If you were eagerly watching this weeks Pretty Little Liars for some real, genuine answers raise your hand.
Now, if you were completely disappointed by the episode delivered by Marlene King and the (spoiler) reveal that Charles is A, raise your hand. Great. So, who is Charles? No seriously… who the hell is Charles? Did we really spend 5+ years waiting to find out who the evil, psychotic, but brilliantly genius A was just to find out that he’s someone we don’t even know. Okay, granted Marlene said that Charles is in fact someone we have seen before. He has had some screen time. But still, it doesn’t make this any less of a frickin low blow. Come on, many of us even stooped to thinking one of the liars was possibly A!
After the episode ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’ the internet exploded with rage… and of course, plenty of predictions. So….. where do we currently stand on the #whoisA dilemma? Well, Charles is A. From the home movie Spencer watched in A’s dollhouse, it’s clear Charles may also be Jason’s twin. Seems kind of like a weak cop out though right? All this time Marlene said she wouldn’t do the twin theory like the books…. and then she just switches up characters? Boring.
But lets fly with it. Let’s say Charles is Jason’s twin… that means he’s also Spencer and Ali’s half brother. I bet all my money on the fact that Andrew is Charles. But then, I realized if that was to be the case then Andrews occasional hook ups with Spencer would be really, really disturbing. Then I thought maybe London boy (Wren and Melissa’s flatmate) was Charles. He has to be useful for something right? But he too hooked up with Spencer. So now, I just don’t know. Another popular theory online is that Charles was always jealous of Ali because he secretly wanted to be a girl and hence his stay in Radley. Maybe Bethany was even his “persona”? The ‘A’ game and his retaliation against the girls could be because of his jealousy. Or, Ms. D always wanted him to be a girl and therefore his obsession with dolls and this creepy dollhouse.
Ah yes, the dollhouse. The prison like place the girls ended up after ‘A’ brilliant kidnapped them from a police escorted vehicle saving them from real prison. I’m not sure which is worse at this point, but real prison, definitely less creepy. The girls woke up trapped in replicas of their rooms. All of this really means ‘A’ pays insanely close attention to detail and has a boatload of money.
Once an alarm rings, the girls are instructed to follow the lighted path towards a room where a blonde in a yellow shirt with an Ali masks awaits. When she takes off the mask it’s actually Mona. Surprise!!! She’s alive. And while this was supposed to be a huge reveal, I wasn’t impressed mainly because I totally predicted that happening. What I didn’t predict? Mona thinking she was Ali. For a second, I thought crazy, insane, lunatic, Radley Mona was back. But, thankfully she was just playing along to ‘As’ game. Clearly, ‘A’ has an obsession with Alison. If I’m to believe that ‘A’ really has a soul like Mona figured at the end of the episode, why would he want Mona to pretend to be Ali. I can understand revenge for being mistreated or wanting to be someone your not, but literally making your half sister rot in jail while the girl who is supposed to be dead pretends to be her is kind of twisted and disturbed.
But, maybe that’s the whole point. Maybe ‘A’ doesn’t make any sense. Maybe ‘A’ is just bat shit effing crazy and there is no logic. I’m kind of cool with that at this point. Throughout the episode, the liars were treated as dolls, getting ready for their high school prom. The theme? Night at the Opera. Also Melissa and Ian’s prom theme. Why are we going back to this moment in time? What’s the significance? Well…. if Charles is Jason’s twin then it would also have been his prom. Was he at Radley? Did he not get to attend and is feeling remorseful?
The girls pretend to be following ‘As’ rules but are in fact building a bomb to turn off the power and make a break for it. It’s hard for me to believe that the mastermind that is A didn’t realize these girls were playing him in the first place… but I’ll let that slide. When they finally make it out of the dollhouse, they realize their outside, fenced in by 10,000 volts, with no civilization in site. Where the hell are they? And better yet how are they going to get out? Apparently, that’s where the season 6 premiere comes into play. And this time, Marlene promises to unmask ‘A’. Speaking of masks, with all of them in play, I’m kind of thinking that he has some kind of disfigured face that he’s trying to cover up.
While the girls fought for their lives, their boys stepped up to the plate. Toby, Ezra and Caleb joined forces with Spencer’s parents– the only two adults on the show that are now in on the ‘A’ secret. Finally. I was beginning to wonder if the adults would ever realize some crazy, unnormal shit was going down. They initially blamed Alison for the girls disappearance, but she made it perfectly clear, wherever the girls were, they weren’t safe. They all eventually went to Tanner to try to convince her that Caleb could actually find the location of the missing police van and hopefully the girls, who didn’t run from the cops like she theorized. Seriously, Tanner is even stupider than the parents sometimes. But, when they found A’s lair…. and she finally saw video footage of all the girls trapped with Mona pretending to be Ali, she began to realize maybe these girls have been telling the whole truth the whole time. This was the most satisfying moment of the episode for me. Thank heavens. Also, the trifecta of boyfriends is now safe and crossed off of my suspects list.
And lastly, we have Andrew- Aria’s temporary boyfriend and the most recent suspicious character on the show. We know how this works, when the writers want you to think someone is bad, they will make you believe it and do whatever it takes… case and point Toby, Ezra, etc. So Andrew spying and listening in on a Hasting’s conversation could very well be innocent. Maybe he’s worried about what happened to Aria and has tapped everyones phone since the media isn’t talking. Or, maybe he really is A or working with A. That’s juicier. Another thing linking Andrew to the whole ‘A’ fiasco? ‘As’ lair is at the Campbell farms…. quite possible Andrew Campbell’s family farm, a place where either the Hastings, the DiLaurentis, or both families used to come to bond. A place where that video Spencer saw, and recognized was filmed. It’s the birthplace of ‘A’ for sure.
What are your thoughts? Were you satisfied with the finale? Did you need more answers? An unmasking? More closure? In true PLL fashion, the minute we received one answer, we got 10 new questions. When will we learn? Till the summer little liars.
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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.
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‘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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