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Wes: "No, my father, he's dead."
Annalise: "No, he's very much alive. And his name is Wallace Mahoney."
Wes Gibbins and Annalise Keating[src]

Wesley "Wes" Gibbins is a character on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder. He débuts in the first episode of the first season. He is portrayed by starring cast member Alfred Enoch and guest star Isaac Ryan Brown.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Wes was born in Haiti but moved to the United States as a child. He was the only black child in his neighborhood. His father was out of the picture and his mother killed herself when he was twelve. His surname was changed from Edmond when he was put into foster care.

Law StudentEdit

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Wes first meets Michaela Pratt in the lecture hall, attempting to strike up a conversation, but being turned away as she is engaged. He starts his first day of Law School unprepared, having not received an email about the lesson. Annalise Keating, the professor, takes her students to her current client to hear her story, tasking them to come up with a better defense than she already has. That night, Wes tries to think of ideas, but is interrupted by the blaring music from next door. He meets his neighbor, Rebecca, and asks for her to turn down the music. She refuses and slams the door in his face. Wes returns to his apartment and notices the scratch marks in the walls from the last law student who lived in that apartment. As the class presents their ideas, Wes goes through his list, scratching them off one by one as they're all taken. He presents last, but manages to make it to the next round. After witnessing Michaela show off her skills and finding a vital piece of evidence that helps Annalise's case, Wes decides to step up his game, soon coming up with an idea. He hurries over to Annalise's office, but finds her getting ready to have sex with Nate Lahey. The professor and Wes step out of the room, the latter presents his idea, but Annalise doesn't think it's good enough. Wes is later seen returning to his apartment. He witnesses Rebecca arguing with a man by the name of Griffin O'Reilly. After he leaves, Wes tries to comfort Rebecca, but she slams the door in his face. Wes later speaks with a man named Sam, and discovers him to be Annalise's husband, ultimately learning that the professor is having an affair. He promises to keep it to himself, however. That night, Rebecca drops off a bottle of whiskey as an apology for the way she's treated him. Wes continues to attend court, watching the case be won with the help of Nate. Back in the lecture room, Annalise announces the winners of the competition; Connor, Asher, Michaela, Laurel and Wes, ensuring them all positions in her firm. [1]

During a lecture, Annalise introduces the next case she’s working on. She takes her chosen students to visit Max St. Vincent’s house where he preserved the murder scene of his wife. She tasks them with coming up with something to help win the case. When they head back to the office, Annalise takes Wes aside to give him a personal task for the case. She sends him to the police station to ask for the supplemental arrest record, and orders him not to tell the police station his name or Annalise’s name. Wes heads home and is looking over the arrest report he just scored, and there is a knock at the door. His neighbor asks if she can use his shower, because his isn't working. He lets her in and she drops her towel and catches him staring. Wes and the other students are watching the news about the co-ed murder on campus. Wes is shocked to see that the prime subject is her boyfriend Griffin, the same man that he seen coming out of his neighbor Rebecca’s apartment. Wes discovers a discrepancy on the arrest report he got from the police station for Maxwell, and Annalise uses his findings to discredit the police on the scene of the crime. Wes arrives at home, and hears his neighbor Rebecca screaming, police drag her down the stairs in handcuffs. He yells at her to not say anything to the police.[2]

Sam's MurderEdit

Connor, Laurel and Wes are driving to Annalise's place. They have to drive slow as there is a massive gang of drunk people going to the bonfire. Wes tries to call Rebecca but she's not picking up. Connor comes up with scenarios of what could have happened to her. Wes is confident that Rebecca went to the Annalise's. Wes tells Connor that Sam killed Lila so that's why Rebecca is going over there as she is trying to prove it. Connor thinks that its a joke. Wes tells him to believe him and drive faster. Laurel is confused as why would Annalise represent Rebecca if she knew Sam was involved. Wes says that he would go to the police if she did. Connor laughs and says that he blackmailed Annalise. Laurel tells Connor to shut up and aks Wes if he thinks Sam killed Lila. Wes agrees. Connor's car arrives and everyone gets out and runs to the house. Inside, Michaela is trying to calm Sam down but he is not backing down. He tells Rebecca that if she doesn't come out, he's coming in. Rebecca is still waiting for all of the files to download. Wes, Connor and Laurel arrive in the room and tell him to stop. Sam tells them all to get out of his house. Wes tells him that once he has let Rebecca go, they will leave. Sam informs then that she took his laptop and asks them what she is trying to get. Wes tells him to calm down again and he backs away from the door. Wes walks up to it and tells Rebecca that she can come out. She tells him to give her a second. She then opens the door. Sam asks her what she did. Rebecca claims to have done nothing and that she didnt find anything. Wes tells Sam that they will leave now. Sam tells them to go as he is not going to do anything. Wes and Rebecca walk to the door when they are tackled to the floor. Sam tries to reach for the memory stick and grabs it. Wes tries to stop him but Sam hits him in the face. Wes has him pinned down and gets Laurel to get the stick off of Sam. Sam breaks free and they all run out of the bedroom door. He comes at Michaela so he pushes him over the landing. He falls onto the ground floor. Everyone stares at the body.[3]

Back in the house, Michaela tells them that they need to call an ambulance. Connor doesn't see the point as Sam's dead. He tells Michaela that she killed him. Michaela argues her point and says that he was coming at them. Connor says that he was alive until she shoved him over the railings. Michaela says that she was protecting Laurel. Connor says that they are both responsible then. Laurel says that becuase they were all there, they are all at fault. Connor disagrees. Laurel tells him that Rebecca was stealing private information off of Sam's computer which is a felony and they all helped her. Connor tells her that no prosecutor would do that as they were all protecting themselves. Laurel says that they broke into his house and that Sam was defending himself. Michaela quietly says that she was only there to turn in the trophy. Michaela says that she wasn't a part of their plan. Connor corrects her as there wasn't a plan and that it was all her (Rebecca). Rebecca speaks up and says that she didn't ask for anyones help. Connor tells her that she can thank her boyfriend for that. Michaela thinks they should be calling an ambulance. Connor corrects her again and says that they need to call the police. Wes speaks up and tells them all that no one knows that they are there. Laurel reminds them that Annalise could be back any minute. Wes tells them that that's why they should leave. Michaela asks him if he wants to run. Wes clarifies by saying that "he fell after drinking too much." Michaela still thinks that they should call the police. Wes tells her that Rebecca can' but Michaela doesn't care about Rebecca at that moment, she only cares about her future. Wes reminds her that she killed Sam, that they all killed him. Everyone stops talking as Sam is strangling Rebecca. Michaela freaks out and tells everyone to do something and to get him off of her. Wes grabs the trophy and hits Sam round the head with it. Blood splatters everywhere. Sam falls to the ground, dead. Rebecca's face is covered in blood. Everyone stares at her. Wes drops the trophy.[3]

Everyone in their own way freaks out. Rebecca is leant against a beam. Wes asks her if she is ok. She looks up at him and Wes tells her that they need to clean her up and get her out of there. Rebecca looks back at the body and agrees. Wes removes his jacket and tells everyone to get ready to leave. Wes picks up Rebecca and carries her up stares where he washes off the blood. Back down stares, Connor, Laurel and Michaela are silently freaking out. Connor goes to the kitchen to throw up.[3] In the bathroom, Rebecca removes her shirt and Wes uses a towel to clean the blood off of her. Once he has got most of it off, he says that its enough until they get her out of there and washes the blood down the sink. Rebecca puts her shirt back on when Connor shouts for them to hurry up. Rebecca stares at Wes and says "thank-you" and Wes kisses her and tells her that everything's going to be alight.[4]

Laurel walks over to Sam's body on the floor. Rebecca is sitting in a chair when Wes wraps a blanket around her. They both hug. Connor enters and demands that Michaela stand up and not cower in a corner moping. She just sits there. Connor gets a bit more violent but Laurel shouts for him to stop. Laurel crouches down beside her and tells her softly that they need to leave. Michaela is still not listening so Laurel says that everything is going to be ok.[5] Connor walks over to Wes and Rebecca and says that Michaela is going to ruin it for them. Wes tells him that she will be fine. Connor disagrees and says that Michaela is broken as she doesn't know how to handle it. Rebecca buts in and says that know one knows how to handle it. Connor quickly tells Michaela to get up again when Wes reveals that he has a plan. Laurel and Connor are to take Michaela to the woods while Wes will get Rebecca out of there. Connor is worried as Wes wants them to split up. Wes reminds Connor that Rebecca shouldn't be at the house. Just them, Asher knocks on the front door and shouts to see if anyone is inside. Everyone inside freezes but Connor goes to investigate. Asher shouts that he can see Connor's car in the driveway and carries on banging on the door. Michaela whispers that its all her fault. Connor agrees with her. Asher continues to shout through the door and demands that Michaela give him back the trophy that she stole. Laurel sees Asher moving round to the windows and tells everyone to get down and hide. Connor lays down beside the body and tells the corpse that he is so so screwed.[6] Laurel contemplates letting him in as then he will become a part of it. Rebecca suggests that they trick him into stepping in the blood. Laurel agrees but Wes doesn't as he wasn't a part of it. Laurel listens closely as she doesn't hear Asher anymore and goes to check. He's gone. Michaela appears and reveals that she texted him claiming to be at the library.[7]

Wes takes Rebecca to a motel. Wes tells her that he will be back as he has to take care of the body and to not do anything until he's back. Rebecca just sits on the bed staring at the floor. Wes continues telling her that even if someone knocks, not to answer it unless she knows its him. Rebecca tells him that Sam wanted to kill her and that she had no other choice. Wes tells her to stop it. Rebecca stands up and says that her trial is in a couple of days and she is most likely to go down for it so she is offering to take the blame. She tells Wes that she will kill herself if Wes gets convicted for Sam's murder. Rebecca puts her hands around Wes' neck and tells him to let her help for once. Wes tells her that the only way for her to help is that she should stay in the room and not leave. Wes leaves.[4] After Wes leaves, Wes remembers what he did to save Rebecca and when he dropped the trophy that he used to kill Sam. A horn snaps Wes out of his vision and the man tells him to get out of the middle of the road. Wes stares at him for a moment, then decides to go back for the trophy. Once in the house, he walks over to Sam's body and picks up the trophy. He then stares at Sam's body and says that he is sorry.[3]

In the woods, Connor, Laurel and Michaela are standing around waiting for Wes to show up. Michaela gets nervous and says that they (Wes and Rebecca) could have gone to the police and pined it all on them. Connor tells her that everything is going to be fine. Michaela is persistant and says that its all her fault. Laurel buts in and says that its all of their fault and that they are all to balme. Michaela goes to call her boyfriend but Connor speaks sense to her as she can barely form a sentence.[2] Wes runs in and scares them. He opens his backpack and reveals a bloody trophy that he went back for. Michaela tells him to go and put it back but Laurel says that it was a good idea taking the murder weapon. She says that they should clean it and put it back after they bury the body. Michaela and Connor disagree because they will have to drag the body through town in the busiest night of the year. In addition, if they get the body out of the house unseen, the ground in the woods is frozen. Laurel says that they will have to dig all night if they have to. They all start shouting at each other but Wes tells them all to stop and suggests that they decide by flipping a coin to see whether to get the body or leave it where it is.[1]

Back in the woods, Wes tosses the coin and it lands on heads which means they go back for the body. Wes grabs his things off of the ground and tells them all to go.[2] Michaela stops and says that it makes no sense at all. She seems confused with the plan. She doesn't know what they are going to do with the body once they have it. Wes says that they will burn it. Michaela tells Wes that a body doesn't just burn, they need an incinerator. Wes says that the flames will get rid of their DNA and Connor says that the bonfire will cover the smoke. Laurel has an idea. They can go to the bonfire and use it for their alibi.[5] At the bonfire, drunk students and teenagers are throwing wood onto fire. Music is playing really loudly. Wes and Laurel take many selfies of them doing things that they would be doing if they were drunk so that if anyone asks, that have proof that they were there. Connor does the same. Michaela just stands there when Connor grabs her and tries to make her look like she's having fun. Michaela isn't smiling so Connor tells her to smile, or go to jail. Michaela smiles for a few selfies.[5]

After the bonfire, they return to the crime scene. Connor asks what the plan is and offers a few suggestions. Wes tells him that they will roll him in a rug and deal with that later. Michaela phone buzzes on silent and she sneaks off into another room to answer it. As Laurel comes back with paper towels to mop up the blood, she notices her leaving. Laurel quickly puts the paper towels down and grabs the trophy that Wes hands her and goes to the kitchen to clean it. When she gets in there, Michaela has her phone in her hand. Laurel asks her if she was about to call Aiden. Michaela claims that she wasn't but Laurel isn't convinced. So she walks over and snatches the phone out of her hand and checks. There are multiple missed calls from Aiden. Laurel informs Michaela that if she calls him, the cell tower will place her at the scene of the murder. Michaela claims to know. Laurel explains that she knows that Michaela likes to control everything, but the things that they are doing now is out of theirs. Laurel tells her that she needs to switch off her brain and go along with the plan. Michaela snatches the phone back and tells her to not treat her like she's a child and walks out of the kitchen. Laurel then resumes washing the statue in the sink.[3]

In the house, Wes and Connor are rolling the body in the rug on the floor. Michaela refuses to look or do anything. Laurel comes in and reveals that she washed all of the blood off of the trophy and the sink with bleach to remove any blood. Laurel asks what they should do next. Wes says that they should put the trophy back and Connor says that they should get the hell out of there. Wes, Connor and Laurel try and lift the body but can't as its to heavy. They all look to Michaela for help. She reluctantly walks over and grabs one end of the body. They all struggle to move the body outside.[1] Back at the house, a cop appears. The cop asks them if a car blocking the side-walk is theirs. Connor owns up and says that its his and offers to move it. The cop asks if the house their in is the law professor. After a pause, Michaela saves them by saying its Annalise Keating's place and that they are moving her old rug out of the house. The cop is confused as to why a professor would ask her students to take out an old rug to burn on the bonfire. Michaela gets out her phone and offers to call Annalise to confirm. Laurel gets worried and says that its a bit late. Michaela improvises by saying that Annalise went to her mother's funeral. The cop backs down and hears a bottle smashing. He quickly apologises and leaves to chase after a few rogue teenagers.[1]

After putting the body in the car, they drive out of Annalise's driveway and onto the road. Laurel suggests that they go to a gas station. Connor asks Sam's body what they should do. Wes says that the gas station Laurel suggested was to close as they could bump into people they know and should go further away. On the street, Asher gets a call from Bonnie. Bonnie is leaving the hotel in a bit of a rush and looks emotional. She asks him if his party is still happening. He tells her it was kind of a bust and asks her why. She tells him that she could swing by his place for a bit. Back in the car, Laurel suddenly notices Asher crossing the road directly in front of the car. Connor stops the car before he ploughed him over. Asher is surprised that Bonnie would want to spend time with him and stops in the middle of the road blocking Connor's car unknowingly. Bonnie asks him if it is ok with him. He tells her that he will be there in 20 and walks off. Bonnie hangs up the phone and walks out of the hotel. Back in the car, Connor tells them that "this is freakin' whack-a-mole" and drives off.[7][3] They drive out of town to the gas station Wes suggested. Connor tells them that they are all screwed and that Asher knew that they were in the house. On top, they also have the cop that was a witness. Connor gets paranoid with all of the things that they have done wrong. Laurel tells Connor that he has said enough. Connor "agrees" and puts on the radio. Christmas songs begin playing. Connor says "perfect" and changes the words of the song to fit their situation.[6]

Back in the motel room that Wes told Rebecca to stay in while he took care of the body, Rebecca cannot sit still as she is anxious. She goes to the window to see if Wes is back but he isn't. Rebecca puts on the TV and lays on her bed. She flicks through the channels and turns it off. She looks at the phone and calls 911. When a woman answers, she freezes and tells her that it is a prank call and puts the phone down.[4] Meanwhile, the gang arrives at a store, Wes goes inside. He picks up two bottles of lighter fluid and two bags of potato chips. When he gets to the counter, he picks up a prepaid phone and adds it to his basket. Back at the motel, the phone rings and Rebecca is hesitant to answer it. She picks up the phone and finds Wes on the other end. Wes says he has a new phone. Rebecca tells him that he shouldn't be calling. Wes looks outside to check if Connor's car was still there. On the phone, Wes says that is taking care of it and that he got the others to come around to the idea of getting the body. He tells her that they are going to protect her.[2][4] In the car, Christmas songs are still playing and Connor is still singing along. Michaela begs him to stop. Wes gets into the car after going to the store. He tosses Laurel a some potato chips. He said that he bought other stuff so that he wouldn't look suspicious on the surveillance video. Connor continues to sing along to the jolly Christmas song.[1]

After getting to the clearing in the woods, the gang are carrying the body through the forest when they hear a couple laughing. They quickly take cover behind a tree and turn off their flash-lights. The couple begins to get naked when Laurel's phone goes off. The couple stops and shouts "who's there." Laurel quickly gets her phone out of her pocket and ignores the phone call from Frank. The couple shouts again and flees when there is no reply. Michaela asks Laurel why Frank is calling her and that she saw the picture of him without a top on on her phone.[1] Wes jumps to conclusions and asks Laurel if she told Frank about what they are doing. Michaela gets jealous because they never allowed her to call her fiancée. Laurel admits to them that she slept with Frank but she hasn't told Frank anything. Michaela asks her why they should believe her. Laurel says that she doesn't have to as they aren't friends. Connor tells Laurel that she is a cheater and she agrees.[8]

When they reach the a spot far away from the bonfire where they cant be heard or seen, they unravel the body from the rug and cover in twigs and lighter fluid. Wes asks if they all agree as there is no going back. They all agree and Wes lights a match which shines a light on the body's face revealing that the body is Sam's. Wes throws the match on the body and it sets on fire.[1] While burning the body, Laurel gets another call from Frank. Connor makes a snide comment. Wes suggests that she answer it. Michaela agrees as it strengthens their alibi as you can hear bonfire in the background. Laurel answers it and Frank demands to know where she is. She responds by saying that she's at the bonfire and to stop calling her. Frank wants to explain but Laurel wont let him as he lied her and was using her. He tells her not to shut him out. Laurel ends the call by saying that its too late.[8] After burning the body, Connor repeatedly hits the burnt corpse, breaking it apart. Michaela looks away and covers her ears as to not hear the bones breaking. Connor stops and asks Michaela for help. Michaela tells him that she is just having a break. Connor won't take no for an answer. Wes and Laurel sit down. Connor tells Michaela that they need to see it through and to grab a trash bag and get to scooping up the bits of the body. He then resumes hitting the body and laughs at the same time.[6]

Wes and Michaela carry black bags full of Sam to Connor's car. Laurel is sat in the car while Connor is sat on a rock. Wes infroms the group that they have put in the last bag in the car. Connor tells everyone to get in the car when Michaela realises that she has lost her engagement ring. She tells everyone to wait and that its gone. Everyone stops and turns aroung to look at Michaela. Michaela falls to the ground and looks for it. Michaela repeats "I lost my ring."[5] They all return to the woods to search for the missing engagement ring but have no luck finding it. Laurel informs Michaela that its going to be light soon and that they still need to dispose of the body. Michaela refuses to leave until they find it. Wes questions her to see if she had her ring on when they left the house and Michaela says that she did. Connor says that they will have to cancel the wedding. Michaela cries more and Wes tells Connor to stop as they all still need Michaela to return the trophy back to Asher. Laurel says that Michaela won't be able to do it in her current state. Connor isnt happy about this as he has done his part, and its time for Michaela to do hers. Laurel speaks up and says that she will do it. Connor questions how and Laurel says that she will figure it out.[8]

They all drive to a dumpster. Connor starts throwing the trash bags into the dumpster Laurel also helps. Michaela tries to stop Connor as her ring might be in one of them. Connor tells her that shes said enough. Laurel tells her that they are not going through every bag. Wes tells them all that throwing the body in the dumpster is a bad idea and that they need to get to an incinerator. Connor stops and says that Wes has been outvoted. Michaela grabs one and starts opening it. She puts her hand in and gets body on her fingers. She stands up and says "oh, god." Connor walks over and tells her to grow up. He grabs the last bag and throws it in. Laurel makes sure that there isn't any more. Michaela just wants to leave. Wes stands there for a moment as he thinks they have messed up. Everyone's ready to leave but Wes still isn't in the car. Connor tells him that the train is leaving and asks him if he's coming. Wes reluctantly gets into the car and they drive off.[3]

After they disposed of the body, Wes goes to a motel on his bike. He gets to room 203 and says "its me" through the closed door. Rebecca answers and lets Wes inside. Rebecca asks what took him so long. Wes says that its done. Rebecca is happy and they both hug. She tells him that he should never leave her like that again. Wes says that he wont and that he is there now. They both kiss and Wess comforts her by saying that she is safe.[2]

The next morning, Wes wakes up in the motel room and finds that Rebecca isn't there. He calls her name when she walks through the door with coffee and bagels. He asks her where she was and she tells him that its a bit obvious. He asks her where the flash drive is and she hands it to him. He puts it on the desk and breaks it with the bottom of the lamp. Rebecca asks him why he did that. Wes tells her that the thumb drive put them at the scene of the crime the previous night. Rebecca asks Wes if what they did was all for nothing.[3]

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