SPOILER ALERT: I think I’m seeing dead people…. and A stands for Alive. Although the revelation isn’t as crazy as previous PLL ones involving the identity of A, trying to find out who red coat really was or if Alison was still alive, really put the girls in grave danger! (No pun intended. Okay, it was totally intended.)
Halloween episodes are my favorite and I won’t sit here and pretend I’m not a complete wimp because the truth is I hate horror movies. But a cheap thrill? Yeah, I could go for that. Each year the episode’s get spookier and spookier and this years was a horrifyingly scary mediator between seasons that guided the story in an interesting direction bringing the dead back to the undead. Most importantly, it unmasked the girl in the red coat– the one we’ve been waiting to see for about three seasons. The question of Ali’s death had been answered. And despite knowing deep down in my gut that she was alive, the goosebumps crawling through on my skin and the temporary paralysis that had taken over my body when she turned around was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. “Did you miss me?” keeps echoing in my brain. Of course we did Ali, but what the hell!?
These girls need a quick lesson in horror movie etiquette. When something looks really fishy and creepy, theres probably a 99.9% chance that it is a trap. So when you see a door that leads to an underground tunnel, maybe it isn’t the brightest idea to have all four of you go down there and get trapped. But, if these girls weren’t such risk takers, they also wouldn’t have any answers. The possibility that Ali wanted the liar’s to follow her into that tunnel exists, but it’s highly unlikely since that means she putting the girls in danger and leading A to her. Whoever is after Ali, is getting to her through the girls. This was A’s work, but I’m not really sure about is what A wants with the liars aside from getting close to Ali. He’s had so many chances to kill them, but he hasn’t. He wants Ali for some unknown reason. Well, how many times can she really outrun you? You’re clearly not trying hard enough. Or maybe A just likes the game. The chase.
The mansion (which we later come to find out was a funeral home) was literally like one of those haunted fun houses, where they split you up from your friends in order for you to get the greatest thrill for your buck. When the lights flickered, Hannah went missing. Optical illusions created multiple hallways that made Spencer dissapear. When Hannah was led to the upstairs mansion and was trapped inside the phonebooth, was she hallucinating or did she really see Ali? If she had seen Ali, than Ali would have been captured by the masked soldier. And if that did really happen, I’m sure Miranda would have seen something as she was making her way through the house. Unless, the whole time the girls are just seeing Ali as a ghost. Could they be loosing it? They see her in the weirdest of situations. Maybe in the end when she appeared and they talked to her, she wasn’t really there. Who knows?! The whole point is that we don’t know anything. When one door opens, so do a thousand different possibilities.
Yet, I can’t help but think that Mrs. Grunwald is in on the whole thing and that she’s secretly working for A. Firstly, she warned the girls not to go, which is a sure way to make sure that they do go. Doing something when you’re not supposed to is obviously the only way it’s fun. Than the haunted house ended up being a house she takes care of. The tapes that led the girls to think that Ali was being harmed also belonged to her, but were conveniently ‘stolen’ and than played back in her office. Than she has this ability to feel that one of the girls has been touched by someone Ali fears the most. Touche. Could it have been Spencer, who had an encounter with the masked soldier in the green room? Could it be Aria, who obviously has some kind of relationship with Ezra? What do you know woman!! Also, her warning to leave Ravenswood because by being there the girls are leading A to Ali was kind of ridiculous because if Ali didn’t want to be found, she wouldn’t keep trying to play hide and seek with the girls.
With Ezra, we continue our speculation that he is possibly A. Here’s my question. Wasn’t Aria broken up with Ezra? She was! She was seeing Jake! So what is Ezra doing calling Aria in the first place and checking up on her whereabouts? Still, I can let that go because they shared this magical kiss before and it was epic and it brought back feelings and yada yada. But than he mysteriously shows up right as the girls are stranded looking for a ride since they don’t have a spare tire. And the first thing he says is, ‘Oh you have a flat?’ Yeah, we do, but how would you know unless you’re the one who did it? (Also, I’m looking at this from the point of view of a suspicious girlfriend.) The proof would have been in the palm of Ezra’s hand. No, literally. If he had only taken his hand out of his pocket for some reason, than at least Spencer would have know that he was the man in the masked soldier costume that had his hand cut by her when he was trying to attack her. But Ezra didn’t because he knows better. Than when he dropped them off back at Rosewood, he obviously saw them run after someone, so he conveniently followed him. More evidence that Ezra is A was provided by the fear in Ali’s eyes and her shushing the girls before dissapearing. When Ezra came to return Aria’s phone, he was fixated on the place where Ali was standing just seconds before he emerged from the bushes but she was already gone. I think Aria is beginning to suspect something, and I’m 100% sure that Spencer has a gut feeling that Ezra is up to no good, especially since he pops up at the most conveneint of times in every Halloween episode claiming that he was unable to reach Aria and he was worried, but he could locate her in a heart beat, even in a different town.
I’ve spent the whole last season depressed about Caleb leaving Rosewood and transitioning to Ravenswood. The thought of Caleb and Hannah breaking up just broke my heart. Hannah’s big heart would not let Miranda stay in this eerie town by herself, and her passionate kiss with Caleb sealed their fate. They weren’t breaking up, they were going their own way. Hannah to deal with obviously the biggest shock of her life and Caleb helping his new friend find her uncle. But when we take into consideration exactly what was going to happen to Caleb, maybe Hannah should stop being so sharing of her man and keep him much closer.
Multiple storylines really work for PLL without getting the fans completely lost. For the first half of the episode I was tangled up in the red coat drama of Pretty Little Liars. For the other half of the episode I was vastly engaged in Miranda’s foster home story. So it was no surprise that when she went to her uncle’s house, it was this creepy mansion where pretty messed up things were happening involving Ali and the liars. Miranda released Hannah from the phone booth and the two developed a friendly bond while trying to get out of the haunted house. But of course, the girls ran into some complications when a door led them to a room full of coffins that brought back some of Miranda’s repressed memories of her parent’s death. She had obviously been in this room before and she had met her uncle before. As she was leaving the room, she noticed a pamphlet with a picture of a man. The same man who was on the train from Rosewood to Ravenswood with Caleb and Miranda. Trust me, no one could forget that man’s creepy face.
But the town of Ravenswood holds many secrets. It holds A’s lair. It hold a the psychic, Mrs. Grunwald, that provided all the missing clue’s to A’s motive and Ali’s faked death. And it hold’s a terryifing secret that will link these two strangers together. As Hannah tries to show Caleb the secret passage that led these girls through a night of horrors, Miranda see’s a grave with her name and picture on it. Normal people would probably be totally thrown off by that, but Caleb and Hannah just brush it off. It isn’t until Miranda and Caleb are taking a nightly stroll through the cemetery that we realize Caleb also has a grave with his name and picture on it. Coincidence? I think not. Just the beginning of a new adventure, a new show, I’d like to call Ravenswood.
- Aria: What kind of town throws a party in a graveyard?
- Spencer: Must be to honor their dead.
- Hannah: Well, I can’t run from the enemy. This girdle is cutting off my air supply.
- Spencer: It’s a corset.
- Hannah: It’s torture. People actually wore this crap? I’m never complaining about a sports bra again.
- Hannah: There’s something seriously wrong in this town.
- Spencer: Uh gee you think? Their using headstones for barstools.
- Hannah: Where does this even go?
- Aria: Hell? Just a guess..
- Hannah: For being the kind of guy that I can ask to stay here and take care of a girl that pretty.
- Emily: I don’t know if I’m ready to see Alison.
- Aria: Em, we already have.
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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