Pretty Little Liars Review: Game On

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Our favorite little liars have finally returned to Rosewood and, damn, do they know how to make an entrance! The season three premiere of Pretty Little Liars wasted no time dropping this foursome into a pile of trouble.

In "It Happened That Night" things took an extremely dark turn when a drunk and disoriented Emily was basically abducted from Spencer's house and dumped at the cemetery right above Ali's grave. Sure, we've seen these girls run around the cemetary before, but we've never been in a situation where one of them has been standing above a dug up grave. I'm getting the chills just writing this.

PLL Season 3 Premiere Scene

Last season when Mona had revealed herself as A to Spencer and was maniacally driving, she mentioned something about there being an "A Team." With tonight's scandal and Spencer's summer research, I'd say the theory about there being more than one person behind A is definitely correct. Mona seems like she was a puppet for A, especially considering how whacked out she really is. I can't imagine what it must be like for Hanna to visit her all summer and when she finally thought she was getting a response, Mona was really just hallucinating Alison. 

Obviously we know from the end scene that somebody new has taken over and is stalking the girls. The other major thing I deduced from the ending scene was that this version of A is a lot darker than Mona. Cue up that text message they received:

Mona played with dolls, I play with body parts. | permalink

The thing about Pretty Little Liars that can be so difficult is keeping track of everything that's happened. Thankfully Spencer spent the summer creepily visiting A's lair to try and create a simulation of what the room looked like on her computer. She also tracked all of the clues and realized that a lot of the threats came to them while someone was with Mona. How would that have been possible without more than one A? 

One thing that I definitely recognized was Jenna's convertible from the finale as the same car that Emily was picked up by when she was blacked out drunk. Since Mona is locked up, someone else is running the show and Jenna has allegedly been away all summer but I'm not buying it. Then Garrett said he knew he took the body. Well, how convenient! Who would be visiting Garrett in jail? Who would Garrett be co-conspirating with?

All four of the actresses were on their A game tonight, no pun intended, but Shay Mitchell really knocked it out of the park. She displayed a wide range of emotions between grief, vulnerability, confusion, disorientation and an attempt to be strong for her three best friends. Major props to the star for delivering such a fantastic performance. It seems like there has been growth in each of these characters. 

Elsewhere in Rosewood, there was love in the air. Ezria were set on recreating their first night together before the police station stuff came up. Rosewood PD, such a buzzkill! Hanna and Caleb were being all cutesy and cooking together, which I loved. Then there was shirtless Toby, for which I think we all just need a moment...

Right, so we had shirtless Toby which was driving Spencer mad to the point that she no longer wanted to wait to have sex with him. Was I the only one who didn't realize they hadn't slept together yet? Also, is Spencer an aunt to Melissa's baby yet or what?

What did everyone else think of the Pretty Little Premiere? I loved it. I think it laid the perfect foundation for a dark and twisted season. I also loved Hanna's new vocabulary. Hey, we've gotta get a little humor somewhere on this show!! Hit the comments and check out the PLL promo for next week now!


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I may be like totally wrong but in the season finale when Mona gets a mysterious visitor in a red trenchcoat could it just have been a hallucination of Ali? Considering that she had a hallucination of Ali in the coat when Hanna was visiting her in this episode??


Unimpressed by the premiere, seems like a rehash of all things past. Very clichey too, Emily can't deal with death, gets wasted, lalala


The episode was great I loved it and can't wait till the next one. Also spencer and toby have slept together but they haven't had sex because remember when spincer was spying on the motel room next to Tobys they stayed all night together.


I agree with @R why the hell did u get chills?! Its not that shocker... GREAT start for PLL though! loved it!


I miss Ezra tongue kisses. Just saying


Absoulutly loved it. I loved the fact it was so comparible to the pilot because it marks the start of a new A. A twisted A.
I've been looking up clues from last nights episode... The Car is Jennas car. She was driving it when she took the mask to the black swan in the season 2 finale, It has the same lisence plate :) Can't wait for next weeks.


@ R U go get a life. That scene was pretty chilly and creepy. This Ep was A-Mazing. It keeps u wanting more and more. Is Maya dead tho? They said they think its her, but not sure, we didn't see a funeral either. So what gives? PLL is the younger Desp Housewives and is great. Marlene does a good job. I hope ABCFam doesn't cancel this like they did with Greek.

Leigh r

@R- I'm 26 actually. Also there's this thing called hyperbole to emphasize your point in your writing. Did I physically have chills? No. But did I find it extremely disturbing that someone dug up a dead girl's grave and stole her body? Uh YES. I watch shows far more gory than PLL, but I think Marlene King does an excellent job in setting a really creepy, dark tone for viewers. As far as Emily, if your significant other was murdered after you were stalked for a year and you basically woke up in front of your best friend's empty grave wouldn't you feel a bit off?


I was very underwhelmed by this season premiere..I guess I had too high of an expectation after that disaster of a finale..I hoped we wud get more answers but nope. Typical pll confusion..this episode felt like filler to me but I'm happy the show is finally back


someone would dig up a grave, remove a dead decomposed body and take it with them, that is deeply disturbing

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Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

If I never see another shovel again it'll be too soon.


Emily: You got an internship at Vera Wang?
Hanna: Yeah but I changed my mind, it turns out they want you to work for free.