Might Pretty Little Liars end with some credibility after all?
I tuned into Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 19 expecting it to be the setup for the two-hour extravaganza that is Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 20, but it actually gave me much to think about as we head into that final installment.
Let's talk about Vanessa Ray's big encore as the deranged Charlotte DiLaurentis. I was not looking forward to the return because it feels like it's been too long since Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Episode 11 to care. I was one of the few who liked Charlotte as A.
I wanted to think she was reformed upon her return to Rosewood, and I was rather shocked to learn she was just playing everyone. It makes sense now that a key scene between Alison and Charlotte was removed from Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Episode 11.
The scene involved Charlotte fretting about leaving the hospital and living with Charlotte. She stressed that she did not mean to terrorize everyone as badly as she did. That gives me the slightest bit of hope that Marlene and her creative team knew the direction they were taking the storyline.
There's nothing worse than shows making up answers as they go along, and although Pretty Little Liars has done that in the past, I think we might be in for a treat with the last-ever episode.
The way she spoke to Mona in the bell tower as she confirmed she was back to wreak some more havoc on the liars was everything. She was deranged and knew her revenge plan was far from over.
I was yelling at the TV because I remembered there was blunt force trauma to the head before the big swan dive. It was a rare moment of weakness for Charlotte, pleading for her life to Mona.
Mona: Who else would it be?
Hanna: Waiting for you, Charlotte.
Despite Mona's best efforts to let Charlotte know there was no way she was going back to her old ways, Charlotte thought it would be a better idea to kill Mona. However, I laughed when Charlotte was pushed against the wall and killed.
It seemed too easy, but it was good to know that Mona was not meeting with the intention of killing her. Deep down, I do think Mona has the liars' best interests at heart.
But then there are the times when she goes completely crazy. It sucks, but I don't think Mona will ever truly be able to move on and live an A-free life. These girls have been in amongst all this drama for years, so it's going to be difficult for any of them to move on.
Aria was totally right when she said there was no point in digging up the body. If you watch Pretty Little Liars online, you should know by now that every time these girls think they are free, another villain pops up to ruin the fun.
I had to laugh when Spencer and Caleb managed to have a heart-to-heart while they were meant to be following Mona's lead through the passageway. If that was not bad enough, I could not believe they left Hanna to return home alone.
Whatever happened to sticking together? It was just a cheap way to get some Spaleb scenes before the series signs off for good. There are far more pressing things that should be getting the screen time at this stage.
We don't need to get updates from couples who we know will never be endgame.
Did anyone else predict that Mary Drake would swoop in to save the day? It was so obvious. She must have realized the crappy motel would not be enough for Spencer and Alison's legal fees if they got arrested.
There's no way Mary will be making it out into the world again for many years. She's being hauled away for two murders now, and there will likely be more stuff added.
Let's talk about the school scene we finally got to witness in full from Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Episode 10. We waited this long for a crappy dream from Emily. I felt cheated when I watched that scene.
It's bizarre that anyone would think it would be a good idea to render the big scene obsolete with some terrible decisions.
"Farewell, My Lovely" was a solid episode of this Freeform drama. The stage is set for the series finale, but who is the villain? I'm going with Dr. Sullivan.
There were too many mentions of her to keep her off my small list of suspects, and she would likely have access to a lot of information about the gals.
We can't forget about Spencer's twin, either. Every scene appeared to be the real Spencer, so that was good. But we better get some answers on that before it's all over.
Does Spencer have another sibling we don't know about? Geez, this show is hard to keep track of with all of the family members emerging from the woodwork.
Over to you, TV Fanatics. What did you think of the episode? Who is the villain?
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Note: Pretty Little Liars concludes (hopefully forever) on June 27.
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