a more prominent character. You wasted too much time on Attwood, Meggy, and the whole “Under the Sheet” debacle. It turns out they were nothing but pawns and red herrings.
It’s a shame too. Attwood was probably the best villain the show’s ever had. I didn’t like her very much. But she was cunning, smart, determined and quick. She was a perfect adversary for Annalise Keating. I would’ve loved to see her in another battle with Annalise in season 4. But that isn’t going to happen. It turns out that Attwood was just a pawn in Denver’s game. Denver on his own probably would’ve made a good villain. But Attwood? Wow.
Speaking of wasted, what about Meggy? It was crystal clear from the start that her relationship with Wes wouldn’t work out. That Wes and Laurel would wind up together. She probably would’ve made a nice bad guy, but she was basically reduced to being the needy ex-girlfriend. And she wasn’t the only one. It would’ve been better if the character never existed, to be honest. Nice people don’t last on this show. Look at poor Wes….
Speaking of needy ex-girlfriends, what about Laurel? I hate what they did to her character. Where was the spunky, confident young idealist we met in season 1? The sweet seeming girl with a dark side? There was no trace of her in season 3. It was like she was some boy-crazy high school student instead of a serious law student in her twenties. The obsessive behavior over Frank would’ve made sense if she were pregnant then. I did enjoy the relationship between her and Wes. It was nice to see someone happy for once, and Wes definitely deserved happiness. This is another thing I hated about the season. Meggy turned out to be a nice yet distrusting person, but it would’ve been better if that relationship didn’t happen. I wish there were more sweet moments between Laurel and Wes. I wish the relationship began sooner.
I guess this should’ve been a big clue. Nobody is ever happy for more than 2 seconds on this show. It always ends at some point.
Wes Gibbins was probably the best character on the show, besides Annalise. I’ll miss him.
Okay, rant over.