If there’s anything I’ve learned from teen dramas/slashers is that a small town carnival is never a good thing.
That couldn’t be more true on Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Season 1 Episode 7 as the annual carnival proved to be a place of trauma, not to mention the perfect breeding ground for “A” to unleash his havoc on the little liars.
The episode kicked off with yet another PLL mom getting a package from “A” to underscore that “he knows what she did in 1999.” And Elodie’s connection to Angela is quite surprising as we see her deem the hall of mirrors a safe place for her and Angela to lock lips. That is until Davie walks in on them and Elodie pushes Angela away before claiming she “attacked her.” While I can understand that Elodie wasn’t ready to come out, it’s yet another troubling indication of how the moms mistreated Angela and essentially bullied her. As we peel back the layers of the past to see how it’s influencing the present, there’s no mom that I actually feel sorry for; they all deserve to be reminded of the horrors they made this poor girl endure.
In the present day, Elodie’s storyline is focused more on another lie she’s keeping from her daughter, Mouse, about a man who tried to kidnap her at the carnival. Mouse has alluded to her mom’s being super strict before, but now we know where Elodie’s fears stem from. Of course, there’s much more than meets the eye here, and Mouse is determined to get to the bottom of it at all costs, especially when she gets a note from “A” that her mom is not being completely honest about the “stranger” that tried to abduct her.
Mouse utilizes a burner phone to send her mom a menacing text — she’s clearly taking tips and tricks from “A” at this point — and finally gets the clarity she’s always wanted: her mother was a surrogate for a couple who wanted and a baby and kept the child. The man from the carnival who wanted to “take her” was her father. Now, I have a lot of follow-up questions here that didn’t get answered; how was she able to keep Mouse? Where did the couple go? Is the man still around? Is he the one seeking vengeance? Does this mean Mouse has siblings? There are so many possibilities here, it’s insane. It could flip the whole “who is ‘A'” mystery upside down!
Mouse also has a subplot with Steve, who is obsessive and continues to stalk her. It gets even weirder when he reveals that he knows her mother because they go to the same support group where she’s opened up about Mouse’s “abduction.” The whole thing is next-level creepy, and sort of made me feel like Steve might actually be “A.” Did anyone pick up on the fact that they seem to have the same build/walk? Maybe he was Angela’s brother that simply disappeared, and his obsession with Mouse is much larger than grieving a missing daughter.
Faran’s mother is discharged from the hospital after her crash, and yet she shows zero remorse for everything she’s forced Faran to endure. She scarred her literally and figuratively, and she continues to gaslight her and even blames her “diva stunt” for the accident. It’s clear that Corey has never taken responsibility for her actions. When Faran finally opens up to Henry about the pain from her scoliosis surgery, he informs Madame Giry, who sets Faran up to see a professional. This is where her dancing dreams come to a bit of a halt. Not only does she find out that the surgery wasn’t necessary when she was a child, but now she must undergo months of therapy while she takes a break from dancing. Though it’s not ideal, it does seem like a weight has been lifted off of Faran’s shoulders as she’s finally able to stop being so perfect and pursue something other than dance.
Noa starts training again, but when she realizes she’s not keeping up with the other girls, she sees a specialist who gives her an inhaler. She’s hesitant about using it to give herself a little “boost” as it’s the equivalent of doping, but Shawn doesn’t see a problem with it, which is concerning considering how crude he was about Noa’s mother being an addict. If she does use the inhaler, you bet “A” is going to use it against her.
Tabby attempts to work through her sexual assault by going back to where it happened. The scene has an unnecessary jumpscare with “A” that doesn’t really fit in with what the writers are trying to accomplish, but I guess it may also be a hint that “A” and the person responsible for the assault could be the same person. There are a handful of moments where Tabby tries to talk to an adult about her trauma, including when she goes to see the school nurse, when she attempts to tell her mom about the movie she’s making, and when she goes to see the female sheriff at the precinct, but each time, she finds herself struggling to get the words out. It’s a process that can only happen when she’s ready.
If it wasn’t for Sheriff Beasley calling her for questioning, it’s possible she would’ve been able to ask for help, but once again, he proves that he’s the absolute worst.
And honestly, he’s on my top list of suspects. As Tabby and Imogen ponder if they were assaulted by the same man, I’m wondering if it’s possible that it was the same person who assaulted Angela right before her death, too. After all, Beasley was her fellow classmate. He has animalistic and manipulative tendencies, we see him engage in sexual acts with minors, and he has absolutely no respect for his wife and any other female for that matter.
It would be a disgusting twist, but not entirely out of the realm of possibility. A man with power with a dark secret. Even Tabby suggests that “men like him” protect other misogynistic men like half of the football team at Millwood.
The other option is that its Chip, which kind of breaks my heart because I’m actually falling for his good guy act. It could be a total red herring as he gets closer to Imogen in what may be a plan to stay close to his victims as he feels like he’s losing his grip on Tabby. The scene where Tabby rips into Wes and Chip for picking two double features with incredibly graphic rape scenes might also be a hint that Chip has normalized this behavior to the point of not even realizing it’s problematic.
It’s possible Chip was just trying to be supportive when he went with Imogen to the doctor’s appointment, and if that’s the case, I’m sorry I misjudged you, dude. But in the rare event that he isn’t and he said he “supports her” because he’s actually the father, well, at least we won’t be entirely blindsided.
I even found myself shipping him and Imogen; she deserves something nice and innocent, so I truly hope I’m wrong about him.
The mystery of the assaulter, however, is separate from the mystery of “A’s” identity as they likely aren’t the same person.
Though, admittedly, I am a bit confused on A’s motive as it’s getting murky.
He seems to want to push the liars towards honesty, eliminate secrets, and punish the bullies, but then he simultaneously torments them with texts of Tyler’s corpse and chases them through carnivals without any desire to attack or hurt them. It doesn’t make any sense.
The only good thing about these liars is that they are being proactive. Unlike Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hannah, they are looking at everyone as a potential suspect, they are seeking answers, and they are heading right into the line of fire.
The episode was jam-packed with really great moments both big and small, so I’ll break them down in bullet form below:
- Kelly also thinks the masked attacker was Henry. She tells Faran to back off after dropping out of dance class, but this just proves to Faran that someone was after Karen. And Henry, well, we can’t rule him out just yet for going the extra mile for his girl.
- Imogen struggling with a baby at 16 is the first time the series has addressed that she’s about to give birth! Whatever she decides, I’m just happy she has a supportive adult who wants her to understand her options and encourages her to do what’s best for her.
- Tabby somehow thinks she can use the blood drive to figure out who assaulted them, and while it’s a good idea, in theory, it’s not practical at all! How are they going to test all the blood?!
- Why did the Rosewood jocks come to the carnival to start trouble with the Millwood team? Is there a real beef here or was it just to throw in a connection to the original?
- Why did Ash not see “A” in the fun house mirrors? The masked killer was everywhere and yet Ash was confused as to why Mouse was freaking out.
What did you think of the episode? Who do you think “A” is after this episode? And who assaulted Tabby/Imogen?
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Shares Cryptic Tease About ‘Pretty Little Liars’ on Halloween
If you follow Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Instagram, you were likely puzzled by his latest post teasing Pretty Little Liars Summer School.
As the announcement was made on Halloween, it’s a bit of a trick and treat—we know something’s coming, we just don’t know what that something is.
“Happy Halloween! It may still be October, but it’s not too early to start thinking about summer vacation. Or in the case of Millwood High’s [Pretty Little Liars],” Aguirre-Sacasa wrote on Instagram that was accompanied by some pretty gnarly artwork.
The announcements immediately sent fans into a frenzy.
Is it a tease for Season 2 of PLL: Original Sin? Could it be yet another spinoff as part of the PLL franchise?
One user pointed out in the comments that the girl in the key art looks a lot like Karen, one of the mean girls from the first season of the PLL spinoff. The caption also mentions Millwood High, so it likely wouldn’t be a new show.
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And since the draws inspiration from 1981’s slasher parody Student Bodies, it’s in line with the slasher vibe that the first season embodied.
Chandler Kinney, who plays Tabby, also commented on the post, writing, “SUMMERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!”
And she wasn’t the only one!
“The kettle is whistling, the TEA is HOT,” Bailee Madison, who stars as Imogen Adams, wrote, while Malia Pyles, who plays Minnie, emphasized the “summer” season in her comment. Zaria Simone, who stars as Faran, commented, “Kelly? Karen,” which also makes you wonder if the second season could be a prequel set prior to the events of season 1.
All of this leads us to the very real possibility that the cast and RAS are dropping hints about the upcoming season, specifically, a premiere date.
And if that’s the case, we have a few months to prepare, liars!
‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ Renewed for Season 2 — But What Comes Next?
If you logged onto the internet today and saw Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin trending, you knew it could go either one of two ways—either HBO Max renewed the series for a second season… or, the murder mystery met its match and was a short-lived, yet promising, run.
Thankfully, it’s the former!
HBO Max has decided to stick around Millwood for a bit longer as it officially renewed the series, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The show’s 10-episode run impressed fans and even tied up loose ends by revealing who ‘A’ was rather than stringing the mystery along for several seasons like its predecessor on Freeform.
“We are so proud of the incredible response both critically and from fans that Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin has received,” said HBO Max head of originals Sarah Aubrey. “Viewers have embraced our new generation of Liars, and Roberto and Lindsay’s brilliantly dark, horror-fueled take on this iconic franchise. Along with Alloy and Warner Bros. Television, we are thrilled to continue the Pretty Little Liars legacy.”
PLL: OS, created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and co-creator Lindsay Calhoon Bring, is now considered a legacy title and joins the ranks of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, both of which were renewed by the streamer.
Season 1 starred Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Maia Reficco, Mallory Bechtel, Sharon Leal, Elena Goode, Eric Johnson, Alex Aiono and Lea Salonga.
Madison evens showed off her excitement in this celebratory tweet:
Recorded this for the family just INCASE it was good news… and ya’ll are like one big extended family so had to share… we LOVE YOU! SEE YOU SOON! #PLLOriginalSin #PLLOriginalSin2 @hbomax @PLLonMax pic.twitter.com/b6RBukq8ip
— Bailee Madison (@BaileeMadison) September 7, 2022
As for why the season wrapped up its core mystery, Bring previously told TVLine, “It was important to us with a cable show — a short-order show, a serialized show — to complete these stories and complete these mysteries,” adding, “Roberto and I love a complete story, so we wanted to complete these mysteries.” Of course, this begs the question, what’s next?
The door was left slightly ajar with “A” escaping the hospital in order to seek his revenge on Chip, one of the show’s villains in his own right, but with the mystery of the masked killer’s identity revealed, it’s unclear how the series will keep up the intriguing in a second season. However, Aguirre-Sacasa promised it would follow the same group of girls and seemed confident that viewers would remain hooked noting that they have “some preliminary ideas.”
“We certainly have a lot of places for these characters to go, new mysteries to tell and hopefully new ways to scare people,” he added.
Either way, we can’t wait.
You can catch up on all the PLL: Original Sin Season 1 content right here!
PLL Original Sin Season Finale Review – A’s Identity Revealed… Officially
If there’s one thing HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin makes abundantly clear, it’s that the original PLL mystery did not need to span several seasons when it could’ve (and some would argue, should’ve) been wrapped up in a neat, tiny bow in just one.
And that’s exactly what Original Sin managed to do—minus a few loose ends. Granted, in this case, I would’ve welcomed a mystery that stretched into a second season so that we could’ve gotten a little more insight into these characters as there was a world of potential and backstory to play with. However, I also understand that the writers and creators were being cautious since they had no idea whether or not the network (which has merged with Discovery+ and already kickstarted a handful of layoffs) would even allow a second season.
Despite everything, the writers still delivered a satisfying ending that seemed way more plausible than PLL’s (and they had so much time to plan that one!). Was it still far-fetched? Yes. But was it more believable? Also yes.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Season 1 Episode 10 was a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish as it tapped into ‘A’s purpose for targeting the new set of liars and their mothers.
The episode kicked off with Angela leaving her home on December 31, 1999, to go be with her “friends.” “They want me,” she told her mother, Rose Waters, who was doing everything in her power to keep her daughter at home not knowing that this would be the last time she would ever see her alive. While it’s unclear what happened to Rose in the present day, considering that she kept Angela’s brother, described as a boy with a face only “a mother could love,” in a cage and far-removed from the public, it’s fair to assume that he lashed out, and Imogen stumbled upon Rose’s rotting corpse when she broke into the what she thought was the abandoned home.
And yes, I said brother. After snooping around the Waters residence, the girls found some clues that indicated that Angela may have had a vengeful sibling. They weren’t wrong, as their worst fears were confirmed when ‘A’ summoned the liars to the closed-down school (lead poisoning was the excuse) for a ‘trial’ while also revealing that he kidnapped their mothers.
When they arrived, it was a scene straight from every horror movie that Tabby has ever screened at the Orpheum.
The liars were greeted with invitations to essentially play a game and decide whether or not they wanted to get revenge on the people that hurt them — Tabby found Chip tied up in a room, Mouse saw Steve, Noa found her mother’s drug supplier, while Faran encountered Madame Giry. All people that made their lives a living hell. As for Imogen, her mother’s corpse was there as she was tasked to pull something out of her mouth in order to learn the truth about her past.
Original Sin has pushed the boundaries of the slasher/horror genre since day one, but even this scene was next level.
Obviously, none of the liars took the bait since they aren’t murderers, but Imogen did read the card, which featured the words “erase her.” We’d later come to find out that the words signified Davie’s plan to punish Angela by making her invisible to the rest of the student body.
When the liars finally made their way to the auditorium, they realized ‘A’ was being “merciful” by allowing them to lash out at the people who wronged them right before he dished out his own revenge on them.
As ‘A’ watched over their bounded mothers, Principal Clanton to reveal that he was leading the charge this whole time.
‘A’ was, as suspected, Angela’s troubled brother, Archie (not Archie Andrews, I hope!), but the real shock was that Clanton was Angela’s father and the mastermind behind everything. Now, that’s a juicy twist I never saw coming that’s also not entirely far-fetched. It explains how ‘A’ had so much access to not only the school but all the private conversations inside the halls as the whole place was bugged. He needed to have a co-conspirator for any of this to actually come to fruition. ‘A’ was just the muscle that was following orders this whole time, and there’s something truly terrifying about unmasking the real killer as just a man in a suit.
Clanton then confirmed that Davie did, in fact, kill herself, an act he calls the “easy way out,” so a very-pregnant Imogen would have to pay the price for her mother’s sins. It’s a sick and twisted way of looking at the world, and particularly stressful to watch as Imogen is almost 40 weeks pregnant. Have you ever tried running halfway across a cemetery with contractions? Lord, I do not wish that upon my worst enemy.
But since you can’t expect two psycho killers to show anyone any mercy, including the pregnant girl, Imogen did her best to outrun and outsmart Archie all while trying to get through the pain. The final girl showdown between Imogen and Archie was brutal, but she stood her ground, proving that she’s not one to be messed with. She put the capital B in Badass.
If it wasn’t for Imogen’s memories of her mother, she likely wouldn’t have found the strength to fend off ‘A,’ but whenever she remembered what was taken from her, she tapped into her emotions in order to bring him down once and for all. It’s an interesting depiction of how one person can impact people’s lives in different ways. For Imogen, Davie was the best mom in the world, but for Angela and her family, Davie was their worst nightmare and the person who took everything away from them.
The problem with Davie’s character was that the way she was portrayed was largely inconsistent, which might be because we never actually knew her. Her character, aside from the first few moments of the series, was presented through skewed lenses. We got the high school version of her through memories of friends and people who hated her, and we got the adult version of her through Imogen’s memories. At times, it felt like two entirely different characters. It’s hard to villanize Davie the way the series wanted us to — or more specifically, the way A and Clanton did — when she seemed like a loving and supportive mom in the brief time we saw her alive.
Back at the high school, Kelly and Greg’s arrival threw off Clanton, which allowed the liars and the moms to ambush him and free themselves. When they arrived at Imogen’s house, they saw both her and ‘A’ passed out on the ground in what could only be described as a bloody mess.
Imogen and her baby came out victorious… but so did ‘A.’ And that was just one of the big battles of the season finale.
After Tabby informed Kelly that someone was coming after them in hopes of avenging Angela’s death, Kelly confronted her father, who forced her and her mom under house arrest, before making it very clear that none of them were going to ever set foot outside of the house again.
Kelly was bold in calling her father out for all his demons, including Angela’s rape, but it was her mother who finally made a choice to break out of the hellish lifestyle. As she listened to Tom spew more of his gaslighting venom, you could tell by her face that she was fed up and on the verge of snapping. And when she finally did, she stabbed Tom and put an end to her and Kelly’s suffering once and for all.
Tabby and Imogen also sought out justice for the sexual assault. While none of us had Clanton and Archie as ‘A’ on our bingo cards, we were all definitely right about Chip being the rapist.
Tabby and Imogen are brave, but sometimes, their actions are kind of questionable… like when they confronted Chip about this horrific thing that happened to them without any backup. They needed to question him in order to prove their theory, but it could’ve ended very badly for them.
Initially, Chip denied it, but the more they pressed, the guiltier he felt until he finally cracked and admitted to the crime explaining that, in both instances, it happened as a result of feeling rejected. It’s no excuse, and the fact that he didn’t feel bad about his actions until he was forced to face the truth simply means that he did deserve everything that happened after. He was a bad guy pretending to be one of the good ones.
Chip’s promise that he’d never do it again meant nothing because, for months, he was able to just lie to their faces and even go to the appointments with Imogen. Chip is a full-on psychopath… and one that ‘A’ took care of when breaking out of the hospital.
‘A’ also ensured that Tom Beasley died from his injuries because well, he was also responsible for hurting Angela. And I love that the liars called out Clanton and Archie’s double standard as he targeted all the moms but not the actual person who assaulted her. Even if the plan was for Tom to take the fall for the death of the liars and their moms, why not torture and torment Tom for weeks leading up to it as well?
One of the best things about the series was that while it tapped into a popular and established franchise, it reinvented itself with a fresh storyline, while also focusing on how parents’ mistakes and actions can affect their children. It underscores the very idea that everyone is human.
There are some good and bad takeaways from how the series ended.
Despite knowing what she did in high school, Imogen still chose to cling to only the good memories of her mother. It makes sense, but also sends a mixed message that could be interpreted as making it ok for bullies to get away with their actions. Angela’s memory was also never truly avenged as now she’ll just be the dead girl who had a crazy family.
And while the series tried to suggest that change is possible, ‘A’ went above and beyond to prove that he didn’t believe in the idea of redemption or second chances.
There was no justifying what Team ‘A’ was doing to these women simply because of what they did to Angela Waters in the past. People learn and change. Wisdom comes with years, and all you can hope is that the next generation is a bit more wiser, loving, and understanding, which, in this case, was true. And the biggest bully here was ‘A,’ the person trying to bring down the bullies.
While the moms deserved to be held accountable for the poor choices they made in high school—which is basically explained by mob mentality—violence is never the answer to violence. And their daughters had no stake in the game, they were just innocent byproducts of high school cattiness that went too far.
It just feels like there were opportunities missed to really hone in on some important subject matters and character development, which, yes, is important, even in a slasher series. It’s what held the original PLL together for so long!
Instead, the show leaned into one last jump scare.
I truly don’t know why anyone would believe that Archie would ever stay locked up for good. A couple of handcuffs could never hold down a determined murderer. Haven’t they ever seen a horror movie before?
But the open-ended nature of the final does make room for season 2. Without a second season guarantee, the writers wrapped up everything as logically as they could, and ‘A’s’ rise to the land of the living means that the scene is set for him to cause even more terror. What that will look like, I have no idea. We know his identity, so the mystery won’t be focused on “who is ‘A'” and everyone in town practically knows what happened, but we don’t actually know what he looks like under the mask, which would be fun to explore. Season 2 could also address some lingering storylines, including how Crazy Joe was connected to it all. Did he just know too much and get killed for it?
In the end, most everyone came out relatively unscathed… physically, at least. The emotional abuse will take some time, but at least they all have each other to lean on, which is a lot more than they had at the kickstart of the season. The Christmas ending had me all in my feels as everyone was there with their significant others/those closest to them wrapped up in the coziness and safety blanket of the holidays!
And as one final Rosewood cherry on top, Imogen revealed that she was pursuing an open adoption with a couple from the neighboring town, Aria and Ezra! Could you imagine all the fun crossover possibilities if a season 2 did happen? And what are the odds that Ezria’s new baby already fought a battle with ‘A’ and won?!
All in all, it was an enjoyable reboot of a beloved franchise that kept things fresh while weaving in moments and storylines that stayed true to the original. If a season 2 doesn’t come to fruition, at least the franchise and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa both redeemed themselves.
What did you think of the season finale? Are you happy the mystery was finally solved? Do you think ‘A’ will return to chaos more havoc?
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