Last season, ABC's
How to Get Away With Murder
, left its fans reeling when it was revealed that Connor's on-again, off-again boyfriend Oliver was diagnosed with HIV. It was the twist that many fans didn't see coming, since Connor was the ultimate bad boy while nerdy-cute Oliver was the commitment type. It was shocking. It was refreshing. And it was the first time in a long time that the topic of HIV has been discussed on primetime television.
So fans and critics alike tuned in for last night's premiere to see what lies ahead for Connor and Oliver. As the storyline played out, the social media was set ablaze. It seems the discussion of PrEP had officially gone mainstream.
The season opener,
written by Nowalk
, had skirted the after-school vibe of HIV messaging, and instead it showed Connor and Oliver moving forward with their relationship.
Jack Falahee's Connor
, who was profoundly underdeveloped in the first season as the slutty, shameless gay character, shows depth and feeling in his interactions with Oliver. The two discuss sex and HIV in a way that many, if not most of
's audience surely have never seen before.
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, an opinion writer for
, had this to say:
"Oliver and Connor continue to be adorable together, and their discussions here about HIV and PrEP feel a lot more real and nuanced than in the first season. This episode really isn't playing around when it comes to smart writing about topics not typically brought up on network television."
Many AIDS service organizations and PrEP activists chimed in to champion this bold move by the TV series.
\u201c#HTGAWM and @shondarhimes educate audiences on #PrEP. Yes! HIV shouldn't stand in the way of love. #GreaterThanAIDS\u201d