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“All Roads Lead To Radley”

Pretty Little Liars has always been creepy, but it’s taking it to a whole new level this season.

Hannah Feels Suffocated– The girls are still dealing with what happened at the dollhouse… not well I might add. It’s understandable that everyone is really concerned about them, especially considering the man they thought was their kidnapper is now free and roaming around town. But unfortunately, caring about them so much is smothering and suffocating some. Hannah especially. When your BF is a computer genius, you start to feel a little stalked. He’s at her house every minute of every day, watching her sleep and even put a tracker on her car. She’s frustrated, but heck, knowing the police leave a 10 minute gap between “shift switches” I’d be glad my BF was looking out for me.

Aria’s Hair– Aria feels the pressure from her dad, who freaks out when she’s not at the photo studio when she said she would be. She’s all “I don’t ever want to talk about that place” until she gets locked inside the studio while developing pictures and realizes she’s totally traumatized. She begins literally suffocating in there, but thankfully, some photo dude helps her out. Suspicious, yes. But who isn’t suspicious in this town? Being trapped inside however triggers a memory and we finally see how and why Aria got a new pink ‘do inside the dollhouse.

Stoned Spencer– Spencer seems to be suffering the most with her inability to sleep, anxiety and flashbacks. I understand her mother is worried she’ll become dependent on the Xanax (or w.e) again, but honestly, home girl needs to realize her daughter can’t deal with what’s happening.  She begins having flashbacks that remind me more of a frickin’ horror movie than an ABC Family show. She remembers waking up in the dollhouse with blood smeared all over the carpet and her body. What did she do? How did blood get there? For a moment, it looked like her wrists were sliced. Was A just trying to act out that night Ali went missing? The torture and games make absolutely no sense! Eventually, when she isn’t able to find Aria’s pills in the dumpster (cringe-worthy) scene, she turns to the new girl at the brew who makes delicacies filled with weed. Ezra tries to stop her but she wasn’t having any of it and neither was I! Bring on #StonedSpencer! She needs to finally get a break because she hit a new low this week. And that’s saying a lot!

Emily & Sara- Emily is dealing with her own emotional instability by trying to help Sara Harvey and taking her to the pool. Although serious Em’s telling Sara you’ll be fine and won’t get kidnapped in a park at night because there’s 2 of you seems a little naive don’t you think? There were 4 of you in a POLICE CAR and A still managed to get you… Please use your brain. #Irritated. Also… anyone else see them totally kind of get their flirt on? #PleaseNo

I can’t seem to figure out if Sara is actually shady or just weird because she’s been trapped in A’s dollhouse for 2 plus years. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and go with the latter, but definitely believe she plays a HUGE part in the whole overall story based on what we found out about Charles this week and from next weeks preview. And boy, when they said we’ll get answers, they really meant it. I haven’t felt this confident, content and informed after an episode… ever!

Who Is Charles- So, to the most pressing question- Who the heck is Charles? Charles is the eldest DiLaurentis born 15 months before Jason! But, he’s dead… according to Mr. DiLaurentis. Charles was born prematurely, which means he had some behavioral and developmental problems. It was obvious from day one, but eventually, it got so bad, he was checked in to Radley and never left. Or so “we’re told.” Mr. D said Charles committed suicide on his 16th birthday, but I don’t buy it and thankfully neither do any of the liars. If Mr. D lied about not knowing who Charlie was in the first place, what makes you think he’d tell the truth now?

He eventually tells Ali that the incident that forced them to commit Charles was when he tried to drown Ali with scolding hot water. Alright, so since he was a boy, he has had an obsession with Ali and wanted to kill her. So far, he has every motive to be A. He also had every motive to hate her friends and family because he was given up to Radley because of what he did to her. But why wouldn’t he try to hurt Jason? Was he just angry Ali upstaged him as the baby of the family?

Anyways… Mr. D said Charles was cremated because he died when he was out of state. Convenient right? Mr. D never saw a dead Charles… or the remains. He’s just regurgitating what he “thinks” happened. The real culprit here is Mrs. DiLaurentis.

We Need Proof- The girls decide to find files from Radley to confirm whether or not Charles was let go or died. No body, no believing is our motto these days. Radley closed down apparently, I guess I missed that memo, so they track down the files to a storage unit. In a room full of boxes, Aria somehow manages to find Charles’ file, but there’s nothing past his 16-year in the file. There is a visitors log however which shows Aunt Carol visited him quite often. Only problem- Aunt Carol is also dead…. dead end.

When Jason finds out about Aunt Carol he recalls a time that he went up to her house to crash only to find his mother there “working” on the garden. She wouldn’t let him in the house, seemed a bit jumpy and sounds could be heard coming from inside. She wasn’t alone, clearly. So, Spence, Hannah, Ali and Jason decide to go scope the place out. They find it is in fact abandoned and find a grave in the backyard. Hannah is all “this shit is fake because A” but Jason and Spence put their noggins together to realize, the grave has been there for awhile. This must be legit right? Wrong.

Theory #1- Here’s my theory- Jason NEVER died in Radley and Mrs. D knows it. He escaped that night and decided to go after Alison. He hit her over the head and Mrs. D covered for him because he’s her son. She didn’t want anyone to know so she faked his death. After all, she was on the board at Radley and had the power. (Here’s me guessing that Charles is also the reason Toby’s mom is dead.) Anyways, she told everyone that Charles died and buried her own daughter. But Charles kept messing with Alison as ‘A.’ When Ms. D said she couldn’t help him anymore in that email, he killed her. Wild guess- Charles is Johnny. He rolled through town just after Ms. D died, was Melissa’s age which would explain A’s obsession with that prom theme, stayed in the barn which is pretty much the scene of the crime and stayed close to Ali’s house. He was also in the very first episode watching Spencer, which technically was his “half sister” right? Right.

There’s obviously still loop holes in this whole mystery and Sara will definitely help fill them. For starters, I think she knows more than she’s letting onto, especially A’s identity. After all, she knew it wasn’t Andrew and she told Emily she didn’t want to go back to being analyzed. 100 bucks that she was in Radley and actually befriended Charles before he went A on her ass. Maybe he kidnapped her that night because he couldn’t get to Ali?

Theory #2- Next thing- Andrew is still a big mystery. Why would Marlene dive into his character, set everything at the Campbell farms and then give us the “he’s adopted” information? Andrew could definitely be Charles because of that,  but here’s where Spencer’s theory comes into play. Let’s assume Charles is actually dead. This means someone wanted them to find out about Charles and wanted them to know believe that’s who he really was. That someone had to be friends with Charles in Radley. Maybe that person is Andrew?

Theory #3- Another oddball theory- maybe Sarah Harvey and Bethany are the same person! She doesn’t have a “mom” because her mom was Mrs. D! She was also in Radley, Mrs. D came to visit, she hated the woman, she bought her clothes and told Ali to keep it a secret from Mr. D! She could also be Charles’s twin sister and working with him! She wanted to meet Ali the night that she went missing, so maybe this was how they lured in Ali. Or maybe Charles is getting revenge for his sister!

We’re getting the puzzle pieces finally… now it’s all about throwing them together. I believe we’ll get there. I’m hopeful and see the light at the end of the tunnel! Theories aside, we still need explanations for Bethany, Johnny, Sara, even Wren. How do they all tie in? And how does it all tie in with Jenna.

And lastly, the writers return to those creepy A ending scenes and it seems like he’s implanted trackers into the girls. If they thought the doll house was bad, they ain’t seen nothing yet!


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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF

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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.


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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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