Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pretty Little Liars - Game Over, Charles

The Summer finale of Pretty Little Liars answers several questions including the identity of Red Coat to be Sara (Dre Davis) and the identity of the Liars nemesis A as CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray). In a bizarre episode that confirms CeCe Drake is, or at least was, Charles DiLaurentis the finale ends the storyline and timeline of the show as we know it. Filling in the gaps to explain the murders of several key supporting characters over the years, CeCe explains all to Alison (Sasha Pieterse) while Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Mona (Janel Parrish) can do nothing but watch A unmask and explain her actions over the past five years.

Despite the gender-bending involved, A's unmasking is largely anti-climactic as CeCe's confession attempts (only somewhat successfully) to explain away A's horrible actions towards the Liars based solely on her love for Alison. The fact that the episode ends in not one but two fast-forwards also denies the audience the opportunity to witness the Liars properly process the biggest news of their lives in the aftermath of having their questions finally answered. I don't know if we'll get flashbacks to any of the time in-between, but news that the show will pick up five-years down the line, post-college for each of the Liars, suggests big changes for the show. How many of their current significant others and parents will continue to be part of their lives? And what new threat will bring the group back home?

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