HTGAWM: Worst. Finale. Ever.

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.

 

 

 

 

Review for “The Woman Next Door”

Review for “The Woman Next Door”

Synopsis:  Two former friends come back together in a strange and terrifying way.

Hester is a sixty-plus widow living a lonely life.  Her dog, Bertie, is her only companion.  Melissa is a fortyish woman who appears to have the perfect life.  These two women have absolutely nothing in common except for the fact they are next-door neighbors.  And they used to be friends.  But murder and scary secrets force them back together.  How does it all unfold?

I enjoyed reading about both Hester and Melissa.  I found Hester to be more interesting and sympathetic , however.  Just by ‘looking’ at her, you wouldn’t think she would be capable of doing some of the things she did.  She does scary things, and is very practical and smart.  But also really eccentric.  She certainly has quite a few screws loose.  But I felt sorry for her because she didn’t seem to have anyone.  And I kinda understood why she latched onto Melissa so hard.  Kinda.  If she were my neighbor, I don’t know what I’d do.

Melissa was still a great character too.  She could be quite mean a lot of the time, but the book did a good job of explaining it.  She had gone through some painful things too, but handled it in a less-than-conventional way.  She was equally smart, less practical and her secrets were more interesting than Hester’s.   It turns out that she was just as twisted as Hester could be.  She just hides it a lot better.   These two women have far more in common than you’d think.

Sometimes, the multiple point-of-views way of storytelling can be quite confusing.  In this book, however, it was done very well.  It was perfectly paced–not too slow or fast.  It really helped you get to know the two women.  The Woman Next Door was completely unpredictable, full of twists, turns and is very dark.  Cass Green did an amazing job, and I hope she writes more books in the future.

 

Overall, The Woman Next Door was a lot of fun to read.  Maybe ‘fun’ isn’t the right word. It was fairly short, but it kept me guessing the entire time.  The ending was…interesting.  You’ll have to find out for yourself.  I highly recommend it.  I give it a 9 out of 10.  You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores.

 

HTGAWM: Let’s Talk about Meggy

I am still upset that Wes is gone.  I’ll never agree with the decision to kill him off.  I actually want it revealed that he faked his death after all.  But since that isn’t gonna happen likely, let’s focus on the murder suspects.  There are so many of them.  Everyone except Annalise is a suspect.  Including Meggy….

Meggy was Wes’ girlfriend during the first few episodes in season 3a.She actually seemed like a sweet girl.  The perfect distraction from all the Keating 5 madness.  You were even willing to overlook some warning signs.  For example, stealing driver’s licenses and going through people’s phones.  But you kinda liked her.  But Wes didn’t.  He left her for two reasons.  Firstly, he realized that he’d never be able to have a normal life with her.  Second of all, he’d fallen in love with Laurel.  Having her around for the first part of the season made sense.

But it doesn’t make sense to have her around now.  Wes left her to be with someone else.  She was no longer a part of his life.  The only reasons left?  Either she is involved in Wes’ death in some way.  Or they’re just screwing with us again.

Meggy does have motive to kill Wes.  This is a man who broke her heart.  He lied to her about everything.  He left her to be with someone else.  And she sorta liked Laurel too.

In the mind of a psycho, it’s a perfect reason to kill.  But since so many people are beginning to suspect her, it’s unlikely that she’s the killer.
But it’s a little too soon to jump to cross her off the suspect list.