It all started with a rim job. Or at least, that’s how the beginnings of Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver’s (Conrad Ricamora) romance is remembered among fans of ABC’s hit series, How to Get Away with Murder. Thirteen episodes later, the relationship has evolved into a complicated romance that goes deeper than the flick of a tongue.
“I think it’s basically about Connor’s circumstances,” creator Pete Nowalk says of the relationship’s evolution. “If that murder night with Sam [Keating] never happened, I’m not sure Connor would have thrown himself so fully at Oliver. In a weird way, murder has matured him.”
Now the two are attempting to rebuild a trust that was shattered by lies Connor told to protect Oliver from the truth of Sam’s murder and the circumstances that led him there. Unfortunately for fans of a sexually aggressive Connor that means no bedroom (or break room) action. Though, this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering Nowalk first told Out in October that he didn’t want this character to become marginalized or just have sex week to week.
“Whether that is forever that remains to be seen but, for right now, sex is almost the last thing on Connor’s mind,” Nowalk explains. “He feels so guilty and disgusted by his own actions and scared.”
While the state of their relationship remains messy and unclear, what’s for sure is Nowalk’s love for Falahee and Ricamora’s on-screen chemistry. And it’s that reason Oliver went from a character written for the pilot to Connor’s love interest. “They’re amazing actors,” Nowalk adds. “We’re just following his emotional impulses right now.”
Where those impulses will go for the second season is unknown for now, but Nowalk promises that Oliver plays a big part in the two-hour finale (that airs tonight, Feb. 26, on ABC) — which will finally reveal who killed Lila. And he even hints at a possible sexual reunion. “We left them in a very good place in [last week’s episode],” Nowalk teases. “There might be some physicality. I’ll say that.”
To read more from Nowalk’s interview about how the characters that helped shape season one, visit ETonline. Watch a sneak peek of the finale below: