- More flashbacks involving Sam and Annalise's marriage.
- Annalise's class action lawsuit storyline will continue. "Some" of the season will be looking at the retrying of the cases involved in her class action.
- According to an article when Amirah Vann was promoted, her character Tegan Price, will make the character's lives more complicated.
- Emmett Crawford will play a major part in Annalise' "new life," following her Supreme Court victory.
- Peter Nowalk teased the possibility which Vivian Maddox could appear.
- Cicely Tyson will reprise her role as Ophelia Harkness, spending the holidays with Annalise.
Season 5 picks up after Annalise’s (Viola Davis) class action victory in the Supreme Court, with Michaela (Aja Naomi King), Connor (Jack Falahee), Asher (Matt McGorry) and Laurel (Karla Souza) moving on with the next chapter of their lives. Per ABC’s logline: a new mystery involving one of their own will unfold, as relationships are fractured and new secrets are exposed.
Created and executive produced by Peter Nowalk (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy), How to Get Away with Murder stars Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Detective Nate Lahey, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino, Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom and Conrad Ricamora as Oliver Hampton. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Stephen Cragg serve as executive producers.
- Viola Davis - Annalise Keating (11/15)
- Billy Brown - Nate Lahey (11/15)
- Jack Falahee - Connor Walsh (11/15)
- Rome Flynn - Gabriel Maddox (11/15)
- Aja Naomi King - Michaela Pratt (11/15)
- Matt McGorry - Asher Millstone (11/15)
- Conrad Ricamora - Oliver Hampton (11/15)
- Karla Souza - Laurel Castillo (11/15)
- Amirah Vann - Tegan Price (8/15)
- Charlie Weber - Frank Delfino (11/15)
- Liza Weil - A.D.A. Bonnie Winterbottom (11/15)
- and Timothy Hutton - Emmett Crawford (8/15)
- John Hensley - Interim D.A. Ronald Miller (9*/15)
- Tamberla Perry - Theresa Hoff (4/15)
- Elizabeth Morton - Julie Winterbottom (3/15)
- Glynn Turman - Nate Lahey, Sr. (3/15)
- Laura Innes - Governor Lynne Birkhead (3/15)
- Cynthia Stevenson - Pam Walsh (3/15)
- Mia Katigbak - Joanna Hampton (2/15)
- Heidi Sulzman - Minister Molly Keener (2/15)
- Tom Verica - Sam Keating (2/15)
- Famke Janssen - Eve Rothlo (2/15)
- Melinda Page Hamilton - Agent Claire Telesco (2/15)
- Tess Lina - Ricki (2/15)
Note: "*" denotes character appears only as a voice in "Don't Go Dark on Me".
- Mimi Rogers - Natalia Wright
- Amato D'Apolito - Richard Summers
- Lawrence A. Mandley - Quentin
- Rif Hutton - Priest
- Molly Hagan - A.D.A. Nancy Montoya
- James Allen McCune - Josh Bathurst
- Ramona DuBarry - Nanda Hashim
- Deborah Geffner - Jillian
- Matt Orduña - Mitch Donaldson
- Rachae Thomas - Liz
- Mark Harelik - Niles Harrington
- Rondi Reed - Judge Victoria Harper
- Dendrie Taylor - Eileen Colterman
- Alyson Reed - Panel Judge 2
- Elisa Perry - Doris Reid
- Liz Burnette - Bethany Harrington
- Kim Estes - Panel Judge 1
- Atkins Estimond - Otis
- Freda Foh Shen - Dr. Phillips
- Susan Angelo - Ruth Stevenson
- Teddy Sears - Dr. Abe Charmagne
- Joseph C. Phillips - Prosecutor Alvin Cox
- James Ortlieb - Judge Dennis Cruz
- Lisa Kaminir - Dr. Maureen Groff
- Teya Patt - C.O. Paula Gladden
- D.W. Moffett - Jeff Walsh
- Jim Abele - Ted Walsh
- Elayn J. Taylor - Gwen
- Dave Shalansky - A.D.A. Seth Keough
- Andi Chapman - Peggy
- Joshua Elijah Reese - Online Preacher
- Joy Benedict - Desk Reporter
- Terrell Clayton - TBA
- Louise Lombard - Nora
- William R. Moses - Agent Lanford
- Sumalee Montano - Agent Nancy Bayer
- Ron Bottitta - Pierce Jensen
- Christian Benz Belnavis - Evidence Officer
- Main article: Season 5/Minor Characters
- Jasmyne Jones - Baby Christopher (11/15)
- Adrianna Jones - Baby Christopher (11/15)
- Jessica Marie Garcia - Rhonda Navarro (4/15)
- Matthew Alan Brady - Cody (2/15)
- Julienne Irons - Paige (2/15)
- Albert Malafronte - Judge Erwin Coughlin (1/15)
- Violet Hicks - Skyler Winterbottom (1/15)
- Jennifer Christopher - Gemma Walsh (1/15)
- Dante Verica - Young Gabriel Maddox (1/15)
- Peter Nowalk ("Your Funeral")
- Sarah L. Thompson ("Whose Blood Is That?", "We Know Everything")
- Erika Harrison ("The Baby Was Never Dead")
- Maisha Closson ("It's Her Kid")
- Michael Russo ("It Was the Worst Day of My Life", "We Know Everything")
- Tess Leibowitz ("We Can Find Him")
- Maya Goldsmith ("I Got Played")
- Joe Fazzio ("I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die")
- Daniel Robinson ("He Betrayed Us Both")
- Sara Rose Feinberg ("Don't Go Dark on Me")
- Matthew Cruz ("Be the Martyr")
- Stephen Cragg ("Your Funeral", "I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die")
- Mike Smith ("Whose Blood Is That?")
- Valerie Weiss ("The Baby Was Never Dead")
- Cherie Nowlan ("It's Her Kid")
- Laura Innes ("It Was the Worst Day of My Life")
- Jonathan Brown ("We Can Find Him")
- Eric Laneuville ("I Got Played")
- John Terlesky ("He Betrayed Us Both")
- Cherie Nowlan ("Don't Go Dark on Me")
- Alrick Riley ("Be the Martyr")
- Jennifer Getzinger ("We Know Everything")
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Airdate||Viewers (mill)|
|1||"Your Funeral"||Stephen Cragg||Pete Nowalk||September 27, 2018||2.93|
|Annalise selects students for her new legal clinic at Middleton and juggles job offers from competing firms, all while the Keating 4 attempt to move on from last semester’s turmoil. And in a startling flash-forward, a new mystery is introduced and it shakes things up for everyone.|
|2||"Whose Blood Is That?"||Mike Smith||Sarah L. Thompson||October 4, 2018||3.02|
|Annalise preps to defend her first class action plaintiff and adjusts to the politics of the new job; Frank is suspicious of Gabriel and does some investigating of his own; Asher complicates Bonnie's new life away from Annalise.|
|3||"The Baby Was Never Dead"||Valerie Weiss||Erika Harrison||October 11, 2018||3.28|
|Annalise and Emmett defend a wealthy CEO accused of killing his business partner, while the governor goes after Annalise and puts her new caseload and legal clinic in jeopardy. Bonnie struggles to accept her budding romance, and Asher tries to outmaneuver his old mentor.|
|4||"It's Her Kid"||Cherie Nowlan||Maisha Closson||October 18, 2018||2.74|
|Annalise and Nate look to get Nate’s dad a psych evaluation so that they can have his murder case retried under an insanity plea. Meanwhile, Michaela works overtime to convince Tegan to give her a chance to earn her trust back, and Bonnie gets an offer she mulls over.|
|5||"It Was the Worst Day of My Life"||Laura Innes||Michael Russo||October 25, 2018||2.93|
|After Annalise chooses Gabriel as her second chair, the unexpected duo puts all of their efforts into Nate Sr.’s murder re-trial as they try to convince a jury to grant an insanity plea. Meanwhile, Bonnie struggles to rebound after a dark part of her past resurfaces.|
|6||"We Can Find Him"||Jonathan Brown||Tess Leibowitz||November 1, 2018||2.91|
|Annalise receives a call from Governor Birkhead, and she’s forced to weigh an interesting offer, while Bonnie reunites with her sister looking for answers from what happened years ago. Connor and Oliver try to keep their cool while their mothers are in town helping with wedding plans, and Tegan surprisingly enlists Laurel’s help on a big case at the firm.|
|7||"I Got Played"||Eric Laneuville||Maya Goldsmith||November 8, 2018||3.02|
|Connor and Oliver attempt to secure a church for their wedding to appease their moms. Meanwhile, Annalise and Nate continue their quest for justice in the face of endless obstacles and grave circumstances, and Annalise begins to doubt the governor’s dedication to her cause.|
|8||"I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die"||Stephen Cragg||Joe Fazzio||November 15, 2018||3.13|
|In the explosive winter finale, Connor and Oliver's big wedding day has arrived, but there's murder in the air; and the mystery of who the unlucky victim is will be revealed.|
|9||"He Betrayed Us Both"||John Terlesky||Daniel Robinson||January 17, 2019||2.84|
|Now that Connor and Oliver have tied the knot, the crew must deal with the consequences of the wedding night’s murder; and Annalise is forced to reckon with secrets from her past.|
|10||"Don't Go Dark on Me"||Cherie Nowlan||Sara Rose Feinberg||January 24, 2019||2.74|
|As the investigation into Miller’s murder intensifies, Bonnie and Nate formulate their alibis while Annalise devises a plan to ensure Gabriel never learns the truth about his father.|
|11||"Be the Martyr"||Alrick Riley||Matthew Cruz||January 31, 2019||TBD|
|Nate is on a mission to prove he was right about the culprit in his father’s murder, while Bonnie begins to doubt herself; and Annalise turns the tables in the courtroom.|
|12||"We Know Everything"||Jennifer Getzinger||Michael Russo & Sarah L. Thompson||Fabruary 7, 2019||TBD|
|Nate and Annalise both need to keep Gabriel close to ensure their secrets stay hidden.|
|13||"Where Are Your Parents?"||TBA||TBA||Fabruary 14, 2019||TBD|
|14||"Make Me the Enemy"||TBA||TBA||Fabruary 21, 2019||TBD|
|15||"Please Say No One Else Is Dead"||Stephen Cragg||Joe Fazzio||Fabruary 28, 2019||TBD|
Notes and Trivia
- Continuing with TGIT, How to Get Away With Murder will air once again on Thursdays at 10pm.
- According to Pete Nowalk's Instagram story, production on season 5 begun around May 14, 2018.
- Filming is set to start on July 9, 2018, according to a source from Conrad Ricamora. However, this was proven false when another source said that filming wouldn’t begin until July 19, 2018 and conclude on February 15, 2019.
- Rome Flynn, the actor who portrays Gabriel Maddox, was promoted to series regular this season after his initial guest appearance in the Season 4 finale, "Nobody Else Is Dying".
- Amirah Vann made the second actor to be promoted to main cast following Rome Flynn's promotion for season 5. This was announced on July 18, 2018; Vann was an actress who appeared in multiple episodes in the previous season as Tegan Price.
- Dispite Shonda Rhimes not paying as much attention to the show possibly due to her move to Netflix, meaning that she hasn’t taken part in the "day-to-day operations of the show for a while," she will remain as an executive producer for it’s fifth season.
- Timothy Hutton was the third actor to made a series regular this season, first announced on July 30, 2018. This brings the total amount to 14, with Hutton being the first addition to the main cast to have not previously served as a guest star.
- Though it was teased by various BTS photos from the cast, it was confirmed via the first episode's ("Your Funeral") press release that director Stephen Cragg has been promoted to Executive Producer alongside Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes and Peter Nowalk.