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How to Get Away with Murder boss on new suspect in death of Wes' mother

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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of How to Get Away With Murder. Read at your own risk!

There’s always been something a little off with Wes, and now How to Get Away With Murder viewers may know why.

Though it was previously assumed that Wes’ (Alfred Enoch) mother Rose (Kelsey Scott) committed suicide, this season has dropped clues that she was actually murdered — but by whom is the real shocker. (Read our full recap here.)

As we learned during Thursday’s night episode, Rose was the alibi witness for Charles Mahoney (Wilson Bethel) in his murder trial. However, she wanted to testify anonymously so her citizenship status wouldn’t come into play. But after Wallis Mahoney (Adam Arkin) lobbed a thinly veiled threat against Christophe, Rose failed to show up at the trial.  

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Wes and Laurel (Karla Souza) decide to fly to Ohio to look into the case, which is where Laurel uncovers a shocking truth: Wes may have killed his mother. “Wes has always appeared to be the show’s puppy, but he’s clearly shown he’s not so innocent,” executive producer Pete Nowalk tells EW. “So maybe being a killer has always been in his DNA. We all suppress childhood memories, especially the more traumatic ones.”

It’s pretty unfortunate timing for Laurel, who spent the hour lamenting the fact that she fell in love with a murderer, Frank (Charlie Weber), a man much like her father, only to then share a kiss with another killer, Wes. “Wes and Laurel have two options: to pretend like the kiss never happened— what happens in Ohio stays in Ohio — or they can keep kissing,” Nowalk says. “Next week’s episode will shed more light on their decision.”

How to Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.