How to Get Away with Murder (season 5)

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How to Get Away with Murder (season 5)
How to Get Away with Murder season 5 poster.jpg
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes9
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2018 (2018-09-27) – present (present)
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List of How to Get Away with Murder episodes

The fifth season of the American legal drama television series How to Get Away with Murder revolves around criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating after her class action was accepted, earning back her notoriety within the law field, as well as her personal life's setbacks. The season is produced by Shondaland and NoWalk Entertainment in association with ABC Studios, with Peter Nowalk serving as the showrunner. The season premiered on September 27, 2018.

Cast and characters[edit]




  • Mia Katigbak as Joanna Hampton
  • Heidi Sulzman as Molly Keener
  • Tom Verica as Sam Keating
  • Dante Verica as young Gabriel Maddox
  • Famke Janssen as Eve Rothlo


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
611"Your Funeral"Stephen CraggPeter NowalkSeptember 27, 2018 (2018-09-27)2.93[5]

As Connor Walsh, Michaela Pratt, Asher Millstone and Laurel Castillo start their third year at law school, Annalise Keating returns to teaching part-time for the Advanced Trial Skills class, selecting twenty four new students to help her retry old cases for her class action suit. Following her win at the Supreme Court, Annalise also starts working at Caplan & Gold after receiving multiple job offers, working aside Tegan and the new manager, Emmett Crawford. Meanwhile, Bonnie gets closer to A.D.A. Miller in an attempt to find out how much he knows about the group, as Nate investigates Bonnie's child, whom she thought was dead but it's confirmed that he's alive. At the same time, new second year student Gabriel Maddox impresses Annalise and is chosen as one of the twenty four students to help her with the case load, while Asher gets left out. Oliver, Connor, Michaela and Laurel move in together in a new house, and Frank starts suspecting Gabriel's own reasons for being at Middleton.

Flashforward: Three months later, Annalise is dancing on the floor of Connor and Oliver's wedding when she spots Frank across the room. She asks him why he looks like someone died, and his response results in her slapping him. Outside the wedding tent, an unknown bleeding person walks towards the wedding, and falls on the snow. Later, baby Christopher is shown crying and sitting on the snow close by, and Bonnie walks in to suffocate this person with her bare hands.
622"Whose Blood Is That?"Mike SmithSarah L. ThompsonOctober 4, 2018 (2018-10-04)3.02[6]

Annalise takes on her first client from the class action suit, with Michaela working on the case too. Emmett starts to get a closer look to Annalise's class and students, finding out that Laurel Castillo is working on the clinic. Tegan is afraid that with Michaela and Laurel working there, everyone will find out she was the "Jane Doe" who exposed Jorge; so Laurel tells Emmett that her mother must have been the one who exposed Jorge since she has disappeared after he went to jail. Thankfully, Tegan gets Christopher into Caplan & Gold daycare. In the meantime, Asher lands a job on the D.A.'s office after stalking A.D.A. Miller and Bonnie herself. Frank continues to investigate Gabriel, and gets him to move into Rebecca's old apartment, where he has cameras installed; Nate goes to an agency and finds that a woman who looks similar to Bonnie stealing her baby.

Flashforward: Two and a half months later, Bonnie runs through the snow with Christopher to the bathroom, where she cleans his face. Michaela and Laurel enter the bathroom, asking her about Nate. After Laurel gets out of the bathroom with Christopher, Michaela asks her whose blood is on her leg.
633"The Baby Was Never Dead"Valerie WeissErika HarrisonOctober 11, 2018 (2018-10-11)3.22[7]

Annalise and Emmett take on a wealthy client who is accused of killing his work partner, and the D.A. in charge of the case is Ronald Miller. During the case, Asher reveals to Miller that he and Bonnie used to date. In the meantime, the governor continues to threaten Annalise's class action suit, by forcing everyone in Annalise's class into an ethics exam. Frank continues to investigate Gabriel, and finds a fake ID and a hard drive among his things; and Oliver finds out Frank's investigating Gabriel. Nate finds the nurse who worked on the shift when Bonnie's baby was stolen, and it seems like Bonnie is the one who took him. When he finally brings this to Annalise, she tells him that the woman on the picture is actually Bonnie's sister.

Flashforward: Two months later, Michaela asks Bonnie whose blood is on her leg, and Bonnie tells her that she cut herself shaving. Later, at the party, the DJ calls the grooms to center stage. Connor walks in with bruises on his face and asks if anyone has seen his husband. Michaela looks across the room at Bonnie.
644"It's Her Kid"Cherie NowlanMaisha ClossonOctober 18, 2018 (2018-10-18)2.74[8]

After Nate confronts Annalise about Bonnie's past, he asks her to tell Bonnie that her child may be alive. She hesitates to do so, while she tries to obtain permission to argue insanity in Nate Sr.'s case. Emmett tries to sign a new rich client with the help of Tegan, who tests Michaela's ambition by having her attempt to develop a blackmail ploy to force the client to sign. Connor discovers that Annalise did help him to get back into Middleton, and he later confronts her about it, causing her to make Gabriel, rather than Connor, second chair for Nate Sr.'s case. Oliver confronts Frank about hacking Gabriel, and both he and Laurel start investigating on their own. Eventually, Annalise tells Bonnie about the file that Denver had on her, and how Nate discovered her child may be alive.

Flashforward: One and a half months later, Michaela unsuccessfully tries to reach Nate on his phone, which is in Bonnie's possession. She leaves a message telling him to call her back while Connor and Laurel start worrying about finding Oliver. Back at her apartment, a dazed Annalise collapses on the floor in anguish.
655"It Was the Worst Day of My Life"Laura InnesMichael RussoOctober 25, 2018 (2018-10-25)2.93[9]

Annalise asks her students what they think she did wrong on court on Nate Sr.'s trial that they could not win just yet. As the students start to analyze what they could have done wrong, we see the trial unfold as they change their strategies constantly. In the meantime, Bonnie reflects about her child, and she finally tells Miller a part of her dark past. At the end, Laurel confronts Frank about spying on Gabriel and who is he; Bonnie goes to her sister's house to get answers.

Flashforward: The night of the wedding, Connor looks for Oliver outside on the parking lot. There, as he starts to panic, he finds his mom and Asher together.
666"We Can Find Him"Jonathan BrownTess LeibowitzNovember 1, 2018 (2018-11-01)2.86[10]

Governor Lynne Birkhead offers Annalise a plan for her to work with her to implement a "Fair Defense Project". Though it would require her to leave her job at Caplan & Gold. Bonnie talks with her sister Julie, who admits that she did take the baby. Julie later reveals that she ran with the baby and apparently buried him in the woods. Connor's and Oliver's mothers visit their sons in preparation for the wedding, and Oliver finally comes clean with his mom about being HIV positive. Laurel keeps her secrets. To Emmett's dismay, Annalise takes the governor's deal to get Nate Sr. pardoned and out of the mental facility, but he is shot and killed before being released from prison.

Flashforward: One month later, With an engagement ring in a velvet box in his hands, Miller texts Bonnie outside of the wedding, and asks her to meet him so they can talk.
677"I Got Played"Eric LaneuvilleMaya GoldsmithNovember 8, 2018 (2018-11-08)3.02[11]

Nate Sr.'s death is ruled a justifiable homicide, since he allegedly attacked one of the guards during his transport. Annalise believes that the governor is playing her. This is confirmed when the governor informs Annalise that the Pennsylvania Fair Defense Project will not be going forward. As a result, Annalise gets Tegan to help her get her job back at Caplan & Gold. Connor and Oliver secure a church and a minister for the wedding, and Connor is involved in a fight with a homophobic man after defending Oliver. Gabriel suspiciously tries to get closer to Michaela, and later the two have sex. Laurel and Frank continue spying on Gabriel, which Bonnie later finds out.

Flashforward: On the night of Connor and Oliver's wedding someone sees Bonnie suffocating the unknown bleeding person on the snow, who seems to be shocked. After finishing, Bonnie tells this person to take the victim's car and his/her body and drive away, saying they will figure out the rest as they go.
688"I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die"Stephen CraggJoe FazzioNovember 15, 2018 (2018-11-15)3.13[12]
As everyone gets ready for the wedding, Connor and Oliver finally get married. Michaela looks more into Nate Sr.'s death, as well as Annalise and Nate, but she finds something that makes it apparent that Miller made the call to the warden of the prison on the night of Nate Sr.'s death, presumably under the governor's orders. Blaming Miller for his father's death, Nate savagely beats him outside of the wedding tent. Bonnie finds them both and finishes the job by smothering Miller to death, then orders Nate to dispose of the body. Frank finds that Gabriel knows who he is. He goes to Annalise at the wedding reception and reveals that Gabriel is the son of her late husband Sam Keating, the product of one of Sam's affairs. She slaps him and goes home, where she finds that Gabriel has let himself into her apartment.
699"He Betrayed Us Both"John TerleskyDaniel RobinsonJanuary 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)2.84[13]
7010"Don't Go Dark on Me"[14]Cherie NowlanSara Rose FeinbergJanuary 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)TBD
7111"Be the Martyr"[15]Alrick RileyMatthew CruzJanuary 31, 2019 (2019-01-31)TBD
7212"We Know Everything"[16]Jennifer GetzingerMichael Russo & Sarah L. ThompsonFebruary 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)TBD



How to Get Away with Murder was renewed by ABC for a fifth season on May 11, 2018,[17] to premiere on September 27, 2018.[18] The season will most likely consist of fifteen episodes due to a deal made with Davis that the series would have only 15 or 16 episodes per season.[19][20] In July 2018, series creator and showrunner Peter Nowalk told Deadline Hollywood his plans for the fifth season, confirming that the wedding between Jack Falahee and Conrad Ricamora's characters would take place, as well as a flashback episode further exploring the marriage between Viola Davis and Tom Verica's characters Annalise and Sam Keating. Additionally, he stated that the season's flashforwards are expected to be "twisty, and more fun," and totally different.[21]


In June 2018, Rome Flynn was promoted to the series' main cast after appearing in a guest capacity in the fourth-season finale.[1] In July 2018, Amirah Vann was promoted to the series' main cast after recurring in the fourth season.[2] Later that month, Timothy Hutton joined the main cast.[3][4]


The first table read took place on July 13, 2018.[22] Filming for the season started on July 19, 2018.[23]



No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Your Funeral" September 27, 2018 0.8/4 2.93[5] 1.0 2.58 1.8 5.51[24]
2 "Whose Blood Is That?" October 4, 2018 0.8/4 3.02[6] 0.8 2.30 1.6 5.32[25]
3 "The Baby Was Never Dead" October 11, 2018 0.8/4 3.28[7] 0.9 2.31 1.7 5.59[26]
4 "It's Her Kid" October 18, 2018 0.7/3 2.74[8] 0.8 2.36 1.5 5.10[27]
5 "It Was the Worst Day of My Life" October 25, 2018 0.7/3 2.93[9] 0.9 2.29 1.6 5.23[28]
6 "We Can Find Him" November 1, 2018 0.8/3 2.86[10] 0.8 2.34 1.6 5.21[29]
7 "I Got Played" November 8, 2018 0.7/3 3.02[11] 0.9 2.32 1.6 5.34[30]
8 "I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die" November 15, 2018 0.8/3 3.13[12] 0.9 2.38 1.7 5.51[31]
9 "He Betrayed Us Both" January 17, 2019 0.7/3 2.84[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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