Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pretty Little Liars - A is for Answers

After years of wondering, the Liars finally sit down with Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and learn exactly what happened on the night everyone believes she died. Although the episode doesn't reveal the identity of A (after all, the show is returning with a new season beginning this summer), "A is for Answers" certainly delivers its share of revelations including the fact that despite what Spencer (Troian Bellisario), her parents, and the police believe, she wasn't involved in either the attack on Alison (Sasha Pieterse) or the young girl found in her shallow grave.

The flashbacks delve into Alison's attempts to discover the identity of A, who was harrassing her in the weeks leading up to her "death," as well as her relationships with both Ezra (Ian Harding) and Ian (Ryan Merriman). We also learn that Cece Drake (Vanessa Ray) knows the identity of the girl in the grave believed to be Alison, Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) knows the identity of who murdered her, and that it was Mona (Janel Parrish), whose creepy room certainly looks like one of A's lairs, who convinced Alison to go on the run and stay dead to the world. However, the biggest reveal has to be the fact that Mrs. DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker) witnessed the attack on her daughter's life and, mistakenly believing Alison was dead, decided to bury the young woman alive.

Not quite done, the episode ends with an all-out police search for Spencer (who they believe might be their killer) and a confrontation with a gun-totting A (or yet another of A's minions) which leaves Ezra critically wounded and ends the season on a cliffhanger with his fate unclear. With a full season remaining I'd expect the show will provide plenty of twists and turns before finally revealing the true identity of A, but the Fourth Season finale certainly delivers more than expected as Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer, Hanna (Ashley Benson), and Emily (Shay Mitchell) get some long-deserved answers.

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