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?
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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