Big A is WHO exactly?
Oh, Marlene King, you get me every time. We were promised by the lady herself that we would be given solid answers on Pretty Little Little Liars Season 5 Episode 25, but let's be honest – we got more questions than freaking answers, and not in a good way!
Charles is A.
Yes, after several hints, Alison does have twins in her family, but she isn't one of them. Jason is! Is this A reveal really going stick? Probably not. It would have been way more satisfying if he was actually unmasked. That's the least they could have done to help close off this story and jump into a new mystery in the summer minus A.
The dollhouse aspect of the episode was well executed and fun. There was a lot of suspense and that's what you'd expect from a season finale. Charles must have A LOT of money. He has had so many freaking lairs and he got purpose built bedrooms for the freaking liars.
I don't believe that Charles didn't know the liars were up to something. If he really was this big A since taking over from Mona, then he should know that these girls aren't as stupid as they led us to believe. I am at least a little intrigued to find out what made him into the person he is today.
Something must have gone crazy bad. We can't forget that this means that A is also Spencer's half brother. How will the Hastings react to this, and why didn't they know of his existence?
Speaking of the Hastings, they sure brought their A game this week (pun intended!). Thinking Alison had something to do with the disappearance of the van, they went to interrogate her. I do feel bad for her. She's been sent down for a crime that she didn't commit. Well, a crime that is non existent since Mona is actually alive. I'll get to that in a little.
I get that Tanner didn't want the media to know about the van going missing, but keeping it from the parents of the girls? That was just a bit much. When this is all said and done, she will be leaving Rosewood PD with a box of her belongings.
Aria: There has to be another way out.
Mona: No, it's not. Come sit down, it's tea time.
I'm so over the fact that everyone who we presume dead in Rosewood comes back to the land of the living. There are only so many times a show can jump the shark and Pretty Little Liars is beginning to do it on a weekly basis. I am glad to have Mona back. She really does bring a lot to the show, but it would've been easier to believe if we got a viewer reveal confirming she was alive earlier in the season.
It sure looked like it was either Alison or Cece behind the mask playing the piano. Mona Vanderwaal sure suits blonde, doesn't she? At first, I thought she was going to be A again when she was playing as Alison in the dollhouse. I liked how the episode went all meta and had the liars dressed in the same clothes they wore to the ball on Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 25. Even the music they played was the exact same.
Mona: Mona, I know it's been a while, but I haven't changed that much, have I? You guys, it's me - Alison.
But where does this leave the liars? In the middle of nowhere to be precise. After their plan to escape worked, they got outside and found themselves with an electric fence all around them. Oh, and the camera zoomed out and confirmed they aren't near civilization. Unless that was something that didn't really happen, you know, like Mona's dead body in A's car in Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12?
"Welcome to the Dollhouse" was an all round decent episode. It was just let down by the final act. The dialog from the liars was as witty as ever, but this A storyline really needs to conclude if the show has any shot at keeping fans invested in it for much longer.
Other tidbits from the episode:
- Andrew isn't in the clear. He is up to something. Does he know the truth about Charles? Are they in cahoots? It all remains unanswered. One final theory about him is that he could be Charles.
- The scene in which Mr. and Mrs. Hastings and Caleb owned Tanner was thrilling to watch on screen. Bitch deserved it. Could Caleb be getting a job in the cyber crimes unit of Rosewood PD soon? Don't rule it out!
- Spencer's dream sequence almost made me think the show was following Ravenswood and taking the supernatural route.
- My heart sunk when Hanna described what it was like going to prison.
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