How To Get Away With Murder has been keeping us guessing since it first aired three years ago. Each season we are gifted with a new set of mysteries that we have to somehow try to decipher as we follow along with the time jumping storyline. This week’s two part finale “He Made A Terrible Mistake” and “Wes,” airing Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC and CTV, will show us just how far Annalise (Viola Davis) and the Keating 4 will go to save themselves. The circumstances surrounding Wes’s (Alfred Enoch) death will also finally be revealed.
The TV Junkies had the opportunity to talk exclusively with Matt McGorry, who plays Asher Millstone, ahead of the finale. Read on to see what he has to say about Asher’s character development, his relationship with Michaela (Aja Naomi King) and what to expect in what’s sure to be another crazy season finale.
The TV Junkies: I have to admit that I only know what’s going on in this show about 25% of the time. And even that might be pushing it. Every time I think I have it figured out, something happens on the show and it sets me right back where I started. Are you guys as confused when you’re reading the scripts?
Matt McGorry: I think it depends really. I think that there is always a lot going on and I have to kind of keep a timeline in my mind on what’s going on. We, like most shows, don’t shoot in order so when I’m filming I’m concentrating very specifically on my storylines so I can usually keep that in order. I don’t usually watch the episodes until a few months after they’ve aired. I like to have a little healthy distance from them in terms of my performance. So I find that it’s easier to handle my self-criticism when I have a little distance from having done it. But yeah, I think part of what makes it gripping for people to watch is that it’s always sort of throwing curve balls at you, and when you think you’ve figured something out you’re often wrong.
TTVJ: Do they explain the storyline to you at the beginning of the season or are you learning what’s going to happen every time you get those scripts?
MM: We don’t know the storyline ahead of time and in fact most of the writers don’t even know the storyline beforehand. Pete (Nowalk, showrunner) has often said that his way of working, and the way that creates the most surprises for him in writing it, is to sort of write it going forwards. He’s sort of discovering it as it goes. When we found out that Wes dies he let us know as soon as he knew but that wasn’t until we started that episode. So I think in an effort to make it not predictable, he very much keeps himself from knowing too much about what is happening. We typically find out things just as the episode is coming out, which is usually the day before we start shooting the episode.
TTVJ: Are you ever a little nervous opening up your script wondering if you’re going to survive this episode? It is Shondaland after all.
MM: I think like a lot of things in life there’s only so much that’s in your control. For me, I want to be on the show as long as possible but I also understand that if it’s my time, not that I wouldn’t be upset about it because I would, but I guess I don’t see any point in worrying about it because I don’t think it would change anything. And I think I would understand if in worse case scenario I did have to die I would know that it wasn’t something personal. So I want be on the show as long as possible, but in the same token I very rarely try to figure out if it’s going to be me.
TTVJ: Asher seems to have changed quite a bit since the series began. He’s not nearly as goofy and seems to be taking life a little more seriously. What do you think brought about this change and is it as much fun to play this changed Asher?
MM: I think it’s obviously a lot of the external influences that he’s been through with having murdered someone, and his father having committed suicide and having been ostracized from his family. That is definitely something that will serve to sober people up pretty quickly in terms of their attitude on life. So I think he’s really grappling at the situations that are really new to him and figuring out who he is and his place in the world. That in addition to his relationship with Michaela, which I think is a bit more mature than his relationship with Bonnie (Liza Weil) was. All of those external circumstances sort of forced him to grow. I do think he is equally as fun to play now. I really enjoyed playing both the comedy and the dramatic side, and to get to delve more into the dramatic side is definitely more satisfying for me as well.
TTVJ: Asher has had some interesting developments in his love life over the last few seasons. His relationship with Michaela seems to be a little more serious than his relationship with Bonnie was, but are they real feelings or are they just kind of using each other to get through this crazy situation?
MM: I think that there are definitely real feelings there between Michaela and Asher. Of course when you’re bonding over a mutual traumatic experience I’m sure it’s hard to necessarily determine what is due to that, but there is definitely some sense of intimacy that is developing. I think in a way it’s probably very new for Asher, in terms of his willingness to be vulnerable and putting himself on the line. It’s allowing him to really think about his thoughts and behaviors in terms of holding the relationship back. I think that he’s come a long way and still has a bit of work to do in that area, but there are definitely real feelings developing.
TTVJ: Do you think outside of this crazy situation that they’ve put themselves in they would have ended up together?
MM: It’s hard to know really. I think the experiences that we have in life influence who we become as people so we are not separate from those experiences. And I think those things are very much a part of who we are and how we interact with the world. It’s really just too hard to try and figure out if any of this would have happened if he hadn’t been through everything that he’s been through.
TTVJ:Is there anything left between him and Bonnie or are they strictly about the job now?
MM: As far as I know it’s strictly about the job now, but as you know one can never know, including myself, what kind of directions things will take.
TTVJ: What can we expect to see with Asher in this week’s finale?
MM: I think the tensions keeps mounting. His disagreements and strife with Connor (Jack Falahee) continue to deepen. He basically thinks that Connor is a suspect in the murder of Wes, which is certainly not a light accusation, and I think that there feels like there is some truth in the fact that Connor is hiding something. Asher, while simplistic in his analysis, is not wrong in the sense that whoever smelt it dealt it. And I think that that tension between Asher and Connor, it’s really going to a big issue as we wind down to the end of the finale. And the rest you are just going to have to watch and see.
TTVJ: Are we actually going to find out who killed Wes?
MM: You will find out who killed Wes in the last episode — which as you might imagine is a big surprise. So yeah, you will get the answers to your most burning questions and more questions will come up as well.
TTVJ: What was your reaction when you read the script?
MM: Everyone was definitely surprised. I think it was something that took everyone for a loop, but again I know better to expect one thing over another, so I let it roll over me and kind of hit me, but there is nothing that I ever rule out in terms of a possibility.
Are you looking forward to this week’s season finale of How To Get Away With Murder? Who do you think killed Wes? What do you think is next for Annalise and the Keating 4? Drop a few words in the comments section below and let us know what you’re thinking.
The two-hour season finale of How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV.
Christy is a self proclaimed and proud TV Junkie. Her love for TV began at an early age with shows like Degrassi, Alias, ER, Buffy, The X-Files & Friends. You can now find her watching, ok obsessing over, shows like When Calls The Heart, Saving Hope, Arrow, Outlander, Grey's Anatomy and many many others. You can catch Christy on Twitter at @ChristySpratlin where she will likely be live tweeting her favorite shows and talking about everything TV.