Annalise is determined to take down DA Denver and ADA Atwood.

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Annalise is determined to take down DA Denver and ADA Atwood.

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16 February 2017 (USA)  »

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Best episode since the mid-season finale
16 February 2017 | by (Blandon, PA) – See all my reviews

"It's War" feels more like normal How to Get Away with Murder than the show has for the past few episodes, with Annalise out of jail and some clever maneuvering to get out of a tricky situation with the DA's office. Yet, we still have to deal with the drama that the show has been dishing out over the past few episodes.

I'll be honest, for the first half of this episode, I wondered where it was going. It felt a little bit like Annalise was just gonna keep getting hammered, which while it is important to see her at her lowest before building her back up, it's a little much. Luckily, by the end of the episode, she gets herself back on her feet and ready for war.

Laurel and Annalise's scene at the end of the episode is the best part of the episode, and so is their subplot. Karla Souza and Viola Davis are the two strongest members of the cast, and I have no problem saying that. They play off of each other so well, and the grief was palpable in that final scene. I almost cried.

Connor's subplot in this episode was probably the weakest link for me, as he continued to come off as whiny and just obnoxious. The only redeeming part of his subplot this episode was the ending, in which we find out that Connor was there the night of the fire. And it looks like he was trying to get Wes to wake up. What that could mean is going to have to wait for next week's two-hour finale.

This episode also finally gives Denver and Atwood something more to do than just threaten Bonnie and give snarky comments to Annalise. We find out this episode that Atwood had been playing Annalise with President Hargrove, which I found to be a little disappointing. It was nice to see someone outside the Keating Group liking her, but I guess it was a well-executed twist.

The fact that Atwood and Nate's relationship came back to bite Atwood in the ass is well-written, in my opinion. After a few meandering episodes, having the possibility of Annalise's case being thrown out because of Atwood and Denver's mistakes, and because of the fact that Wes was cremated without permission (That's a twist!), is really exciting.

Overall, "It's War" is probably the best episode since the mid-season finale. It has twists and turns that really work, and it sets up the two-hour finale nicely. While I'm sad that the show will be ending sooner (like the first season), I'm glad that we can finally move past Wes and hopefully move into a brighter fourth season.

+The Connor reveal

+Karla Souza & Viola Davis

+Frank's speech

+Nate became relevant

+Atwood gets hers

-Connor's whining

9.5/10.


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