'How to Get Away with Murder' season 6: Release date, cast, plot and everything else you need to know about the ABC crime thriller

'How to Get Away with Murder' season 6: Release date, cast, plot and everything else you need to know about the ABC crime thriller

'How to Get Away with Murder' has been renewed for a sixth season by ABC. Starring Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, a Philadelphia law professor who, as the title suggests, has to put theory into practice when she and her students become entangled in a murder plot. 

While the fifth season garnered lesser ratings than its previous two outings, the end was such that a sixth installment was needed to take the story forward. Last we saw, Baby Christopher and Laurel are gone. Emmett Crawford was shown poisoned. Here's what we know about the sixth season so far.

Release date:

Much akin to the first five seasons, season 6, which was renewed in May is most likely to hit the screens in the last week of September. The show has spanned 75 episodes so far.

Season 5 recap:

Season 5 ended with a cliffhanger as we saw Xavier Castillo (Gerardo Celasco ) convince Nate (Billy Brown ) to let him take his case making the latter suspicious. Meanwhile, Laurel (Karla Souza) is convinced that her father was behind all the recent developments.

Frank Delfino (Charles Weber) continues his investigation into the death of Nate Sr. to see if Ron Miller (John Hensley) was involved and exonerates him once it is revealed that Xavier was the mastermind behind Nate Sr.'s death.

Emmet (Timothy Hutton) is shown to run for DA after being released by the FBI, who had earlier taken him to custody in connection with the Nate Sr. death. But in the last few minutes of the episode, he is shown to be lying on the floor gasping for air, after having a drink in his office.

Annalise and Laurel later come out of Xavier's office when the latter thanks Annalise for all the help she has done. A few moments later, while Annalise hears about Emmett and tries to sort out the situation, it is shown that Laurel and her son have disappeared. 


While the creators are pretty tight-lipped with the plot of the upcoming season, the fifth season left plenty of loose ends that had to be tied up. The first of it would be to explain if Emmett makes it alive after he was shown convulsing and clutching his heart after a drink in his office in the final episode, 'Please Say No One Else Is Dead'. 


And what of the mysterious disappearances of Laurel and Christopher? While the last episode was written by Joe Fazzio, Nowalk, the writer for the previous four seasons added that the season finale was written such that it would make way for a potential sixth season. 

Laurel's disappearance will most likely be explained in the sixth season. (IMDb)


Peter Nowalk will be back as the series creator and showrunner, and it remains to be seen if Fazzio returns to write any of the episodes in the latest installment.


Viola Davis will be back to sort out the pressing issues at hand. Yet again. Billy Brown as Nate Lahey, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino, Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom, Glynn Turman as Nate Lahey Sr., Elizabeth Morton as Julie Winterbottom, Laura Innes as Lynne Birkhead, Cynthia Stevenson as Pam Walsh, Melinda Page Hamilton as Claire Telesco and Terrell Clayton as Jeffrey Sykes will all return as the main characters. 


Amirah Vann, Rome Flynn and Timothy Hutton who play Tegan Price, Gabriel and Emmett Crawford joined as series regulars in season five.


While there is no official trailer yet for the sixth season, we'll keep you posted when it comes in. Watch this space for more updates about 'How to Get Away with Murder' Season 6.


A day after it was revealed by Netflix that the first of the Shondaland series under Shonda Rhimes' deal with the streaming giant will release in 2020, ABC announced 'How To Get Away With Murder' will end its run with season 6 on July 11. Rhimes, who has been with the studio for over a decade now will still have her collaborations such as 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Station 19' continue.

It is unclear how the latter will proceed even as Rhimes dives deep into her projects for Netflix, one of which is 'Bridgerton' starring Julie Andrews. Rhimes' other titles for ABC such as 'Scandal' and 'For the People' concluded its run last year.


If you liked 'How to Get Away with Murder', then you will also like:

'Suits', 'Dexter' and 'Criminal Minds'.

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