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Pretty Little Liars Season Finale Review

What Did You Think of the Pretty Little Liars Season Finale?

With a few jump scares, a couple of broken hearts, and some big shocks, Pretty Little Liars wrapped up its Spring season this week. It elicited lots of gasps from me, and in typical PLL fashion, the amount of solved mysteries equals that of newly opened ones. In a perfect circle, Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily begin and end this season with a chorus of cell phone pings from the mysterious and threatening A.

I want to know what you thought of the finale, but I also want to touch on a couple of the happenings from the episode. Read them (spoilers ahead) and then leave your comments after the jump.

  • So Ian did kill Alison! In a final faceoff with Spencer in the church, he admits to it. It's a little weird since he claims it was an accident and that she fell and hit her head, while Spencer contends that Ali had been suffocated (did Ian think he killed her when someone else did the job?). When he tries to ensure that Spencer gets the same fate as Ali, dangling her over a ledge of the bell tower (did anyone else think of Hitchcock's Vertigo in this scene?), a hooded figure shows up — A, I assumed — and tosses Ian off instead. We see Ian's presumably dead body hanging tangled in the rope, but when the cops show up, the body is gone. Is it because Ian isn't really dead, or did A move the body to keep the mystery going?
  • Ezra resigns from the high school to take a job at the college, and he and Aria are briefly psyched that they don't have to keep their relationship a secret (until they have sex and have to deal with those pesky statutory rape laws, anyway). But when Ezra's ex-fiancée shows up at a faculty mixer, Aria revisits her anger over the fact that Ezra never told her about the ex. It seems like things are over for now. I disliked the term "Ezria" anyway.
  • Since Mona fails to deliver Caleb's "I love you" note to her, Hanna is still deeply hurt by his duplicity. But her former friend Lucas comes to the rescue, and he finds Caleb to bring him to Hanna. Though the season ends before Caleb and Hanna are reunited, I'm hopeful about the situation for next season. This romance totally surprised me, on one hand for happening at all and on the other hand because I found myself rooting for them.
  • Jenna's motives are finally laid bare: she was being blackmailed by Alison because Ian had video of her forcing Toby to be with her (which is a situation so ridiculous I can barely discuss it). In a twist, we see that Jenna is secretly with local cop Garrett who's helping her cover her tracks (which is a little irksome, because it seems like Garrett was just introduced.
  • The episode, and season, ends with all the girls' cell phones going off. The mass text from A reads "It's not over until I say it is. Sleep tight while you still can, bitches." (A never tires of calling the girls bitches, apparently.)

Well, I guess it's not surprising that A's story isn't over yet. This show has (hopefully) many seasons to go before it is. Still, are you disappointed that we didn't find out who A is? Relieved that a couple of the puzzles have been solved?

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shreerose shreerose 6 years
I was, as well as some of the others, pretty annoyed that nothing was answered in the season finale. It seems like we just keep going around in circles.
aeryn aeryn 6 years
Ian didn't actually confess to killing Allison. It actually was him speaking as Spencer - as if Spencer killed herself over guilt from murdering her friend. It actually seems more likely that he thinks Melissa is the killer and is protecting her by killing her sister. Great episode of my favorite new show!!
cheechee524 cheechee524 6 years
I love your observation "A never tires of calling the girls bitches, apparently." that made me laugh like crazy... because of how ridiculously true it is.
peatree peatree 6 years
I love Pretty Little Liars and I love have they keep you guessing, trying to figure out who you think "A". The suspense and surprises is what makes the show so great to look at, you never no what twist will be thrown at you. The Spring Finales was great because there were a few things that happened that you would have never guessed would happen. I was surprised that the person Jenna was secretly dating was Garrett and not Ian. I know Ian didn't like Spencer,but trying to kill her because of something he thought he did and try to blame it on Spencer was just wrong. I thought something bad happened or something else was wrong when Emily's mom told her that they were moving to Texas for a year. I thought it was sweet that Spencer and Toby where just hanging out in her room, enjoying each others' company. Another nice moment was when Lucas went and got Caleb. That really is putting someone else's feelings (Hanna's) before your own. Even though some of the things that happen on the show do happen in real life, some people over think the show and don't just enjoy it and enjoy how the characters interact with one another, their families, and the people they like ( or even love in Aria's case), no matter how wrong it would be to YOU in real life. This show is just to be enjoyed and fun to watch, not over analysed.
supertramp supertramp 6 years
I find it so funny that last season ended with a hooded figure, and it turned out to be Noel. The hood figure reappears again this time, and so does Noel. I don't think that Noel is A, but put two and two together, and there must be some intention for this. Also, did anybody else see a bloody Ian? If that wasn't an illusion, A isn't smart enough to erase the trace of blood, and that rope and the floors of the church need to be searched. One thing I seen for sure was a stiff Ian. His knees were bent at a curious angle, this is either a result of bad editing or the fact that Ian isn't really dead. I also think that it was Lucas and Caleb in the other car, but I also know that time doesn't necessarily match up. We don't actually know that Caleb ever made it to Arizona, and if he did, Lucas would barely have reached him. The show clearly wants us to think about that. Last but not least, if Garrett is dodging the fact that Aria(a minor) was seen leaving Ezra's(teacher and adult) apartment, it's because Jenna is a minor.
kaykayelle kaykayelle 6 years
Melissa killed Alison, or at least played some very large role in what happened that night. Plus, we never saw who Ian was talking to on the phone when he said he would take care of it. Ian and Jenna's conversation didn't entirely sync up. Don't remember exactly what was said, but I remember thinking that. Jenna and Garrett clearly opens this up as to the scope of A (which I think isn't necessarily related to who killed Alison.) I think A took Ian, and I never thought that he wasn't dead, but it seemed pretty quick. Fall into rope = immediate death? Wouldn't there be some struggle for a second or something? Next season seems to be set up about the girls being seen as liars. Legally, they could be in a whole lot of trouble. Maybe Emily won't be allowed to move or leave the state because they're all under investigation or something.
Noodles-and-Waffles Noodles-and-Waffles 6 years
I love the mystery and it is what sets this show apart. Can't wait until it comes back on.
Marisa-Tom Marisa-Tom 6 years
I wasn't totally convinced that Ian killed Allison post-confession. Spencer immediately corrected his story so it almost felt as if he wanted to take credit for it but clearly didn't even know how she died. ? Did I miss something here? The commenter above me makes a great point — who was in the other car that hit Melissa and Spencer? The writers either completely forgot to include that or have something up their sleeve for the June episodes. Other thoughts: Mona is sneaky and no one should count her out. Plus, she's a compulsive liar. I'm rooting for Caleb and Hanna. I'm tired of Aria being lovesick high school-er that is borderline stalkerish but am glad that the whole working with your "ex" angle is being thrown into the storyline for good measure. And OK, Garrett and Jenna? What?! It really seemed like Jenna was still crushing on Toby. Why was she calling Ian about the video? Wouldn't she be mad at him for recording it in the first place? How is Garrett covering her tracks? Why would he need to? I think Allison had more on Jenna than just the weird sibling relationship thing. TOO MANY QUESTIONS!
bushra bushra 6 years
i have to admit i found the whole 'who? what? why? of it all a bit too trying and gave up when it went on hiatus.
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