Pretty Little Liars Season Finale Review: That Was It?!?

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"For Whom the Bell Tolls" had a lot of exciting and thrilling scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Still, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by the season finale. The show has made it a habit to give a few answers just to take them away again. Remember Spencer and the hotel room? Or how about the trophy incident? The same thing happened this week, even though the promos suggested some real revelations. A is always a hundred steps ahead of these girls and it’s getting a little ridiculous.

Church Scene

So, after months of speculation and hours of entertaining teenage angst, what do we know?

Well... Ian killed Allison and videotaped all the girls, including Jenna - and that’s about it. Everything else that happened this week just raised more questions. To be fair, some interesting information was revealed about Jenna, Ian, and newcomer Officer Garrett. HOWEVER, nothing was really resolved.

Ian’s dead, but then he’s really not. At the very least, this one loose end should have been tied up. Now Ian will haunt the series like a bad horror movie villain, never dying, and always ready to pop out from behind a dark corner to scare the girls. Just like Mike Myers or Jason. I think we have enough mysterious, hooded figures on the show.

The Jenna and Garrett thing also felt a little too convenient. We just met him a few episodes ago, but it turns it out he’s a major conspirator on Jenna’s behalf. Does he know what’s on the video that she desperately needs back? Does he know she was forcing Toby to have sex with her and lying about it? It definitely seems like the kind of information that would kill a relationship.

Luckily, he didn’t recover the flash drive, but then, who did? If Ian had it in his pocket, he could still have it or A might have taken it. See what I mean about all the new questions?

Other than Ian, Jenna revealed that her part in this mystery is really all about self-preservation. Her new version of the story of Ali’s visit made more sense given what we know about Ali, and her relationship with Garrett seems particularly useful for her needs. I’m guessing she’s has no real connection to Ian because Ian seemed to know A and neither she nor Garrett could have been in that bell tower. We’ll find out how the Jenna-Garrett angle plays out next season.

In other news, it was great to see Lucas come back as our hero. Disregarding Mona’s “generous” offer to transform into someone cooler, he picked up Caleb so that he and Hanna could resolve their problems. It's still sad that he can't be a romantic interest for her, but I was glad to see him again.

Emily’s moving to Texas for a year, which could prove detrimental to all of her relationships (both old and new) and make A’s harassment a little more difficult. The long distance probably won’t keep her out of danger, but we might get a little less Emily in the future, which is kind of a relief. Her plot lines have been kind of slow lately.

Aria’s little tantrum over Ezra’s ex showing up at the faculty mixer was just ridiculous. Just when she starts to act like a mature adult, she ruins it with petty jealousy. They were finally free to date openly (at least until her father finds out) and she had to create drama. It’s true that unexpectedly seeing your boyfriend’s ex is alarming, but her accusations were a little extreme.

This was an entertaining, although somewhat unsatisfying, finale to the show. Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long for the new season (June!) and, hopefully, for some more answers.

What did you think of what we learned?


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i bet it was toby who knocked ian off..because at spencers house he said "if you need anything tonight, ill be there" and spencer definately needed help..


@Artesia Nor Con really? NO WAY!




Okay so I'm going out on a limb here...but could A be Sean? I mean, think about it; his dad is the reverend so if he was to drag Ian out of the church before the cops showed up, he'd no the fastest way to get out or any short cuts. I know it's a stretch but this show is already confusing. Would it really be surprising if they threw this curve ball at us?


i saw noel was back, who knows he could have been the one helped spencer, and on a different note, is there going to be the usual round table ??


Umm, seriously how many seasons do you really think were gonna have to wait for the who is A? Unfortunately I'm done. Wait an entire season for that. I can't imagine anything worse then if the show is on for a couple of years and being texted by A.


Has no one else noticed that NOEL WAS BACK!!!??? He showed up at the end of the episode standing outside the church just watching the girls. Seriously, am I the only one who reads the list of guest stars when the show comes on? It said Brant Daughtery! And I definitely saw Noel standing there at the end! What could that mean!?


I had the feeling that Caleb and Lucas where in the car that crushed into Spencer and Melissa's. Am I the only one who thought that? xo xo from Spain


A few things: if Ian is still alive, then he has to explain his disappearance from the church--OR, he's going to play it off as if it never happened and Spencer is imagining things. Except the other girls heard him through the phone. We don't know, for sure, who else may have known that Spencer was going to the church. She was obviously followed by Ian--but someone else knew, as well, and we can only speculate who that was. As to Aria getting jealous--geez, she's a kid--of course she's going to feel threatened by a beautiful, accomplished WOMAN who was recently engaged to her boyfriend. That reaction should be proof to Ezra that he needs to get out of that relationship--fast. One other thing about the flash drive--the girls stopped watching the videos. Maybe there was something else on that drive, that they haven't seen, that implicates yet another person in the whole mystery...


I was so surprised watching the whole episode; i watched it twice. So when Alison told Jenna that she'd "bury" her... was she not aware that it would be her instead. I mean the whole Ian + Ali thing, that video... i think Melissa was there and her & Ian had killed Alison. Why? well, in the video, it doesn't show Ian hurting her, she just falls to the ground. And maybe Melissa had suffocated her because in the show, Ian said she commited suicide. But, Spencer said she suffocated. Maybe thats why Spencer can't trust anyone, including her sister. She probably knows more than she should. And i think that whole accident seen with Melissa and how she convienently needed a ride and "forgot" her phone was all just to trick Spencer into going to the church. I bet the car accident was all planned out, maybe it was officer garrett? I think it could have been him because him, jenna, and ian all had something to do with eachother. And that whole part about Ian trying to hurt Spencer... what a creap! I think Ian knows who A is and they were working together to trick the little liars. I mean... how could he be hanging so perfectlly in that rope. Maybe A and Ian did this just so the girls could get into trouble for trying to blackmail him. And maybe A is closer to them then they may think. I hope that next season we'll see if Hanna's relationship with Caleb actually happens, If Emily and Maya, Paige, or Samara workout, If Spencer and Toby last... afterall, Toby was someone she should've been watching out for.. and now it may be Spencer he should be watching out for, and last of all Aria and Ezra.. their relationship is sort of boring. I think if Aria and Ezra both found new interests that would be better because they are constantly fighting over the lamest things. A- is yet to be revealed.

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