Pretty Little Liars Review: Seeing Clearly

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As we inch closer to the summer finale of Pretty Little Liars Season 5, the installments are supposed to be gearing up for the so-called "Fatal Finale."

But they seem to be slowing down, don't they?

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 9 resolved some of the issues raised last week (mostly relating to Hanna), but until the end, we were left with very little to carry the story to what is supposed to be an exciting conclusion to the summer season.

Based on this episode, do you have any idea who's meant to die?

I didn't pick up on many clues, although most signs seem to point to Alison. And yet Hanna has been quite the loose cannon lately.

However, her mother finally commented on her drinking when her flask fell out of her purse and Spencer made her plea to Caleb (Hanna's enabler). And now Hanna and Aria have made up as Ella is forced to confront Zack's wandering eye.

Maybe Hanna's on the mend?

Emily and Spencer have been threatened and nearly stomped to death recently. But Emily is too much of a badass to let A get the best of her. Just check out the scene when she confronts the manipulative Sydney.

(Side Note: How weird was it that Sydney and Jenna were wearing almost the exact same outfit? I get that Sydney feels bad for Jenna, but is that enough of a motivation to terrorize Alison? Maybe she is telling the truth and is just in Rosewood to support Jenna.)

As for Spencer, I'm pretty sure the writer's depend on her to keep the story going. However, she does have possession of some very incriminating photos of Alison courtesy of Noel. Their insurance could end up being their death sentence.

Odds are the only people in danger are minor characters. Or possibly Alison. Although she has been a major force in the show, she hasn't really been an active part of the series until relatively recently.

For the most part, this episode continued exploring an idea that's been on the surface of Pretty Little Liars Season 5 the whole time, but wasn't really addressed head on until last week. Can anyone ever really trust Alison?

Even the people she depends on, like Noel and Shana, seem to turn on her, mostly because she is likely to do the same if it suits her needs. We've seen that she's willing to do quite a lot to save herself, especially after she admitted to asking Noel to break into the Marin home just to strengthen her status as victim (check out this week's Pretty Little Liars Round Table to discuss just how far she's willing to go).

But now there's a new twist to Alison's story. Some guy has shown up in Rosewood claiming to be the kidnapper that supposedly doesn't exist. Who is this guy?

It looks like, based on next week's promos, that the girls assume he's working for A... but what if he's also working for Alison? Would she be willing to bribe/blackmail/threaten/cajole someone into making a false confession? Or could their be some truth to Alison's kidnapping story?

Most of all, should Alison positively identify this guy as her kidnapper?

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Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Alison: You're a little loud.
Spencer: You're a little crazy!

Spencer: Hanna cannot be stumbling around the halls of school like she's on a bender in Cancun.
Caleb: Hey, what's wrong with Cancun? Don't knock it til you been there.

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Song Bird in a Cage Spelles
Song Beautiful Disaster The Rix (feat. Jessi Collins)