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The ‘Waiting’ Game

Well, it came, after nearly eight months of a hiatus, Pretty Little Liars returned with it’s first of the final ten #endgame episodes, “Playtime.

I know that it was a premier event and that there was only so much territory possible covered, but I kinda hated this episode.  Andrea Parker (Mary Drake) said there would be a “mouth-gaped” shock moment in episode 7×11.

… an absolutely, pick-your-teeth-up-off-the-floor, mouth-gaped, didn’t-see-that-coming” scene happens in the first episode of 7B. It’s right up top. It happens pretty fresh in the first episode… and it is an exciting ride.”  (Source)

Um, when?  Did I miss it?

Unless Parker was referring to the most obvious of obviousness?

When it comes to Spencer, Peter Hastings IS the father (and Mary was supposed to be Jessica, but then wasn’t.)

Of course, Mary Drake is Spencer’s mom.  Of course, Peter slept with her ‘thinking she was Jessica DiLaurentis.’  For real, 85% of the PLL fandom already predicted this.

It was an NC-17 switcharoo; Peter needed to get his playtime sorted out.

Mmmmmkay?

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Also, what the hell kind of cruise was Peter and Veronica on that, they took a week to get back to their recently shot daughter?  And Peter had trouble with his passport?  Is that because it’s a fake and he’s wearing a mask?  I won’t go there, but I bet somebody will.

I feel for Spencer, however.  What a mess.  This girl cannot catch a break with that clan of hers.  Mary being her biological mother actually does make a lot of sense.

The ‘ships have sailed

Okay, I know people shit their pants over Haleb, but they bore me.  I don’t care about the ships at all.  Unless it’s the friendSHIPS, I don’t ship it.  I just can’t with these couples.

Regarding the ships, I will say this though, APPLAUSE to Emily Fields for telling Ali to back the fuck up unless she figures her sexuality out, right quick.

I still hate Ezra

Ezra.  He’s AD.  You know what I think.  Is he in New York with Nicole’s family?  No.  He was translating his plans to torment his girlfriend and her friends into braille for Jenna Marshall.

“Keep planning your wedding, Aria, and he’ll show up,”  says Hanna.

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Um, no.  Take a break from the bullshit, Aria, and try and figure out why somebody wants to ruin your life so badly.  I mean, besides the obvious.

Who the hell is in France?  

Spencer’s gunshot wound was from a .22, not Jenna’s .45.  Marco Polo confirmed the ballistics.  But Archer’s passport was scanned in France.

So some mofo is eating baguettes by The River Seine with a Huw Collins mask?  This stinks of Charlotte, and I don’t know how I feel about that.  I’m still holding out hope for Melissa’s involvement.

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Katherine Daly is .actually a chick named Katherine Daly.  The fandom had all hoped that the name Katherine Daly was a cover up for a young Mary Drake flashback.  Lame.  Hanna gave her a dress to wear, and Mona took the credit. We don’t have time for this.

Again, we don’t have time for this.

The return of ‘Bitchy Ali’

“Bitchy Ali” is back.  My prediction?  She’ll be gone by minute 4 of the next episode with maybe a few bits of flare here and there (ooh, that rhymes!).  That wasn’t the old Ali that was the hormonal-I’m-knocked-up-with-a-conman’s-baby, Ali.

Playtime?

AD’s board game is ridonkulous.

I do, however, like the idea that the Liars are forced to put together a puzzle.

Time is too limited for the game to be random at this point.

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The bottom line?

This episode didn’t meet my expectations, but I suppose this is because of the super long break we had to endure.

I’m, of course, going to keep playing Marlene King’s game.

Because believe it or not, I have faith that the ending will be worth all of her fuckery.

So, greatest troll of the Internet Marlene, let’s play!

Despite my feelings on this episode, I want more.

Did you watch? What are your predictions for the #endgame?

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It’s been, like, a decade since the season 7A finale of Pretty Little Liars, right? The wait is nearly over for diehard fans (or those watching because the invested time and energy will not allow them to ‘give up’.)

Even people ‘hate watching’ the show are still curious to see how it all ends.  Either that or they are using it as motivation for hate mailing Marlene King on June 21st.

Whichever it is, we’re all in this together.

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I’m a PLL Reddit lurker who has never joined in on the community, but I have seen some interesting thoughts and theories posted over the past seven months.

As well my fave PLL podcasters over at CAbernet and A who introduced PLL ‘newbies’ Babe and Leo over the hiatus to give a fresh perspective on the Liars, their lovers, and other Felicia’s of the series.

Leo has it pinned on Ezra Fitz, and I couldn’t agree with him more.

I have been suspicious of Ezra for the majority of PLL. I don’t trust him. He’s shifty, selfish, manipulative, and fucking weird.

Ezra’s role has been questionable at the best of times and downright nefarious at others (season 4).

I am also aware that I am putting a target on myself by saying I think that the EzriA relationship is not impressive.

As a person who provides relationship coaching, I can honestly say that Aria not only needs to stay away from Ezra, she needs to take a break from dudes in general.

Ezra has been playing Aria since the day he preyed on her by pretending he didn’t know she was 16 and the best friend of the ‘dead’ girl he had been dating a year earlier.

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So, yeah. I don’t ship EzriA at all. And I think this is a sentiment that much of the PLL fandom has (even people who ship them admit that at points the relationship is kinda gross.)

My ideal ending would be that Ezra is AD. I don’t know all of the logistics of it or even what his ultimate motive is, but I believe he is behind all of this.

There are theories that he is a distant DiLaurentis or Drake. I think his connection to CeCe runs a lot deeper than what we discovered during season 4B.

There are theories that he is a friend/relative of Wren Kingston.

There are theories that he has been manipulating the girls this whole time (including his recently relocated girlfriend, Nicole) as twisted muses for his book plotlines.

There are theories that Ezra is just a creepy psycho, and there is PLENTY of evidence to support them.

Tumblr user rosewoodrebel hints that perhaps there is a connection between Ezra and Bethany Young.

My opinion is going to be a super unpopular pseudo-theory (and it’s not entirely original either), but I think that Sabrina is Bethany Young and I believe she is managing a hell of a lot more for Ezra than the Brew Cafe.

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I know, I know – then, really, WHO THE F**K IS IN THE GRAVE?!

PLL has faked multiple dead bodies.

They faked dead Toby in season 3 (complete with ‘901 Free At Last’ tattoo) and we can’t forget about the “cadaver” from season 5 that Rosewood PD believed was the body of an also not dead Mona Vanderwaal.

So, how do they know that the police records were not botched by A to make it appear that the random female body in the grave is not who they think it is?

More on Sabrina, the edibles baker, who appears from thin air in season 6A.

Sabrina has no last name. Sabrina has no social media presence. Sabrina happens to manage the very place that the Liars go to discuss all things murder and mayhem. We don’t know Sabrina’s age. We don’t know anything about her except for the fact that she had cancer, can bake cupcakes and lemon bars, and makes a decent cup of coffee.

We know that Sabrina smokes ‘medicinal’ marijuana. According to CeCe, Bethany is the one who suffered from IED, not her. So here’s an interesting aside:

Medical Marijuana and Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)

The conventional treatment for IED through both cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotropic medication regimes, have shown very limited success given the patients refusal to take any prescribed opiates that alter their mood because this is not deemed as a “natural” process.

IED is linked to conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, stress and attention hyper activity disorder, for which medical marijuana is a fantastic treatment. Research has found medical marijuana to have active ingredients that are used to treat symptoms and conditions such as stress, severe anxiety, chronic pain and abnormal respiratory functions.

THC an active cannabinoid in medical marijuana tends to serve as a great mood alteration and provides patients with a very calm and serene view of the world around them. Cannabis’ ability to effectively modify the “fight or flight” impulse response makes it a perfect solution for IED. (Medical Marijuana Association).

Interesting, right?

Oh, and Sabrina HATES it when people lie to her.

Hmm. Who else went bonkers apeshit over being lied to?

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Another thing I got thinking about was something I noticed during the EzrA episodes. In Hot for Teacher, the film playing in the A tag is Dark Passage, which is about a man who is accused of murdering his wife and undergoes “illicit backroom plastic surgery” to stay under the radar. Since 4B is the season we learn that Alison isn’t dead and that somebody else is “in the box,” could it be possible that Bethany underwent plastic surgery to stay under the radar?

We’ve never seen Bethany’s face.

Maybe when Mona or Melissa (or whoever) hit Bethany over the head with the shovel, they did enough damage that it would have required reconstructive surgery.

If Bethany and Ezra are linked somehow, this could be why Sabrina just appears out of nowhere after the girls are free from the Dollhouse and why she would still be around after the five-year time jump.

Also, a possible bonus parallel: Emily is hooking up with Sabrina and let’s not forget, she also hooked up with another one of A’s sidekicks.

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How exactly are Ezra and Sabrina (Bethany) connected?

I’m not sure. I do think Cece, Ezra, and Bethany all worked together at some stage.

I had a thought that maybe Ezra found out about Bethany during his book”research” days and paid her for information about the DiLaurentis family, especially Jessica and Alison. The same way he paid CeCe for information. Ezra was pissed that Ali led him on and lied to him about her age. He admitted that he was crazy about her. So perhaps when Alison went “missing”, there was a whole year for Ezra to start laying the tracks for his “revenge.”

I just don’t believe for one second that if Ezra knew who Aria was the day he “met” her that he didn’t also know about the rest of the girls and their families.

He inserted himself VERY deliberately into drama, and we are supposed just to accept that he just let go of all of that energy and effort just because he got found out?  Or because he loves Aria that much?

I call bullshit.

When Ezra took the bullet in the season 4B finale, I think that Shana was trying to kill him because he is a puppet master. I still don’t know why the girls believed Shana was “A” — she clearly said her agenda wasn’t a game, it was payback. She wanted Alison dead for all of the shitty things she did to others.  Ezra trying to convince the girls that Shana was A was just a distraction.

I believe that Ezra has been running things since day one and if Marlene and company made the motivation decent enough, it could wrap the story up amazingly.

I’m also 90% convinced that Ezra and Wren are friends in the PLL universe. I’ve thought for quite some time that this scene was Wren calling Ezra.

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As was CeCe while she hid out fromt he cops in Ezra’s Ravenswood lair.

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Other weird things about Ezra:

  • He goes on “trips” and visits “buddies” when things are going down.  Where is he really?
  • He was MIA during the buying and selling of his family Jaguar (and also conveniently had thousands of dollars in cash in his sock drawer the very episode after Jason DiLaurentis writes a $50k check to “cash” in exchange for information about the whereabouts of Alison’s “corpse.”)
  • He suddenly appears at the end of the Halloween Train in season 3. How did he insert himself into a crime scene filled with high school students? He just gets to waltz in and hug his underage girlfriend who was in a box filled with a dead cop? Weird.
  • He had CeCe Drake on his payroll, and she was listening outside his door after the Hoe Down (omg that episode was so cringeworthy.)
  • He slashed Spencer’s tire in Ravenswood and then attacked her in the Grunwald’s house.
  • AND what the fuck was that costume he had on? Creeperton.
  • His creepy cabin that belongs to a “buddy who was in Europe” — Wren much?
  • Breaking into Hanna’s bedroom and computer and remotely shutting off Emily’s car stranding the girls so he could steal Ali’s diary back.
  • The Truman Capote/Haper Lee connection (a character from To Kill a Mockingbird was based on Truman Capote – and Truman Capote authored Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Creating the characters Varjack/Holly Golightly.
  • Um, his Ravenswood Lair. That wasn’t a writing studio; it was a surveillance unit for a creep.
  • He named his company ‘Shawbee, LLC’ after Ali’s favorite beach in Cape May.
  • Ezra claims that after he sent Aria back to The Radley in a cab the night of Charlotte’s murder that he “went to the House of Pies and talked to a trucker for three hours.” Ezra and his pies.
  • Speaking of pies; in the 7B trailer, Mona reads a note from AD that reads, “Time for Pie. Be there.”
  • Ezra was MIA episode 7×03 and 7×04 because he was apparently in NY visiting Nicole’s parents. This extra could be a continuity error, but when Nicole visits Emily in season 6A, she mentions that her father lives in Florida.
  • I’m pretty sure Ezra killed Sara Harvey because he mentions the murder as he’s convincing Aria that they should elope in Tuscany. He even jokingly asks Aria if she killed Sara Harvey. Why the hurry to get out of town? Why the rush to make it official? They’ve been back together for ten minutes.
  • Eddie Lamb calls him and then is never seen again.
  • I know we are to assume that Ezra didn’t put the knives in Jake’s punching bag, but I’m pretty sure he did.
  • According to Alison, she had CeCe wear the red coat in Now You See Me Now You Don’t to divert A from sawing Emily in half.  Right after Alison has Spencer chase her up to Ezra’s lair.
  • Mrs. Grunwald told Hanna that there is a darkness surrounding her and Caleb. She also felt that Ezra had ‘touched’ one of the girls. I don’t care, she was talking about Ezra in Season 4, and I think she got the same vibe in 7×08.

There are plenty of other bizarre things that Ezra’s involved in, and I’m sure the people who don’t suspect Ezra of being the biggest bad will have an answer and explanation for all of them.

I’ve seen people comment on social media/Reddit/etc., “but you can see on Instagram that Lucy Hale is wearing a veil on set, so they apparently get married…” but so what? I think the AD reveal is going to happen at the EzriA wedding. The last episode of the series is titled, “Till DeAth Do Us PArt.” Just because Lucy is wearing tulle and lace, doesn’t mean that everything goes according to plan.

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I mean it’s in the title, PLL is a show about liars.

And as for those who say, “Ezra was in Columbia with Nicole during the 7A finale so that couldn’t be him” — we don’t know the exact timeline of all events. As well, the fact that the person who pulled Jenna out had on the old school black hoodie leads me to believe it was NOT AD.

Jenna is blind. She doesn’t know who pulled her out, the mask that was thrown down was her only indication as to who was in the van.

I think it was Mona who pulled Jenna out. Mona is working for AD as a means to try and figure out who he/she is. Mona is the DArkest Knight (episode title). I think she was trying to shoot Jenna and hit Spencer by accident.

My final reason for suspecting that Ezra is the endgame villain of PLL is from social media posts Marlene King made before the 6×20 finale last year.

 

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VILL-IAN. Not Ian Thomas. Ian Harding. Ezra. Yeah.

Who do you think is AD? Do you think Marlene would dare make Ezra the ultimate big bad?

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Caleb Rivers Could Be Mary Drake’s Son

Caleb Rivers could be Mary Drake’s son.

Okay, okay.  We’re all making theories.  We’re all running out of brain cells with which we can (not) stop ourselves from utilising on Marlene King’s mindfuck of a mystery that is Pretty Little Liars.  

I don’t have much to go on.  However, upon a rewatch.  (Yes, I’m in grad school and have a shit ton of school work, and yet STILL find the time to theorise of this god forsaken show!)

But I digress.

Upon a rewatch episode 3×19 – “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?” – Hanna finds out that Caleb’s ‘Uncle-Daddy’, Jamie Doyle, lives in Amish Country.  

I know that the WB backlot probably only has one barn to use for 25 television shows, but the barn Jamie is working in looks pretty familiar.

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And then in 7×03, “The Talented Mr Rollins” Aria and Hanna visit Amish Country to find out more about Elliot Rollins.

 

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But back to Caleb…

We don’t know anything about Caleb’s “real” mother, Claudia Dawson.  We are aware she lives in Montecito, CA and that she has a shit ton of cash.

We know that when Caleb was 5/6 years old, his aunt left him with a babysitter and nobody ever came back for him.

I know, why would Claudia admit to being Caleb’s mother (and have a PI track him down) if he wasn’t hers?

Maybe because she believes that the Caleb we know is her son.

In 3×04, “Birds of a Feather“, we see a computer screen accessing Radley’s patient database removing visitor restrictions for Mona.

‘A’ is at the Montecito Airport – presumably to intimidate  Caleb’s ‘mother’ and run her off the road.  WHY?

Again, WHY?  That’s a lot of effort to just get back at Hanna.  I suppose that Caleb is sticking his nose in, but again, there has to be more as to why ‘A’ would target Caleb’s mother.

Caleb goes out to visit his mother and comes back with an expensive Mercedes-Benz and new clothing – she let him drive back to Pennsylvania on his own in her car?

I don’t know.  It all seems a bit odd.

Maybe Jamie ‘Uncle-Daddy’ Doyle had a thing for Radley hotties. Perhaps at the same time, he was having a relationship with Caleb’s mother he ALSO had a relationship with Mary Drake.

Maybe Jamie was a patient at Radley also?

Is it possible that Jamie kidnapped Caleb, and that’s why at the age of six he was eventually “left with a babysitter”, and they never came back for him?

Could Caleb have been switched with Claudia’s real son?

From the tone of Caleb’s early childhood stories, he was a kid placed in dangerous situations at a young age, rather than born into one.

I mean, c’mon, you (usually) don’t end up sleeping in high school HVAC system at sixteen if you come from a stable affair.

I mean, unless you’re Alison.  Well, technically she was sleeping rough, but, again, her family is super fucked up too.

Anyhoo.

I also find it very suspicious that we’ve never met Caleb’s mother, but then again, we’ve never met Jenna’s or Toby’s folks either.

Or Noel’s for that matter.

Also, Caleb just happened to “bump into Spencer” in Spain during the flash forward?

I’ve had some weird random connections in life.

However, we all know that there are no coincidences in Rosewood (or between any of its previous residents!).

I’m not saying that Caleb is AD.

I’m not even suggesting that he’s bad, but he has always been sketchy in a vigilante type of way to me.

I need to stop watching this show.

You’re killing us all, Marlene.

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12 observations about pretty little liars episode 7x04

So, last night’s episode of Pretty Little Liars (which is this morning’s episode over here in the UK) 7×04, was action-packed and full of all kinds of “bitch, please” moments.

Here are the 12 most memorable moments of episode 7×04:

  1. Vehicular manslaughter is not first-degree murder.  The girls did not drive out toward the pin drop on the GPS with the intention of killing Elliot Rollins.  Although, why do they ALWAYS have four shovels with them?  I don’t even own a shovel and certainly never kept one in the trunk of my car.
  2. Spencer, I love you, but your comment “What do we tell the cops? That Hanna can’t tell the left pedal from the right?!”  That’s cold, Spence.
  3. Ali would be amazing at “the claw” machine.  Seriously.  She just stuck her hand in the dirt and pulled out Elliot’s security keycard without any need for a do-over.  #AliClawLaurentis
  4. Does Emily seriously work 2-hour shifts at the Radley?  She seemingly worked an entire shift with Spencer sitting there chugging martinis?  Also, Emily, you knew that Spencer had to drive Elliot’s car to the train station, purchase a ticket, and board the fucking train – why are you serving her tons of alcohol?  You guys already killed one dude with a car this evening.  Just saying.  #EmilyFieldsWorkEthics
  5. Caleb crying through the door about stroking Spencer’s chin dimple on a street corner was touching, but also, I feel like he needed a day to come up with that speech.  Also, Ashley Benson’s crying game is on point.  #CalebIsCoDependent
  6. Alison DID follow Charlotte into the bell tower of the church the night she died, but when she left, Charlotte was still alive.  This event is becoming the new “that night” scenario of PLL.  #WhoKilledCharlotteIsSheEvenDead
  7. Loved the “Keebler Elf” shout out while Hanna and Aria tried to relocate their car by the tree mostly likely to have housed one of the cracker eating critters.  Also, I’m glad Mona showed up with the car before these two set fire to it in a heavily wooded area.  Adding a massive wildfire arson charge to the evening isn’t what they needed.  #MonaThinksOfEverything
  8. Spencer totally used Elliot’s credit card to pay for the drinks she was slamming with the new detective she almost banged in the elevator.  Woops.  #DrunkSpencer
  9. Best line of the show goes to Jenna Marshall and her response to Emily’s question, “And you’re staying at the Radley?” to which she replied, “Oh, didn’t you hear?  My house blew up.”  #YasJennaYassss
  10.  Hanna and Mona rubbed their fingerprints and scent all over Elliot’s car.  They might as well have keyed, “Mona + Hanna BFF” on the hood.
  11. Elliot’s real name is, Archer Dunhill, but he’s not A.D.  I know that Marlene lies about things sometimes, but I believe she told us that Elliot and Mary are working with A.D. and that individual is, UBER A.   Also, he’s friendly with Jenna, and that means things are going to get even MORE confusing.
  12. Don’t worry, dear, Mary Drake is “in charge now.”

We were told by Marlene that the Liars would make “the biggest mistake of their lives” and that this error will be the FUEL to fire Uber A’s final game.  I, like many other viewers, have been wondering what the hell the “most dangerous A of all” has done that is so terrible compared to any other A — so, hopefully now that the girls done fucked up, we’ll all start to see things get scandalous.

As seen in the promo for 7×05, “Along Comes Mary.”

 

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Ten Observations From Pretty Little Liars 'Tick-Tock, Bitches'

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Happy Wednesday!  So, I’ve watched the season premiere of Pretty Little Liars, and, I think that the episode was excellent and has certainly pushed my suspicions in a very particular direction.

First off, wtf with the masks? The masks are stressing me out. Now that I know that this show is becoming a ‘MaskFest 2016,’ I feel like it’s possible some of the characters that we are seeing could be wearing masks and not who they say they are.

Probably not, but still. That Hanna mask was crazy.

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So, here are ten observations I had during Tick-Tock, Bitches:

  1. The opening sequence with Emily, Spencer, and Aria digging what appears to be a grave is the cliffhanger of our midseason finale episode, 7×10. I think the entirety of season 7A is going to be the four days leading up to that scene.
  2. Mary Drake is possibly the mother of Melissa or Spencer. There were too many hints dropped during the 10-minute cup of tea between Spencer and Mary. I believe that Veronica is the adoptive mother of either Spencer or Melissa, and this would be another way for Marlene and Co. to pay homage to the books (I believe Spencer is adopted in the books, right?).
  3. According to her passport, Mary was last in London before returning to Rosewood. You know who else lives in London? Wren and Melissa. Hmmm.
  4. It was suggested, by one of the PLL writers, that there will be a “Romeo and Juliet” type of storyline. We all know that Spencer doesn’t just like Shakespeare, she loves Shakespeare.
  5. Team #Spoby? Did you see the scene when Spencer texted, “How do we know Hanna is still alive?” and the camera cut over to Toby looking at his phone?
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  6. Whenever someone is called out for being the killer, they are not. Alison did not murder Charlotte.
  7. I kind of love Huw Collins as creepy Elliot. (I also love that he is married to the daughter of my home state of New Hampshire’s Senator!). Also, obviously because, British.
  8. I fucking love Mona. I just do. “And then what, we waterboard her?” – the best line from the entire episode.
  9. Spencer was visiting Hanna. If we’ve learned nothing else from PLL, it’s this: When people think they are seeing another person, it’s not a vision, it’s happening.
  10. Mary Drake is a whole lot like the killer from The Woman In Black. Especially now that we know she was responsible for the death of a baby and spent over five years being admitted and discharged from Radley.

I’m excited because I think ANYTHING could happen this season. Anyone could be a villain.

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What are your predictions for season 7? Any thoughts on ‘Uber A’?

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