Pretty Little Liars Summer Finale Review: "A" Strikes, Hits and Runs!

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She knew too much.
- A on Hanna

WOW. What a way for Pretty Little Liars to close out its summer season! In an exclusive interview with TV Fanatic, Shay Mitchell said that viewers would fall out of their seats by the conclusion of "Keep Your Friends Close." Did you find yourself on the floor by hour's end?

Before we get to the dramatic events of the last few minutes, let's take a moment to feel sorry for Toby. Granted, he may be less misunderstood if he didn't get mysterious tattoos and if he smiled more often - but, still, he doesn't deserve the fate that seems to have befallen him.

Did Emily really turn him in? Ironically, it may have been her dad's advice about honesty that made her feel obligated to alert the law to Toby's whereabouts. Let's hope this character is given a chance to prove himself next year.

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Let's also hope Hanna is simply alive! It would be a major step for the show to kill off one of its core four, and with Hanna's mom getting a new, devious storyline, it's very safe to assume that her daughter will make it through the hit-and-run.

But will she do so as a changed, timid shell of her former self? Or as a hardened, vengeful survivor more dedicated than ever to justice?

In many ways, Hanna has also taken the place of Alison as the member of the group privy to everyone else's secrets. She knows about Emily and Mya and, now, about Aria and Ezra. Are you happy to see these two back together?

We gotta hand it to Ezra for finally growing a spine, acting his age and telling Aria how he feels. This pair can be somewhat boring together, but that make out session was simply H-A-W-T! Just keep them together now, writers, and end all the back-and-forth.

As we bid farewell to Pretty Little Liars until early 2011, we're left with the following questions:
  • Is Ian really A?
  • If so, is he acting alone? I've got a sneaking suspicion about Noel, as that guy has almost seemed too nice so far.
  • For how long will Melissa and Spencer's truce last? Will she ever find out about her sister's spit swapping with Ian?
  • Could Mona be more of a bitch?!?
  • Does Spencer count the number of steps between every destination?
  • Will the FBI remain a factor?

So many questions and, sadly, so long to think about them. We invite readers to debate the show in our Pretty Little Liars forum and continue to visit TV Fanatic over the next few months for more interviews, news and spoilers.



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after every episode i hate allison more and more, she's such a bitch she causes so much trouble like when she accidentally burned down that guys house and blamed spencer. and i know it's the show and stuff, but i feel bad for A all s/he's doing is stalking the girls... get a life


FYI if they FOLLOW the book´s the show well just have 8 episodes...


Ok this is for pllgirl, read the book´s the car hit it´s in the book´s and she actualy don´t see ho --A is in the books she gets a TXT from --A but not cover so she sees the number


I don't think that bringing Courtney would be good, IMO is totally ridiculous all this thing about Ali's twin sister.. I hope they won't bring it from the book but come up with something even better than it, i mean they already show us that they don't follow the book by every words written in it


@pllgirl Ummm, the writers didn't come up with the idea of Hannah being hit by a car... they're just following what happens in the books. In book 4 Hannah does get hit by a car driven by A. Granted the writers aren't following EVERYTHING that happens in the books (like in book 2 A outs Aria and Ezra and Ezra is never heard from again...) but still. And as for A... it's Mona.


i think melissa killed Allison when she followed Ian and her to that rock, and i think A might be another completely diferent person. Since the tv show will be diferent from the books anyone could be A and the killer, but it would be too obvious.
I hope they do bring courtney to the picture thats interesting


So Many questions, and we have so long to wait!!


@pllgirl Melissa doesn't know about Alison & Ian.


@pplgirl Melissa doesn't know about Alison & Ian.


On Aria & Ezra- YES!!!! Best thing the show has done so far. We all missed them. On Melissa- I think she could possibly be A. She had to be mad with Allison for being with Ian, & when she said "Its the game playing that probably got her killed" That sounds threatening and venomous and dangerous, as if she would kill someone who plays games. Plus their family is all about appearance so it would make sense for Melissa to not want Allison & Ian to be exposed. On Hannah being hit- REALLY? This show is supposed to be creepy, but getting hit by a car is NOT creepy. good job pll writers, you sucked on that. Plus WE were always expecting to know who A was in the season finale, so it pisses me off that we dont, i thought when one of the girls found out so would we, but no one else on the show would because that girl would die, not that Hannah is THE only person knowing. But even if you didn't show us A, you left too many questions unanswered, which really screwed things up, and had no show of Alex or Lucas, which was weird. Honestly, I think its Allison. That would be creepiest of all. No one even likes her, she pretty much scares everyone and looks like a child whos pretty but in a little girl way but has the voice and character of someone pure evil.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Do you wanna be my friend or not? Lately, I feel like you're everybody's friend but mine.

Mona [to Hanna]

Byron: She asked me for space.
Aria: She moved out. How much more space does she need?

Pretty Little Liars Season 1 Episode 10 Music

  Song Artist
Lover take me Lover Take Me Edie Brickell iTunes
Crush 1 Crush Aidan Hawken iTunes
Song Chocolate & Cigarettes Angus and Julia Stone iTunes