WARNING: If you have not seen the Pretty Little Liars Spring Finale, DO NOT KEEP READING.
“Sometimes a lie is more interesting than the truth.”
Well, seems like we know just about what everyone did that summer thanks to Alison. This season was suppose to be the season of answers and I can’t help but feel totally jipped that the finale didn’t reveal anything. We got a recount of the night Ali went missing, which I feel I could have done myself. I want answers to the big questions! But, that wouldn’t be fun now would it?? No.. So instead my review will go hand-in-hand with me trying to figure out who still has a possibility of being A. Let’s keep in mind that for some time we really thought A was multiple people making up the A-team and some people like Toby, were on the A-team only to protect Spencer. This is really the world’s biggest mystery.
Before I dig in…. no pun intended, I have to clarify, Ezra is not dead!!! He’s confirmed as a series regular and he’s totally going to be a major part of the storyline. But, that doesn’t change the fact that Ezra was shot, looked blindly at the skyline as if he were reciting some quote from a book, and fell to his “death”. Like Marlene King teased, major Ezria moment! And also, a breakthrough for Ali, who acted like she didn’t have feelings for him, but than was totally fawning over him when he got shot. Here’s my speculation. Ezra is one of the only people who knew who A actually was. He said so when he appeared on the rooftop. This really seemed to piss A off and he shot him. Now, the liars won’t have any way of finding out what Ezra really knew because he’s probably going to be in a coma or have amnesia and not remember anything! Win for A, lose for the liars. While the situation is really bad, it does serve a positive purpose. We know Ezra isn’t the bad guy, we know he’s been trying to help find Ali and get back into Aria’s good graces, he’s willing to sacrifice himself for these girls, and no matter what, Aria loves him and will be able to forgive his lies because their soul mates!!!
Timeline of events the night Ali went missing
We start off the episode with the girls meeting Ali up, only to find Noel Kahn at the location. What’s he doing there? Turns out he’s been working for Ali this whole time. Why? “Everyone’s got secrets of their own,” she states. The girls had about an hour to piece all the evidence together and find out who A was or Ali was going to leave for good.
Lets break down the list of events that occurred, which led to that one very important night. A was threatening Ali since the Halloween party, so she took off to Hilton Head with Ian to get away from the threats. Melissa showed up, angry at Ian for cheating, even though the two were technically on a “break” and Ali stole all of Ian’s videos from his laptop. This explains why a. Melissa hates Ali and b. the videos had stuff about Toby and Jenna and well, everyone in Rosewood. She used that video to threaten Jenna, but just as she was walking away she got the text, “Bitch can’t see you but I do. Tonight’s the night I kill you.” Alright, so maybe Jenna isn’t A. Scratch that. After seeing a message on her mirror, she realized she wasn’t safe anywhere. With those NAT videos in hand, she now had a weapon against A, so she used the sleepover with the girls as a way of testing the waters. She stole Mrs. D’s sleeping pills while she was on the phone worrying about something and beginning Alison not to go out. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that someone escaped Radley??? She was worried and wanted to keep Ali safe? Also, she’s on the chair board at Radley so it only makes sense. Well, Ali used those sleeping pills to drug the girls. That way she could cross them off her list as possible A suspects.
When they were all asleep, she first met with Toby who came by to thank her for sending him to juvi because he was able to free himself from Jenna. She than went on to meet up with Ezra who was super pissed at her for lying about her age. We got a glimpse further into Ali’s memory of how the two first met, which was all based on lies. Sometimes, I kind of feel Ali is getting exactly what she deserves. But everyone deserves a second chance! It’s true! Anyways, she confirmed that Ezra was writing a story about her only because he was fascinated by what a liar she was. This eventually turned into a mystery novel because Ali’s still playing games! She left Ezra’s car and went to meet up with Ian at the kissing rock, where she threatened him by telling him she made copies of his secret tapes. She threatened to release the tapes if he and Melissa didn’t stop stalking and texting her. Alright. Done deal. Back at the barn she ran into Spencer, who looked really upset. The sleeping pills hadn’t worked on her because she was actually speeding. This is where their confrontation took place. Ali had been nagging Spencer to tell Melissa about her and Ian and Spencer finally snapped at Ali. She raised the shovel, but threw it down and broke into tears after her pills fell out. Ali promised Spence that this would stay between them. Ali than finished her round by meeting up with Byron, whom she assumed wasn’t A, but felt needed to be addressed. Finally at the barn, all the girls were sound asleep, even Spencer and Ali wasn’t getting any texts. She figured she finally beat A the monster. As she walked into her front yard, she saw her mother standing in the window looking super disappointed and than bam, she got hit in the head with a rock, while her mother watched in terror. The next thing you know, Mrs. D is distraught, burying her daughter alive without even realizing it. Ali was immobile and couldn’t let her know she was actually alive, but recalls her mother repeating, “What have you done.” Who was she talking to?
The crazy fun-filled night doesn’t end well though. Honestly, how many people can one girl see during the night? Mrs. Grunwald saved alive from her coffin, (hence the hand sticking out from the ground in the Halloween episode). It’s nice to see that Grunwald’s story that she told the liars in Ravenswood totally checks out. But when Ali got scared and ran out from the car, Mona found her walking on the side of the road. By accident? Well, Ali thought so but we now know, nothing with Mona is an accident. She was Ali’s stalker. She took her to the Lost Woods Resort (if you remember thats where A’s first lair was) and knee-socks Mona devised a plan that Ali would runaway from “A” after Ali confided in her. Well, turns out when Ali went to sleep in the hotel room, Mona’s lair was already set up next door and she was just brushing a dolls hair that looked like Ali. What the hell? This girl really needs to get re-admitted to Radley. ASAP! We might have thought Mona had temporary insanity, it turns out she’s always been a cuckoo. She helped Ali get a dark wig, a red coat and off Ali went to her new life.
We also find out that Ali decided to stick around to help her friends after finding out Mona ran Hannah over with a car. She’s also the one who helped save Spencer from crazy Ian at the bell tower. Basically, there’s been so many times where Ali’s actually been the person protecting the girls, while we thought it was just A sabotaging them.
In the present day
The police are searching for the missing girls, their whereabouts and any evidence of them with Alison. Detective Holbrook gets a search warrant to search the Hasting’s household and takes Mrs. Hastings to the precint, along with Melissa who just happened to come to town from London after Toby came to her and told her Spencer was in trouble. Really, so unbelievable. Like Toby would just up and go to London. Sure he might have the money but would he really leave his girlfriend like that? And where’s Wren? Why didn’t he come with Spencer? Why isn’t any other family in questioning except for the Hastings? In addition, CeCe has been arrested for the murder of Wilden. She tells Holbrook that she won’t give him any information even though she apparently knows exactly whose in Ali’s grave, knows Ali’s alive, and know’s whose after her friend. Wait, why didn’t she tell Ali any of this? Also, where did Detective Holbrook get the picture of this girls with Ali on Halloween night??? The only person that was there was Ezra….. Gah, so many questions my brain hurts!
The police are able to locate the girls GPS’ and track them to Philly. When they arrive, they go to the place where they initially met Noel. Of course, the girls aren’t there because their at some undisclosed location that A had suddenly found. He’s come equipped with rage and a gun. I say he because after seeing those moves, only a guy can be that swift. Either a guy or Spiderman…… Yep, I said it. So A begins to chase the girls and shoot at them. They escape up the fire escape to the rooftop, where there’s no way out. Smart, really! Call the cops!!? They can’t because Noel took all their cellphones! Wait, what?! Why would you give your cellphones to Noel? How could you trust anyone? Where is Noel??
No time for questions! Ezra comes to save the day and the rest, that’s history! As he fights down “A”, Hannah gets a hold of the gun and they all shout at A to take off the mask. SERIOUSLY, TAKE OFF THE MASK. In true Pretty Little Liars fashion A does not take off the mask, he makes a break for it! Good lord, why didn’t Hannah just shoot at him? Hit him in the arm, the leg, the whatever, just make him stop running and find out who it is!!! Please?!?!?!? She doesn’t and A gets awhile, while the liars are frantically yelling, shouting and crying for someone to help them as Aria holds a dying Ezra in her arms.
Your A moment of the week:
A has killed Mrs. D, dug up her grave and buried her in there, just like she buried Ali. Confused? You should be. Sound off with your millions of questions and complaints. It’s great how the only two people (Ezra and Mrs. D) that knew who A was, or at least who hurt Ali, are both pretty much dead at this point. A’s really raised the stakes in this game because he’s being violent now!
So who dun it? Whose A?
My personal opinion… I’m not impressed with this finale at all! I’ll keep saying it until June 10. I want to know concrete details. I’m left with a million other A possibilities at this point and I don’t know where to even begin! Apparently, Mr. Hastings actually believes that Spencer might have killed Ali or whoever is in Ali’s grave. Except that Melissa knows otherwise and she whispers something to her father, which makes his eyes bulge out of his head. What does she know? Who killed the girl in that grave? Was it her? Mr. Hasting’s is also suspicious as he has an altercation with Mrs. DiLaurentis at the precinct just before she’s buried alive.
Mrs. D says something about never turning your back to a Hastings. She might have meant that about Spencer being the bully, but maybe she meant it about Jason, who becomes the number one suspect in this whole situation. Jason is a Hasting’s and whoever tried to kill Ali has to be someone close to Mrs. D that she would protect him with her life. Plus, there’s my earlier Radley theory and the fact that he just lied about being in rehab. Wasn’t he also in the NAT club?
Than there’s Mona who might just be an obsessive stalker, or she can continue to be a super suspect. She wasn’t the person attacking the liars on the rooftop but she’s definitely not being eliminated. Maybe Noel was really tricking Ali and he’s working with Mona and he’s A. After all, the two of them did date.
Can we really ride of Spencer? She might have gone back to sleep but did she stay sleeping or did she sleep try to kill Ali? Mrs. D was really scared of Spencer and she was in her room doing whatever it is that she was trying to do. Maybe that’s what Melissa knows?
And while I’m just making people suspects, why not throw in Travis and Aria’s brother, Mike. I mean, I’m sure they could also have some kind of motive. The thing here is that we only know a piece of the puzzle. We know what happened that one night. What about all the rest of the nights while Ali’s been on the run? Who has she trusted? Who can’t she trust? What is A doing all of this to begin with? I mean, any of these people probably had the chance to actually kill Ali many times and didn’t do it. So now, what? Ali’s just going to come out of hiding in season 5 and be like ta-da I’m alive? There’s way to much that just went down for things to be simple. The police is on the lookout for four missing girls, one they think is a murder. Their all with a girl whose supposably been dead for like a couple of years. They have a gun and a guy that’s shot and not just any guy but their high school English teacher, whose romanced two of those girls. I mean, how do you even bounce back from that? Or explain it. I’m curious to see how this all plays out. But Marlene King, don’t tell me I’m going to get major answers cause I didn’t. At all!
We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot
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 PLL, the 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.
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.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast Reunites for a Podcast that Involves Drinking and Rewatching Episodes!
The moms of Rosewood got out of the basement just in time to start their own podcast!
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:
The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details
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.
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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