HOLY CONFUSION, Pretty Little Liars Finale! SPOILERS ALL OVER THE PLACE: Toby is alive, Alison is red coat (maybe?) and we can never figure out who is on which side. Insanity. I think even the most devoted fan can’t keep up with who’s tied to who or try to track who could be “A” based on who’s missing or present at every critical moment, even from the beginning of this season. So let’s go over the biggest moments of the night.
SPENCER AND TOBY: Though we were led to believe otherwise, Toby is in fact alive! He keeps insisting he’s part of the “A” Team and Spencer says she believes him. Weirdly enough, I trust Toby more at this point than Spencer. At the start of the episode, we think she has gone astray and joined the “A” Team. I, for one, could believe it. She’s a bit of a lunatic and has that intense need for winning. I could see her switching teams just to win. Luckily, we figure out she ain’t lying either. They are literally have the most complicated relationship in the history of complicated relationships with all these faux-betrayals. And I’m not afraid to include them beating Ezra and Aria, also from PLL, or Carrie and Brody from Homeland.
NEW ALLIANCES: So boom, surprise! Jenna and Shana are…lovers? They’re at least in on part of this revenge plan together, and we see them holding hands. And just to add to the nonsensical weirdness, Melissa is teamed up with them too. Now they haven’t been officially confirmed as “A” Team members, so it could just be they like to ruin lives too but aren’t as systematic. But seriously, though most of you think the final moments may be major, I think that was my major WTF moment of the night.
EZRA AND ARIA: So when don’t they break up? First of all, Fitz: rule #1 when someone is trying to break up with you is NOT to say “I love you.” Obviously you knew that and were being manipulative. Also how can you expect a high school senior to be totes okay with step-mothering your 7 year old? Lucky for fans, Lucy Hale and Ian Harding have insane chemistry (can they date IRL yet?), so we always forgive, but it’s getting super old.
HOUSE PARTY, I MEAN, FIRE: So Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer devise a plan to set up Red Coat to identify her when she is supposed to meet up with Spencer, Toby, and Mona. When Spencer and Toby leave to go get her, someone sets the house the rest of the girls in on fire! Obvi they get out alive but who lets them out…. (no cliffhanger, just keep reading)
REVELATIONS: So basically, the major reveal of the night is identity of the infamous Red Coat, who is the actual leader of the “A” Team. At one point, Mona says even she hasn’t ever met Red Coat, which is like, why would you dedicate yourself to someone you’ve never even met? At the end of the episode, it’s revealed to be….Alison! Whose death is the whole point of the show. What in actual hell is going on right now? Now those of you who read the books assume it might be Ali’s twin being introduced to the show, so we can never rule that out either. Hanna and Mona claim Ali got them out of the fire. But if she got them out, did she set it? We know someone has set it up to make it seem like Toby, but maybe it’s the “B” Team of Shana, Melissa, and Jenna. Finally, Detective Wilden’s car is pulled out of the lake into the road and the girls discover something shocking. I assume it’s his body, but on this show, who the hell knows anymore?
PERSONAL TAKEAWAYS: So as usual, let me end with my random rambles and questions. I get NOW that the party for Spencer was fake, but whenever there’s a major event (barring any costume episodes), don’t you feel like it’s a poor man’s Gossip Girl? I get their outfits are realistic for middle class high school girls but can’t they look slightly less tacky? And if Hanna can afford Miu Miu shoes on her feet, she should be able to afford nice brands for clothes. Where does this “A” team get money to afford an entire trailer for a lair? Do they pool allowances? Alison being Red Coat could make sense because I don’t understand anyone hating all these girls enough to lure others into doing bad things to them. I could totally see Ali tricking her own “A” team for torture. Finally, did anyone feel some underlying patriotism to this Red Coat storyline? Like the person was a Brit from the Revolutionary War or a Commie in the 60s? No, just me? Cool.
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