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 “All things truly wicked start from innocence.”
The girls are seeing red. Everywhere! Hands down one of the craziest season finales of Pretty Little Liars ever!!! The writers and producers sure now how to keep the suspense coming, twisting plot lines and skewing the perceptions between whats real and whats just a dream. Who is good and who is evil??? Whose working on what team?? The real shocker, aside from finding out who red coat is, was that the person calling all the shots for at least two seasons, ended up in the exact same boat as the little liars. 


Yes, Spencer joined the A-team but only because she’s always one step ahead of everyone else. Just cause she went to Radley doesn’t mean she lost any of her brains. When Spencer encountered Mona at Radley she found out that Toby was in fact, still alive. Mona promised she would let Spencer see him, if she joined the A-team. Meaning she needed to help Mona get all the girls into one place at one time so that red coat could finally get what she’s been waiting for. Mona referred to it as “they’ll get whats coming to them” but whats really coming to them?  It seems like “red coat” is looking for revenge, but when that time actually came, red coat supposedly helped the girls out?


Toby is in fact alive. Mona keeps her word. When Spencer stole Malcolm from his karate class (ha I was right), she proved to Mona that she really was reliable and trust-worthy. When Mona left Spence alone in the “lair” Spence arranged a meeting with Toby. As Toby thought he was meeting with Mona, he stumbled upon Spencer. A new, dangerous and more carefree Spencer; a courtesy of the heavier eye-makeup. Oh the difference a little bit of black around the eyes can do. Toby admitted that he played along with Mona’s scheme of pretending to be dead in the forest. It was “A’s” plan all along. Toby also confessed that the reason he was on the A-team was only to protect Spencer. They left together to a hidden motel, that only Toby knew about and proceeded to have a beautiful night together. The writers have a way of making these on-screen relationships really powerful. After everything that Spencer has been through; thinking her boyfriend had betrayed her, thinking he was dead, ending up in a mental institute, she really deserved a night of pure bliss. And seeing pretty eyes cry in her arms after realizing just how much pain he put her through while trying to protect her was truly heart breaking. Its okay Toby. We forgive you!!!


Hannah took a job babysitting Malcolm and found out that Spencer was in fact the girl that stole him from karate class. This led the girls to the revelation that Spence was on the A-team. To test their friends loyalty, they dressed Hannah up in a red jacket and led Spencer to a bathroom with the idea that if she followed the fake red coat it meant that she obviously didn’t know who red coat was and was still on their side. That’s when Spencer told them about everything she’s been up to and the plan for Friday. Honestly though, for the girls to turn up the music when scheming in their own kitchens and than talk openly in a public bathroom about Spence pretending to be on the A-team and than concocting a plan to take down red-coat, was just plain stupid. 

Friday comes and Spencer is with Toby and Mona, pretending that she’s calling the girls to come to the “party.” At this time the girls are already inside of the house, hoping to get in before red-coat can spot them. Mona than tells Toby to “take care of Spencer” and he pretends that he’s taking her outside and getting rid of her. You now in the sense that she’s been used for all she’s worth and now she’s no longer an asset, but a liability. While Spencer and Toby are out, the girls corner Mona. Toby and Spencer separate, as the plan is for Spencer to go to the plane the red-coat is landing in and see who red coat is without being seen.  We found out earlier that Toby doesn’t know who red coat is either, all he knows is that she is the big boss. 


But someone else is also involved in this scheme. Earlier in the episode we see that Jenna is back in town and she is working with Shawna. She also gets a text from “A” telling her of a meeting place. Later on in the episode we see Melissa also go to Jenna’s house where the three girls talk about the “party” and mutter “the bitches will all be there.” I’ll get back to this point in a second, I promise. But that being said, someone ends up lighting the house on fire, trapping Aria, Emily, Hannah and Mona inside. It can’t be red-coat because she’s landing in her private plane at the time. It also can’t be Spencer, whose spying on her and it can’t be Toby because he gets knocked out by the same person who lit the house on fire. So that leaves one of the three, Jenna, Melissa or Shawna to have lit the house on fire.

While Spencer is in the enchanted forest trying to get a better look at A, she thinks she see’s Alison. The girls are burning in the house and Mona reveals that she also doesn’t know who red-coat is. Honestly people, you work for this crazy person and you never even try to figure out who it is. Once the smoke and flames knock all the girls unconscious, we see them get dragged out of the fire and than Hannah see’s Alison looking at her. After they all gain consciousness, Mona runs up revealing that Alison dragged her out of the burning house. Everyone’s pretty much convinced Ali is alive. I mean, this isn’t the first time we have pondered on that idea but now we know that red-coat has access to her own plane, and in older episodes when we saw flashbacks to the day Ali supposedly died, she was on flying. Flying was her way of escaping. On the drive home, awkwardly with Mona, the girls question how she never saw the face of red-coat and she reveals that she’s always worn a mask that looked exactly like Ali. Well could she have been wearing a mask this time and everyone just wants to see Alison or is Ali really alive??? I don’t think a mask could really look exactly like a person, but people can hallucinate in times of grave danger and stress. We’ve seen the mask Mona is talking about, but would Radley really let people in with masks. It doesn’t matter if Wren let CeCe in, which it could very well be CeCe. But even if Mona didn’t see the face, wouldn’t she recognize the voice. Everything she says just isn’t believable. I think Mona knows exactly who she’s dealing with. Plus when she they were all dragged out, she was running from the burning house desperate to make everyone believe that it was Ali. Honestly, she’s a compulsive liar; a good one, but we can’t fall into her trap. 


I’ll get off on a little tangent, cause blogging about Pretty Little Liars is never really easy. Its like trying to explain a really complicated maze. After literally a whole season without Jenna, she has finally returned and apparently with a vengeance. I spoke briefly about the trio that I believe is responsible for the fire. Their obviously suspicious and Emily heard them speaking with a motive that might have been to kill the little liars. Why? We’re still not sure. I mean Jenna has a reason I guess, but why the other two? I mean, Shawna is new in town. But the trio gets even more suspicious. On the drive home, the little liars and Mona see Wilden’s car. Clearly someone pulled it out of the lake. Let’s not ask how thats possible or how the computer with the video is still working, but aside from revealing that Ashley hit Wilden, we see that Shawna and Jenna were the ones that took Wilden off the road and possibly helped him? But how are they at all involved with Wilden? Why were they at the scene of the crime? Coincidence or by choice? Could this be an extension of the NAT team? why is it all connected to Ali?? And why are they after the girls?


This also gets into who the hell is the A-team anymore? I mean, Toby was only in on it to protect Spencer. Spencer was only on it for a second. Mona really didn’t call any of the shots she just listened to big boss. But was she really A? At the end of the episode, the girls see something shocking and disturbing in Wilden’s trunk, which was obviously the finale and we must wait to find out what it is. They also get a text from A and by them I mean everyone plus Mona. That means she isn’t sending the texts signed A. Maybe she hasn’t been for awhile. Red-coat is calling all the shots, but it seems like there are two teams fighting against each other and to sabotage the liars. Yet, does red-coat want to kill or sabotage the liars? I mean, if it was in fact Ali who is red-coat and who pulled them out of the fire, than that argument is invalid. Is she acting as their guardian angel to protect them from the trio, that I actually think is the real A-team sending threats and working against the liars? Mona has suddenly fallen from the crazy to the used and abused. She was mainly a puppet on strings and now she’s back on the other side, not on the A-team. 


I already touched upon the Toby and Spencer relationship. Caleb was nowhere in sight this week, which could be suspicious or he could just be out looking for his father and trying to make amends. Than again where is Caleb and Paige? They have been kind of suspicious this season and Paige does have a past with Shawna. But the couple that really killed me was Ezra and Aria. Obviously, we saw them crashing and burning (no pun intended) for awhile now, but Aria finally got the bravery to tell Ezra that whatever they had burned out and they needed to move on. It was hard to watch because I’m not sure if she’s doing it out of her own feelings or her fear that A will get the best of their relationship or potentially hurt his son? Is she really threatened by Maggie when Ezra is clearly not taking a job because he wants to be with her? Than when she tells him its over, he grabs her passionately into his arms as if its the last time he could ever do that, and she still walks away. Why?? The passion clearly didn’t die out for either of them. Its clearly really hard for both of them. You can see that when he comes in as her substitute teacher and the way they look at each other. Whats the point of this torture?? I am and forever will be an Ezria believer. Plus, Ezra has a point, she’s graduating in seven months. They made it this far, they can totally tough it out. 


So now we’re left with answered questions that leave us with more questions. How’s that even possible? I’m not sure. But what did you guys think of the finale? Do you think that Toby really is trust worthy again? Will Ezra and Aria find a way back to each other eventually? Are Caleb and Paige potentially on the A-team? Who is the A-team anymore? What’s up with Jenna, Shawna and Melissa? Why are they all working together? Who is red-coat? Could it really be Ali? Is she really A??? Did the girls all just have hallucinations? Was Mona really on the other side of the tracks this time or was this all part of A’s game? Are the girls suppose to trust Mona now? What do you think was revealed in Wilden’s trunk?? Could this show get any crazier?? I don’t dare ask. Till next season my loves! Hats off to everyone working on the production of #PLL. You really give me a thrill each and every week. 

Memorable Quotes

  • Spencer: You know how I feel about hope. It breeds eternal misery.
  • Spencer: I decided I didn’t want to be a victim. Thats just not who I am. 
  • Mona: Those bitches are finally going to get what they deserve.
  • Hannah: I hate her.
    • Spencer: Why?
    • Hannah: Cause she flirts with everyone but me.
  • Emily: Shawna is bad news. Where she goes, trouble follows.
  • Hannah: Well all aboard the Hannah express.
  • Aria: Nothing about us feels right anymore.
  • Spencer: She told me that you would be there Friday. That you would be my reward for delivering the girls.
  • Spencer: I stopped worrying about me a long time ago.
  • Toby: What we had was real. I’ve been pretending to work with Mona so I could keep you safe. I need you to believe me and I need you to follow me.
  • Aria: Radley is looking better and better everyday. I’m actually ready to check in.
  • Aria: I’ve already got it figured out. Spencer is part of the A-team. Game over.
  • Aria: Do you remember what you said at Ali’s funeral? You were right. There never was  a happy ending for us.
  • Hannah: You followed me here that means you don’t know who she is.
    • Emily: If you don’t know who she is that means your still one of us.
  • Mona: It’s her. She’s everywhere and nowhere.
  • Mona: We’re all going to die. We’re all going to burn. 
    • Hannah: Than shut up Mona. 
    • Mona: I’m never going to know who she was. 

This song was seen when Spencer and Toby made love at the motel! 


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We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

Pretty Little Liars, which premiered in 2010 on ABC Family (now Freeform), took fans on a rollercoaster ride. The twists and turns were so dramatic and exaggerated, halfway through the show’s 7 season run, many fans began to taper off. 

Dedicated fans, however, stuck it out despite the fact that the show was rapidly going off the rails. Why? Because they desperately needed to know the identity of “A,” and later, “AD,” once and for all. 

And the glorious day came on June 27, 2017. As we sat huddled up in front of our TV screens, we were filled with a mix of emotions ranging from confused, misled, and finally, relieved.

“Relief” is a strange emotion to feel when a show ends. Most fans tend to feel a sadness wash over them when the curtain falls, but with PLLthe finale was a sign that the madness was officially over. 

The journey with the liars is one we’ll never forget, but let’s face it – most fans are not clamoring for more, especially not a mere three years after the finale. Heck, some of us are still trying to piece that ending together in a way that makes any rational sense. 

We’re living in a time where reboots are hailed by TV executives as a sound and sure-fire idea. There’s plenty of examples of success: Dynasty, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico. Even revivals that have honed a place in society with shows like The Conners and Fuller House both leading the pack. 

Pretty Little Liars PlAytime

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “PlAytime” – After Noel Kahn’s abrupt death, the Liars try putting their lives back together again in “Playtime,” the first of the final ten episodes of Freeform’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 – 9:02 p.m. EDT). Fans can catch up on where the Liars left off with an all-day marathon of season seven starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour spring premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO

But the one thing that these reboots have in common is that the original shows aired a decade or more ago. The key to a successful reboot is nostalgia; they aim to hook the original fans while also appealing to a brand new generation. 

Reboots may either reimagine a familiar story with a modern spin and new characters or reunite fans with characters years later a la catching up with friends years after college. 

It’s obvious that PLL does not fall into the category of a show that warrants a reboot. Not yet, at least. There’s no sound argument when one could argue that enough time has passed to try to take a stab at this overly complex teen mystery drama once again.

One of my biggest gripes with the PLL reboot, which was officially announced as an HBO Max original, is that it doesn’t center around the original liars. 

I’m firm in my belief that had it not been for the popularity, relatability, and dynamic of Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Belissario, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, the show wouldn’t have found a cult-like following or lasted as long as it did. The ladies made the show worth watching and managed to sell us on every single outrageous storyline. 

Many of us stuck with the series because of our love for the liars. But the reboot, billed as “set miles away from Rosewood” in a new town, with a new set of characters, strips the very identity of PLL. 

How can you have a show without any involvement from Aria, Emily, Hannah, Spencer, and Alison? They are the pretty little liars. There is no show without them. No one is interested in watching a new generations of teens get tormented by threatening cyber-stalker who knows too much about their life, which was fun to watch partially because it paralleled the rise of technology and the fears surrounding privacy that came along with the emergence of social media.

Even if the ladies considered (and I use that term loosely — they are over here working on their careers and expanding their families, after all) returning for a reboot, not enough time has passed for a proper reunion. 

There’s been talk of a potential movie sequel involving the original liars, and truthfully, that’s an idea fans of the original could get behind. It would be a one-time thing, it wouldn’t overstay its welcome or feel forced, and it would hopefully gives fans the follow-up they’ve been dying for. 

Earlier this year, Hale said she wouldn’t “rule anything out” but ultimately, they’d “need a little more time to pass.”

“I feel like we would get more out of it if we were, like, 10 years down the road,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight, adding that she’s protective of the show. Hale worked with Roberto Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa on the short-lived Katy Keene, so I’m truly curious to see what she thinks about this upcoming reboot. Note: none of those involved with the original have weighed in or commented yet.  

Honestly, much of the pushback that I’ve seen about this rumored reboot is for that very reason — fans, even the ones who thought the finale came out of left-field and was a total dumpster fire — are also super protective of it. We don’t want anything or anyone to taint the show’s legacy. 

We also cannot ignore there’s the fact that PLL’s Marlene King attempted her own reboot of sorts shortly after the series concluded and even centered the storyline around two familiar faces, Alison DiLaurentis (Pieterse) and Mona Vaderwaal (Janel Parish), to drum up support and interest from the core fandom. That didn’t work.

PLL: Perfectionists lasted a whole ten episodes before Freeform pulled the plug leaving any fans that submitted themselves to yet another A-like mystery in the dark. It’s a shame the series wasn’t give a real chance because it had potential if it stayed true to the books and veered away from trying to make it so much like it’s predecessor. In this case, a complete overhaul could’ve worked if done right. 

And it’s probably better if I don’t mention Ravesnwood, the second PLL spinoff that centered around Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn), which saw a lot of people seeing dead people in the neighboring town. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the show’s ten-episode run, but it’s yet another example of the franchise trying to reinvent the wheel and failing miserably. 

If King couldn’t make these shows work while PLL was at its height, maybe it’s because the audience needed to take a break from the world of A?

Which brings me to my next point… Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa. You may not know the name, but if you love teen dramas, you’re familiar with his work. He’s the brains behind The CW’s successful and oftentimes disturbing teen thriller Riverdale.

One fan on Reddit noted that “PLL walked so Riverdale could run,” and let’s be honest, plenty of fans (and critics) have called the show a hot mess. However, that’s what we’ve come to love about Riverdale; it’s wacky, weird, and only tolerable when you suspend all disbelief.

He’s also proven himself in the reboot-realm with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. CAOS is an entirely different ballgame; it’s a dark twist on the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that pulls much of its inspiration from the Archie comics. It offers up an entirely new world featuring new takes on some beloved characters. Not to mention Sabrina wrapped its run in 1996 meaning enough time has passed; the world was ready for the Spellman’s once again. 

As I mentioned, CAOS is ending with its upcoming season while Aguierre-Sacasa’s other series, Katy Keene, was cancelled after just a season at The CW. 

I’m not questioning Aguierre-Sacasa’s qualifications — I’m a fan of his shows — but I don’t think jumping into and revamping a still-fresh franchise is necessary right now.

Apparently, neither does Twitter. One person commented that he should “stick to one show and make that good.” I’d prefer HBO Max gave Katy Keene another try rather than investing into this PLL reboot. 

The reboot seems to be hoping to capitalize on the the original fandom (the brief teaser features the same imagery as the original right down to the logo), but the fandom has opposed a reboot from the start. And they’ll be further alienated with the reboot’s description of a “horror-tinged, coming-of-rage” version.

Aguierre-Sacasa’s strength lies within creating shows permeated with twisted mysteries that have a campy, horror vibe, which is tonally different than the psychological mind games we’ve come to expect from PLL

There’s room for another teen thriller, obviously, but maybe it would be best to leave the franchise alone and call the show, which is shaping up to be its own entity anyway, something else entirely? “Original Sin” minus the “Pretty Little Liars” would have given the series a fresh-slate without any comparisons.

Here’s the show’s description so you can decide for yourself: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. as well as their own.”

I’ll watch merely out of curiosity and because I’ve made television my job, but man, I haven’t even had time to miss PLL yet. 

If you really need to feel the PLL-void in your life, the best thing to do is just stream the original episodes, because I think we can all agree that some things are better off left alone… at least until enough time has passed to revisit them through a new lens.


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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast Reunites for a Podcast that Involves Drinking and Rewatching Episodes!

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Pretty Little Liars Cast Including the Moms Reunite for Podcast

The moms of Rosewood got out of the basement just in time to start their own podcast!

Go mamas! 

All jokes aside, Holly Marie Comb (Aria’s mom Ella), Lesley Fera (Spencer’s mom Veronica) and Nia Peeples (Emily’s mom Pam) are reuniting to rewatch episodes together and offer some commentary. 

Honestly, I’ve always wanted to know what the moms of Rosewood thought about what their daughters were up to/involved in, especially since half the time, it didn’t seem like the liars even had parents! 

The podcast, titled “Pretty Little Wine Moms” (yes, ladies!) means that they will be sitting down with their favorite drinks and breaking down one episode at a time. Since they were a part of the production, they’ll be able to add in behind-the-scene tidbits. 

Here’s where things get super fun — each week’s episode will have a new special guest that joins in for the chat. 

According to Digital Spy, guests will range from other cast members, writers, directors, and producers. 

This month alone the podcast will feature Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Brant Daugherty (heads-will-roll Noel Kahn), and Torrey DeVitto (Melissa Hastings). 

In September, the lineup includes costume designer Mandi Line, writer/producer Bryan M. Holdman, Ashley Benson (Hannah Marin), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) and Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers). 

I love how much support the moms are getting from the cast and that the cast is finding new ways to keep this fun and twisted show alive! 

Of course, we cannot wait for the mom-circle to be completed with a guest appearance by Laura Leighton (Hannah’s mom Ashley)!

The idea for the podcast came to Lesley where she was bored at home during COVID. She invited her co-stars to appear on her podcast with her husband, Ned Mochel, and fans were so thrilled that the moms were back together again, they figured why not roll with it?

We’re so glad they did. 

And we cannot wait for the mom’s to spill some tea! Maybe they’ll finally tell us how they got out of that basement…

Here’s a snippet of how I envision this podcast in my mind: 

 


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The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

This isn’t a secret, Rosewood’s finest are coming together again for a good cause. 

The cast of Pretty Little Liars will be reuniting for a virtual reunion. 

All your favorites will be tapping in including Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hannah Marni), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers) and creator I. Marlene King.

So, what’s on tap for the live event?

A panel with the cast likely catching up on what’s happened since the show went off air three years ago and reminiscing about best moments. There will also be a fan Q+A portion and one-on-one video chats with each cast member and King. 

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Those who wish to join in on the fun can do so by purchasing a ticket for $15.

All one-one-one chats with the cast are currently sold out. A chat with King costs $95. Tickets can be purchased at Cast4Good’s website.

All proceeds benefit Feeding America. The reunion will take place on Friday, May 15 at 12pm ET and can be watched on the Looped app. It’s being led by Cast4Good, a fundraising platform, which aims to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

So, grab your black hoodie and pretend its 2017 all over again. 


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