Why alfred enoch left htgawm?
After eight episodes of guessing who’s #UnderTheSheet, the unlucky victim on “How to Get Away With Murder” was revealed. This week’s midseason finale — aptly titled “Who’s Dead?”– answered exactly that.
So who’s dead? Wes is dead.
The shocking reveal came at the end of the episode, and came as a huge surprise to this writer — and likely to many “How to Get Away With Murder” viewers. With each episode this season revealing who is not dead, there were only a few options for who could be under the sheet, and while Wes (Alfred Enoch) was technically an option, his night-of-the-fire storyline was a bit murky in terms of the timeline, so most fans had their bets on Frank (Charlie Weber), Nate (Billy Brown), or Connor (Jack Falahee).
Throughout the episode, the DA (Milauna Jackson) was investigating Annalise (Viola Davis), and part of that investigation trailed back to Rebecca‘s (Katie Findlay) body being found in the woods. The detectives asked Wes about Rebecca, since he was dating her at the time she died. After Wes is in the interrogation room, Annalise calls him and tells him to come to her house immediately for something important. She also calls the rest of the group and asks them the same, but the only people that ended up coming to the house were Laurel (Karla Souza) and Nate — and apparently Wes, though the viewer did not see that.
Moments after Laurel and Nate walk into Annalise’s house, a giant explosion goes off, starting the massive house fire. At this point, the viewer knows that Laurel turns up in the hospital, so it’s a safe assumption that Nate is the one under the sheet. But then the scene shifts away from Annalise’s house, and someone is seen walking into the forensics room and it’s Nate — well and alive.
At that point, the viewer was hit with the hard realization that it was Wes under the sheet, and then his half-burned face was revealed.
As if that wasn’t enough of a shock, Nate then visited Annalise in jail and dropped a bombshell: Wes was already dead at the time of the fire.
Here, Alfred Enoch, who plays Wes, talks to Variety about his big on-screen death.
When did you find out that you would be killed off?
Pete told me around the seventh episode, so about a month and a half ago. I got a call from his assistant being like, “Hey can you come and talk to Pete?” And I was like, “This is it.” We were all in this state of uncertainty and nervous excitement. We were all anxious to find out. He told me and I went back and told everyone else — I told Pete that I’ve got to tell everyone else and he was like, “Of course you do.” We had time to let the shock set in.
What was your reaction? Did you have any theories that it would be Wes, or were you completely shocked?
In the couple of days leading up to it, I thought it could be Wes. Wes would be a good person to kill because it would be surprising, but also opens up the stories in many ways and affects so many characters. So I had kind of thought it could be him, but then Aja gave me a bunch of reasons why it couldn’t be Wes and she steered me away.
Did things change on set, once everyone found out you were being killed off?
It’s something that we’ve been dealing with awhile and known for about a month and a half, and it’s something we had to deal with first season when Rebecca died. It’s a difficult thing to lose one in the family.
Pete Nowalk told Variety that Wes will still be in the back-half of the season, since the big mystery will be all about who killed Wes. Do you know how much we will see you?
I don’t know. I just know I’m going to be in it. How exactly that will pan out and how much of the story is onward from the night of the fire and how much is backward from what happened that night is episode-to-episode. With each script, I’m just surprised episode-to-episode with what happens.
If the show is renewed for Season 4, do you know if you’ll still be a series regular? Or will you just be in minor flashback scenes?
I genuinely know nothing about that.
What do you think happened to Wes? Did someone kill him? Who killed him? Did he kill himself?
I do not think he killed himself. That had not even crossed my mind. I guess he’s got a lot of problems in his life and people who present a threat to him — potentially Frank, potentially Charles Mahoney. He obviously matters to Annalise so might not have anything to do with him. This is all entirely speculative, and I’m waiting to see where they go with that. I think that there are a lot of things that could come out of the blue. I kind of gave up on speculating what happens on the show .
I think most fans are guessing that Wes is the father to Laurel’s baby. What can you say about that?
I can say that it will become apparent in the first episode back. Beyond that, I wouldn’t want to ruin that for anyone. But his relationship with Laurel is very important — it’s developed over the course of the three seasons — she’s always been there for him when he had a problem and had to deal with it, she’s the one helping him through it and supporting it.
Laurel is obviously going to have a tough time dealing with Wes’ death, but how is the Keating Five going to go on from this? Now it’s the Keating Four!
Wes eventually becomes romantically entwined with Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), who reveals that she is pregnant with their child around the time of his death in a mysterious fire. This relationship is ultimately what led to the axing of Enoch's character.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Enoch said that although being on a limited TV series has always allowed him time to do other projects, he understood that creatively, the decision for his character’s demise made sense. And really, it’s almost surprising that he lasted this long.
This relationship is ultimately what led to the axing of Enoch’s character. His departure sent a ripple through the HTGAWM fanbase, upsetting those who weren’t yet ready to say goodbye to the character, and confusing viewers about the real reason for Enoch’s departure.
Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the loss, but the good news (if you can even call it that) is that Enoch isn’t gone for good just yet. According to the actor, the second half of the season will show viewers how Wes was killed and hopefully who killed him via flashbacks.
Alfred Lewis Enoch, also credited as Alfie Enoch (born 2 December 1988) is an British actor, best known for playing Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter film series and Wes Gibbins on the ABC legal drama television series How to Get Away with Murder .
With such an explicit title, viewers came in knowing that characters were going to die. What was less clear from the show’s premise was who would be murdered .
Alfred Enoch’s departure of How to Get Away with Murder was a creative not a professional decision. Wes’ death was one of the show’s most shocking and unexpected moments, leading to much speculation about why the character’s storyline had come to an abrupt end. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Enoch explained that …
In an interview with TVLine following the series’ cancellation and the finale, How to Get Away with Murder showrunner Peter Nowalk revealed bringing Wes back was never a legitimate possibility in the way that it was for other characters, like Sam or even Karla Souza’s Laurel .
When Wes fell in love with Laurel, who came from a powerful Mexican crime family, his passion for accountability threatened the family business, leading Laurel’s mom to put a hit out on him. The biggest question before Wes’ death was how someone who doesn’t want to get away with murder navigates life with people who do.
Wes and his then-love interest Rebecca broke into the Keatings’ home to find evidence of Sam’s role in the death of a female student. When Sam caught them, a struggle ensued before Annalise’s husband fell from a landing. But Sam re-emerged and attempted to kill Rebecca before Wes stopped him.
“It wasn’t set in stone until said he would do it,” Nowalk said. “And luckily, he was thrilled to do it. But yes, that was my pitch.
Alfred Enoch never returned to HTGAWM as Wes, but successfully predicted his appearance as Wes’ son. While Enoch’s time as Wes came to an end during season 3, it wasn’t the last time he appeared on the show.
In a new interview, Alfred admits that he’s known that he’d be killed off for close to two months. Pete told me around the seventh episode, so about a month and a half ago.
Wes, played by Alfred Enoch, is dead. If you watched the midseason finale of “How to Get Away With Murder,” which aired on Thursday, Nov. 17, then you witnessed one of the show’s favorite characters be killed off. In a new interview, Alfred admits that he’s known that he’d be killed off for close to two months.
He played Bainbridge, the Bloody Guardsman, in the Sherlock episode, ” The Sign of Three “. In 2014, Enoch was cast in the series regular role of Wes Gibbins in the ABC legal drama series, How to Get Away with Murder produced by Shonda Rhimes. In 2016, Enoch was cast as Edgar/Poor Tom in the well received Talawa Theatre Company and Manchester Royal Exchange co-production of King Lear, for which he won much praise for his characterisation and the physicality he brought to the roles.
Enoch was born in Westminster, London, to English actor William Russell and his second wife, Brazilian physician Balbina Gutierrez. He attended Westminster School, a well-known public (private) school in London. He is also fluent in Portuguese, and is pursuing a degree in Portuguese and Spanish at the Queen’s College, Oxford. In 2001 he was cast as Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. He appeared in seven of the eight Harry Potter films. Despite his character appearing several times in the part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on which the first Deathly Hallows film is based, Enoch only appeared in the final Deathly Hallows film, released in July 2011. He also voiced the character in the video game based on first part of the film.
He appeared in seven of the eight Harry Potter films. Despite his character appearing several times in the part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on which the first Deathly Hallows film is based, Enoch only appeared in the final Deathly Hallows film, released in July 2011.