The Real Reason How To Get Away With Murder Is Ending

Now that the back half of How to Get Away with Murder's season 6 is airing, it's really starting to sink in that the beloved show is about to be over for good. While we've known since last summer that season 6 would be the show's final season, fans are still upset about the news.

"Viola Davis made television history with her unforgettable portrayal of iconic female antihero Annalise Keating," said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment (via Deadline). "I am eternally grateful to her, [showrunner] Pete Nowalk and Shondaland for creating and bringing to life such a smart, sophisticated and groundbreaking series that has long been an integral part of Thursday nights on ABC."

It seems that the series wasn't exactly cancelled, but is rather drawing to its natural conclusion according to showrunner Peter Nowalk. "Deciding to end this series was a brutal decision, but ultimately the story tells you what to do — as it did here," he said. "For me, Annalise Keating's journey has always had a clear ending."

The final episodes of How to Get Away with Murder will be full of twists and turns

Nowalk promised that loose ends will be tied up and that the story will have a conclusion worthy of the show that fans have come to love over the course of six years. "Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish [Annalise Keating's] story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings, is a gift rarely given to a series creator and I'm grateful to ABC and ABC Studios for the opportunity and creative freedom," said Nowalk. "I am so thankful to the brilliant cast, writers and crew for dedicating themselves to the most rewarding experience of my career over the last six years. I also want to thank our fans. The only reason this show exists is because of your loyalty and enthusiasm."

While fans are sorry to see How to Get Away with Murder go, it's good to know that the show won't be left on the sort of cliffhanger that follows many abrupt cancellations. Nowalk teased that the final episodes will be filled "with twists and turns and all the craziness we love to create... Buckle up."