Things are getting a little complicated on Pretty Little Liars as we find out who Charles is… or isn’t.
Imaginary Friend- When Ali confronted Mr. DiLaurentis about Charles he told her no one by that name existed. Obviously Spencer knew it was a lie and she decided to confront Jason, who maybe knew a little bit more. After all, the theory here is that Charles was Jason’s twin brother. Jason’s reaction revealed that he did in fact know more than he was letting on. Charles was in fact Charlie, Jason’s imaginary best friend. Mr. DiLaurentis told Jason that Charlie had to go and that’s the last Jason “saw” him. Well… Charlie wasn’t imaginary at all and the girls were on a mission to prove it. Doesn’t it seem so absurd that the DiLaurentis’s could actually convince their kid that his TWIN brother was imaginary. What the hell.
Family Reunion– When they told Ali about their findings, she began to put pieces together- like that time Jason said he always felt like something was missing from the family. The photo albums are empty for a reason. Thankfully, thanks to Aria’s detective skills, which are a little questionable, I mean who would look at a jar of pins and think “that’s where they must be hiding the evidence.” Anyways, they found a picture of Mrs. D and both boys… similar to what Charles had in his dollhouse. Ali and Jason confronted their dad about it and he knew he couldn’t lie much longer. From next weeks promo things get even more messed up because now apparently Charlie is dead. (We know better than to believe something unless we see proof and a body though, so nice try dad!) And “Charles, Charlie, A” whatever we want to call him was watching all of this go down through the window. If he’s really alive, he’s probably more pissed then ever.
Andrew Campbell– The girls really wanted to believe Andrew was A, but why would it ever be that easy? They literally fell into A’s plan and poor Andrew was set up. Okay, maybe not poor Andrew. There’s still a ton of shadiness about him. Ezra called his doctor and found out two things- Andrew’s birth date is sealed which means he could be lying about his age and be much older than the girls IRL. Two, he’s adopted. This totally fits in with the Andrew is Charles and was adopted out of Radley storyline. But he seemed pretty mad at the girls when he left the prison. He should have understood that they were just scared and all the evidence pointed at him but he literally let them know how much he hated them. Hmm… enough to lock them in a dollhouse? I still think so. And why was Aria so quick to forgive him and apoligize when less than 24 hours ago she was ready to testify and make falls claims against him. Aria is falling apart man… could she really be A?
No One Can Change- Andrew made a good point in this weeks episode- despite going through all of this, no one in Rosewood actually trusts these girls. No one believes them. Everyone thinks that they are the reason this is happening. But in fact, it could very well be all the parents’ fault. Sadly, once you get a reputation in a small town, it stays with you. Ali’s already figured that out. A had one goal in mind when he took the girls down in that “dollhouse”… to isolate them and make them feel alone. Even though they got out, they still feel that way. They might be home, but happiness is nowhere near.
A’s Games Are Getting More Twisted- A has always been playing games with the girls. Sometimes he’s playing games within games that they don’t even realize. This was the case in the dollhouse. He wanted to break and crack them- to make them turn against each other. For the past 3 episodes, they struggled to look at each other because of what they though A made them do, hurt each other, pick which one gets food and water that day, etc. But when they finally came face-to-face it turns out none of them ever took the bait… and none of them ever got hurt. The screams, they were all to fake them out. It’s nice to know these girls love each other on a such a level that they won’t succumb to a delusional persons standards. Girl power. I am excited to see what else happened to them during their month of captivity however.
Lorenzo- Is so weird. It’s nice that Spencer wants to help give Ali a fresh start and believe in her, but even if Ali isn’t up to anything, people who want to hurt her still lurk. Does anyone else find it odd that Lorzeno is a grown man trying to flirt it up with a high school girl? Like pedophile alert! Toby sees what’s up and is trying to intervene but unfortunately, it’s unsuccessful for now. Could Lorenzo be working for A?
Sarah Harvey- We, the viewers, have been conditionally trained to never trust anyone on this show. I don’t care how long Sarah Harvey has been trapped in A’s dollhouse, I don’t trust her. Sure, she might have PTSD and all that, but she might also be full of crap and leading the girls on in another round of A-games. This became especially apparent when she didn’t want Ems to go to school and then again later when A came into the room to threaten the girl and stop them from talking to Sullivan. Did Sarah not hear A in her room? And after that she was just showering and Em’s hugged her and she didn’t freak out like the first time? She’s full of it. Oh and that haircut- why did I get the feeling she was trying to become a boy… possibly, Charlie. Maybe Charlie was a girl!
Theory- Johnny is totally Charles. He’s knew Spencer’s sister and was older. Tried to move in closer to Spence and just close enough to Ali. Those two are technically his family. He built that “truth” thing in the cafe. Maybe Sarah is actually Bethany and she’s working with Charles? Maybe Mrs. D had an affair with Mr. D’s brother and these are the cousins? This is why Ms. D was taking care of Bethany in Radley. Maybe Bethany really did die and Charles went crazy and kidnapped Sara because he thought she was Ali and he wanted to make them pay for hurting Bethany? There’s a lot to figure out here but I think we’re onto something.
We’ve also seen Johnny before in episode 1 and remember Marlene King said we saw ‘A’ in the first episode? He was the dude staring creepily at Spencer at Noel Kahn’s party. Why else would he be just looking at Spence? And why else would he roll through and then leave mid season? He was close enough to Spencer and Ali’s house… we’ve seen him stealing stuff from her fridge. What makes you think he didn’t steal stuff from their rooms and put it in the “dollhouse.”
Apparently, he’s also in episode 21 of season 1 standing in front of the funhouse, behind Spencer, before entering with two girls.
- Where is Mona? Why do we still continue to take everything at face value? Hannah says Mona’s mom took her on vacation so that must be the truth. Did she? Is Mona ok? Is she still being controlled by A?
- Where the heck is Mike? For someone who cared so much about Mona, he sure shows NO interest.
- How are these girls not forced into therapy?
- How will they graduate… it seems like they never go to school or do homework or anything.
- Will Spencer become dependent on the anxiety meds again?
- Anyone else think the pencil “Charlie, Charlie” game might have been promo for PLL? It makes it THAT much creepier.
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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