“How to Get Away with Murder” is Back with New Drama
Leslie Roda, Staff Writer
How to Get Away with Murder season 5, premiered on September 27. The season premiere of season 5 was interesting to say the least. This show has a way of gluing you to the television. Nothing is ever simple in this show. As an audience member, you may think you know who committed the murder, but you realize later on in the show that you have absolutely no idea.
For those who may not have seen the television show before, How to Get Away with Murder is about a criminal defense lawyer and professor of defensive law, Annalise Keating, who chooses a group of students, who she thinks are the brightest and most brilliant, to help her with cases that arise at her firm. The original Keating 5 consist of law students Laurel Castillo, Asher Millstone, Michaela Pratt, Connor Walsh and Wes Gibbons. They go from law students to people involved in a murder mystery. That is when (spoiler) Wes Gibbons is murdered and is the father of Laurel Castillo’s baby.
How to Get Away with Murder is different from many other murder mysteries. The show tackles complex issues like substance abuse, alcohol abuse, racism and sexism. A character like Annalise Keating is powerful because she demolishes stereotypes. Pertaining to politics, it is not common for a woman to be a criminal defense lawyer. The judicial system is a white male-dominated occupation. She not only breaks gender stereotypes, but racial stereotypes as well.
In season 4 of How to Get Away with Murder, Keating won a class action suit arguing that there were thousands of people, who have low-income, who were not given a fair trial because they were never given the opportunity of having a fair defense. In the show, Keating argues that the public defenders did not do their job when it came to defending their clients because of the massive amounts of people who needed public defenders. Many times, these public defenders are overworked, which makes it more likely for them to make a mistake and overlook something. In season 5, much of it is focused on cases regarding the discriminatory treatment of minorities by the justice system.
How to Get Away with Murder is a show to me that never gets old. There is always something intriguing going on and the plot is not confusing. Does it keep you on your heels? Yes. But I do not find it hard to follow, even though at the end of every episode there is a cliff-hanger type moment.