We finally got a good amount of answers on this week’s Pretty Little Liars, including the identity of Mrs. D’s killer, but none of them were shocking. In fact, they were all right in front of us this whole time, just waiting for someone to unravel one of many strings.
Now, like most revelations, it was hearsay and could very well be a lie Peter Hastings, who finally returned to Rosewood, made up to save face. Let’s not waste any more time, we’ve waited long enough. Supposedly, Jessica’s killer was her twin Mary Drake, which would feed into that eerie story Alison told during the Halloween episode. Spencer has remained optimistic that Mary is sane while Peter is adamant on making his daughter believe she’s a monster hellbent on revenge. Who could blame her though? He DID take her baby from her.
We got some clarity on the first Mary Drake sighting with a flashback to that random time Jessica was snooping around Spencer’s room after she was released from Radley. Peter claims it wasn’t Jessica but Mary, who came to get the aforementioned revenge. She then reportedly killed her sister and buried her in the Hastings backyard. Alright, maybe she’s a little psycho.
There were a few more major reveals this week that may or may not lead us to A.D’s identity. I’d say the biggest one, although the least shocking since we all called it, was that Alison is pregnant with Emily’s baby. As Emily put it, A.D took it too far by playing god and stealing her eggs to impregnate Ali. The whole reveal was heartbreaking, from Alison being forced to craft a registry, to contemplating an abortion, to realizing that all of this was A’s twisted plan, to forcing children onto Emily, to bonding both of these women for life in unspeakable ways. How cruel can this creature be?
Cruel enough to manipulate Sydney into doing his or her dirty work. Aria became desperate to remove herself from the game after A.D began video calling her and taunting her with a secret found in Jessica’s file on her. Whatever this dirty little secret was, A.D claimed it was enough to force Ezra to chose Nicole, who would visit him in jail.
Aria decided to sell her soul to devil basically and meet up with A.D in an effort to break free. While most people would hoof it the other way, Aria entered A.D’s lair-on-wheels (the limo) to get some answers. There, she came face-to-face with Sydney, who admitted that she shot Spencer in the blind school. When Aria asked her why she’s doing all of this, she responded with a vague “it’s better to be on the winning team.” Does that mean that the liars’ #endgame is a loss regardless of whether or not they play? And who is she so scared of? Sydney may have had her most badass face on but it’s clear she’s just A.D’s mouthpiece and terrified of upsetting him. But who is it? It can’t be Jenna, since it seemed like the person in charge was driving the car.
Watching Aria betray the girls and see them suffer at her expense stirred up an anger inside of me. How dare she think that she should get off easier because her relationship with Ezra has been on the rocks because of Nicole, who finally found out that he got engaged after she was kidnapped. Not cool Aria. How foolish of her to think this wasn’t part of A.D’s game to turn the liars against each other? There’s strength in numbers but if you break one, it all begins to crumble.
Another piece of the puzzle, literally, was Ted. Remember Ted? We haven’t seen him in a hot minute but he was briefly engaged to Hanna’s mom. Hanna’s suburban P.I-led hunt for Mary led her straight to his door but he swore up and down the church pews that he hadn’t seen her. Later he confirmed that Mary was a girl he dated in college and that he was Charlotte’s father. He’d met his daughter during a camp for troubled boys when she was still Charles at the time. The other boy in the picture, who he claims was Charles’ only friend, is to everyone’s surprise Lucas Gottseman. The same Lucas who just gave Hanna a place to stay and a business to keep her occupied. I mean, how did we not see it? Lucas giving Hanna and all the liars a fancy place to stay basically ensured that he could spy on them 24.7. And if he was Charles/Charlotte’s only real friend, he’d be pretty pissed at whoever killed her, hence all the torture on the liars right especially Alison, who was mean to him in school.
There are a few reasons why Lucas makes sense. He’s always been a bit suspicious (who remembers that time in the pond where he almost drowned Hanna?) He’s tech savvy and he definitely has the money to run this operation. Liars Lament cannot be cheap. And it seems like he knows about Radley, Charles, the DiLaurentis and Hastings connection since the very beginning, allowing him to thoroughly plan this out for years. I don’t want to give up on my idea that Melissa and Wren somehow play into all of this but the odds are really not in Lucas’ favor. Although that’s probably what will make him NOT be A.D. If it’s too predictable, it can’t be it right?
It seems like these ladies can’t escape high school no matter how hard they try. That became very apparent for Paige, who attempted to transfer to a job at the University of Iowa because it was too hard for her to be around Ali and Emily, who were constantly whispering in the hallway and harboring secrets. Uh yeah – they’re pregnant. I don’t understand why Paige is back in Rosewood, yet alone the show, and this weeks bike race/cheesy and unbelievable makeout session with Emily only added to my confusion. All I know is Paige is bad news for everyone.
Hanna losing her turn has basically sped the game up. In order to win, the liars have to solve the mystery before the cops do. The problem? Marco isn’t stupid. He’s already figured out that the mysterious finger belonged to Archer and that based on the deterioration, he’s been dead since he went missing. It’s only a matter of time before he’ll connect it to the liars, including his GF Spencer. That’s going to turn ugly real fast.
Thoughts? Are you happy this week’s episode finally delivered some answers that might but possibly won’t, steer us in the right direction?
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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