"I hear that Viola's representation of Annalise has changed the world in terms of showing an African-American woman who's not perfect, and is actually really f*cked up, and that's freedom," says Pete Nowalk of Viola Davis' character. "If there is a legacy, I hope there's one of people choosing to live a life that's not so normal — getting out of the prison of what the world tells you you should be." Nowalk adds that he's also dreading losing the cathartic experience of writing for the series and his cast. "You can process a lot of your angst in this show, so it's actually really therapeutic," he says. "I get angry about the world. There's so much darkness in it right now, and you can have Annalise or another character give a speech about it, and that's such a cathartic, therapeutic thing. I'll miss having a mouthpiece like Viola and all of the actors. They've elevated my writing."