In the Season 5 premiere of How To Get Away with Murder, “Your Funeral,” Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) selects students for her new legal clinic at Middleton Law School. A young man named Gabriel Maddox shows up for her advanced trials skills class. Annalise warns the students in the standing room only lecture hall that taking the class is a sacrifice – they won’t have time for friends and family. She gives each candidate a minute to articulate the case they’d want to bring to the Supreme Court. Maddox says he’d file suit against the state of Mississippi, to argue that every prison in the state is de facto for cruel and unusual punishment. He ultimately wants to abolish the entire prison system, state by state. She’s impressed.
Gabriel Maddox is portrayed by Rome Flynn. The Chicago native attended Benedictine University on a basketball scholarship until he was discovered by a talent scout. In 2015, he landed the role of Zende Forrester Dominguez on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (2015-2017). In 2018, the 26-year-old Flynn won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for the role. He will appear next on the big screen in the 2019 film Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. How to Get Away with Murder airs Thursdays at 10pm on ABC, right after Grey’s Anatomy.