Not only does Annalise Keating (played by the baddest, Viola Davis) come off as the most badass boss woman in the game, but every other main character in this show has their own insanely unique traits that makes it nearly impossible to stop watching. The dynamic of the characters is not easily understood. It takes a lot of invested time in order to fully grasp how complex and intertwined all of the relationships are, but that’s precisely what makes this show so great. If you haven’t been watching How To Get Away With Murder for the last 2+ seasons, don't waste another minute, because this show has taught me some important life lessons that I’m sure wouldn't hurt you to learn as well (and while you're at it, watch every other Shonda Rhimes produced show too.)
1.) Sometimes you gotta play dirty to get what you want.
NOT saying that you should murder someone. But Annalise, who is a high-profile defense attorney and law professor, has a knack for sharp insults and quick comebacks, which make her the top-dog that everyone wants to be. She won’t stop until she wins, and she will definitely go to great lengths to get there. I’m sure it’s partly because she doesn’t have much to lose, but she has for sure done her fair share of cheating, lying, and stealing to win cases, help keep her allies safe, and cover up murders. Of course none of that is moral, and many of the other characters are disgusted by her behavior, but there’s no denying that anyone in trouble would feel safe and secure in the company of a master manipulator who’s on their side. Not only that, but most everyone who keeps her company adopts her intimidating behavior because “they learn from the best.”
2.) Good company buys more happiness than money ever will.
I’m sure we all already knew this, and we’ve heard it many times before, but Annalise is the epitome of this. She’s a successful attorney with an enormous (and gorgeous) house and probably more money than she knows what to do with. However, day after day we watch her downward spiral into alcoholism and the effects that her inner demons have on her daily life. She has no kids, which she makes pretty clear is a sensitive topic; her husband was murdered, and her personal issues go on and on (probably the result of dealing with all the sketchy shit she’s done throughout her career.) When I think back, there are a handful of times we’ve seen Annalise smiling in this show, most of which we see when she’s around someone that she loves. Sure, her group of minions (students) have dramatically affected her life in a not-so-positive way, yet she keeps them around because they care about her and she cares about them. It’s messy and confusing, but they all have a special bond that none of them would like to admit.
3.) Love is a killer drug.
If there was ever proof that love makes people do crazy things, this show is it. With new love affairs creeping up nearly every episode, we see how irrational and dangerous a person in a dysfunctional relationship can be. The students in Professor Keating’s class sure seemed like normal, innocent law students at first, but after spending too much time investigating shady cases and hanging around actual murderers, their morals shift and the way they’d like to handle tough situations takes a turn. They’re either defending someone they know is not innocent because they love them or because they’re trying to get back at someone they used to love who has done them wrong. Of course they feel terrible once when their conscience kicks in, which makes you want to believe they’re good people who have just been overpowered by the dangers of love. But what we learn is that it doesn’t stop after the first one when their mistakes just seem too easy to get away with.
4.) And of course, how to get away with murder.
Self-explanatory (but not a very useful life lesson). Don’t do it.