How to Get Away with Murder may be coming to an end after Season 6, but there's still a hell of a lot of story to get through before that happens. One of the time bombs currently set to go off in the final season is Gabriel Maddox (Rome Flynn) and the undeniable certainty that he'll eventually find out that the Keating Five killed his father, Sam Keating (Tom Verica).
While the FBI seems to be closing in on Annalise (Viola Davis) and her merry band of murderers, it's still unclear just how much Gabriel knows about his father's demise and what he and his mother are hiding, but we're almost guaranteed to find out before all is said and done. According to Flynn, he's hoping that second shoe drops sooner rather than later.
"Sam has been a pivotal part of the storyline for many seasons, so I don't think they'll get away from that too much," Flynn told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "I hope, for me, where we reach a point where he finds out about his dad, obviously, and figures out what happened to him, but then we get the opportunity to see what happens next. I don't want it to be a situation where he finds out and we don't have enough time to tell the story about what happens after."
Those of us familiar with the How to Get Away with Murder formula for dropping major OMFG reveals know that this kind of bombshell is usually reserved for the midseason finale, leaving a smaller yet still sizable chunk of episodes in the spring to deal with the aftermath. Of course, given that it's the final season, all bets are off, so this reveal really could come at any time.
We agree with Flynn that watching the fallout of the realization that Gabriel has been playing nice with the people who got away with his father's murder will be juicier than any last-minute discovery, but the next question is what happens after that? How will Gabriel react to this kind of stunner?
"I think that, in Gabriel's mind, he's been very forward-thinking on law, and if you follow the law these people are guilty," Flynn said. "I think if he has the opportunity to [figure out] what happens, he's going to struggle with teetering [on] the line of the fact that he knows these people and maybe feels some sort of connection with them and then the other side of it, which is the law. He's kind of been a crusader before... I think that this season the playing field doesn't get even, but it does become a little bit more even when you figure out what Gabriel has done. You know the end of last season, you kind of figure out if he was a part of his mom's ex-boyfriend dying. We don't know if he did it on purpose just yet, so I think that once we find that out, maybe he'll feel like it wasn't so bad — not that they killed his dad but the other things that they've done."
If it turns out Gabriel accidentally killed his mom's ex, it's not hard to imagine he might be able to find it in himself to sympathize with the Keating Five killing Sam after he attacked them. Regardless, someone is bound to end up dead or in jail by the time the show is over, and you kind of have to hope it's not Gabriel. So far, he's really not done anything wrong.
How to Get Away with Murder returns Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c on ABC.