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Pretty Little Liars Review: Buried Ali-ve

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After four years of building a ever-complicated mystery, the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 finale FINALLY provided some answer.

As Alison tells her friends the story of her very looong last night in Rosewood, we find out how all the little pieces of this storyline fit together.

So why wasn't it more satisfying?

Ali Tells All
Ali finally gathers all the girls up to tell everyone about the night she disappeared on "A is for Answers."

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Episode 24 felt like the writers were marching out every single clue from the past four seasons as if to say, "see, that did matter!"

But I'm not so sure all of them did.

For every amazing reveal, there was an equally annoying Vivian Darkbloom and Lost Woods Resort reference that didn't do much to advance the story other than to show us that everything is somehow connected. The episode felt more like a clip show of previous episodes with little excitement until we got to the end.

That's not to say that there wasn't some interesting revelations, of course.

Let's start with what we've found out:  Jenna, Toby, Ian, Ezra, Spencer, Hanna, Emily, Aria and Byron are supposedly in the clear. Alison's systematic ruling out of all the people close to her really helped cut down the list of possible A suspects.

Too bad she still hadn't figured out who was trying to kill her!

We did find out that Ali's mom is not A. BUT she seems to know who A is. The night Ali was nearly killed, her mother was on edge and tried to keep her from going out.

Then, she watched as someone attempted to murder Alison and she proceeded to bury her still-breathing child alive,  telling the culprit, "oh, what have you done?" Clearly this is someone that Mrs. Di wants to protect or she wouldn't have tried to hide the body and she would have told the police.

Jason anyone?

This is probably the point where most Liars fans began revisiting the twin theory.

Fans of the book and those who took a special interest in the first Halloween special  (and even the second one for that matter) will recall that twins seem to play a special role in the series. It would make sense that Ali's mom would be nervous about a deranged long-lost twin sister returning to Rosewood, and that she would protect her other daughter from the police.

But will the show really just start regurgitating the book series plot?

That final scene on the roof definitely proved that A wasn't Ali's mom, but I think it also proved that A is a man. Is it just me or did that person look decidedly male?

Sure anyone in good shape could have made that jump, but that body type didn't look very feminine. So, could it have been Jason? Jason is certainly someone that Mrs. Di would protect - and he was strung out on drugs that summer.

So, Ali reveals that none of the previous suspects tried to kill her and gets pretty emotional about watching her mother bury her alive (such a sad moment!). But then, we still have another body to deal with. Who killed that other girl?

The police seem to think that Spencer had something to do with it. The Hastings are hauled in for questioning and there appears to be some kind of understanding between Mrs. Di and Spencer's dad.

It makes sense that Mrs. Di would keep trying to deflect blame off the real killer (especially if they are related) and Spencer seems like an easy target with all her speed problems. But we and Melissa know that Spencer is innocent.

And Melissa seems to know who it was. Maybe she did it. She was definitely jealous of Alison and that girl looked similar to Alison. They might have even been wearing the same thing. A yellow shirt that Alison's mom picked out for her. Hmmm....

The episode did eventually build to an exciting climax. A tracks down Alison and starts trying to shoot the girls. Luckily, Ezra shows up, having figured out who A is. Unfortunately, Ezra is shot - yes, SHOT! - as A escapes... and of course he doesn't reveal who A is before passing out.

(He has enough time to say "so beautiful" but not say A's name? Really??).

Naturally, the show has to keep the mystery going, especially with Ali answering many questions. So, who is A? And is Mrs. DiLaurentis dead?

Ezra getting shot was probably the only way his character could be redeemed so that he and Aria could eventually get back together.  

What did everyone else think of the finale? Were you satisfied with the answers provided? And is Ezra still alive?

 

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I think definiteley MRs.Di's twin or Ali's twin, or Jason could hurt Ali. but the guy who was on the roof could be another person who is helping this person like Mona did, what about Wren and Mike??. anyway the Hastings family and Melissa is clear in some things. They were not on the roff and they did not kill Mrs. Di.

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Ezra still needs to explain why he didnt help the girls from A any of those other times, and how long has he had all those cameras on her...creeepyyyy. Did he just sit and watch her and Jake go on dates and stuff?

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if Ezra is dead, I seriously cant watch the show...i have wanted to stop watching so many times because of how repetitive it is, but i'm so invested in Ezra and aria that I keep coming back. watching without him would just be....AH! I couldnt do it... so im hoping he is just in a long coma, and we will find out who A is in season 5, and Ezra will wake up and him and Aria can work through stuff

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@ rel

I'm watching it for Ezra too. And after this past episode, I'm under the impression he didn't really have a romantic relationship with Ali. He was fascinated by her, but it doesn't seem like he was in love with her, nor did they do much else.

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@ rel

Ezra's a kiddie rapist twice over and deserves all the bad things. Aria needs to be like in the books and realize he's a pathetic creeper who likes little girls, dump his ass, and move on with someone her own age.

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@ rel

rel, I AM TOTALLY ON YOUR SIDE! I think everyone watches the show for different reasons, and ezria is that number one reason for me.

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@ rel

you're watching for the complete wrong reasons,
do us all a favor and stop watching now ; )

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I still think Ali's twin is the one who's dead. Because the body was identified as Ali. And I think what we saw at the end of the episode wasn't a flashback. I think a big part of the story is going to be the same as in the books, so the twin switcht with real ali, real ali killed the twin and ali's mom knew to much so now real ali killed her too. I think A is Melissa and she's actually trying to help the girls. Because the only thing this A is trying to do is keep them away from Alison. But I also think Mike could be A because the person yesterday looked like a guy. And he didn't really like Ezra so that would explain why A shot Ezra

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huge info dump of answers throughout as promised and a gripping final scene that still keeps the main mystery alive since the whole show revolves around it perfect episode

Marissa

I'm so happy we got a lot of answers this episode. The only person I can think of Mrs. Di would want to pretect Jason or Allison's twin if they decide to go that way but I'm leaning more towards Jason. The ending was amazing I definitely think A is a guy after that jump. I knew Ezra would end up getting shot and I really don't know if he'll live or not if he doesn't then it will up the stakes and make the show more intersting but If he does then I see him having memory loss or being in a coma so he can't say who A really is. Can't wait till the show returns.

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I'm thinking that it's either Jason, Allie's twin or Mrs Di's twin!

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the person who hit Ali over the head with a rock has gotta be either Jason, Ali's twin (unlikely) or Mrs. Di's twin. Mrs Di.'s twin is most likely - I mean, the end scene with her being buried sort of alluded to it, don't you think?
But as for the other girl's death, my bets are on either Jason or Ian.

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@ smashleigh

the end scene alluded to the fact that both Mrs D and Ezra AKA the only two people who knew who A was are now dead (and possibly dead in Ezra's case)

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And it's so obvious they are setting Jason up to be the next A. Which also makes it painfully obvious he is NOT.

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Ezra will stay alive, but he'll either have amnesia (Emily Thorne style), or he'll point a finger at someone who will be A suspect for the first few episodes until he/she proves he/she is NOT A, and then point at someone else and so the circle continues until they cross every character on the show.

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