It’s finally prom night for the little liars, but if you thought that meant answers, you were dead wrong!
Prom Night: The girls- who somehow managed to buy dresses and get excited about prom after everything they’ve gone to- were told they could not attend and given A’s/Charles’ love for prom themes, it’s evident why. Mrs. Hastings suggest the girls have their “big night” at the Hastings barn… you know the place where all of this madness started and just mere feet from where Ali’s mother was buried. Definitely a brilliant idea! Nothing could go wrong.
Charles’s Proposal: The liars take their parents up on the offer, except for Ali who gets lured to attend prom by Charles. Yep, her brother ASKED his sister to prom. That’s probably the most disturbing thing he’s ever done. Her need to meet this masked figure is justified- who could hate her so much that they’d go through all this trouble? Yet at the same time, why would you ever trust a psycho just because he’s supposedly “your brother”?
#PLLMoms: The night of the prom, the moms gather at the Hasting’s house to keep a close watch on the girls. But it was obvious the minute Mrs. H took out the wine and started pouring those glasses that things were about to get wild. The girls quickly realized that Ali was at prom without them and snuck out to stop her from playing A’s game.
Meanwhile, the moms got drunk, debated who A could possibly be and spilled secrets about who Jason’s real father is. Oops. Then Mrs. H got a brilliant idea- she was going to go and confront Kenneth about Charles. For a second, they were all convinced maybe Ken killed his wife, but that diminished quickly when Rhys walked into the house. What was Rhys doing in the DiLaurentis house? What did he want from Kenneth? Why did he bring up the Carissimi group? The moms quickly made the connection- this HAD to be the evil Charles. We think so too, but isn’t that a little too obvious?
Since they’re new to the A game, they decided to go check out a noise in the basement and ended up getting locked in. Classic. It’s mean to say but I actually enjoyed watching the moms get tormented and feel A’s wrath for a change. For so long, they were kept out of the loop that this was just the cherry on top. Plus, they are all just like their daughters! But also, if this person tormenting them was A…. who was Ali meeting at prom? And where was Kenneth? And Jason? Anyone who wasn’t around automatically becomes a suspect.
Prom Drama (and not the usual kind): The girls spent a good portion of their prom looking for Ali and the other half dancing, making out with their bae’s and planning their future. (That time jump is coming people!) As the girls went looking for Ali, they found out that Clark wasn’t a photographer, he was actually and undercover cop protecting Aria! Sweet! Good to know that someone is capable of being patrolmen in this little town!
By then it was already too late- Ali had been kidnapped by A and all that was left behind her was a phone. And while we think Ali is in a lot of danger, she now knows who her stalker is because she finally came face-to-face with A. You know who didn’t? WE didn’t! When A finally took his mask off, we didn’t get to see who was under it. But Ali’s reaction proves that it is someone she knows…. and it isn’t someone she’s scared of, it’s someone that she feels bad for. So who is it?
Other Observations That May or May Not Be Relevant
- In the final scene after they let Clark go and Lorenzo shows up, Ezra is nowhere to be found. And when someones asks where are the others they only mention Hannah, Caleb and Aria. Where did Ezra go?
- A/whoever unveiled him/herself was Ali’s height.
- Why did A do all of this only to unveil himself at the end? Seems pretty stupid. Is it really her brother? Does he love or hate Ali?
- In the scene where Ali gets the text about attending prom from A at the cafe, the camera pans to Aria as if Alison is suspicious of her.
- Why didn’t we see anyone relevant at prom? We got mentions of them but no Luke, Mona, Jenna, twins, Noel. No one was there.
- Sara came to prom so we know she was there but have no account for her after she danced with Emily and told her “no matter what happens, you mean a lot to me.” Um, what’s going to happen?
- Why were there so many red coats at prom? I get that the theme was fairy tale and Ali was the “damsel in distress” but why was everyone a red coat. That was so trippy to me. And were we to think the black hooded figure and red coat were the same person?
- Seriously, if you’re neighborhood has a masked killer on the loose, why would your prom have all these frickin tunnels and hiding spots where NO ONE can be found. Rosewood, get it together.
- Does anyone find it weird that Ezra is going to Thailand for that trip with the girl who came to the art gallery and could potentially be Bethany? Us too.
- Speaking of trips, when the time lapse finally kicks in Aria will be in LA for her photo internship without Ezra because let’s be honest, they aren’t going to be together in 6 years. Caleb and Hannah will be living together in New York where Caleb just got some kind of hacker blocker job that can pay off her school. We don’t know much about Spencer or Emily’s future although I think she’ll enlist in the military like her dad. Maybe Spencer will be motivated to become a public speaker or write a book? A
After all of that, the only solid thing we know is that Rhys knows the DiLaurentis family, was looking for Kenneth who is MIA and that Clark was an undercover this whole time. Did he go to that abandoned doll factory because Rhys was a potential suspect? Seriously, next week better provide me with some solid Answers. Like REAL ANSWERS MARLENE!
Watch the trailer for the summer finale below:
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.
‘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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