‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Season 6 Episode 5 sees Tegan Price in a new light as she strays from her character
Classic to most Shonda Rhimes creations, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ also has been successful in portraying strong, powerful, female protagonists, who are so all-encompassing that you would never feel the lack of any male characters. Whether it’s the star of the show, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) or her mentees like Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) or Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), HTGAWM revolves around women who are bold, confident and never back down.
When Tegan Price (Amirah Vann) entered the show in season 4, we weren’t sure what to expect from her character. Was she just another ‘off again, on again’ woman who is either a positive or a negative influence on the plot? Or was there going to be more to her role? Eventually, our questions were answered in season 5, when we saw her ambitions come to light. She came across as the typical ‘boss lady’ who can be manipulative and malicious in leaving no stone unturned to fulfill her career goals.
However, season 6 started to break that image and we saw a friend and confidante in her, as she slowly started to extend a friendly hand to Annalise when she was recovering from her alcoholism by supporting her in her work, and being there as a friend. But for us, her character’s reached its high point with episode 5.
Tegan Price was vulnerable. Much to our surprise and completely unexpected, we saw a woman of grit, power, and prestige, break down when it came to matters of the heart. We have been so used to seeing her being bold and courageous; it was a little hard to come to terms with her sensitive self. And yet, it was touching. When Tegan finally decides to sever her marriage with Cora and breaks down, heading to none other than Annalise, it reflected a humane side to her otherwise gritty nature. You usually never expect a woman of her nature to seek a shoulder when she's down. But Price does.
She visits Annalise, who she considers a friend in need. Tegan gets drunk and pours her heart out to Annalise, albeit owing to her emotional attachment, she might have developed recently. She doesn’t hold herself back and the two almost have a moment.
There are a lot of notions about what a ‘strong, independent woman’ is supposed to be. The biggest misconception revolves around the fact that because they act strong, they lack emotions and sensitivity. And HTGAWM breaks that stereotype, every time, about every character, and that is one of the best things that keeps us hooked to this show.