[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Thursday's episode of How to Get Away with Murder. Read at your own risk.]
For one, her reunion with Frank (Charlie Weber) on Thursday's episode in Coalport felt, um, really good, when they sleep together after he suggests they run away to make "cute babies" instead of going back to Annalise (Viola Davis). Bonnie, or a part of her at least, entertains the idea, suggesting Oregon as a locale, while comforting a nightmare-stricken Frank, who, we learn in flashbacks, was in jail for attempted murder on his dad and was saved by Sam (Tom Verica) and Annalise, who had already saved Bonnie. (Can you say "surrogate family"?) But by the next morning, Bonnie returns with coffee to an empty motel room. Yup, Frank is gone again. And Bonnie is left practically curled in a fetal position and bawling. No rainy days and hikes in Oregon yet.
If that's not enough, Laurel (Karla Souza) tells Wes (Alfred Enoch) about Frank and Bonnie. (Great secret-keeping, Laurel!) Wes convinces Laurel to confront Annalise — who had spent the day after her first AA meeting trying to get her life back on track before relapsing — about putting a hit on Frank. Laurel does it right as Bonnie walks into the house.
Meanwhile, in the future, Michaela (Aja Naomi King) is revealed to be alive, but it's time to start worrying about the boys: Per a TV newscast, the body under the sheet, is a male.
Who could it be? How will Bonnie explain herself? Where is Frank now? Weil answers our burning questions below.
Now that Laurel spilled the beans to Annalise, will Bonnie tell her the truth? Does she already have an explanation in mind?
Liza Weil: We will see in [next week's episode] what Annalise's reaction is to Bonnie seeing Frank and how Bonnie is going to spin that. It's very interesting because one of Bonnie's primary motivations in putting herself in the situation of going to Coalport, I don't think it's lost on her that is a betrayal of sorts. I think that she may have something up her sleeve. I think may be prepared for that to happen. Certainly Laurel is not the most reliable keeper of secrets. [Laughs] History would show us that Laurel has a compulsion to do what she thinks is right. I think Bonnie knows that by now. I think Bonnie knows that Annalise has not been honest with her about what she knows. Frank being in danger and Annalise having a hand in that is deeply upsetting to Bonnie. I think she's trying to restore that threesome back to its former glory.
It definitely seemed like Bonnie wanted them to be a happy family again, trying to convince Frank to go home and apologize to Annalise. Do you think Bonnie could ever choose one of them over the other?
Weil: I don't know. That's really interesting question. I think that's something we're going to play with. There's an immense loyalty that Bonnie feels toward Annalise. There's a part of [this episode] that really resonated with me. The flashback of a young Frank, a younger Annalise and a younger Sam, and Sam crusades to save Frank, and it was very poignant to me to see that it was the Keatings' attempt at filling this void that these people — Bonnie, Frank, Annalise and Sam — they all provide something essential to each other that's missing. There was a time where this family of sorts functioned. I think with everything that's happened, they're really just trying to find their way back there. It's going to be a difficult feat. I also think that these people expect betrayal. [Laughs] It's kind of the way they've been built. Their pasts inform that and what they've come from and how hard they've fought to overcome that. Frank and Bonnie are always trying to feel like they've earned that place in the house. They're so beholden to the Keatings that I think it can really motivate drastic actions. It will be very interesting moving forward how that plays out.
When Bonnie broke down after she came back to the empty motel room, that was probably the most vulnerable she's been since the first season, when she was crawling on her knees. Was she actually considering running away with Frank? She painted a pretty nice picture for him in Oregon.
Weil: Yeah, I think that they're connecting in a way we haven't seen before. There are a lot of new colors there. Pete [Nowalk, showrunner] has done such an amazing job this season re-introducing these backstories and breadcrumbs and insight into how Bonnie operates. It's been building and it definitely comes to a head in Coalport. I think the loss of her father is another surprising loss. It's a relief, but it's still a loss. It informs this desire to hit this reset button and feel like you belong to something and someone. Frank and Bonnie do know each other. They know about the past and I think it's a very powerful thing to connect that way, but it's also very devastating that Frank leaves her there. I think that he understands more than anybody what that's going to do to her. I think all these feelings that she's been fighting so hard to overcome are bubbling to the surface now and that's not a good place to operate from, considering all the things Bonnie has to take of now and be in damage control mode.
Was that the first time they slept together? I've always felt like they may have hooked up before. How did you guys play it?
Weil: I think on this show, we always have to go moment by moment. It was definitely something that made sense to us and tracked psychologically. I think Pete's process is interesting. I think he has ideas and they can very much change shape after he sees what his actors do with it. So I am not sure [if they've slept together before]. They have definitely always been connected. We've seen glimpses of young Bonnie and Frank. We have clues that they were not as equipped to have relationships. I think there's a profound connection between them and that's something we may get to explore more.
What can you say about where Frank went? Is Bonnie going to look for him? When are we going to see him again?
Weil: Frank is in the wind again. [Laughs] Bonnie does not know where he is. Next week is going to pick up with that aftershock of betrayal. I think her primary motivation now is to mend fences with Annalise. Frank leaving her there is a doozy. That's going to leave a mark. She's focused on other things for the time being.
Who's Bonnie on the phone with in the future?
Weil: That will become clear in Episode 9. We're going to have to wait a bit for that reveal.
We learn the dead person is male, which narrows down the pool. What else can you tease about it? Is Connor (Jack Falahee) not answering his phone a red herring?
Weil: It's all fair play, man! [Laughs] The night is young. It is a profoundly devastating loss. It is certainly going to rock all of these characters to their core and as a person, as an actor, as a friend to the person who is under the sheet, it's been very, very devastating. It's no joke. It's going to change the course of the show, of these people's lives. It's no small thing.
Do you know who Laurel's baby daddy is yet?
Weil: No, we don't know that one yet.
What if it's Frank's? That would be one loaded triangle.
Weil: Yeah, well, there's a lot there. [Laughs] We're operating on all cylinders right now.
How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.