Pretty Little Liars Review: Will the Real A Please Stand Up?

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Anticipation for tonight's episode has been growing since the series premiered. In my excitement for the big reveal, I invited some fellow fans over for a Pretty Little Liars viewing party, and I'm pretty sure many others did the same.

"UnmAsked," as the title suggests, was meant to shock us all with the unveiling of A's real identity. But did we get what we were promised?

Mona and Spencer

To avoid further delay - *Spoiler Alert* - Mona is A. Yes, the frustration of losing Hanna to her former BFFs at the start of the series apparently drove her to start sending harassing text messages to each of them. But it was those very same messages that brought the girls closer together. When Mona showed up in the black hoodie, the collective reaction of this viewing group was: "Ummm... okay."

The buildup to this big reveal had the girls finding a secret hotel not far from the secluded landing strip that Ali used when she returned from Hilton Head. Once the girls arrived at the Lost Woods Resort, the show paid a not so subtle nod to Psycho. From the creepy owner to the taxidermy and the spooky photo of dear old mom, it was hard to miss the references. When Hanna got into that shower, we all got pretty nervous.

But the girls didn't have to worry about the hotel owner; it was Mona who delivered the final creepy monologue while sitting in the police station. Now, Mona being A was not such a surprising turn of events. Remember when she used her superior computing and deception skills to help Emily during the lock-in? Or how about last week when she had the perfect opportunity to send Hanna a message about making out with Caleb?

She's been present for a lot of key plot developments and manipulated her way into the group by pretending to get messages from A as well.

While her involvement makes sense, it was definitely a disappointing reveal. From the start of the series, we've been told that the show would follow a different A storyline. Lucy Hale even once said: "We're doing it completely different on the show."

So, what's different about Mona being A?

Perhaps it's the fact that Mona doesn't seem to be working alone. Despite Dr. Sullivan's (yep, she's finally back!) assertion that Mona's hyper-intelligence could give her the appearance of omnipresence, no one in my little viewing party thought that Mona could do it alone.

Plus, we saw Jenna meeting up with someone, possibly Mona, and revealing that she could see again. And then there was the strange gathering of Jenna, Lucas, and the mystery woman in the black swan outfit. On top of that, Melissa was acting all sorts of scary/threatening when she told the girls that she didn't believe Ian killed Alison, but that Garrett probably thought Ali deserved to die after blinding Jenna.

Mona asked Spencer to join team A, but who else is on that team? Mona even told her mystery visitor in the mental hospital that she had done what she asked to do. Is Mona just a puppet or was she the only A?

What really bothered me about the finale was that despite getting an identity for A, even that revelation wasn't 100% certain. As one of my friends very rightly pointed out, the problem with the show is that it can be so manipulative without being fully satisfying. Were you more satisfied or disappointed with the finale?

The parts of the finale that were satisfying and a little shocking didn't really involve A. We got confirmation that Aria and Ezra did take a big step in their physical relationship, and at the masquerade ball, Ezria finally went public. He removed Aria's mask to kiss her in front of all the attendees. I guess he figures he's done in Rosewood anyway so there aren't any remaining obstacles to their relationship. Except her parents.

Spoby also reunited, as Dr. Sullivan revealed that it was Toby who convinced her to return to Rosewood and face Mona. Toby confirmed that he was only pretending to hate Spencer.

And... Maya's dead? Emily's been getting messages and phone calls from Maya, but the police found Maya's body at Emily's home. Has she been dead all this time? If so, who's been contacting Emily? Was she the black swan at the masquerade? And more importantly, who killed her?

Sound off now, PLL fans: Were you happy with the reveal of A?


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I guessed who "A" was a few weeks ago. I just wonder who is behind "A" in this. Can't wait til the summer season begins :)


No omg Caleb can’t be A, he and Hanna are perfect together. just imagine how hurt and broken Hanna would be if both Mona and Caleb her best friend and boyfriend are A. No this can’t just happen, how do you guys even get the idea of Caleb being A? Is he A in the books? Have you read some spoilers about this or what? Because it just seems way to crazy if Caleb is A..

Snow not so white

Yes kari, that's true, if the writers decide to go by the books, in the end will be reveled that Caleb is main A, and they'll make all that twisted twin story, blah, blah, blah... Is that mean that they'll make Emily pregnant, and send Hannah to mental institution as well? C'mon... It's again book story/ series story...
I don't even know why I like this show, it's so twisted and creepy! Imagine 16yr-olds going through all this shit for real...


soooo disappointing. it didn't really explain anything and i'm not convinced Mona is actually 'A'
They should have made it very different from the books because I was kind of expecting it to be Mona (or Maya) and it was such a let down. They should have done some kind of a twist, i suppose the twist was that there is an 'A team' but that was also kind of expected. even though im majorly disappointed i'll probably still be hooked on series 3 ha!


i knew mona was a all along , melissa couldnt have been a . and the only person that was also the to witness the kiss was , mona , and if you rewatch that scene with mona and caleb kissing , mona seemed a little to pleased to be kissing him. courntey(who loved pretending to be ali) , ali evil crazy twin sister , convinced her parents that the real ali was her , courntney . so ali escaped and got revenge on courntey for lying and keeping her n the mental house . so basically real ali killed fake ali / courntey . killed the real ali is now out for blood , and is believed to be the one in the red coat on the last scene . but ultimately caleb, yes caleb hannas boyfriend is the main a . but you guys will soon discover it


I liked the storyline but I feel I've been played and I am very disappointed. Don't advertize if you won't deliver! I hope this all makes sense in the end because the Mona thing absolutely didn't!


Okay I was reading about the woman in the red dress and i went back and looked at that scene again and it's definitely something important .. cause that mask.. it's golden and the same scary baby doll face and then there's also someone in red coming and meeting mona in the end ... anyways this ep was really disappointing.. i agree with one of the comments... first i was literally like u got to be kidding me , then i was like not possible and now im so so angry at the liars who told us that they would change the books .. i still love pll :(( which is the reason im so angry


and throughout history relationships have often been with a women being 10 years or more younger than the male. and if you look into past family history, most of your grandparents and great grandparents were getting MARRIED at that age!


*old (not only)


a lot of people in the comments are calling Ezra a "sex offender" and saying he should be locked up and is disgusting. It's very interesting, I'm assuming the people saying this are from America where there is a strange legal age on sexual relationships. In the united kingdom and Australia, other western societies extremely similar to America, the legal age is 16, which Aria is. With that in context, he may have "broken the law", but he isn't disgusting! Almost everywhere in the world it is legal to have sex with someone that age. His just as bad as if a 16 year old girl was dating a 15 year old boy with only a few months in between them and had sex. How ridiculous. The law in america is strange enough, nothing about what they did was 'disgusting' and he really shouldn't be thrown 'in jail', his not her teacher anymore, and she is actually only enough and smart enough to make that decision for herself.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 25 Quotes

Hide and seek was my favorite game with Melissa. You want to know why? I always won.


I don't know about you guys, but A talking about body bags makes me very nervous.