Charlotte’s killer was revealed this week… or so the girls wanted their creepy stalker to think.
Let’s refresh – there are two threats coming after the liars on Pretty Little Liars. There’s the new “A” which is demanding to know who killed Charlotte and he/she threatened to get rid of the girls one by one leading up to a huge explosion during the Hasting’s election. Second is the person who is determined not to have anyone find out who killed Charlotte.
The liars, well actually just Hannah and Caleb, plotted out a master plan to trick their stalker and put an end to all of this. But if there’s anything you know about this show is that this is going to spectacularly blow up in their face. Regardless, A+ for effort.
Hannah decides to take the bail and confess that she’s the one who murdered Charlotte. For a hot second, I even believed her. I don’t know what Hannah did to convince Caleb that this plan was going to work but he was completely and 100% on board. And Team Haleb was not interested in those who weren’t in on the plan because they were going to move forward with it with or without them. Some loyalty to Spencer there huh? I guess now she knows what it feels like to have your best friend go for your guy… who was originally her guy. This relationship triangle is even more complicated then the new stalker situation.
Outside of Rosewood, Alison fell down the stairs and ended up in the hospital. That’s the third liar to get injured within the past few weeks. Coincidence? I think not. During her slumber, Ali got a surprise visit from her late mom and speaking from experience once again, it sure felt like she was actually there right? (Cue that one time Ali visited Hannah in the hospital). I was almost waiting for Elliot to be like “hey, totally just saw your mom visit.” Anyone else think maybe this is the actual twin theory? The title of this episode, “Did You Miss Me” also kind of alludes to that because that’s the phrase Ali said when she revealed that she wasn’t really dead this whole time!
And speaking of Ali’s new husband, was anyone getting MAJOR creep vibes from him? There’s seriously something not right with him right? And why is he SO concerned about how close the liars really are. I’m still 100% convinced he’s the guy that got rid of Charlotte so that he could be with Ali, but stole the game to torture her friends. I mean think about it, Ali isn’t really directly involved with anything that has to do with said stalker!
Ezra was finally looped into the “it’s happening again” convo, which was nice, considering up until now it’s literally just been the girls and Caleb. Even Toby is getting in on the action. The old squad back together again taking down the enemy… again! Of course, Ezra and Aria have also been getting really close as they work on their book together. This week, they finally met with Aria’s boss, who also broke the news that Liam was distancing himself from the project. Is it safe to say that he’s totally out of the picture? He was always a dud. As for Ezra, he finally told Aria the truth about his late girlfriend (Aurora from The Originals much), so that must mean he trusts her again. I’m calling it – these two will be the first to get hitched, especially after spending so much time together doing press for the novel!
Mona played a key role in this weeks episode being all types of shady. Seriously, Spencer said it best, I don’t think Mona even knows who she is when she looks in the mirror. Emily confronted her about the night Charlotte died and she admitted that she was the brunette that made the call from the bar. Then, she met up with Sara’s driver in broad daylight because who gives a crap about being subtle? Turns out, Mona wanted to chat with Sara, although I’m not sure why aside from telling Sara to “leave them alone.” What the heck does Mona know? And why did Sara tell her she was going to be lonely if she didn’t play the game again?!
- Lucas offered Hannah a million dollar start to her perfect career, but she hesitated on accepting it. Why? Are we still to assume Lucas is shady? Does she not want to come back to Rosewood? Also #SugarDaddyLucas was BRILLIANT!
- Spencer and Emily working together to get the blue prints from Sara’s driver – brilliant. Almost better than Team Sparia… But what is Sara planning and why does she need all those blueprints? And how was she DRIVING if her hands are so injured she can’t even sign her own signature?
- Why was Hannah so handsy with Caleb? Was it just a natural reaction to being around her ex or did she really want to stick it to Spencer and try to weasel her way in between them? Why did Caleb let it happen?
- Spencer and Caleb in Madrid was literally ooooozing sex. How did they not hook up until now?
- I know Caleb is like a master computer dude but does he really think he can trace the signal to find out where the stalker is?
- And what if the stalker turns Hannah over to the cops? How can they be sure he/she will only want revenge that doesn’t include a confession to the feds?
- Why didn’t anyone from Ali’s LIVING family check in on her… like her dad or Jason?
- Are we done thinking Melissa is involved in anyway? Where is Jason? How about blind Jenna? All suspects to me still!
- Which brings me back to season 1, who is the “he” coming after Ali?
And of course, we need to talk about this creepy promo for the season finale next week. The #TwinonPLL clearly means that some kind of twin theory will be unveiled. Is Ali’s mom a twin? Is Ali’s mom alive? Is Hannah the long lost twin of god-knows who? Who cares enough about Charlotte to know the truth and who hated her enough to kill her? And why are they still going after the girls for this? Plus, who the heck “touched” Ali that she’s so traumatized?
Watch the promo below and get ready….
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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF
‘A’ is not messing around in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Original Sin.
If you thought we’d seen the last of ‘A’… think again. The masked stalker is back to torment a new group of little liars on the HBO Max series.
The ten-episode season will debut Thursday, July 28 with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18.
A new teaser for the series reveals the tone is going to be much darker than the original ever was, and that’s likely thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who serves as writer and co-executive producer.
Check out the teaser — complete with a new version of the intro song “Secret.”
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin synopsis: Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in present day, a disparate group of teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.
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.
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‘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:
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