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How to Get Away with Murder Returns with Bisexual Twist

How to Get Away with Murder Returns with Bisexual Twist

How to Get Away with Murder Returns with Bisexual Twist

Shondaland has returned to rule our Thursdays, and there's no shortage of LGBT drama in the new season of How to Get Away with Murder. Warning: Spoilers ahead! 


Showrunner Shonda Rhimes returned last night to reclaim her throne as TV's reigning drama queen, with her Thursday trifecta — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away with Murder.

All three shows, which air on ABC, launched new seasons last night, and fresh off her historic Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, LGBT ally Viola Davis reintroduced fans to professor Annalise Keating, the multifaceted protagonist of How To Get Away With Murder.

Fans gleaned a clearer look into Annalise's past, including (spoiler alert!) the revelation that Professor Keating has had female lovers. Early in the episode, viewers see Annalise lock lips with her unnamed ex-girlfriend, played by Famke Janssen. Janssen's character is a friend of Annalise's from law school, who turns up to help Annalise's on-again, off-again boyfriend and former cop, who Annalise framed for the murder of her husband at the end of last season.

Shortly after reminiscing about their past, Davis and Janssen's characters take the nostalgia into their own hands — or lips, as it were. 

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The new bisexual storyline tracks with Rhimes's commitment to “normalizing television” by featuring LGBT characters, strong female leads, and characters of color and size at the center of the action. Last year, the Human Rights Campaign honored Rhimes with an award for diversity — prompting Rhimes to announce in her acceptance speech that she actually dislikes the word, as it automatically defines marginalized groups as "other."

"I really hate the word 'diversity," Rhimes said at the Los Angeles HRC gala where she recieved the award. "It suggests something … other. As if it is something special, or rare. Diversity! As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and LGBTQ characters on TV. I have a different word: normalizing. I’m normalizing TV. I am making TV look like the world looks. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, equal way more than 50 percent of the population. Which means it ain’t out of the ordinary."

Indeed, Rhimes's shows have always included a diverse cast in terms of race, gender, and sexual orientation. The season premiere of Grey's Anatomy saw bisexual ortho doc Callie (Sara Ramirez) facing off with homophobic parents set to send their queer daughter to conversion therapy camp. 

Watch the full scene between Annalise and Eve below. It's a little grainy, but you get the point! 



Shondaland begins every Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.


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