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Pretty Little Liars Review: Will the Real A Please Stand Up?

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Anticipation for tonight's episode has been growing since the series premiered. In my excitement for the big reveal, I invited some fellow fans over for a Pretty Little Liars viewing party, and I'm pretty sure many others did the same.

"UnmAsked," as the title suggests, was meant to shock us all with the unveiling of A's real identity. But did we get what we were promised?

Mona and Spencer

To avoid further delay - *Spoiler Alert* - Mona is A. Yes, the frustration of losing Hanna to her former BFFs at the start of the series apparently drove her to start sending harassing text messages to each of them. But it was those very same messages that brought the girls closer together. When Mona showed up in the black hoodie, the collective reaction of this viewing group was: "Ummm... okay."

The buildup to this big reveal had the girls finding a secret hotel not far from the secluded landing strip that Ali used when she returned from Hilton Head. Once the girls arrived at the Lost Woods Resort, the show paid a not so subtle nod to Psycho. From the creepy owner to the taxidermy and the spooky photo of dear old mom, it was hard to miss the references. When Hanna got into that shower, we all got pretty nervous.

But the girls didn't have to worry about the hotel owner; it was Mona who delivered the final creepy monologue while sitting in the police station. Now, Mona being A was not such a surprising turn of events. Remember when she used her superior computing and deception skills to help Emily during the lock-in? Or how about last week when she had the perfect opportunity to send Hanna a message about making out with Caleb?

She's been present for a lot of key plot developments and manipulated her way into the group by pretending to get messages from A as well.

While her involvement makes sense, it was definitely a disappointing reveal. From the start of the series, we've been told that the show would follow a different A storyline. Lucy Hale even once said: "We're doing it completely different on the show."

So, what's different about Mona being A?

Perhaps it's the fact that Mona doesn't seem to be working alone. Despite Dr. Sullivan's (yep, she's finally back!) assertion that Mona's hyper-intelligence could give her the appearance of omnipresence, no one in my little viewing party thought that Mona could do it alone.

Plus, we saw Jenna meeting up with someone, possibly Mona, and revealing that she could see again. And then there was the strange gathering of Jenna, Lucas, and the mystery woman in the black swan outfit. On top of that, Melissa was acting all sorts of scary/threatening when she told the girls that she didn't believe Ian killed Alison, but that Garrett probably thought Ali deserved to die after blinding Jenna.

Mona asked Spencer to join team A, but who else is on that team? Mona even told her mystery visitor in the mental hospital that she had done what she asked to do. Is Mona just a puppet or was she the only A?

What really bothered me about the finale was that despite getting an identity for A, even that revelation wasn't 100% certain. As one of my friends very rightly pointed out, the problem with the show is that it can be so manipulative without being fully satisfying. Were you more satisfied or disappointed with the finale?

The parts of the finale that were satisfying and a little shocking didn't really involve A. We got confirmation that Aria and Ezra did take a big step in their physical relationship, and at the masquerade ball, Ezria finally went public. He removed Aria's mask to kiss her in front of all the attendees. I guess he figures he's done in Rosewood anyway so there aren't any remaining obstacles to their relationship. Except her parents.

Spoby also reunited, as Dr. Sullivan revealed that it was Toby who convinced her to return to Rosewood and face Mona. Toby confirmed that he was only pretending to hate Spencer.

And... Maya's dead? Emily's been getting messages and phone calls from Maya, but the police found Maya's body at Emily's home. Has she been dead all this time? If so, who's been contacting Emily? Was she the black swan at the masquerade? And more importantly, who killed her?

Sound off now, PLL fans: Were you happy with the reveal of A?

 

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I don't believe it's Mona. She was just acting on someone's behest. Is it me or do other people on this forum also believe that Allison Di Laurentis is in reality not dead? I think she is alive and she is A, based on the fact that there have been so many instances in this season when it seemed like Allison was out there somewhere, and then of course, every trail the girls attempt to follow, goes cold too. Allison was pretty capable of so much malice and foul play, although to what end she would be doing all this i have no clue (if she is alive and she is A, that is). As for Melissa, she is just another stooge.

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What's all the talk about Allison having a twin?! I've watched every episode and don't remember there ever being anything said about a twin sister! Although this would certainly explain a lot of things. Did I bat my eyes too long and miss this reveal in a former episode? It's obvious to me that "A" is a group of people and of course there had to be another murder/mystery for the show to continue. Looking forward to season 3!

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I think A is a bunch of people who Ali pissed off and they are all paying her and her friends back..or its Ali herself playing a game and her twin was the one killed...just a thought!

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In Season 2 Episode 10 - Touched By An Angel, Mona and Hanna go horse riding and shopping while Emily is getting a massage by A. Obviously Mona isnt the only A.

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Mona is not the real A, there's a group of them working together. But she is actually pyscho. I dont think Melissa was the black swan, because at the scene where Maya died she didn't look like she just came from a party, and that scene happened right after the party. Hm i dont know. But i think Melissa had something to do with Maya's death, she looked very suss! I'm pretty sure Alison or her twin sister Courtney is still alive, and that they she was the girl that visited Mona in jail. Did anyone relize that at the party when Mona was talking to Hanna, there was a girl in the background in a redish pink dress walking towards them? the camera was focused on her partly, but it was hard to relize. This show is such a mindfuck. It has way to many questions by the viewers that need to be answered. I cant wait until season 3 though!

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Why are people CRAZY MAD about Mona being revealed? Come on, it's obvious it's not just her! The producers can't just be like 'BAM this is A' and tell you everything about everyone because they wouldn't have a show anymore!

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I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. OMG MONA IS DEFINITELY NOT A, PROLLY A PAWN. EVEN IF SHE IS, SHE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE. I THOUGHT THEY WEREN'T FOLLOWING THE BOOKS? SO DISAPPOINTED THAT IT WAS MONA. I think the person who visited Mona was Vivian Darkbloom. I mean hello? The red coat. Any more obvious can it get? Or maybe Ali's twin? Idk. Could be Melissa. Anws, other than the A disappointing revelation, I love the Ezria, Haleb and Spoby scenes

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what an utterly crappy episode! the Mona reveal was lame lame lame!!!! my favorite part of the episode was when Spencer complimented Mona at the dance and then revealed her memory of the last time she saw Spencer. the hotel stuff was great too. so was Ezria's public kiss. so was Melissa acting psycho. I bet she's the swan. and that belly is fake. I bet Melissa faked loving Ian again so she could get married to him and fake getting pregnant then killed him off so she could maintain the fake pregnancy unsuspected. I was so hoping A was Aria!!!!!!! it made so much sense in my mind!!! to be honest, I'm mad at Hannah. she had been a really crappy friend to Mona for a long time now. though I didn't like Mona at first, she is in my good graces now knowing she's being used by A. I feel like this episode accomplished nothing. We're back to square one. We have no idea who A is and a victim with answers is beyond the liars' reach. lame. and disappointing. In terms of what it promised, this episode was a letdown. grade C- if the real A doesn't turn out to be Toby, Jenna, Melissa, or Aria, I'm going to be mad.

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after watching the episode there is absolutely no way that mona is a. helper or a decoy maybe. the scene with spencer at the motel room seemed forced and calculated like she rehearsed it a lot of times. the black swan looked like melissa unless she's faking her pregnancy. and i cant help feeling mona's visitor was melissa because i recall in a earlier episodes of the season she (melissa) had on a red coat in various instances.

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I think maybe Courtney DiLaurentis does exist in the show (just as she does in the books) and Alison killed her, but everyone thinks that Alison is dead when in fact she's hiding from whoever is the A team because they do know of the existence of the crazy twin; at least that would explain the dream that Spencer had last week with Ali... The red clothes in the end, seriously? & Toby and Ezra, there's something in their behavior last night that I just don't trust. oh God I hate to think bad of people who have seemed nice by now.