By Natalie Abrams
January 26, 2015 at 02:00 PM EST
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Sam’s dead missing.

When How to Get Away with Murder returns, the investigation into Sam’s (Tom Verica) disappearance has begun. Everyone who wasn’t present on murder night believes he’s gone on the lam since he was thisclose to being outed as Lila’s killer. Little do the police know that Sam is actually dead.

But the prosecutors aren’t as easily swayed, believing that Annalise is throwing the MIA Sam under the bus to protect her client, Rebecca (Katie Findlay). The bigger question is why Annalise is covering for her husband’s killer, Wes (Alfred Enoch), in the first place. Watch a sneak peek from the midseason premiere below:

How to Get Away with Murder returns Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.