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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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Rebelle - I understand where your coming from, but its not illegal there for the two to date, in pennsylvania the age if consent is 16, they are doing nothing wrong, now. True when he was her teacher there was legality issues, but they meet before they knew she was his student, of they met in class I'm sure a relationship wouldn't have started........ And if this all started cause they we're taking hannah away, then why was she harassing alison? The harassing of the four didn't start til after ashli was dead, I dunno, was it just because she hatred ali

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My heart was pounding for must of this episode. I'm happy about stupid and ezra...... I cheated a long time ago and went and read on wikipedia about the books.....I was hoping our wouldn't be the same result as the book summary had revealed, but ad the episode went on I knew it was going to be monA. I believe that there is someone else,.maybe even two someone elses, if they continue to follow the book. And if they do the next reveal of A will be my favorite. it was melissa in the black swan costume, I recognized her right away. I don't think A is a person, its the name of a group of people, and we saw all those people together (the ones still alive atleast) jenna, lucas, and melissa (mystery woman) together. They were there to distract the others so mona coulda leave with spencer.

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Like I was suspicious that it was Mona but I thought it would be for the reason of getting back at all of them for being mean to her years ago, but apparently she doesn't even care about that?

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The atrocity that is "Ezria" has less to do with an age difference than it does with her age. And it has less to do with her age than it does with the dynamic of the relationship. He started seeing her when she was a HS underclassman and he WAS HER TEACHER. If you can't see why it is wrong, I can't help you. And if you can't see why it is reckless for ABC Family Channel to romanticize a relationship between an adult HS teacher and his underclass teenage student, you have blinders on. Romanticizing the relationship between a teacher and his student plays into a dangerous teenage fantasy, and it helps to foster a culture that allows predators to prey. Creepy Ezra wannabees everywhere are going to be pitching secret affairs to their underage Arias. "Our love is real, young girl, but don't tell anyone -- they won't understand." Many will fall for it. Because like it or not, teenage girls think every relationship is "true love." And teenage girls thinks every crush is a soul mate. ABC Family Channel, ABC, Disney, and Ms. King should all be ashamed.

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Okay...I guess I just don't get it. So Mona started harassing the girls just because they were taking hannah away? Then why was she harassing hannah too, like super bad? And WHY would she hit hannah with her car? And she is the one that even brought them togetehr with her texts. It doesnt even make sense...

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I was a bit disappointed, but I know who the A-team is!
My favorite part was EZRIA, I dont know why people see the age difference in such a bad way when most of the best relationships are with age gaps, I'll include myself...I'll watch next season I'm just hoping season 3 will reveal the full A-team!!

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Am I the only one who is really happy that Mona is A? I know people are disappointed because it's the same as the books but I read the books and I really wanted it to be Mona because she made the perfect sense. But even though Mona is A, the revealing was handled in a different way than the books...yes, they were at a party and Spencer went with Mona in a car but in the books Mona dies, she doesn't have a creepy lair or have some kind of personality disorder, and her motive is TOTALLY different. And by the last few seconds of the episode it would seem that even though she is A, somebody else is over A - A+ if you will, which too is completely different. Marlene King specifically said on twitter that she never confirmed nor denied that Mona was or was not A despite articles being written saying that she did. Plus, Maya dying added a whole new dimension into the show and it looks like Mona will be sticking around so it makes for an interesting 3rd season. So to conclude this short novel I don't think people should be disappointed at all...in fact I'm more intrigued now than ever.

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Did you guys notice all the blonde girls walking around in red dresses? It's not just one. I re-watched the episode and they have a bunch of blonde girls walking around in similar red dresses to throw us off. I can tell because the dresses vary a little and the hair of some of straight and curly for others. Clearly the writers enjoy messing with us. So, yeah, there is definitely a clue there with the red dress and the red coat (Marlene King tweeted: "Red is the new black!") but it bothers me that it's so hard to look for real clues when 4 out of five are red herrings.

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Everyone is saying that Caleb is gonna be A because its in the books but i could of swore i watched an interview with the Writers saying Caleb is one of the characters that is not in the books ?? Plus maybe the writers are trying to throw people off cause now everyone will expect them to follow the books when they could easily change it next time?? Maybe i don't know... I'm also still secretly hoping that Ali is somehow still alive because she's hilarious

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Totally agree with Sarah! I don't understand why would some people think Ezra is A?! Did you guys forget the episode where A gave a letter to Aria's parents about their secret date in the restaurant? And Ezra looked totally surprised and shocked when he saw Aria's dad?? I love Aria and Ezra's relationship. They look so mature in some ways. I hope they won't break up or anything :)

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 25 Quotes

Hide and seek was my favorite game with Melissa. You want to know why? I always won.

Spencer

I don't know about you guys, but A talking about body bags makes me very nervous.

Aria