The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Kill Him, Kill Him, Kill Him #WhoKilledSam (SPOILERS)

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“Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me” was filled with tricks and twists.  The creative team tricked us by withholding information.  For example, we were all eager to find out #WhoKilledSam, and then Sam just fell off the banister.  I was a bit disappointed as I thought that no one actually killed Sam; he just fell.  The tension had started to dissipate when all of a sudden, Sam was awake and choking Rebecca.  Then, BAM, #WesKilledSam.  This was well-played by the creative team!  Also, that twist ending…  Prior to the final scene, we were shown a clip of Annalise calling Sam on the phone.  She asked him to come home and told him that she loved him.  I felt sick to my stomach, completely losing any respect for Annalise.  But then at the end, we found out, it was all a lie.  Annalise knew Wes killed Sam, and she was glad it happened.  Once again, we were guided down a path and then tricked.  A lot of these twists occurred because of the structure of the storytelling.  The plot jumped all over the place in time.  Because of this, we weren’t always given all the information upfront.  We thought we were getting the whole story, but we weren’t.  This was a great storytelling device.  It kept the suspense high until the very last second.

Now, we understand why Rebecca said, “He wanted to kill me.  I had no other choice.  I had to kill him or he was going to kill me.  I saw the trophy sitting there.  I hit him in the head,” and what she meant by it, clearing up my confusion.  Rebecca was offering to take the blame to protect Wes.  It was a twist on words and a great deception.

As in all the present-time scenes, this episode of “How to Get Away with Murder” was literally very dark.  There was little lighting, especially considering that it all took place during the night-time.  The darkness helped to set the eerie, tense mood.  This lighting decision was a great choice made by the technical team!

In the beginning of “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me,” Annalise confronted Sam, resulting in him assaulting her.  He pushed her up against the wall, hands around her throat as she shouted, “Kill Me.  Kill Me.  Kill Me!”  In the background, a pounding sound echoed, almost like a heartbeat, mimicking that of the characters’ and viewers’.  It was a powerful scene and the sound enhanced the tension.

In the last scene of “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me,” Annalise greeted her students the morning after Sam’s murder.  She was in her bathrobe and lacking any make-up or wig.  She was fully exposed and vulnerable in front of her students, unlike any way they’d seen her before.  Once again, seeing Annalise in this vulnerable state was powerful, especially when she appeared this way in front of her students.  It added more drama to the final scene.

I don’t know why I haven’t brought this up yet, but I am very impressed with Alfred Enoch’s American accent.  He has one of the best American accents I have ever heard from a Briton.  He didn’t break character once, never slipping into his natural dialect.  It is so difficult to speak in a foreign accent for an extended period of time.  My friend even questioned if Enoch is originally British, which yes, he is.  Enoch’s skills are quite impressive.

The winter finale of “How to Get Away with Murder” went beyond my expectations.  It was totally unpredictable and exciting.  I’m already thirsty for more.

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