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Pretty Little Liars Review: Fatal Games

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For once, the promotional materials delivered on their promise, as someone totally died on Pretty Little Liars.

Fans have spent a few weeks speculating on who the unlucky character might be; we even discussed it as part of our Pretty Little Liars Round Table. It seemed like most of the characters were up for grabs (minus the main ones, mind you), but by the start of this episode, it was pretty clear who the victim would be.

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12  will have the distinction of being Mona's last episode. Yes, sadly Mona lost the big war against Ali, losing most her army members to Alison and eventually losing her life.

Mona's redemption started during Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 11 when she explained why she's been nothing but trouble for the girls for so long, gaining some sympathy from Aria and viewers.

This week, she decided to team up with the liars, knowing that she was putting herself in danger. And it was in this episode that we started believing her about how dangerous Alison might be.

We might have suspected that Mona was faking her death somehow, but the final shot of her unmoving, pale body in A's trunk would suggest otherwise. RIP Mona!

Of course, some other stuff went down this evening, all leading up to that final shocking moment. Now, it's true that the episode delivered on its big promise of a major death - and there's was a lot of action and drama - but I couldn't help but feel that there was a lot of flash and very little substance to this finale.

Think about what we really found out this week...

#1 -  Alison may be a sociopath and could also be A.

Hanna raised suspicions about Alison after that well-timed A message kept them from going to the police. And it's been a fairly popular theory since Alison's return to Rosewood. She's highly manipulative and a born liar, but does all this make her a sociopath?

Mona doesn't offer much evidence to prove her theory that Alison is crazy and formulated her group of friends to keep herself entertained. Alison is your typical mean girl, and it's a wonder the girls were ever friends with her. But could she be the one hiring all these people to torture her friends?

This is the drama's attempt to switch up the game and focus attention away from some random shadowy figure and onto one of the main characters. Will it reinvigorate the show?

#2 - The next big theory involved Bethany Young, who Spencer is being accused of murdering. Once the lie detector seemingly exonerated Alison (although it seemed like the police already had Spencer in their sights), it wasn't long until the police gathered enough "evidence" to arrest Spencer. Radley files indicated that Spencer might have killed Bethany to gain favor with Alison.

And how exactly do they prove this?

The files indicated that Bethany's father was having an affair with Mrs. DiLaurentis. Bethany talked about someone she met who manipulated her into thinking they were friends. Sounds a lot like Alison, right?

Mona thought so. Before her untimely death, she called Aria to say that she found evidence to prove Alison knew about Bethany and may have lured her to Rosewood as part of her sick game.

What is this evidence? We may not find out for awhile as Mona had all the Radley files when she was murdered.

That's about all that was revealed in this finale. The focus for Pretty Little Liars Season 5 has been less on answering all the questions, and more on making us re-examine Alison's character.

Other interesting yet non-plot related events didn't really add much to the finale, but set up some plot lines for next season. Paige and Emily reunited in time for Paige to follow Alison to an abandoned farm where she's amassed a much bigger army than Mona ever had. Toby graduated from the police academy, but he broke his leg in a car accident that seemed unnecessary and excessive.

And, of course, Spencer's parent's will have to find a way to keep her out of jail.

Overall, bravo to the series for having the courage of its conviction and killing off Mona. However, I'm sure we're all waiting for the day when that little scene gets rewritten. Until then, you can watch Pretty Little Liars online via TV Fanatic and remember the good old days.

Who do you think killed Mona?

 

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#1: I agree that Alison is a sociopath. To some she's just a mean girl, but I think Mona's arguments are sound. Alison loves to play games and turn people against each other. In doing this, she hurts people and takes pleasure in their pain. More so, she takes pleasure in the fact that they buy into her lies and she can wrap them around her finger. She's like a cat that loves to play with her food. While most sociopaths are more violent with their harm and sometimes murderous, Ali's behavior is still sociopathic in nature. And if she is A (which is very likely given the evidence, but the writers love to play games too), well we all know A is a psychopath so that would make Alison that much worse. #2: What the hell evidence did the police have to arrest Spencer? The only thing they got from Alison's lie detector test was that Alison knew about Spencer's pill popping and promised not to say anything. Even if they had some theory that Spencer killed Bethany to gain favor with Ali (where the hell did they come up with that anyway? D they know Ali knew Bethany and if so, why does that mean Spencer knew about her?) where was their proof? What favor was Spencer trying to gain especially since Ali said she wouldn't tell about the pills? Whether or not the police have proof that Ali knew Bethany, there sure as hell was none that Spencer knew her or even knew ABOUT her. The police have no grounds at all to arrest Spencer, not even circumstantial evidence. (I know I sound like a lawyer; it's the law student in me). Although every writer makes up stuff for their show, they usually tend to try and get real facts for certain things like legal, scientific, historical, or medical matters so that it doesn't sound like bullcrap (I stole that word from Blake Shelton). The writer's dropped the ball here.

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This show has gotten so convoluted, I don't think the writers can keep track of all of the details. I've always been suspicious of Ali, however being that they were trying to make it seem like Ali was Mona's killer, it makes me assume she is not. Since day 1 though, I've always somehow hoped that Ali would be A. I have never read the books, but I would believe the twin theory.
Going off on a separate tangent, there were a few other things that bothered me about the episode. If it were around Thanksgiving, the weather would be much colder in PA and none of them were dressed like they were on the East Coast. Also, Toby would not have graduated the Police Academy that quickly.

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@ Shannon

you're an idiot the end

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Pretty impressive that the cops can tell if someone is using their memory or their imagination with a lie-detector test! I thought those measured heart rate and temperature or blood pressure—and Ali was certainly hooked up for those things to be measured. They'd need an MRI to see which parts of her brain lit up when answering various questions. Maybe her real name is Bethanny Young... I agree with the reviews over the last several weeks that Ali has been played inconsistently. She has looked worried and scared when no one was around, which belies her being in charge (of the situation, of the girls, of whatever). Then at other time, this episode for instance, she smirks while looking away and then looks serious with others (Emily and Ali and the text message). I can't manage to keep track of all the various clues, but that goes on for me in the books, too!

Sarah-silva

I give this episode 5/5.
I was never a fan of Mona's until this episode and so I am sad that she is dead.
I have thought for weeks now that Ali is A, and Mona said she had proof and the girls all seem to think she is A as well. However that being said, the fact that we did not see the face of the blonde that killed Mona, it is leading me to believe that either Ali is not A, or she is and the person that killed Mona put on a blonde wig and a black hoodie to make us think it was Ali. I think I will stick with the latter as Ali has to be A...right?
No matter what Ali is an evil person: Getting Spencer arrested for Bethany Young's murder (not for one second to I think that Spencer killed anytone). I am also sure that Ali knows how to manipulate a lie detector test so that she would be cleared of any wrong doing. (It can be done). Then the smirk on Ali's face that turned into a frown before she turned around and faced Emily when they had they fight at Emily's house.
So was Toby on the accelerated police academy program? It sure seems that his graduation came fast.
I am happy that Paige was not made at Emily for lying to her about being sick and that Paige now seems on board to help the girls, also it looks like Em and Paige will get back together!
Mona told the girls at the beginning of the episode not to tell their bed buddies what they are up to, but Caleb knew something was up and Mona knew that Hannah would tell Caleb and also knew that Caleb would come help the girls. Then Spencer told TOby after his car accident and we can assume that Paige and Ezra know.
I am looking forward to the xmas episode and the rest of the season.

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@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

The thing is though, if Ali is A, why fake her own death in the first place and leave rosewood? She could have done far better damage as A in Rosewood as the "Queen Bee" she was than running from place to place faking her death. Plus, if she had been A, she would've manipulated Ezra's suspicious activity in trying to write his book a long ass time ago and destroyed Ezria several seasons ago because it's clear she doesn't approve or like the fact that Ezra didn't want to be with her when he found out her age but was willing to risk the age thing with Aria. If Ali was A that would've been played out a lot sooner than it had and it would've been 10x worse than it was... But then again... If Ali was A it would make better sense of why whatshername that Aria killed had decided to turn on Ali to save Jenna.... Cuz honestly, that never really made much sense to me... Also, if Ali was A and everything and faked her death and lied about the story of being buried and all of it, the thing is... Ali always always always hated Mona and never would've gotten into Mona's car that night and she definitely would never have taken Mona under her wing to make her a big player on the A-team for so long. That just doesn't add up. So I don't really think that Ali is A, but that Ali has definitely done some serious shit in playing her game and is becoming an even bigger player to rival A.

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@ Ravyn Rae

Yes but this is Ali we are talking about, she is a sociopath and I would not put anything passed her. I still maintain she is A.
Think to all the stories and lies she has told. She made up the whole fake kidnapping story with Cyrus just a couple episodes ago. She pretended to like Emily so on and so forth. She could have manipulated Mona too. Do not underestimate Ali!!!!
Also the name of the girl Aria killed is Shanna!

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@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

Lol thanks I couldn't remember Shanna's name, tells you how important I found her to be haha. W But you are right it is Ali and she shouldn't be under-estimated in the slightest. I mean there is a solid case for it all, but we do know that there is another player as well. Since Ali didn't kill Mrs. D as she was in NY when Mrs. D was killed. She didn't kill Bethany, because she was with Mona when Bethany was killed... And she was attacked and buried by someone her mom was protecting, possibly, we aren't actually sure of anything Ali says, but we do know she was hit on the head (doctors exam in this season proves that) and that she was buried, because Mrs. Grunwald told us last season that she pulled Ali out of her "grave." So even if Ali is playing "A" games... There is still someone else playing the A card as well...

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So I let myself get excited for this episode because I thought we might actually get some type of answer to a question seeing as it was the finale. Instead though we got yet another mystery: who killed Mona. The whole episode they want to set it up to look like Ali killed her and make Ali look like Ali is A so that basically means it wasnt her. Does anyone actually think it was her? If it wasn't a wig then my guess is Cece but it definitely could have been a wig. Also did anyone notice that the person looked possibly pregnant? Or maybe just chunky? I felt like they made a point of slowly panning up on the body to show us this. I had read in an interview going into this finale where Marlene or one of the writers said that some characters would find out who A was and that we would get a major clue to their identity but I guess that was a lie. The only talk about As identity was about it being Ali but them outright saying it is Ali isn't a major clue so who actually found out As identity? And what was the major clue? Was it the blonde hair? My friend pointed out maybe the snow globe was a clue pointing to jenna. How did the police get to issue a warrant for Spencer's arrest? There is no evidence actually proving she killed Bethany. And Ali gets off just because she took the polygraph when you can trick a polygraph. All the evidence is actually pointing to her being the one that killed her but nope we will go with Spencer doing it to prove her loyalty to her. Really? And don't even get me started on the fact that they tell Ali that the polygraph works by seeing whether you are using your memory or imagination yet nothing is hooked up to her head so how can they measure what part of her brain she is using? I'm not going to lie I was completely heart broken at the end when they showed Mona's body in the trunk but I don't feel like her death was done right. I was convinced she was alive up until that point. I was like okay Cece showed up to help her fake her death to keep her safe from Ali and so I wasn't upset at all. Then we see the body and I was like really?!?! For such an important character, they should have let us feel the impact of her death. It was like they tried to trick us just to give us that little surprise at the end. Hopefully when it returns and we get her funeral I will feel some closure on her character and get to grieve for her.

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@ kandi1212

another mystery on a MYSTERY show that still has 2 and half seasons left to go??? what the hell were they thinking!?!?!? UGH friggin moron, why idiot children like you keep watching is beyond me tell ya what... you can be the head writer of the show from now on and make ALL your dreams come true by revealing A now, sound great? but please tell me THEN what the hell you're going to fill another 50+ episodes with when the entire mystery/main storyline of the show is over??? exactly maybe actually think before cluelessly bitching about utter nonsense ; )

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@ Guest

Wow you know what i wouldn't usually feed the troll but i will make an exception for you because i am going to assume you are the one who posted almost the same exact comment on my comment from last week.
1. You do realize the tv show is based on a book series who has revealed A multiple times and still manages to continue to write new books correct? Yes I would love for them to reveal A because I think there are more places they could go with the story. It has been implied multiple times on the show that there were multiple teams with multiple leaders. No one is saying you have to reveal all right now but you can't wait until the final episode of the show to reveal A and expect it to be a satisfying ending. What are they going to do, reveal it in the last 10 minutes of the series and then just spit out the motive and call it a wrap. I don't know many people who want to see it done that way.
2. Yes I am going to complain about more mysteries on a mystery show that still has two seasons left when they haven't answered 90% of the current mysteries on the show, including those that date back to season 1. You have to give answers every now and then otherwise it isn't really a mystery show anymore. Are they going to wait until season 7 of the show to give answers from season 1? If that is the case what is the point of having watched all 7 seasons? The reason they don't answer the mysteries is because they don't even know half the answers themselves yet. Sasha has said in interviews that the writers hadn't decided whether or not she would be alive or have a twin until some time into the series. That is something that should have been decided day 1. It is a significant part of the story. All the huge mysteries, especially those that originate in season 1, should have been decided before the show aired that way they are leaving accurate clues so that it is possible for fans to actually take part in the mystery too.
So yes call me an idiot child (which fyi i am not a child) because I want the writers to work hard for that money they are making. They must be happy to have people like you who are happy with mediocre storytelling. And I hope you realize that this is a place to comment on the show and discuss it with other fans rather than tear other people down.

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@ kandi1212

And you're right, if they really did kill Mona. They didn't do it right and we need something more fitting for such an important and significant and intelligent character.

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@ kandi1212

I agree, no answers, more questions. It's like the writers are grasping at straws to keep seasons going and this episode was such a let down. But I wonder if Mona truly is dead, yes we saw her body in the trunk... But the show has established mask utilization of faces to trick us and characters into thinking certain people have done certain things or are dead
Or alive etc. what if the Mona in the trunk was someone else dead with a mask of Mona's face... Cuz the body in the trunk didn't fully look like Mona and in this show I've learned that if we didn't actually see the murder, then it didn't necessarily happen.

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@ Ravyn Rae

I had an impression that Mona wasn't really dead when in the trunk, either. Granted, her eyes stayed open for a long time, but it felt like there was some kind of movement. (Then again, it could be because the actress was alive!) What I did find interesting is that she had a mark of blood on her cheek about the size and shape of the cut she gave Ali when she, Mona, slapped Ali in the church.

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@ Ravyn Rae

Yeah but Janelle has talked about the death of Mona now and a lot of people involved have said whoever died will stay dead so as much as I would love for her to be alive it will feel like the writers tricked us if she isn't dead. I am sick of the writers lying in interviews and what not to keep us surprised. It is a ridiculous tactic.

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@ kandi1212

Ya know... I'm almost tempted to devote a portion of my blog to going back through every single episode and writing out every single hint, clue, reveal, etc. to create a solid map for PLL fans to look at to measure whether or not certain individuals that the writers try to make us think A is, could actually be A or not. Fight back on the writers constant lies and games and tricks with some actual intelligence. Maybe I could create a fan following for this blog so us as the fans can unite and force the writers to stop screwing with us and to stop ruining the show with their now predictable methods... However at the same time that is an incredibly daunting task lol

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@ Ravyn Rae

That is so funny that you said that because I have a pll Facebook page and I started to do that. I mean not super in depth like you described but going through every character and giving reasons and clues for why they could be A and why they couldn't be A. Unfortunately I only got to Toby because I got a concussion and haven't really been able to do stuff for the page since but I'm gonna pick that feature back up again when I'm better. And yes the writers on this show have gotten out of control with the lying. When Toby got revealed as A they swore he really was A and that he was evil then it turns out he did it to protect Spencer. Then they reveal Ezra as A and they swore it was exactly what it looked like and nope he is writing a book. I will say that is surely not what it looked like in the summer finale lol. It has just gotten old and I don't trust the writers at all anymore.

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@ kandi1212

Honestly, I stopped trusting them awhile back. I don't even read or watch anything they have to say about the show at all, because I know it's only lies and teasers to get us to continue to tune in and be strung along... If it weren't for my PLL addiction... I'd totally ditch the show due to their idiocracy and blatant disrespect for their fans... Plus they truly are ruining the show with it all.

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@ Ravyn Rae

Yeah trust me I have to talk myself into sticking with it sometimes and that is mostly because of them and their stupidity with how they run the show. There are many other shows on television that are centered around mystery that dont have writers and show runners who go around spouting out blatant lies instead of just giving vague answers. Just because you are asked a question in an interview doesn't mean you have to give a specific answer. There are ways to avoid really answering a question but no they feel the need to answer it with a flat out lie. I have invested too much time in this show not to stick it out at this point but god knows I will think about it 10000 more times before the show is over. Plus it is hard because I want to act excited about the show for the sake of fans of my page but it has gotten harder and harder

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@ kandi1212

Exactly, they act as if they have to provide a specific answer. It's like really? Did you forget that high school is only in your show and not your actual life? It's like they learned professionalism from the Kardashians or something. Sometimes I swear I'd make a better tv writer than half the writers that run these shows... Which I admit is part of the reason I started doing the tv blogging thing. I have a totally insane dream that a head honcho will come across my page and call me and invite me to write for one of my favorite shows. But we all kinda hope for that don't we? But back to PLL, due to their tendency to lie as much as Alison. There is a possibility that Mona is not dead... If that happens, then we definitely need to stop listening to the writers and just watch the show. We can manage our blogs without listening to what the writers have to say and they only ruin it anyway. Also, isn't it getting old/annoying that EVERY time someone finds some information that will finally provide us some answers, they die, get shot, or disappear? It's really getting to a point in which I begin to wonder if they even know the answers to our questions anymore.

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@ kandi1212

That is an incredibly valid point... And you know what, you're right... I am sick of the writers lying to "keep us surprised" it's just false advertising and that's a petty ploy. As a writer myself, there is absolutely no excuse to lie to your fans. So if they said Mona is staying dead, then I hope she really is dead, because they really need to show some consistency, otherwise the show is just a series of lies and the writers are a series of lies and we can never trust the real story to ever be given to us.

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First wanted to say that this was one if the better episodes in awhile. I actually will miss Mona, was starting to like her. Like many I thought it could be staged and she faked it until the last shot, which was very unsettling. Second wanted to say I'm happy Emily and Paige are back together I like Paige, I know I'm in the minority but I do, however I think Lindsay has gotten way too skinny. Either Ali is A or I'm back to the twin theory. But I don't think Ali killed Mona herself, yes we saw blonde hair, but could've been CeCe too. The little smirk on Ali's face when she watched the cops around Mona's place after hearing it was a homicide was unnerving and certainly points to her being a sociopath. I'm not sure why the writers don't say who A is. It won't ruin the show, what they are doing is ruining the show. You reveAl A and there's still a whole bunch of stuff for episodes. Why? How? If it is Ali go back to when she started planning it all out. How did she get all the help and money to do all this, so on and so forth.

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@ Nikki

EXACTLY!!! Telling us who A is can actually provide a massive amount of material for a plot over atleast one season to give us the information on how, why, what actually happened over the past few years etc. Then if they want one more season, then they have A escape from jail and make a season of A trying to murder everyone and can continue to play off of the drama of who betrayed who during A's long long game that is revealed in the season where they reveal A. There are plenty of possibilities to keep the show good in the process of revealing A. They are ruining the show and only making fans fed up and walking away from it by continuing this ridiculously annoying guessing game.

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@ Ravyn Rae

Exactly! I would love for us as the viewers to find out who A is during a season finale and then the next season we get to see how A works and the girls can find out in the mid season finale and the second half of the season can be what happens after they know who A is.

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@ kandi1212

Yupp. But the writers and producers are greedy, they want as many season as possible prior to doing that so they can make more money... But seriously. They need to do something quick, the actresses who play the liars won't look like teenagers forever!

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Its not even funny anymore, Alison's vastly bizarre character thanks to the writers who in a ploy to keep us guessing are losing the plot themselves. The more they run around circles with the plot and delusional theories more they're going to find it difficult to come out of, their own maze. I remember so many shows losing its spark thanks to extended seasons. CW ruined OC and OTH and it was hilarious that Dan Humphrey of all people turned out to be Gossip Girl ( a version of A ;) from New York).Fine dont give us who A is because you have two more seasons to run but give us some answers starting with Alison!!! I mean its established as far back as the first season flashbacks that she's a pathological liar and she would go to any inhuman lengths for self preservation and to play games so why not build on that instead of fooling the audience with this delicate and damaged girl who comes back to Rosewood seeking redemption? On one hand she's petrified on the other she's arranging Noel Kahn to break into Hanna's house. On one hand she's showing real emotion for Emily and then creating her army in some abandoned field. I dont believe that she's ultimately A its too convenient a theory,because the writers have established in 5 seasons that the PLLs or their near and dear ones cannot be A without some goodness in them like they even went as far as having Ezra randomly show up in New York to take a bullet so that he could redeem himself to Aria. They wasted so much time establishing Maggie and Malcolm as characters on the show and gave them screen time instead of using those precious minutes to show us something useful and then when they felt like it, they just pulled the plug with a very convenient plug in of oh Malcolm was not Ezra's in the first place. Then they randomly had his mother and brother steal screen time when they were not required. Why go into these unnecessary story lines when we all know that Aria and Ezra would end up together?
Sorry about my rant but I love the show so much that it kills me to see them ruining the show. Mike and Mona were unnecessary Ella and Zack too.And then Hanna's drinking and the darkness that Caleb carried back from Ravenswood- all these segues and still no truth to Alison's disappearance. And the PLLs might be sympathising with her but Im team Caleb on this one- he doenst trust Alison and in my own theory no teenage girl whose stayed missing for so long comes back all sunshine and rainbows. Knowing its Alison she's done something worse and the real world can be an unforgiving place so she might be running from something more dangerous than A. And given how smart Spencer is its hilarious that she has to discuss everything with the PLLs and then take action. Isn't it established from Ezras lair that every move is monitored and everything is recorded? So obviously if A can hear your plan isn't it obvious that he / she will try and stop you from going to the police? Why not send it anonymously without discussing it? The PLLs have got to be shown with some maturity and with some self worth and logic at some point. Why are they portrayed as such weak characters who cant do anything about their situation? And I was face palming when Officer Holbrook literally had to spell it out for the audience that Aria working at Radley's was Spencer's idea! Like hello! Im afraid to even see the PLLs living in Rosewood without Spencers protection without them falling into an A trap. And I really like Emily but why is she so dumb?Who leaves their phones literally in Ali's hands and who lets their guard down in front of her? I was excited for this fatale finale but when I was watching it with every passing scene i was getting more and more frustrated. The twin theory started with the books,then the mask maker. then A messing with Spencers eye drop made her see Sydney as Jennas twin, then today the twin girls who went into the bathroom cubicles and came out with smirks on their faces,I want that issue to be addressed! And guys I really need some answers on Alison. and her mother whose such a slut- like is there anyone in Rosewood she didnt have an affair with? Loved the easy chemistry of Spencer and Toby (again there was no reason to break that boys leg) and the graduation gift with the etching. classic touch.
Speaking of Mona, I dont think she's dead. Given how smart she is and realised that her life was in danger and she's stayed ahead of everyone I think she's taken a page out of Alison's book and realised that to beat Alison once and for all, or A, or both, she has to stay "dead". If Alison can get Noel to break into Hannas house to pose as A or as her "kidnapper" then i think Mona herself can arrange for a blond girl to make her death look like a homicide. Because the amount of blood in the house does not match the dead body of Mona where the blood is only smeared on her cheek. Like there are no real arteries in that area to dispel so much blood. And Im willing to believe that the body had a Mona mask on.Someone died but it was made to look like Mona, or noone died at all, because black gloves dont always mean A. And knowing Mona, she would not risk spreading the tapes from Radley and her notes so conveniently on her bed for A to just come in and kill her easily and destroy all the evidence. If that is the case however, then she is certainly as much a bimbo as the rest of them, and yes that includes the Rosewood PD. the waiting period all these months will be torturous :) if I were a fan i would buy the houses in Rosewood proper locks...

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@ VS

unlike you i'm not going to waste an entire essay of nonsense explaining what a complete moron you are i'll just keep it short and sweet: - The OC aired on FOX, genius - Dan Humphrey as Gossip Girl was the only half rational explanation
(he was a WRITER, er duhhhhhhh) - Season 9 of One Tree Hill was better than most shows in their prime - The PLL writers aren't in any maze, idiot. They write and plot out the entire story BACKWARDS each season and already know the ultimate endgame. Hence why Alison is being made out to be A now as an OBVIOUS RED HERRING write another novels worth of SCARY dumb nonsense while you're at it.
Or maybe get an actual clue and just stop watching a show that's clearly
above your intelligence level since you don't know even know how
basic plot progression works ; )

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@ Guest

Awwwwwww you poor thing.....noone pays attention to you offline no? your reply proves how desperate you are to get a reaction....say hello to "Guest" here everyone....someone of his/her IQ should be in a science lab or in space what is he/she doing here amongst us pea brains? dumb**** wasting my time.....

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@ VS

Janel said "Mona is dead & will stay dead"

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@ VS

I agree with you (on all fronts) whole heartedly. They are ruining the show and creating unnecessary plot lines and are not giving a clear character on Ali. I mean, they didn't even really give us a reason as to why Ali has stopped trying with the liars, I mean come on. Give us SOMETHING to explain some unanswered questions... Like why did Mrs. D bury Ali? Or was that a lie? Who killed Mrs. D? Who killed Bethany young if they thought they had already killed Ali? And Mona... That's a 50/50 as to whether or not she has staged her death or is truly dead. Because you're right, she's far too smart to have let herself be off-ed in such a manner when she knew she had a target on her back for helping the liars and delving I to Bethany's tapes. It does make more sense that she faked her death to get away (following Ali's footsteps). But if she is actually dead, then it raises the question of who killed her and why exactly. A wouldn't necessarily have a reason to kill her, because Mona is turned against Ali and that was A's focus all along, or so we thought... There's another thing... Originally A just was tormenting the liars. Then it was A tormenting them in hopes of them leading A to Ali so A could finish what A started with Ali. Now it's... What? A knows where Ali is... Could kill her... But decides to make life hard for her... First Ali can't leave town or tell the cops... Now A is backed off of Ali... It just doesn't add up anymore... Now we have a series of mystery from A but no longer do we have any idea of who A is targeting and what A wants... It's like A is now on the back burner and now it's all about Ali playing games which makes us think she is A, but her being A doesn't exactly add up with everything else over the past several seasons. This season the writers really lost us all in not establishing a consistent character in both Ali and A... Which is entirely frustrating... It feels as if they've gone from being really good at what they do to having lost all their notes on where everything was leading to and are just chasing their frickin tale

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@ Ravyn Rae

Thanks Ravyn!
Yes exactly I agree with you that why has Alison stopped trying with the PLLs when they've done nothing to incite her except ask for the truth- same as us audience lol ;). Mrs D buried Alison to protect someone close to her, could be Jason who was abusing drugs that summer or it could be bethany herself, i mean she's had half children with most of Rosewood so it would not shock me to find out that Bethany is Alisons half sister, that explains the very eerie resemblance. And in the last season in Melissas confession it was covered that Melissa accidentally killed Bethany because she thought that Spencer had hit her with the shovel on the back of her head and that she was breathing very shallow so assuming that shed already died or dying melissa buried bethany alive. But i do find your theory about the lies of Mrs D interesting and if they already thought that Alison was dead then why go to the trouble to kill someone else? Also I think that that creepy lady from Ravenswood might have some answers and that they should go back to her and ask her that who was threatening alison and why and how did she find alison and help her out of the grave.
I also feel that the whole A plot is lost because to tell you honestly Im a big fan of homicide series and mysteries and have been reading mystery novels since i was a kid and i also watch forensic shows on discovery and nat geo so i try to apply that logic everywhere but with PLL there is no logic its just turning out to be a mindless guilty pleasure, because at this point i dont know what A wants or the Ws (writers ) want leaving us in a fix. Seems like A is a sociopath who has no reason for torturing them except torture itself- like he/she enjoys wrecking havoc without any ulterior motive. I'm super confused but oh well.... :P

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@ VS

Well we know for sure that someone did try to kill Ali and she was buried, because creepy Rosewood lady (Mrs. Grunwald) is not the type of woman to play Ali's game and lie to say that Ali was being threatened and was buried. She is above the nonsense of the game, which the show Ravenswood showed us. So since she is the one who told us that she pulled Ali out of the grave, we know that for sure happened. But Ali is such a psycho that we can't truly believe that she told us the truth in saying Mrs. D was the one who buried her. For all we know, she told the liars that just to get them to not trust Mrs. D and not talk to her about anything, but the question is why. Did she not want the liars talking to Mrs D, because she didn't want the girls to know Mrs D was helping her run away? Did Ali kill Bethany and Mrs D tried to help her escape and kept up with the fake death routine to protect Ali from Ali having killed her half-sister (at this point I believe Bethany is Ali's half sister). Or maybe Ali told us the truth and it's the other way around? Mrs D covered it up so no one would know that Mrs D had an affair and had another daughter who was in Radley (Bethany)? Though there are flaws in both these theories... If Bethany was Ali's half sister... Then how did no one realize Mrs D was pregnant and had another kid? Or If Ali killed Bethany to frame Spencer (knowing Melissa wasn't far behind to find the body) then where is the time frame of Ali being buried etc? Or maybe Ali was never buried and that whole night is a lie because she had something on Grunwald to make Grunwald lie (which would explain her bizarre reaction to the liars' presence in Ravenswood)... Because if Ali was buried and got out of the grave, wouldn't a warning flag have gone off in Melissa's brain as she buried Bethany, that the ground was turned up for a grave to have already been dug? I mean Melissa isn't stupid, she's a Hastings, she would have noticed that she was burying Bethany in an already dug up grave, wouldn't she? So what if Ali was never buried, she attacked Bethany, let Melissa think Spencer had killed her, and Mrs. D saw the whole thing and so mrs d helped Ali fake her death? It would explain who Mrs D was passing that luggage off to in the woods. Maybe Ali is such a sociopath that then she built up her entire network of minions and had a minion kill her mom so her mom could never reveal the truth and bust her? I mean that's the only way that Ali could have been A all along, is
If she was such a sociopath that she did all of that... But then we would need an explanation as to why there is evidence of her having been struck on the head in the episode this season with the doctors examination... But even then; this theory is so out there and so flawed that it would be ridiculous for it to be the truth. But then again; the writers are chasing their tails and may just be getting their story ideas from reading comments like these lol

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@ Ravyn Rae

You make a good point about the grave being already dug when Melissa buried Bethany alive but if you followed Ravenswood the series, Mrs Grunwald doesnt seem the type to lie or get scared into submission. And she's very loyal and kind, so she's not the kind of person who would help Ali long term. What I would like to know since you mentioned the time frame not adding up is that why was everyone who was once suspected to be A and some who were killed each season, all present at the crime scene. Did the NAT club record something incriminating that wasnt shared? why did Ali speak to every single person she knows that day? Maybe you're right...the writers will get some ideas and detangle themselves from their own maze our comments make more sense than their hyper suspenseful cliffhangers that dont tell the whole story :P

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@ VS

Hi Ravyn!
not last season sorry last episode.

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First. I must say prior to my commenting on the actual topic of this article. That I greatly appreciate your article. It's not the same hooplah everyone else runs which is just a recap and asking readers what they think to get themselves a "following" with comments. Your article is an actual analysis of both the episode and the plot, which can provoke conversation on a variety of fronts. So I just had to say good job as one tv-junkie-blogger to another. Now that I'm done flattering you. I agree, this episode was unfulfilling as many "finales" end up being on this show. They keep saying "this is an episode you don't want to miss" and "answers are coming!" But they aren't. This was actually not nearly as good as other finales. They have it away that Mona was dead right from the start. They (once again oh so conveniently) removed a character prior to said character delivering some answers. However, I am still a PLL addict nonetheless despite my aggravation with the show and it's (now predictable) behavior. One thing I would like to know. Since they have all the text messages to prove they are being blackmailed and that they believe the blackmailer to be Ali at this point. Why doesn't spencer just spill the beans on what's really going on to the cops? I mean yes, they almost did last episode, but then "A" stopped them by reminding them that they would go down with Ali. However, the show is missing a key point in law at this point... When someone is being blackmailed in such a menacing manner, they can not be convicted of the crime that they are being blackmailed for. They know now (especially after Mona's murder) that A is deadly and will eventually kill them too. I think when PLL returns that they really ought to take it to the police. I think involving the police in trying to catch A, will provide an excellent plot device for learning a lot of truths and getting explanations for a lot of things that occurred over the past five seasons. Also, then there will be the plot of the girls trying to keep Aria's homicide a secret still and it would be incredibly interesting to see what this deadly and crazy A will bring to the table once everyone knows the liars are being blackmailed, threatened, and stalked. Not to mention, it would be nice to see Ali's story unraveled by the police due to the liars' confession. We may get to learn what actually happened in the time she was "hiding" and thn they could turn it all around as A is not Ali and how Ali reacts to such a betrayal of her friends (because let's face it, PLL won't give us A that easy and that obvious since they are only going to continue to find success with the show if they continuously give us false leads on who A is, so despite how much it looks like it is Ali right now... It probably won't be. It will probably just be that she is trying to "protect herself" and has twisted morales doing so). Besides, if Ali was A... Then who was originally threatening her? Who tried to kill her? Because someone did try to kill her and all, cuz since she hated Mona at that time, there was no other reason for her to get in Mona's car that night. Really no reason for her to fake her death, I mean if her intent all along was to screw with everyone's lives as A, she could've done that much better in Rosewood being a alive the whole time.

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@ Ravyn Rae

You make great points. I think with Toby becoming a cop, it will make it easier for them to come forward, epically now that Mona is dead. And with spencer being arrest for murder again, something tells me there are going to need a friend who is a authority figure. After all, every season since they started the show, the liars always seem to have someone on the inside the police station either helping them or giving them a way to get information. From wilder, garret, to Emily's mom. Right now with the danger they face on both sides, they're going need someone to truly believe their story. Side note: I hope they got rid of Melissa confess, because the only person who truly going to get hurt from it will be spencer. Since Melissa was a witness to her bizarre behavior that night, including countless others who happen to all be there that night. I wonder if somebody talk and that is why they were pointing the finger at spencer. Like someone who was there that night, that also saw spencer, because they seem to have had a lot of information on her. Even the det. Line of question to Aria, sound suspicious.

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@ Latrise

Well it's obvious that A is framing Spencer since Ali already told us in the last "finale" that Spence had the shovel and Everyhing but Ali convinced her to go back inside and go to bedew already established Spencer's innocence last season and several seasons ago we saw spencer charged with murdering Ali and she was cleared. So honestly, it's kinda a dead lead in the plot if you ask me, it's just too confusing for them to decide to tell us that Spencer wasn't innocent after all. But even then, the autopsy shows that the blow to the head did not kill Bethany Young, but that she died due to being buried alive, which makes Melissa the killer... I think it's likely that Melissa was sent away by her father to protect both Spencer and Melissa, because should Melissa come forward, she will be charged with homicide and obstruction of justice and Spencer will be charged with either manslaughter or assault with a deadly weapon. However, we already know that Spencer didn't kill Bethany and it just looks like she did. We need to know who the real killer is... Although it could be that since Mrs. D had an affair with Mr. Young that Bethany is Ali's half-sister and Ali toyed with her, causing Bethany to try and kill Ali and that's why Mrs. D buried her, to protect her other daughter.
But that doesn't explain who killed Bethany... I still don't think it's Spencer, because that would be an annoying plot line since they've gone down that route a few times over the past several seasons, so going there again is just annoying.

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Caleb: What is wrong with her?
Hanna: Read her boobs, the girl loves Christmas.

If you believe a lie, it becomes the truth.

Mona

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12 Music

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Song All Our Days Peter Bradley Adams & Jillian Edwards
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