I am really looking forward to more interactions between Michaela and her mom because ultimately I feel like they’re leading us to more dynamic and crucial points in The Prom Queen’s narrative arc. What we’d gotten from the winter finale was already so riveting and I can’t get over how, when Mrs. Pratt asked how she could help because her daughter was in shock, Michaela replied with “I’ve been through worse.”
Gosh what had she been referring to?
After seeing the news that the Keating House burned down and that someone had died she must have been remembering all those other nights she’d encountered Death™ courtesy of her employment. Or, since the whole time Mrs. Pratt had been at her apartment it’s been one long volleying of heated words between the two, could she have been reminding her mom of her past that she survived on her own?
I’m hoping that Asher won’t be able to sleep over as much and for Connor to move out and allow more formative interactions between Michaela and her mom that would probably encourage her to spend less time avoiding The Keating Family and be more willing to tackle situations that are actually within her control. (Although it was fascinating to see how she didn’t let up on how she talked to her even with a few of her [very drunk and silly] peers present to witness the whole thing. Michaela has been unflinchingly honest to this lot about her past and we’re really see her wield that aspect of herself as a weapon instead of a shield and I can’t get enough of it.) Now there’s this all new ordeal where AK is in jail, Laurel is recuperating, and all the rest of them are grieving, as it were. She is surrounded by all this conflict at school, in her ~work~ situation, and, if she can’t get her mom to leave, her ~family~ life to come home to.
Sure, she’d never been close to Wes and she’s been adamantly refusing to get involved in any more mess from Keating and Co. but this is not something she would just sit out. I don’t see how Michaela could simply brush this off and I hope she doesn’t. At one point in her life she wanted to “be” Annalise and still there’s a part of her that wants to impress her. So now I think it’ll be a chance for her to reach her aspirations by forging her own path and not by imitating someone else or ignoring certain avenues to just focus on a single narrow direction towards her goal.
It’s an opportunity in her narrative for Michaela to be the one to grab hold of the reins this time around, not because there’s no one else to do it, but because from everything we’ve gotten from her this season, she’s the one most capable of doing so. Millstone is more likely to follow her lead. Walsh is in no position to be in control when he’s only been able to do the bare minimum of that in his life. Hampton is only now just learning The Truth. Winterbottom and Delfino’s priorities are murky but they have each other to count on. Castillo is in the hospital and it seems that Travers will be there for her. Michaela is the only one right now I’d be comfortable in taking charge post-Murder Night 3.0, possibly along with Nate (I admit this one is more wishful thinking on my part than anything else) whose own motivations I’m still not clear on.
Pratt herself doesn’t have a personal motivation for helping out The Team but that’s just it, we know that this is a character who won’t back down and who we’re finding out is more compassionate than first impressions have led us to believe. What she said about “putting herself first” feels like a really good first step into having Michaela consciously make the decision of not putting herself first, portraying more of that empathy she has sporadically shown since the first season, and becoming someone she won’t feel she has to “reinvent” or to emulate (such as her boss / heroine or the sort of person who transcended her past) because she herself is enough.
She can handle this and in fact I can just see Michaela handling it all splendidly.