‘How to Get Away with Murder’: One of the Wildest Theories About the Show’s Ending Came True

The series finale of How to Get Away with Murder aired Thursday on ABC and it was full of several twists and turns. One of the most outrageous theories suggested about the finale, involving the character of Wes Gibbins, came true. In a recent interview, series creator Pete Nowalk talked about how it all came together.

Alfred Enoch in 'How to Get Away with Murder'
Alfred Enoch in ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ | Mitch Haaseth via Getty Images

A major theory about the show’s conclusion was true

One major theory that people suspected is that Annalise’s funeral was an extreme flash-forward and not in the present day. However, in addition to this, some also expect that the person that many assumed was Wes that appears at the funeral was not Wes, but his son with Laurel Castillo, Christopher.

While it wasn’t a popular theory per se, many fans thought that the funeral was not a vision or a set-up but very real — just set far, far away from the present day.

Leading into the funeral, we learned that Annalise was able to live her life to the fullest as much as she could and spending time with the people that she cared about the most. It is insinuated that she had a relationship with Tegan Price before she passed. Another thing that is insinuated is that she remained in Laurel’s life and became a mentor to Christopher.

We aren’t sure of the extent of her relationship with Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton, it seemed to be good enough where they would come to her funeral. But it is worth noting that Christopher did not recognize them, indicating that she, at least, hadn’t kept in contact with them like that. Michaela, who ended the present-day arc on bad terms with everyone for not wanting to do the right thing, does not attend the funeral, which is expected. She seems to be a successful judge but it is insinuated that she may be lonely and alone, aside from her daughters.

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Show creator Pete Nowalk explains how this all came about

In an interview with TVLine said that the idea for the finale, the mystery of who killed Annalise, had been put in his head by Davis. However, he didn’t want to kill the character. They came up with an idea to kill the character, but at the same time, give her a “triumphant” ending.

He explained, “It had been planted in my head — I think by Viola — that it would be a great mystery if Annalise was killed and we didn’t know who it was. And I agreed with her. I’d kind of always wondered, “Should Annalise’s murder be the final season?” But I also did not want to kill her. I felt like she was such a triumphant character who beat down her problems and fought and persevered. It was really important for me that she had a triumphant ending. So the vision that came to me was that Alfie could play Christopher, so I could have my cake and eat it, too.”

On having Enoch return as Christopher, Nowalk said that this part of the storyline wasn’t officially set until the actor agreed to return.

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“It wasn’t set in stone until [Enoch] said he would do it,” he said. “And luckily, he was thrilled to do it. But yes, that was my pitch. That was a way to kill Annalise and also stay in the style of the show, which is flashing forward. This is the ultimate flash-forward.”

The final season of How to Get Away with Murder can be streamed via ABC on-demand. The first five seasons can be streamed on Netflix.