"Anna Mae" is the 30th episode overall of How to Get Away with Murder, and the Season 2 finale.


With chaos surrounding Annalise, she just can’t stand the pressure anymore and needs to escape. Meanwhile, Frank must come to terms with the things he has done while Wes continues to get closer to finding out about his past.[2]


Notes and TriviaEdit

Notes Edit

  • This episode scored 5.29 million viewers.
  • According to the following episode, this episode takes place during May 2015.
  • Part of the reason the Season 2 finale took place at Annalise's mother's house is because of the demand for Cicely Tyson's return (the actress who plays Ophelia). Nowalk claims the question of when Tyson would come back was one of the most asked questions from the first season: "For me, it was just figuring out a real reason why she would return, but also, we're literally just working on Cicely's schedule." Once they found out Tyson's available dates were around the time of the finale, this triggered the idea of taking the finale out of Philadelphia.[3]
  • Nowalk described writing this part of the finale as "really hard [...] like creating a whole new world", and relied on Davis's help to flesh out the characters. For example, Davis recommended actors Gwendolyn Mulamba and Roger Robinson, who play her sister, Celestine Harkness and father, Mac Harkness.[3]
  • Although he had no idea how Davis would deliver the "he needs to go" line, which Annalise says to Bonnie, Nowalk insists she "did it perfectly". It's yet to be revealed whether Annalise meant murdering Frank, but the line was purposely written to be ambiguous.[3]
  • The writers weren't 100% sure that Caleb would be the murderer of his parents because Nowalk feared it would be "too obvious". "That is something we went back and forth with a million times and it just felt like the best answer as we came up to it."[3]


  • During Annalise’s stay back at her old home with her family, various people call her "Anna Mae", the most it seems is her mother, Ophelia.


Song Artist Scene
"I'll Be There" Franciene Thomas Celestine breaks the tension of the dinner by turning it into a party; Annalise begins to zone out as Ophelia begins to lecture her then goes and dances with Nate and her family leaving her parents.
"Chevrotain" Dawn Golden Annalise buries a home-going for Sam Jr. with her mother, then breaks down in her mothers lap.
"Back to the Start" Digital Daggers Annalise tells Denver that Caleb is the killer then gives him evidence from both Philip & Catherine; Philip turns himself in; Bonnie sides the Keating 5, Oliver & Frank home; Caleb lies dead in a tub.
"Too Bright" Perfume Genius Montage played throughout the last 5 minutes of the episode.
"Insomnia" IAMX Asher and Michaela hooking up.



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