Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits has been cast in a recurring role for “How to Get Away With Murder” Season 4. In this photo, the actor speaks onstage at the Maestro Cares Foundation’s fourth annual “Changing Lives/Building Dreams” gala at Cipriani Wall Street on March 21, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images/Mike Coppola

“How to Get Away With Murder” has just cast an exciting new addition for its fourth season! “NYPD Blue” alum Jimmy Smits has booked a major recurring role next season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smit’s character will be a prominent figure in the life of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), and he will play an integral role in the fourth season mystery. But apart from that tidbit, everything else about his role is being kept under wraps.

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Meanwhile, one of the highlights next season will be the blossoming (or crumbling) relationship of Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) and Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry). Michaela surprised fans, including herself, when she said “I love you” to Asher last season. But given the death of Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch), the two might find themselves in an emotional disconnect moving forward. “Michaela said I love you and I don’t know how she’s going to feel about that once all the trauma has died down at that moment,” executive producer Pete Nowalk told Entertainment Weekly.

Like Michaela, the rest of the Keating 5 won’t fare well, and they are going to be reassessing their priorities and future now that their friend and classmate is gone.

Earlier, King told E! News that she’s a huge fan of Michaela and Asher, although she admitted that Asher can get pretty annoying at times. “It’s so complicated! I really love them together,” she said, before adding, “but there’s also the part of me that’s like those moments when Asher is being so silly or ridiculous or teasing her and not understanding something where it’s like, ‘God, Asher, just grow up!’ And then on top of it we have these really beautiful moments where he’s sincere and you see the groundedness and the depth of his character and him trying to figure himself out just like the rest of us and it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, you guys need each other!’”

“How to Get Away With Murder” Season 4 will return to ABC this September.