"Nate is going to find himself more entrenched," Brown says of his character's complex dealings with Annalise Keating (Viola Davis)

February 11, 2016 08:30 PM

“What wormhole is this that we’re headed down?”

So asks How to Get Away with Murder star Billy Brown (aka Nate Lahey) of the show’s many twists and turns – specifically that bloody midseason finale in November.

Brown tells PEOPLE the show picks up exactly where it left off.

“We’re going to see Catherine and Caleb Hapstall in a way that we didn’t expect, with respect to the drama at their parent’s house,” he says of Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) shady clients. “We’re going to see Nate and Annalise in even more vulnerable and uncharted waters, both interpersonally and especially on Annalise’s side of the world. She is now dealing with Wes (Alfred Enoch) having shot her as well as her having referenced Wes by another name that he’s still trying to wrap his mind around.”

Billy Brown

But of course there will be continued drama with the potential bombshell plot detail that Wes is Annalise’s son. But what of these “vulnerable,” “uncharted” waters between Annalise and Nate? What’s going on there?

“Nate is going to find himself more entrenched, and willingly so, with the sole purpose of aiding a very wounded Annalise,” Brown says. “But he will be entrenched in the effort of the students as well to, I won’t say cover up because Nate doesn’t know everything they’ve done, but motivated by his love for Annalise. He’s going to insert himself into the Keating household with the five students in a way that might once again jeopardize Nate’s standing as a free man and as a former detective. “He’s putting his chips on the table in a way that many of the audience will say, ‘Oh my God Nate, what are you doing? Don’t go there!'”

Brown, whose pre-HTGAWM credits include Sons of Anarchy and Dexter, says he’s continually shocked by the dark, dangerous themes explored on the ABC show. “I am regularly surprised, biting my nails or laughing my ass off in disbelief out of what [creator Pete Nowalk] and our writers have put down,” he says.

Do those emotional responses include hope for anyone on the show having a happily-ever-after?

“Happy-ever-afters are all relative. We are living in a world of happiness on How to Get Away with Murder,” says Brown of his cast and crew with a hearty laugh. “I don’t think anyone is so ambitious within their characters to think there is happiness beyond what they experience day in and day out.”

How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays (10 p.m.) on ABC.

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