When last we saw Connor, he was spinning a tall tale to ex-love Oliver about being a relapsed drug addict — in order to explain his unhinged behavior on Murder Night. "It’s a pretty big lie. It was very bold of Connor," says Falahee. "That’s the intriguing part of the second half of Season 1. The writers did a really magnificent job of constructing this web of white lies surrounding the murder plot: How can you maintain the charade of everyday life when you’ve hacked up someone’s charred remains?" Falahee adds that Connor will put a level of commitment into maintaining his addiction alibi, adding, "maybe that lie isn’t that far-fetched for Connor."
We will finally get to meet members of Connor’s family, but prepare for a lot of awkward tension around the dinner table. “We’re showing snap shots into the families of each character and what their home lives look like,” Falahee says. “It’s really fascinating, too, because you see a scene of Connor with his family and he’s obviously not doing well. It’s chalked up to the rigors and stressors of law school, but it’s like, ‘Well, I kind of killed a guy.’ You see this palpable tension in everyone’s holiday.”
And while the hour is “really sad,” Falahee says it “opens up a lot of options” for future storylines.
It looks as if Connor Walsh is having a difficult time trusting his classmates and Annalise. We know teasers indicated that the "I have a drug problem" lie he told Oliver the night he showed up shivering and in shock might not actually be a lie. Did Connor turn to drugs during his winter break in an effort to quiet the guilt in his mind?
Connor changes around Oliver, he's not so tense about what has happen, he's happy, he lights up, and he's seems more grounded. Oliver is Connor's safe happy place and I wonder why Connor hasn't told him he loves him yet. It's clear that he does, maybe he thinks if he tells Oliver it will freak Oliver out or rush things between them and make things worse? And Connor can't risk loosing Oliver, he means too much to Connor.
"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."-James A. Baldwin
“The Night Lila Died” (aka Hour One): “In flashbacks, we start to piece together what really happened the night of Lila’s murder. In present day, Annalise takes on a priest who is accused of murdering another priest. Meanwhile, Connor and Oliver take things to a new level in their relationship and Wes and Rebecca continue to grow suspicious of each other.”
“It’s All My Fault” (aka Hour Two): “Wes, Connor, Michaela and Laurel may have dug themselves in too deep a hole for Annalise to save them and the shocking truth about Lila’s murder is finally revealed.”
Nowalk reveals that a character who was originally only supposed to be in the pilot will be playing a huge part in the finale.
"Oliver [Conrad Ricamora] was in the pilot, and that was supposed to be it. Based on that one scene, I said, 'Let's bring him back for the second episode and see what happens,'" Nowalk says. "The fact that Oliver is now going to be in the finale and play a big part in the finale is something I never planned on or expected."
That sounds like good news for Connor (Jack Falahee), but the other members of the group may not fare as well.
“[Connor] has a big storyline in the finale with Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) and that’s the next step in their relationship. He’s also dealing with the fallout of Rudy, I’ll say, from the previous episode. He’s distracted by personal story throughout the first half of the finale before he really gets pulled into the saga that is Rebecca.”
Turning to the Keating Five, after Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) got tested, we learn that Oliver is HIV positive. How is this going to affect their relationship? And why did you decide to introduce this storyline?
I wanted to introduce the storyline because it felt very real to me, and I actually haven’t seen it dealt with on TV very recently. Especially in their age group, with people maybe not using condoms as much as they should, people end up HIV positive. Really it just felt real and important in a certain way, because I like visibility of certain things that we don’t see a lot. How it affects the relationship is going to be twisty and turny and hard. Whether they stay together or not, They’re really bonded, and Connor feels very grateful for how much Oliver’s helped him—even though Oliver doesn’t know it—through the post-murder stuff. Connor has a good heart and wants Oliver to be okay. Just watching him feel that distraught and scared at the end with the news that he’s positive, Connor needs to figure out what his role is in the relationship now.