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Why Did Laurel's Father Kill Wes On 'How To Get Away With Murder'? It's Going To Destroy Her

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We've been waiting for this answer for a long time, and now that it's been answered, I still have so many questions. Like why did Laurel's father kill Wes on How To Get Away With Murder? He may have had his henchman Dominic do the actual deed, but the demise itself came at his demand. But why? Was it really just a matter of not wanting his daughter to be with him? Because that seems like a pretty extreme length to go to.

At the end of the first hour of the two-hour season finale, a mystery man was shown sitting in a car as Connor ran away from the explosion inside Annalise's house. He was on the phone with someone, stating that the mission was accomplished, but it got a little more messy than expected. Viewers, naturally assumed the man was talking to Denver at the time. But during the final few moments of the episode that theory was proven wrong. It was actually Laurel's dad on the other end of the line, checking with Dominic to make sure that Wes really was dead. And on top of that, Laurel bumped into Dominic just before she was about to gun down an unsuspecting Charles Mahoney. She hugged him and introduced him to Asher and Michaela as a close friend of the family — completely unaware that he was the one who took Wes' life.

But that still begs the question as to why Wes' death was even necessary. We know from the bits and pieces that Laurel's told us throughout the years that her father is a very controlling man. But what does it accomplish to have Wes killed? Does he really want to have this much of a say in his daughter's love life or did he discover more about Wes' background and felt that she should stay away from him?

Initially, I thought perhaps Dominic had meant to kill Frank, but Wes' surprise visit to the house caught him off guard and forced his hand to kill him instead. But when Dominic talked to Laurel's father on the phone, he confirmed that the deed had been done. It just hadn't gone quite according to plan, which I assume he meant due to the struggle Wes put up. It didn't feel at all like he'd killed the wrong person, so I don't think that option holds much weight.

But maybe we're not supposed to know yet why Laurel's dad did what he did. Maybe that's part of the Season 4 journey. One thing's for sure though — Laurel's going to be devastated when she finds out.