ABC's How to Get Away with Murder -- the brainchild of former Grey's Anatomy writer, Peter Nowalk, and yet another one of Shonda Rhimes' projects -- is headed into its fourth season (which we suspect will start around mid-September), and we couldn't be more excited.
The American serial legal drama follows the story of a group of ambitious students, referred to as the Keating Five, and their impressive criminal defense professor, Annalise Keating. As the group literally try to get away with murder, all while navigating their way through cases and school work.
It's crazy, clever and filled with "What the hell?" moments, but could you get away with murder? Probably not, if you didn't notice these 15 things.
15 Alfred Enoch is actually British
Alfred Enoch (who you may remember from the Harry Potter movies, in which he starred as Dean Thomas) took on the role of How to Get Away with Murder's sweet but awkward character, Wes Gibbins. But what you may not have noticed is that he is actually British.
A few years back, Enoch decided to drop his normal accent in favor of an American accent -- even when he's not on set. Enoch previously told Cosmopolitan that he did this because he wanted to "practise all the time." And according to the actor, a lot of people haven't even heard him speak in his original accent because the American one has just sort of taken over.
Guess it paid off, because you never would have guessed that his flawless accent is actually fake, right?
14 The hookup app that Connor uses doesn't exist
Jack Falahee's character, Connor Walsh, is one of our favorites. Walsh is cocky, smart, and driven, but he's also a bit of a playboy. In How to Get Away with Murder, he used his charm and sex appeal on more than one occasion to extract information that would be beneficial to the case he was working on -- for example, he seduces an IT tech, Oliver Hampton (who later becomes his boyfriend), to get confidential e-mails for his case.
However, you may not have noticed that in Season 1, Episode 5, Walsh was using a dating app; one that doesn't actually exist in real life. The app is the show's clever idea of avoiding paying royalties: they simply invented their own hookup app called Humpr.
13 Liza Weil has been on four Shondaland shows
To land one of Shonda Rhimes shows is a great achievement as it's bound to result in career success, but Liza Weil, who plays Bonnie Winterbottom on How to Get Away with Murder, has actually been on four Shondaland shows -- Shondaland Productions is produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Where have you seen her before? Weil played the role of Alison Clark on Grey's Anatomy in 2009, Andi in a single episode of Private Practise in 2011, and then the recurring role of Amanda Tanner on Scandal in 2012.
But this also says something about Rhimes and the way she works: she's incredibly loyal to those she thinks are a good fit for her shows. A statement Weil herself made, when, according to Rotten Tomatoes, she praised Rhimes for being an "intensely loyal person who fiercely believes in this stable of actors."
12 The series was filmed in Los Angeles -- well, besides the pilot
Bet you had no clue that the show was not actually filmed in Philly, right?
The series is supposed to revolve around the students who attend a prestigious Philadelphia university, but although the pilot was filmed in Philadelphia -- on 40th through 42nd streets between Spruce and Locust -- the rest of How to Get Away with Murder was actually filmed in Los Angeles, California.
Even the scene in the very first episode, where Wes Gibbins walks into Middleton Law School -- the place where he attends Annalise Keating's Criminal Law 100 class -- was filmed on the University of Southern California's campus, in their Bovard Auditorium. However, the interior is of another building, which was actually filmed in Philadelphia -- although they later decided to make a replica of the class room on set in Los Angeles.
11 Annalise's law office is north of the USC campus
Tough, intelligent, and sometimes morally ambiguous, Annalise Keating is meant to live, teach and work in Philadelphia. But the location of her delightful Victorian home (which doubles as her law office) can actually be found just north of the University of Southern California's campus.
The Victorian home was built in 1895, and according to Seeing Stars, can be found at 1130 W. 27th Street, in the "North University Park District" of south Los Angeles.
You may also have noticed that this house is only used for exterior scenes, because Victorian homes reportedly do not offer up much space when it comes to filming. Instead, the How To Get Away With Murder crew designed the interior for Keating's home, including that beautiful stain-glass door frame, on Stage 16 at the Sunset-Gower Studios.
10 The title of every episode is a quote from every episode
Unless you were really concentrating you may not have noticed that every title of the episode is actually a character's quote. Some of the more memorable titles include "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me," which Annalise Keating screams at her husband Sam Keating while he is strangling her in Episode 9 of Season 1.
"I Want You To Die" which Bonnie Winterbottom declares to Annalise during a fight in Episode 7 of Season 2. And "It's All My Fault," which was said by Wes Gibbins during Episode 15 in Season 1, when he was feeling guilty about the events that had previously transpired.
The exception to this rule is that the very first episode is simply is titled "Pilot." Also, it's worth mentioning that the finale of Season 3 is titled "Wes;" and while this was said, it was said by multiple characters throughout the episode instead of just once.
9 Viola Davis got an injury from filming a sex scene
When it comes to sex scenes, How To Get Away With Murder is not shy about using them. In fact, almost every character has found themselves between the bed sheets at some point.
In the first half of the pilot episode alone, Wes Gibbins walks in on Annalise Keating and her lover, Detective Nate Lahey (played by Billy Brown), engaged in oral sex. But this was just the first of many sex scenes between Brown and Viola Davis, and one particularly passionate scene actually left Davis with an injury.
During the scene, Brown throws Davis up against a wall, which resulted in her blowing out her back. The injury had Davis requesting that producers cool it with the sex scenes (at least for a little bit) so she could recover -- so, if you noticed a change up in the pace of the sex scenes, this was the reason why!
8 Annalise's other students basically never talk
The show focuses on the life of Professor Annalise Keating and the brilliant students in her class that make up the Keating Five -- Connor Walsh (played by Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (played by Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (played by Matt McGorry), Laurel Castillo (played by Karla Souza) and Wes Gibbins (played by Alfred Enoch). But did you ever realize that no one else in Annalise's class ever seems to speak up?
It's pretty annoying that out of an average of 80 students that are typically in a 1L lecture, Keating has only ever called on a handful of people. And it's even more annoying that no one ever tries to take the trophy -- we get it, they're just extras, but giving a voice to a few more of these zombie students would make the script a little more interesting (not to mention realistic).
7 Rebecca Sutter's piercings are fake
Canadian actress, Katie Findlay, played the role of Rebecca Sutter-- a drug dealer who happened to be Wes Gibbon's next-door-neighbor, and also a possible suspect in Lila Stangard's murder. But one of the most noticeable things about Findlay's character is her appearance, in particular the multiple piercings she has in her ears, her nose and underneath her lip. But are they real?
Of course changing for a role is not unheard of, but the piercings were so realistic looking (and Findlay really wears them well) that fans of the show were curious as to whether the actress had these piercings in real life. However, Findlay set the record straight during a Twitter exchange with user @RussDaDon14.
In response to his question about her piercings she simply revealed: "[I] Actually have NONE."
6 The Keating Five's closeness is not just good acting
The actors who play the roles of Wes, Michaela, Connor, Laurel and Asher had an opportunity to really get to know each other ahead of filming. A smart move by the shows creators, who sent them to Philadelphia a week early so that they could check out the filming location, but more importantly get to know each other.
Falahee revealed during an interview with Buzzfeed that he was the impromptu tour guide (because he had some friends who lived in Philadelphia), but most of the group's time was spent dancing, eating ice cream in hotel rooms and having slumber parties. And, we think it paid off, because the actors have great onscreen chemistry, which you may have noticed, and this results in believable character dynamics (even if the script is crazy).
5 The auditorium from the pilot has been made into a set
Professor Annalise Keating's classroom in the pilot episode of How to Get Away with Murder is filmed at the Olin Auditorium at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania -- and according to Ursinus College, some students were assigned as extras on the set.
The spot was selected after the show was reportedly unable to film on location at the University of Pennsylvania -- the university reportedly denied the request for fear that it would disturb their students.
However, what you may not have noticed is that the auditorium was reportedly only used in the pilot because after the crew moved production to Los Angeles they created a near-identical classroom set at Sunset-Gower Studios. The only difference between the original classroom and the set version is that the latter has few rows of seats -- did you notice the differences?
4 The spinning cheerleader is a recurring image
Of all the mysteries in How To Get Away With Murder (and there have been a few) one of the most burning questions remains unanswered: Why is there a spinning cheerleader?
In Season 1, almost every episode makes use of the clip which shows a cheerleader being thrown up into the air (however, she disappears after Season 1). But the clip has more relevance than you may think, because what she essentially does is signal the viewer's flashforwards.
It's also important to note that the cheerleader could represent Lila Stangard, the girl who Sam Keating was having an affair with, and who he was, at the time of his murder, thought to have killed.
Bring her back, HTGAWM creators!
3 The location of Annalise's home is popular with other TV series
Most of How To Get Away With Murder is shot in Los Angeles, California, including, as we mentioned, the beautiful Victorian home and law offices of the character Annalise Keating. But an interesting fact is that her home in the North University Park Historic District is actually a very popular area for TV crews to film.
In fact, just around the corner from the Keating residence is the Miller and Herriott House (which is more than 125 years old). And this house happens to be the location where a Halloween episode of Modern Family was filmed. In the Season 4 episode, Phil Duphy (played by Ty Burrell) hosted an open house in an old Victorian house -- which bares a few similarities to that of Keating's law office. The same house has reportedly also featured on 1980's television series, Flamingo Road.
2 The legal aspect of the show doesn't always add up
Have you ever wondered why Annalise's students are always stressed because they aren't studying? Sure, working for her takes up a lot of time (all of their time really), but according to Jezebel, the show doesn't always get the legal facts right.
One of the more interesting ones happens to be with regards to the trophy, or Immunity Idol, that Annalise hands out to her students for achieving something great -- thereby giving them the opportunity to get out of an exam. Except, most law school students only have one final exam, no midterms or even graded assignments, which according to Jezebel's legal consultant, Nakia D. Hansen, would mean your grade relies heavily on class participation and your final exam -- so why do the Keating Five seem to be constantly scrambling for that trophy?
1 The writers keep the actors in the dark
The dialogue is witty, the plots complicated, and the mystery can at times be nail-biting, but that could also be influenced by the fact that the script writers, at times, keep the actors in the dark about the plot line.
You'd think that before each episode the actors have been fully briefed on what's going to go down, right? Except How To Get Away With Murder employs a slightly different strategy.
Alfred Enoch, who plays Wes Gibbins, revealed that he had no idea that his character was a murderer until the table reading of the episode (this happens in the episode "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me" in Season 1, when it is revealed that is was Gibbins who killed Sam Keating). He also noted that it was a very different way to work.
However, not knowing the ending can actually be beneficial to the actors, because being unsure of the outcome produces more raw emotions which could potentially translate better onscreen-- but whether this point was evident in the acting remains debatable.
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