Holy Marlene King! For the first time ever, when Marlene said that this #TwinOnPLL reveal would be mind blowing, it actually was. I mean, who saw that coming. Let me rephrase – a lot of us figured that Mrs. D might be the one with a twin because of that hospital scene last week. And a lot of us thought Elliot might be shady, but those two things together, did not disappoint! PLL is probably the only show that gives answers while adding a list of additional questions. So, lets dig in (metaphorically of course).
The liars and guys go through with Hannah’s plan to finally find out who this new big bad aka A-moji is. Of course it is risky considering the history – none of their plans have ever gone without a hitch. This one included. Confident Caleb sets a electrical fence and a camera around the Lost Woods to trap and record whoever comes to meet Hannah after she confesses to killing Mrs. D. He promises her that she’s safe inside the abandoned hotel, but Caleb should really learn to not make promises he can’t keep. Basically, the Big Bad outsmarts the liars once again and kidnaps Hannah. Seriously Caleb, how could you NOT check the floors? There really should be more outrage about this.
Meanwhile, Spencer and Toby are under the Radley during the election to find out what Sara Harvey has been going down there for. Clearly, everyone STILL thinks Sara Harvey is responsible and truthfully, we cannot count her out. Anyways, this whole episode I was convinced Toby had a twin because 1. he was acting a little weird, 2. he was wearing glasses, 3. a little old lady called him pretty eyes and 4. he somehow realized that Sara and Charlotte forgot about a room in the Radley basement. How convenient that when they went inside that room with tag-along Mona, they found exactly what they were looking for – a file that belonged to Radley patient Mary Drake. Mary Drake had a baby inside Radley named Charlotte Drake. Does that mean that Charlotte was never a boy and was born a girl this whole time? Anyways, Charlotte was adopted by Jessica and Kenneth DiLaurentis of course because TWIST Mary Drake is actually Jessica’s twin sister. Twin, twin, twin. And 99% sure she’s the one that killed her!
During all of this, Emily is babysitting Alison who is still recovering from her honeymoon tumble. Alison is having some MAJOR hallucinations and keeps seeing a dead Mrs. D and Wilden of all people. She claims she just wont go to sleep so the visions will stop but of course, they creepily continue and make her believe that they are making her pay for all the bad things she’s done and that they will drag her to hell with them. (Side note: this was probably the scariest thing to ever happen on PLL, damn you writers!) In a panic, Ali flees the house and finds shelter in a church. I found it super convenient that Elliot just so happened to be in Chicago during all of this and figured he must have switched out her drugs for something really killer. I was half wrong.
When Emily found Ali in the church, Ali decided she needed to get mental help so she willingly checked herself into the new Radley aka the same mental institution that Charlotte was “treated” in. I say it loosely because well, who knows what happened in that place. It looked even creepier than Radley.
About the same time the squad of liars watches the recording and realizes that Mrs. D was the one in the woods going to meet Hannah, we find out that Elliot and Mrs. D’s twin Mary are working together. Elliot peels off the Wilden mask so no, those weren’t hallucinations Ali was having at all. Both of them were doing this to Ali so that they could provoke her to check into the hospital. There’s a lot of motives in play here for this threatening duo. First off they want revenge for Charlotte because apparently Elliot was in love with her this whole time and Mary was jealous of the life her sister and Ali had. Second, when Ali signed those papers, she signed away half of the Carissimi group, which is where Jason works. (Also, that Halloween story Ali once told had to be about her mom and Mary. Maybe Mary wanted to kill Mrs. D so they put her in Radley and that’s where she stayed.) Also important to consider – Charlotte had to have a father. Who was it?
Another thing that really stood out is the fact that Elliot is British. Coincidence? Nah. I’m going to go on a limb and say that Wren is his brother. I could see the resemblance!
As for the rest of the squad, they are clearly shocked but also totally unaware that Mrs. D has a twin. They still think that it was the real Mrs. D, but I’m pretty sure they’ll piece it together with their new Charlotte evidence and when Emily finds out she’ll realize that maybe Ali wasn’t crazy. (Side-note: I can see how this whole setup will finally bring Ali and Emily together in the end and that the “he” the girls were referring to in the beginning of the episode is probably Elliot the psychotic psychologist).
And speaking of relationships – first off, Ezria is totally back on! Hallelujah! After their boss told them she loved the book, they celebrated by sleeping together again, which is something both of them wanted since they got back to Rosewood. Sorry Liam. Second of all, Caleb and Spencer proved that they are still going strong when they really enjoyed looking at each others naked bodies. But that didn’t last long because then Caleb went and kissed Hannah!
What?! This is really not cool. Fans of Haleb are probably rejoicing but lets talk about how crappy that is for Spaleb! Of course Spencer shouldn’t have gone after her friends man but she got permission. And to be fair, Hannah was engaged. All of this is Hannah’s fault. Caleb and Hannah broke up before he went on his Euro trip because Hannah kept putting her job first. She even canceled the Euro trip to go to work. That was Caleb’s breaking point – he said if she walks they are officially done and he’s leaving to Europe. Hannah walked but halfway through ran back because she changed her mind. Unfortunately it was too late and Caleb was already gone leaving behind his cellphone. That’s when he went to Europe, met up with a single Spencer and the rest is history. So really, Hannah is the reason he’s with Spencer and it is unfortunate. That kiss though was totally uncalled for. Pick a woman and stick with her C!
As for #Spoby fans – it was cute that they worked together and Yvonne was so jealous that Toby was helping his ex but there really wasn’t any spark. She’s clearly smitten with Caleb… so smitten she said the L word!
And lastly, who the hell kidnapped Hannah, knocked her out and dragged her up to the bell tower to face possible the same death as Charlotte and sort-of Ian? We can obviously rule out Caleb, Aria, Ezra, Spencer, Mona, Toby, Emily and Ali since they were in the Lost Woods loosing Hannah. So was it Sara? She was working downstairs in Radley probably hiding Mary’s files from the world, so I could only assume she is the one who kidnapped Hannah and made her face the same fate as her beloved friend. Could she do it with the “burned” hands though or was that always fake? And who is A.D? I mean, that does stand for Alison DiLaurentis but it can’t be her…
Unfortunately, they’ve got the wrong killer. If Hannah didn’t do it and we know she didn’t who did?At this point, it once again could be anybody. My money is on Toby for some reason but we can also include Jenna, Lucas and Melissa in that pile of suspects.
And lastly, what is the real deal with Charlotte? Was she transgender? Did she make all of that up? Was she really in cahoots with Mary this whole time? Was she in love with Elliot and what was the extent of her relationship? Was she just playing her sister? I mean, we know she was crazy enough to be “A” but I just need more answers. Did Jason know this? Did Ali’s dad know about Mary? He had to considering they adopted Charlotte. Really…. just need answers!
So what did you think of this Pretty Little Liars finale? Did Marlene answer your burning questions? Are you satisfied and craving the next season? Will Hannah die? Will Ali break free from the hospital? Will the squad get to the bottom of who “Mrs. D” really is and will they find out who actually killed Charlotte?
8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve
Do you fancy yourself a little crime sleuth? Well, throw on your trench coat, grab your magnifying glass, and set out to solve the biggest murder mysteries to hit networks and streaming services!
The murder mystery genre, while always popular, has been skyrocketing in recent years, with plenty of new TV shows and movies to capture the thrills and chills.
There’s nothing like a whodunnit to get you through the day and keep you on your toes. But while some classics date as far back as the 1985 Clue movie or all the Agatha Christie novels now getting new life as films (Murder on the Orient Express or A Haunting in Venice, for example), others, like Knives Out and Glass Onion have revitalized the genre and gave us some of the most captivating shows.
There’s no shortage of content for mystery enthusiasts to enjoy—but here’s 8 of our favorites!
High Seas – Netflix (3 seasons)
Netflix allows audiences to dive into the world of suspense on the high seas with its Spanish mystery series set on a luxury cruise ship in the 1940s. A web of love, deceit, and, of course, a string of murders will keep you on your toes as two sisters investigate all passengers onboard and try to piece the clues—and plot twists—together.
Nancy Drew – The CW (4 seasons)
Who killed Lucy Sable? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Nancy Drew kicks off its first season with Kennedy McMann taking on the iconic role of the teenage detective. As the seasons continue, she and her Drew Crew become the lifeline to solving crimes in the mystical small town of Horseshoe Bay (much to the dismay of local officials). The intrigue is elevated with supernatural elements and plot points that bring the beloved character into the 21st century.
Only Murders in the Building – Hulu (3 seasons… so far)
What happens when you mix murder with comedy? Thankfully, the series has tapped the right people to find out with Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin making up the brilliant (though not always the brightest) trio of true crime podcast enthusiasts-turned-amateur-sleuths who set out on a suspenseful journey to find the killer. The quirky series has become such a global phenomenon that it’s even been able to nail some rather impressive guest stars, like Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep.
Death and Other Details – Hulu (Premieres Jan. 16, 2024)
The newest addition into the fold is Hulu’s mystery drama that takes place on a lavish Mediterranean ocean liner amongst the glamor of the “global elite” (we’re getting some Knives Out and Death of the Nile vibes, but we’re not complaining) and finds Imogene Scott (played by God Friended Me’s Violent Beane) at the wrong place and the wrong time, becoming the prime suspect in a murder mystery. To prove her innocence, she has to partner with the world’s greatest detective, Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin), whom she, by no coincidence at all, despises.
The Traitors – Peacock (1 Season – Second Premiering Jan 12, 2024)
Murder mystery games are a party hit, so naturally, they’re a fit for reality TV. The competition, hosted by Alan Cumming, features 20 contestants, a mix of famous people and everyday Americans, as they work through missions in an ancient castle in Scotland. Amid those “Faithfuls” are “Traitors,” who try to eliminate the good guys for the top prize.
Pretty Little Liars – Freeform (7 Seasons)
If you by some chance missed the pop culture phenomenon that was teen drama Pretty Little Liars (where have you been?)–and you consider yourself a very patient person–then it’s time to give it a whirl. The series follows four best friends whose deepest darkest secrets not only come to light but are used against them by someone calling themselves “A” when investigating the death of their good friend, Alison.
The Outsider – HBO (1 Season)
Based on the chilling best-selling novel by Stephen King, the HBO series finds a detective investigating the gruesome murder of a young boy, with all clues pointing to a family man played by Jason Bateman, all before the case takes a supernatural twist, adding horror and paranormal to your typical murder mystery.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – ABC (3 Seasons)
The Australian drama series infuses the murder mystery genre with glamour and 1920s charm. With a flair for solving crimes and an impeccable sense of fashion, detective Phryne Fisher and her pearl-handled pistol take on murder cases that baffle the police, all while making sure Murdoch Foyle, who she thinks is behind her sister’s disappearance, stays behind bars.
Whether you prefer classics, those with a modern twist, or a dose of comedy with your crime, these shows are sure to keep you guessing until the very end!
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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