Pretty Litle Liars captivated a whole generation when it premiered in 2010 on Freeform, but HBO Max is kicking things up a notch with its latest spinoff, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.
“A” torments a new set of little liars living in Millwood as he aims to avenge the deadly events of a Y2k party a decade later.
Leaning heavily into the teen slasher genre, the new series is a gorier and more intense look at a masked stalker who uses all forms of manipulation to get threaten his subjects.
As new episodes hit the streaming service weekly, we’re keeping a running list of his victims in season 1:
In the series premiere episode, the writers set the tone with “A’s” first and most significant kill. Imogen, a pregnant high schooler, finds her mother, Davie, dead in the tub with her wrists slashed. Blood is pouring out of the tub and down the *terrifying * hallway.
While the scene was made to look like a suicide, Imogen recalled her mother getting a flyer from “A” right before her death, so she’s inclined to believe that everything is connected to the murder of Angela Waters at a New Year’s Eve Party in 1999. Davie’s death is the kick-off to the whole series, leaving Imogen quite befuddled as she always knew her mom to be a really great and loving person. As she begins to uncover the past, she comes to realize that it might not be entirely true.
— TheA-GrAy Main (Tabogen and Chailee Have My Heart) (@vhmk9542) August 7, 2022
Every psycho killer has to have a random kill that shows how completely deranged he is. And that usually happens to be the person who crosses their path at the wrong place/wrong time. In this case, it was the school janitor who mistakenly found “A’s” lair…. oddly located on school property. The weirdest part is that no one ever brought up the janitor’s disappearance. Did they just assume he quit and never came back to work?
Karen or Kelly Beasley
The original PLL had a soft spot for twin tropes, so when Karen’s killed at the school dance Carrie style—and in the same way Angela died— fans immediately jumped to the theory that it was actually Kelly who died. Kelly behavior following her sister’s death doesn’t do her any favors, prompting Faran to also dig into the theory that Kelly is actually Karen. But when “A” gets wind of it, he corners Kelly while she’s practicing her Swan Lake solo. As she pleads to be left alone, she assures him that she’s actually Kelly. I’m not entirely convinced, but “A” backed off, so he seems to be pleased with the answer.
Tyler, the school jock and jerk, lost his battle with “A” in Imogen’s bathroom during the fundraiser Halloween party. The whole scenario was pretty brutal, even if he was just a complete ass to Tabby and the girls moments prior to his death. “A” has made it clear that his mission is to punish the bullies, and by taking out Tyler, who was still dressed in his Smurf outfit, he sure made his point. At present, the town sheriff is investigating Tyler’s disappearance and questioning Tabby, who got into a physical altercation with him (see: she punched him) at the party, but the girls just got a menacing picture message from “A” that confirms Tyler’s demise at the hands of their stalker.
‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ Renewed for Season 2 — But What Comes Next?
If you logged onto the internet today and saw Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin trending, you knew it could go either one of two ways—either HBO Max renewed the series for a second season… or, the murder mystery met its match and was a short-lived, yet promising, run.
Thankfully, it’s the former!
HBO Max has decided to stick around Millwood for a bit longer as it officially renewed the series, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The show’s 10-episode run impressed fans and even tied up loose ends by revealing who ‘A’ was rather than stringing the mystery along for several seasons like its predecessor on Freeform.
“We are so proud of the incredible response both critically and from fans that Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin has received,” said HBO Max head of originals Sarah Aubrey. “Viewers have embraced our new generation of Liars, and Roberto and Lindsay’s brilliantly dark, horror-fueled take on this iconic franchise. Along with Alloy and Warner Bros. Television, we are thrilled to continue the Pretty Little Liars legacy.”
PLL: OS, created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and co-creator Lindsay Calhoon Bring, is now considered a legacy title and joins the ranks of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, both of which were renewed by the streamer.
Season 1 starred Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Maia Reficco, Mallory Bechtel, Sharon Leal, Elena Goode, Eric Johnson, Alex Aiono and Lea Salonga.
Madison evens showed off her excitement in this celebratory tweet:
Recorded this for the family just INCASE it was good news… and ya’ll are like one big extended family so had to share… we LOVE YOU! SEE YOU SOON! #PLLOriginalSin #PLLOriginalSin2 @hbomax @PLLonMax pic.twitter.com/b6RBukq8ip
— Bailee Madison (@BaileeMadison) September 7, 2022
As for why the season wrapped up its core mystery, Bring previously told TVLine, “It was important to us with a cable show — a short-order show, a serialized show — to complete these stories and complete these mysteries,” adding, “Roberto and I love a complete story, so we wanted to complete these mysteries.” Of course, this begs the question, what’s next?
The door was left slightly ajar with “A” escaping the hospital in order to seek his revenge on Chip, one of the show’s villains in his own right, but with the mystery of the masked killer’s identity revealed, it’s unclear how the series will keep up the intriguing in a second season. However, Aguirre-Sacasa promised it would follow the same group of girls and seemed confident that viewers would remain hooked noting that they have “some preliminary ideas.”
“We certainly have a lot of places for these characters to go, new mysteries to tell and hopefully new ways to scare people,” he added.
Either way, we can’t wait.
You can catch up on all the PLL: Original Sin Season 1 content right here!
PLL Original Sin Season Finale Review – A’s Identity Revealed… Officially
If there’s one thing HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin makes abundantly clear, it’s that the original PLL mystery did not need to span several seasons when it could’ve (and some would argue, should’ve) been wrapped up in a neat, tiny bow in just one.
And that’s exactly what Original Sin managed to do—minus a few loose ends. Granted, in this case, I would’ve welcomed a mystery that stretched into a second season so that we could’ve gotten a little more insight into these characters as there was a world of potential and backstory to play with. However, I also understand that the writers and creators were being cautious since they had no idea whether or not the network (which has merged with Discovery+ and already kickstarted a handful of layoffs) would even allow a second season.
Despite everything, the writers still delivered a satisfying ending that seemed way more plausible than PLL’s (and they had so much time to plan that one!). Was it still far-fetched? Yes. But was it more believable? Also yes.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Season 1 Episode 10 was a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish as it tapped into ‘A’s purpose for targeting the new set of liars and their mothers.
The episode kicked off with Angela leaving her home on December 31, 1999, to go be with her “friends.” “They want me,” she told her mother, Rose Waters, who was doing everything in her power to keep her daughter at home not knowing that this would be the last time she would ever see her alive. While it’s unclear what happened to Rose in the present day, considering that she kept Angela’s brother, described as a boy with a face only “a mother could love,” in a cage and far-removed from the public, it’s fair to assume that he lashed out, and Imogen stumbled upon Rose’s rotting corpse when she broke into the what she thought was the abandoned home.
And yes, I said brother. After snooping around the Waters residence, the girls found some clues that indicated that Angela may have had a vengeful sibling. They weren’t wrong, as their worst fears were confirmed when ‘A’ summoned the liars to the closed-down school (lead poisoning was the excuse) for a ‘trial’ while also revealing that he kidnapped their mothers.
When they arrived, it was a scene straight from every horror movie that Tabby has ever screened at the Orpheum.
The liars were greeted with invitations to essentially play a game and decide whether or not they wanted to get revenge on the people that hurt them — Tabby found Chip tied up in a room, Mouse saw Steve, Noa found her mother’s drug supplier, while Faran encountered Madame Giry. All people that made their lives a living hell. As for Imogen, her mother’s corpse was there as she was tasked to pull something out of her mouth in order to learn the truth about her past.
Original Sin has pushed the boundaries of the slasher/horror genre since day one, but even this scene was next level.
Obviously, none of the liars took the bait since they aren’t murderers, but Imogen did read the card, which featured the words “erase her.” We’d later come to find out that the words signified Davie’s plan to punish Angela by making her invisible to the rest of the student body.
When the liars finally made their way to the auditorium, they realized ‘A’ was being “merciful” by allowing them to lash out at the people who wronged them right before he dished out his own revenge on them.
As ‘A’ watched over their bounded mothers, Principal Clanton to reveal that he was leading the charge this whole time.
‘A’ was, as suspected, Angela’s troubled brother, Archie (not Archie Andrews, I hope!), but the real shock was that Clanton was Angela’s father and the mastermind behind everything. Now, that’s a juicy twist I never saw coming that’s also not entirely far-fetched. It explains how ‘A’ had so much access to not only the school but all the private conversations inside the halls as the whole place was bugged. He needed to have a co-conspirator for any of this to actually come to fruition. ‘A’ was just the muscle that was following orders this whole time, and there’s something truly terrifying about unmasking the real killer as just a man in a suit.
Clanton then confirmed that Davie did, in fact, kill herself, an act he calls the “easy way out,” so a very-pregnant Imogen would have to pay the price for her mother’s sins. It’s a sick and twisted way of looking at the world, and particularly stressful to watch as Imogen is almost 40 weeks pregnant. Have you ever tried running halfway across a cemetery with contractions? Lord, I do not wish that upon my worst enemy.
But since you can’t expect two psycho killers to show anyone any mercy, including the pregnant girl, Imogen did her best to outrun and outsmart Archie all while trying to get through the pain. The final girl showdown between Imogen and Archie was brutal, but she stood her ground, proving that she’s not one to be messed with. She put the capital B in Badass.
If it wasn’t for Imogen’s memories of her mother, she likely wouldn’t have found the strength to fend off ‘A,’ but whenever she remembered what was taken from her, she tapped into her emotions in order to bring him down once and for all. It’s an interesting depiction of how one person can impact people’s lives in different ways. For Imogen, Davie was the best mom in the world, but for Angela and her family, Davie was their worst nightmare and the person who took everything away from them.
The problem with Davie’s character was that the way she was portrayed was largely inconsistent, which might be because we never actually knew her. Her character, aside from the first few moments of the series, was presented through skewed lenses. We got the high school version of her through memories of friends and people who hated her, and we got the adult version of her through Imogen’s memories. At times, it felt like two entirely different characters. It’s hard to villanize Davie the way the series wanted us to — or more specifically, the way A and Clanton did — when she seemed like a loving and supportive mom in the brief time we saw her alive.
Back at the high school, Kelly and Greg’s arrival threw off Clanton, which allowed the liars and the moms to ambush him and free themselves. When they arrived at Imogen’s house, they saw both her and ‘A’ passed out on the ground in what could only be described as a bloody mess.
Imogen and her baby came out victorious… but so did ‘A.’ And that was just one of the big battles of the season finale.
After Tabby informed Kelly that someone was coming after them in hopes of avenging Angela’s death, Kelly confronted her father, who forced her and her mom under house arrest, before making it very clear that none of them were going to ever set foot outside of the house again.
Kelly was bold in calling her father out for all his demons, including Angela’s rape, but it was her mother who finally made a choice to break out of the hellish lifestyle. As she listened to Tom spew more of his gaslighting venom, you could tell by her face that she was fed up and on the verge of snapping. And when she finally did, she stabbed Tom and put an end to her and Kelly’s suffering once and for all.
Tabby and Imogen also sought out justice for the sexual assault. While none of us had Clanton and Archie as ‘A’ on our bingo cards, we were all definitely right about Chip being the rapist.
Tabby and Imogen are brave, but sometimes, their actions are kind of questionable… like when they confronted Chip about this horrific thing that happened to them without any backup. They needed to question him in order to prove their theory, but it could’ve ended very badly for them.
Initially, Chip denied it, but the more they pressed, the guiltier he felt until he finally cracked and admitted to the crime explaining that, in both instances, it happened as a result of feeling rejected. It’s no excuse, and the fact that he didn’t feel bad about his actions until he was forced to face the truth simply means that he did deserve everything that happened after. He was a bad guy pretending to be one of the good ones.
Chip’s promise that he’d never do it again meant nothing because, for months, he was able to just lie to their faces and even go to the appointments with Imogen. Chip is a full-on psychopath… and one that ‘A’ took care of when breaking out of the hospital.
‘A’ also ensured that Tom Beasley died from his injuries because well, he was also responsible for hurting Angela. And I love that the liars called out Clanton and Archie’s double standard as he targeted all the moms but not the actual person who assaulted her. Even if the plan was for Tom to take the fall for the death of the liars and their moms, why not torture and torment Tom for weeks leading up to it as well?
One of the best things about the series was that while it tapped into a popular and established franchise, it reinvented itself with a fresh storyline, while also focusing on how parents’ mistakes and actions can affect their children. It underscores the very idea that everyone is human.
There are some good and bad takeaways from how the series ended.
Despite knowing what she did in high school, Imogen still chose to cling to only the good memories of her mother. It makes sense, but also sends a mixed message that could be interpreted as making it ok for bullies to get away with their actions. Angela’s memory was also never truly avenged as now she’ll just be the dead girl who had a crazy family.
And while the series tried to suggest that change is possible, ‘A’ went above and beyond to prove that he didn’t believe in the idea of redemption or second chances.
There was no justifying what Team ‘A’ was doing to these women simply because of what they did to Angela Waters in the past. People learn and change. Wisdom comes with years, and all you can hope is that the next generation is a bit more wiser, loving, and understanding, which, in this case, was true. And the biggest bully here was ‘A,’ the person trying to bring down the bullies.
While the moms deserved to be held accountable for the poor choices they made in high school—which is basically explained by mob mentality—violence is never the answer to violence. And their daughters had no stake in the game, they were just innocent byproducts of high school cattiness that went too far.
It just feels like there were opportunities missed to really hone in on some important subject matters and character development, which, yes, is important, even in a slasher series. It’s what held the original PLL together for so long!
Instead, the show leaned into one last jump scare.
I truly don’t know why anyone would believe that Archie would ever stay locked up for good. A couple of handcuffs could never hold down a determined murderer. Haven’t they ever seen a horror movie before?
But the open-ended nature of the final does make room for season 2. Without a second season guarantee, the writers wrapped up everything as logically as they could, and ‘A’s’ rise to the land of the living means that the scene is set for him to cause even more terror. What that will look like, I have no idea. We know his identity, so the mystery won’t be focused on “who is ‘A'” and everyone in town practically knows what happened, but we don’t actually know what he looks like under the mask, which would be fun to explore. Season 2 could also address some lingering storylines, including how Crazy Joe was connected to it all. Did he just know too much and get killed for it?
In the end, most everyone came out relatively unscathed… physically, at least. The emotional abuse will take some time, but at least they all have each other to lean on, which is a lot more than they had at the kickstart of the season. The Christmas ending had me all in my feels as everyone was there with their significant others/those closest to them wrapped up in the coziness and safety blanket of the holidays!
And as one final Rosewood cherry on top, Imogen revealed that she was pursuing an open adoption with a couple from the neighboring town, Aria and Ezra! Could you imagine all the fun crossover possibilities if a season 2 did happen? And what are the odds that Ezria’s new baby already fought a battle with ‘A’ and won?!
All in all, it was an enjoyable reboot of a beloved franchise that kept things fresh while weaving in moments and storylines that stayed true to the original. If a season 2 doesn’t come to fruition, at least the franchise and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa both redeemed themselves.
What did you think of the season finale? Are you happy the mystery was finally solved? Do you think ‘A’ will return to chaos more havoc?
PLL Original Sin Review – It’s Someone You Know
Well, well, well, what do we have here… is it a troubled Sheriff at the center of a huge controversy?
It sure is.
Sheriff Beasley has abused his power for far too long, but even though the liars knew all about his misdeeds and misdoings, they still never expected the bomb that was dropped when everything bubbled up to the surface.
The penultimate episode, Pretty Little Liars Original Sin Season 1 Episode 9, picked up momentum from its first minute… and my brain is quite literally spiraling from all the information that was revealed.
The episode kicked off with the liars coming clean about everything that’s been going on with ‘A,’ and honestly, the open communication is such a welcome change of pace from the original series. Getting everything out in the open forced the moms to finally fess up to their part in all of this — being absolute bullies to Angela Waters while they were in high school.
Their daughters are pretty disgusted when they learn the truth, but when they question the moms as to why they treated Angela so horribly, it gets even worse. “It was a different time,” “girls were meaner in the ’90s,” and “she was an easy target” are not legitimate excuses. At the end of the day, they knew better, and they knew what they did was wrong. It still feels like they are trying to excuse their behavior instead of owning up to it.
With Crazy Joe gone, everyone assumed the nightmare was finally over, but honestly, it was just beginning.
It’s refreshing that Imogen and Tabby aren’t naive enough to fully fall for the Crazy Joe is ‘A’ explanation because they know that when it comes to good horror movies, it’s never quite that simple.
So, the fact that they suggest that Crazy Joe may have been murdered by ‘A’ who staged his death to look like a suicide is a much more plausible theory that also allows Imogen to explore her belief that her mom was murdered. If ‘A’ staged one death, there’s a huge possibility that he also staged her mother’s suicide.
It’s not just wishful thinking either as Imogen gets reassurance that her mother would never leave her by choice from her estranged father. When she visits him to get the paperwork signed in order to exhume her mother’s body for an autopsy (why did they not do one initially?), he informs her that while her mom was depressed, all of that just changed when Imogen was born as she wanted to be there for her daughter always and forever, which honestly, makes this whole thing that much more depressing.
Her father doesn’t seem to know much that could help in Imogen’s investigation initially, but he later calls to suggest that she talk to her mother’s high school sweetheart–Tom Beasley. It strikes me as odd that Imogen’s father didn’t know Tom’s name or that he’s the town sheriff, but considering he lives in a remote location near a quarry, maybe he’s just not totally tuned in on what’s what.
Either way, the fact that Tom and Davie dated is a bit of a bombshell reveal, though not entirely surprising if she was spirit queen and he was the most popular jock.
It does seem like Davie tried to leave the past in the past, so it might be why she never told Imogen any of these details, even as she grew close to Karen and Kelly.
However, the reveal is only one-upped by the fact that Tom Beasley was Angela Waters’ rapist. We’ve had theories about him considering how messed up and dark his whole personal life has been, but this just thrust him into the spotlight as the main suspect.
At the very least, everything definitely connects back to him in some shape or form.
From here, I have a few possible theories:
Outcome #1: Tom is ‘A’. He’s responsible for all the deaths in Millwood, including Davie, Rose Waters, and Crazy Joe. I mean, Crazy Joe was clearly working for someone, and who could refuse the Sheriff’s orders? Plus, who is he going to report it to… the Sheriff? And Tom seems cruel enough to torment and torture the girls, though, I don’t know if he’d actually ever go through with killing his own daughter.
Outcome #2: Tom is also being tormented by ‘A’ this whole time—just like the liars—which could explain why he’s lashing out at everyone and drowning his sorrows in alcohol. I hate to call Tom a victim, but he might be one of ‘A’s’ victims while also being a complete villain in his own right.
Outcome #3: Tom, who may or may not be tormented by ‘A,’ is definitely the person who assaulted Angela Waters, Imogen, and Tabby. He can’t control his urges, which have only intensified throughout the years.
Outcome #4: Just throwing out the possibility that Tom is Imogen’s father, which would make her and Karen+Kelly sisters.
Outcome #5. Tom only sexually assaulted Angela, which resulted in her giving birth to a secret child on Halloween right before her death. The secret child is Chip, who wants revenge for his mother, so he becomes ‘A,’ while also struggling with his father’s darkness thus leading to the assault of Tabby and Imogen. I don’t think the timelines add up for Angela to have given birth by the Halloween party, but I just really like the secret child with Tom theory. At the very least, I think Chip is Tabby and Imogen’s rapist.
Bits and pieces from all of these theories/outcomes can be true, so I’ll be interested to see how all of this pans out. It doesn’t seem like there’s anyone else that could be behind the mask other than Chip or Tom.
I did find it odd that Tom notified Imogen of her mother’s body being dug up considering he was the only one who knew she planned to get it exhumed. Could he be the one to steal the body and hide the fact that she was murdered… possibly by him? Maybe Davie knew too much about Tom’s dark side, so he wanted to silence her. And if Tom is somehow connected to ‘A,’ then he wouldn’t want anyone sniffing around Davie’s death.
Of course, it’s even more upsetting that his wife knew all about his sexual proclivities and stayed silent about it for years. I know there’s a level of fear there since no one in that family has ever dared to stand up to Tom, but how do you just let him get away with all of this?
My guess is that Tom’s wife knows much more than she’s letting on. And I’d be interested to see what role she played in this narrative throughout high school. Will she be the one to crack this thing wide open?
Then we have Tabby’s assault, which has come to light after she was honest about it with her mother, who hilariously went to the movie theater and verbally attacked Wes for being a creep. I love a protective mama bear, but I wish she would have spoken to her daughter and gathered all of the facts first.
One thing she said resonated with Tabby, however, and it was that 9 times out of 10, your attacker is someone you know. She didn’t seem too spooked by Wes, but for some reason, she couldn’t shake the gut feeling that Chip was responsible for both attacks. And you know the gut never lies.
I want to say that it’s a red herring, but I truly believe that it is Chip. He bears a striking resemblance to Tom (who could be his father), he’s kind of an outcast who hates the jocks (which could also be related to his mother’s whole story), he never got a chance with Tabby, so he decided to do something about it, and he is accompanying Imogen to her doctor visits and explaining that he simply wants to be “supportive” because it’s his child. Do you know what they always say about attackers? They stay close to their victims. It can’t be a coincidence that he has developed feelings for both Tabby and Imogen.
And now that the DNA testing confirmed that there is a match to Imogen’s baby, they know that the person had to have donated at the school event, which is where literally all of the boyfriends donated, so it’s very possible that it was Chip.
Tabby is doing her investigative work, but with little memory of what happened the night of the bonfire, she can’t outright place Chip at the scene. She did, however, recall him being a sloppy mess at the party where Karen and Imogen got into a fight, which is also the night Imogen got pregnant. All I’m saying is that it really doesn’t look good for Chip. He’s a walking red flag and someone needs to look into it!
- The town really has given up on finding Tyler. Does anyone on the football team care that he’s missing?
- Shawn said he’s no longer taking steroids after passing so much judgment on Noa’s mom for being an addict while doping himself. It would be so much better if he was just a jerk, but he’s a jerk masquerading as a nice guy. I don’t trust him one bit.
- Speaking of Noa’s mother, the whole storyline is a heartbreaking and raw look at the battle of addiction. Her mother’s intentions were good, but there’s no way she could ever handle detoxing on her own. She needs professional help to come out on the other side. And it shouldn’t be squarely on Noa’s shoulders either.
- I love that Faran is allowing herself to embrace her natural beauty instead of living up to some expected ideals. It’s also allowing her to tap into her inner badass! The way she supported Kelly, stood up to Tom and confronted Kelly and her mother about her father’s demons truly unleashed her inner badass!
- What if Tom Beasly isn’t the reason Faran’s father got pulled over? It definitely seemed like he was lashing out at her after she confronted him, but what if this was something else? I’m not mad she exposed him, but if she misinterpreted the situation, I know Faran will feel guilty forever if that’s the case.
- Imogen needs to stop having these jump-scare nightmares because my heart can’t handle it. And neither can her blood pressure.
- It was clear Mouse’s storyline with Steve wasn’t going to end well. The man was in denial about his daughter, Rachel, but when he found out she went missing, he completely cracked. Mouse should’ve never put herself in that position, but she’s such a sweet girl, she just wanted to help in any way that she could. I’m glad her moms and Ash were able to find her before things got too dark.
- There’s a lot that these teens and parents have to be honest with each other about, but opening up that line of communication is clearly not only necessary but beneficial. Everyone wins!
What did you think of the episode? How do you think it will all end? Who is ‘A’?
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