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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Returns for its Final Season (Premiere Review)

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The first episode of the last season of Pretty Little Liars premiered last night and it was extremely bittersweet.

One one hand, I’m excited to finally find out who A.D. is, but, on the other hand, I know that once his/her identity is revealed, PLL will be over forever. I’m so used to tuning in to this show that when I think about not having it to look forward to, it makes me sad.

However, we still have 9 more episodes to go, so I’m going to try to keep my sad feelings at bay, being as though, we still have 2 more months before the series finale. For those who are curious, the finale is set to air on June 20.

So, let’s get into the episode.

I’m going to break this review down by characters because I think it’ll be easier.

First up, is Spencer.

To refresh your memory, The Liars killed Noel and Jenna shot Spencer at the conclusion of last year’s finale, which is where this episode picks up. Spencer’s still healing from her wounds and she doesn’t seem to be in a good headspace (not that I blame her). She’s in a state of confusion because all she can think about is if Mary Drake’s statement is true. Mary claims that Spencer is actually her daughter.

Mrs. Hastings actually makes an appearance later in the episode and Spencer confronts her. Turns out Mary was telling the truth: Spencer is her biological daughter. Apparently, Spencer’s dad ran into Mary in a restaurant. He thought that she was her twin sister, Jessica, so they had intercourse. Nine months pass and a baby (Spencer) is born, but since Mary was in Radley at the time, she couldn’t take care of the child, so Jessica came to Mrs. Hastings. Mrs. Hastings decided to keep Spencer and raise her has her own because she couldn’t bare the thought of her growing up in the foster care system.

As you can image, Spencer is crushed and her despair leads her to do something that she shouldn’t have.

After Spencer, we have Aria. Aria is pretty much dealing with her and Ezra’s relationship.

To refresh your memory, Ezra proposed last season, but, after he proposed, he got news that his ex girlfriend, Nicole, the one who was pronounced dead, was actually alive. This episode picks up with her being brought back to the states.

Aria is confused as to where her and Ezra’s engagement (or relationship, in general) lies now that Nicole is back and she’s also feeling uncomfortable about their situation now that Nicole and her family seem to really need his assistance.

I just want to say that that is an awkward situation to be in and I can definitely understand why Aria feels like the odd woman out. She knows how much Nicole meant to Ezra and now that she’s back, Ezra pretty much has to choose between these two women and the sad thing is that Aria isn’t 100% sure that he’ll choose her.

Also, am I the only one who doesn’t remember this Holden guy? I’ve been wracking my brain and I still have no idea who he is, but this is PLL, so I’m wondering if he’ll be trouble.

Moving on. Let’s talk about Hanna.

I am so happy to announce that Hanna and Caleb are back together and, as much as I love Spencer, I could never get with her and Caleb being a couple. I’m sorry, it just never sat right with me, so I’m happy that that phase is in the past.

With that being said, Hanna’s over it. She’s over A, she’s over A.D. and she’s over Rosewood, in general. She starts this episode angry and I don’t blame because she just wants a life outside of that town. She’s in limbo and she doesn’t really know what’s next for her, but with some encouragement from Caleb and Mona, she starts to get back into her fashion designs.

Mona ends up getting her a high profile client, which leads to a small misunderstanding between the two, but they fix it pretty fast.

Once again, this new client that Mona brought in has me wondering if she’ll be trouble. No outsider can be trusted in this show!

Emily got the job at Rosewood High. She’s now the Varsity Swim Coach and she seems pretty content. Paige was also hired as the Athletic Supervisor, so that could add to her mood, but I’m not sure.

We all know that Alison isn’t a fan of Paige, so Emily spent majority of this episodes being stuck between the two, since they all work at the school.

Now let’s talk about our final Liar: Alison.

Alison is in a terrible place. Its been confirmed that she’s pregnant with her dead ex-husband, Elliot Rollins’, child and she’s not happy about it.

If you remember, he was actually a fraud. He didn’t love her, in fact, he was in love with Charlotte and he and Mary had a huge hand in getting Alison to check herself into Radley. Elliot spent some time torturing her during her stay in Radley before they ultimately killed him. He and Mary also stole all of her money, so she’s currently broke with a baby on the way.

So, yea, I give her my full permission to be pissed off at the world. However, I did think that her reaction to Paige was immature and I wish that she would’ve acted better.

Also, she doesn’t know what to do about the baby. Will she keep it or give it away? Thoughts?

Now that we got the girls out of the way, let’s talk about the game that was delivered to Spencer’s barn.

Spencer calls everyone to her house and she revels this huge black box and inside this box is a board game. Right of the bat, everyone decides not to play anymore of A.D.’s games, but later in the episode, Spencer ends up taking a turn in exchange for more information about her birth mother.

I think the idea is that the girls are supposed to play this one last game and, once it’s done, they no longer have to worry about A.D. Hence the title, “Endgame.”

So far, it seems like it’s about truths and dares. Spencer chose dare, when asked, and it dared her to visit Toby at the hospital. He and his fiancé, Yvonne, got into an accident last season and she had been avoiding running into him. After she did her dare, she was given a letter from Mary.

I would have been pissed at Spencer because now the other girls HAVE to play. If they don’t, whomever is in charge of the game will release footage of them digging up Elliot’s body, so they’re stuck.

The episode ends with Jenna. We see her sitting in a dark room talking to someone who was supposed to let her in on the ins and outs of this twisted board game. She’s handed a binder and she reads (it’s in braille) about the game. She must have read something that she liked because she started smiling.

Overall, this was a good premiere episode. It got the season started and now we know that that board game is going to have The Liars doing some pretty crazy things. However, I’m excited to see how things play out!

Anyway, what did you think of this episode of Pretty Little Liars? Did you enjoy it? If so, let me know your favorite parts. Also, let me know some of your theories. Who do you think A.D. is and how to feel about those two new characters, especially that Holden guy?

Pretty Little Liars airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Freeform.

Amira 😉

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