‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Why Connor Walsh’s Fate Might Be the Most Heartbreaking for Fans
In the penultimate episode of How to Get Away With Murder Season 6, Connor Walsh and Michaela Pratt took the stand to testify against Annalise Keating. In light of a surprise witness, an explosive blowout with his former professor, and a bombshell revelation involving his husband, fans theorize that Connor’s potential fate might be the most heartbreaking of the other characters.
[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information revealed in How to Get Away With Murder Season 6 Episode 14.]
Connor Walsh takes deal to testify against Annalise Keating
Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) and Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) were arrested for the murder of their friend and confidential informant, Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), as their professor, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), fled to Mexico under the name Justine.
Fearing a life sentence in prison and believing Annalise left them to fend for themselves, the two agreed to an immunity deal where they had to confess their involvement in all the murders stemming from Sam Keating’s to put their former professor behind bars.
They both made sure each other had the same deal before signing. After the esteemed defense attorney was arrested for possessing false documentation, she and co-counsel Tegan Price (Amirah Vann) figured out the other charges she would face and realized her former students flipped.
Therefore, she asked Connor and Michaela to come over where she recorded them confessing they felt coerced to take the deal. Annalise played the recording, causing the prosecution to drop the death penalty and resulting in the arrest of the Keating 2.
The two were offered new deals, and both lied to each other that they turned it down. However, Connor accepted the agreement, which included five years for himself and immunity for husband Oliver Hampton (Conrad Ricamora), as well as Michaela, who negotiated probation and no jail time.
Connor and Michaela both perjured themselves on the first day of Annalise’s hearing as they falsely claimed they covered up Sam’s murder under the direction of their professor.
However, surprise witness Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) dropped a bombshell during her testimony and revealed Annalise had nothing to do with her late husband’s death.
Connor Walsh’s heartbreaking fate by the end of ‘How to Get Away With Murder’
One Reddit fan explained in a lengthy post how much Connor’s potential fate “just hurts.” The user claimed the law student most likely chose to lie on the stand to protect his husband as it wouldn’t make sense for him to “turn on Annalise given all the guilt he’s experienced in the past six seasons.”
Additionally, Connor is the “least guilty” of anyone and wanted a “boring life” after Sam’s murder. However, he got blackmailed into returning in the second season and then became complicit in the fourth season due to Oliver.
The user also touched on his now-defunct relationships with Annalise and Michaela as he and his former professor became very close while working on the Supreme Court case together.
However, she tore into him on the stand and alleged he only married Oliver to look like a “good person,” an accusation that hurt the tech genius as the fan-favorite couple might part ways.
Additionally, he and Michaela had “each other’s backs” for years, but she lied to him regarding her better deal. Therefore, potentially being the only one to go to jail when Connor didn’t kill anyone is “hard to accept” for many fans.
It’s also “heartbreaking” for some because viewers have watched the “traumatized” law student attempt to “be normal,” discover his purpose to become a lawyer, find a family in his friends as well as the “love of his life,” only to potentially lose everything because he wanted to save someone he genuinely loves.
How to Get Away With Murder finale airs Thursday, March 14, 2020, at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.