[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Thursday's episode of How to Get Away with Murder. Read at your own risk.]
For the second year in a row, Wes tried to get away with (attempted) murder.
Wes (Alfred Enoch) turned out to be Annalise's (Viola Davis) shooter on Thursday's winter finale of How to Get Away with Murder — but not without some heavy begging and deliberate taunts from Annalise. After Asher (Matt McGorry) runs over Sinclair (Sarah Burns) in a rage over his dad's suicide, Annalise forces the Keating 5 to stage it and pin it on Catherine (Amy Okuda). At the last minute, Annalise realizes the only way it will fly is if she were shot too. When Connor (Jack Falahee), Michaela (Aja Naomi King), Laurel (Karla Souza) and Wes refuse to shoot her in the leg, she finally tells Wes that Rebecca is dead. Pissed-off Puppy then shoots her right in the stomach.
But before he could put another bullet in her, Annalise croaks, "Christophe" — Wes' real name. Cue flashback of kiddie Wes (spot-on casting, if you ask us) being interrogated about his mother's death. Cut to Eve (Famke Janssen) asking a dreaded Annalise, "What did we do?"
We caught up with Enoch to get his thoughts on the two big reveals and what's next.
When did you find out you were the shooter?
Alfred Enoch: When I got that script! I thought it was a really cool scene. It was fun to play. I thought it would be good. I just like the fact that Wes gets to find out the truth about his main objective of the season: What happened to Rebecca? That was the most important person in his life and she disappeared. The context of that — I get it, I get his reaction. It's totally understandable. I was happy for him. [Laughs] Does that sound weird? I'm happy he shot her. It was almost like he was waiting for that moment but didn't know it.
He shot to kill!
Enoch: Yeah! Well, in my mind, I'm like, "Fair enough." Why wouldn't he after all she's done? He already suspected she was up to something. It was definitely meant to kill her.
I'm assuming the answer is no, but is there a part of him that thinks maybe Annalise is lying about Rebecca being dead and only did it to get him to shoot her?
Enoch: I don't think he thinks she's lying. He suspects her anyway. He's got a lot of evidence, for lack of a better word, that leads him to suspect her — all the previous stuff, covering things up and various nefarious things. So I don't think he doubts that. He's just kept off his suspicions long enough, so in that moment, it's like, "Yeah, OK, of course."
What was your reaction to the Christophe reveal? Did they give you any clue as to what Wes and Annalise's history was at all?
Enoch: Not really. That's something we've had a conversation or two about something being there. [Executive producer Pete Nowalk] and I had talked a little bit about it, just as things unfolded over time. That's still very much being played out and I don't know too much about it. When I read it, I thought it was interesting and it's the kind of thing you instantly want to know more about.
The implication is that Eve and Annalise had something to do with his mom's death, whether or not they killed her or just covered it up.
Enoch: I haven't seen the episode to see how that's played, but what I got from it reading it, it implies Annalise was involved with his mom in some way. I do not know what that is. I'm not sure if they've shot more [of the flashback scenes], but there will definitely be more of those. That will be explored, I'm guessing, over the next half of the season.
I feel like Christophe could've killed his mom. Mini sociopath.
Enoch: Oh, wow. Your guess is as good as mine! I guess I would be surprised, but given whatever circumstances, anything is possible.
Wes seemed stunned when Annalise said "Christophe." Is it safe to say he wasn't aware of who she was or that she knew about his past?
Enoch: Yeah, I think he definitely didn't know anything about that even though he knows about his own past. That's something he's going to want resolution about. How does she know? What the hell is the deal there? That opens another can of worms between the two of them. There's a fair share of those and now there's another one in play. What is the nature of their relationship before he knew anything about it?
What is his relationship with Annalise going to be like now? He shot to kill, she's not dead and he finds out she knows about his past.
Enoch: I'm kind of waiting to find out! That's a tricky thing to come back from after you shoot someone. It puts them in a difficult spot in terms of where they're at. I don't think he trusts her at all still, so I think he'll be wary of what she says and does. Maybe he'll do some digging of his own. I'm curious to see how that relationship changes. And from her end, is she angry he tried to kill her?
What is Wes' state of mind going to be when the show returns? Is he going to feel remorse for shooting her?
Enoch: I think he has to try and recover from everything that's happened. Presumably, he's gonna want answers. But this type of stress adds up. He's dealing with the consequences of what he's done over the past year, the betrayal of others. If he finds out certain things about Annalise in his past, that can affect him and his actions greatly.
What about the state of the Keating 5? Will they get closer from all of this or become more fractured? Only Laurel knows he shot Annalise.
Enoch: I only have one episode more information than you and I don't know how much I can say about that, but there's some stuff. That can be the teaser. Sorry! I have to pass.
What has it been like for you playing Wes knowing that he and Annalise have some sort of bond and history, but now knowing what that was?
Enoch: That's kind of the nature of the show. You have those scenes from the night of the murder and a lot of them take place after Sinclair's been killed, and they know what happened with that, and Annalise's been shot. But I didn't know Wes did it until I got the script. That's kind of part and parcel of the whole thing. That would be a lot harder to deal with if it weren't for the fact that Wes didn't know either. So from that perspective, that's not overly problematic because it's nothing that I should have played differently had I known. That doesn't distress me too much. But it's interesting. There are questions about it. People have always been like, "What's that relationship? What's going on?" It's cool that that will finally be explored.
How to Get Away with Murder returns Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10/9c on ABC.