Even more horrifying than his death happening just because of shock value is Peter’s interview about the entire thing tbh. Literally didn’t have a clue of who it’d be under the sheet when he wrote that hook in, and didn’t make up his mind about it being Wes until episode 7. Aka 2 episodes ago. Until then it was pretty much Schrodinger’s sheet. Anyone and everyone minus Annalise was under it.
And what also gets me about it is: this is the reason why he wasted so much time before letting Wes and Laurel enter a relationship, and why the last two episodes with them felt kind of rushed.
When S3 started, there was no hurry to have Wes break up with Meggy and have him and Laurel face their feelings for each other because… Wes was alive, he would still be alive for the rest of the season, and he and Laurel would have plenty of time to go there. And Wes still had plenty of things left to do: like finding out that Bonnie killed Rebecca, for one.
Until the moment Peter just figured Wes’s death would be the most unexpected one for the casual watcher and thus the biggest punch to the gut and threw him under the sheet. Which casually happened one episode after he had Wes break up with Meggy and get with Laurel.
In other words: He literally hurried Waurel’s storyline along because he decided to kill Wes on the go.
Like talk about lousy, shitty character treatment.