So. I watched the series finale of Pretty Little Liars today on Netflix and I feel a little relieved and a little disappointed. Oh, if you haven’t watched it, there are SPOILERS below.
Let me give a little backgrounder. I started watching PLL in the summer of 2013. I believe the show was already 3 years in at the time. I was bored and I needed something to binge watch and this became the one for me.
Now, I enjoyed the show. I actually enjoyed all the characters. I love Aria and her creativity. I love how sweet Emily is. I admire Spencer for her curiosity and her brain. I love how loyal Hanna is and I started to love Allison when she stopped playing all those games. I love crazy Mona. I mean how can you not? I feel like I can relate to each and everyone one of them in different ways.
Even the guys.
I love Toby the best. I just think he is super sweet. Caleb is kinda sexy and Ezra was kind of shaky there for me at first. You know due to the whole statutory rape thing but I guess he redeemed himself if you can call it that.
Anyway, I think the characters were written well and I think the actors and the actresses brought it to life and made me enjoy watching it.
It wasn’t until today when I watched the finale, that I realised how F’d up the story is.
I mean, I knew the whole A & A.D. thing dragged on for a long time and was kind of annoying but I enjoyed watching the characters and the suspense was nice.
However, I think the whole thing went left after Mona was revealed as A in Season 2. First off, it was amazing when Mona was revealed as A because it wasn’t expected and it made complete sense.
A had to be someone who was around the girls but hated their guts. It had to be someone who the audience were already captivated by, but wouldn’t have seen coming. It had to be someone that had a real motive. That was Mona. It made complete sense that Mona did not like the girls after all that they had put her through.
Then, things started to get a little too crazy and unrealistic. It was like Marlene King wasn’t sure if the show would get another season and so when it did, she had to scramble for ideas. It almost felt like that annoying series finale in Gossip Girl when Dan was revealed as Gossip Girl. It made no sense.
When Cece was revealed as A in Season 6, irritated is an understatement for how I felt. Like really? Cece? From where? I mean, what did the girls ever do to Cece to make her torture them like that? However, as a loyal follower of the show, I could not stop watching. I had already gone too far and I had to see it through.
I don’t quit shows. The only show I ever quit was Homeland but that’s another story for another day.
Anyway, back to story.
I was excited to see more because the show was going to jump 5 years forward and I wanted to see where everyone was in their lives.
It was going good and then the nonsense started again. I was kinda here for it because, I mean that is the point of the show. The girls were older and the games had to be smarter and more intense.
But, I hoped that the A.D. reveal will make sense.
Again, I was disappointed.
I mean, the series finale was fine. However, halfway into it, I realised that the story had gone too far for it to be anything real shocking. I mean, I already guessed that Spencer had a twin but due to the fact that Mary Drake was already a twin, it wasn’t as cool as it would have been.
The fact that there are all these twins running around just seems a bit too far-fetched for me.
I really wanted the reveal to be spectacular. I wanted a real motive. It just did not make sense to me why Spencer’s twin will be so hell-bent on torturing the girls like that.
Anyway, let me leave that and just go to the couples.
Aria & Ezra: I mean, okay. They were never really my favourite couple so even if they broke up, it wouldn’t have mattered to me. It made me sad though that Aria could not have kids. However, I have no idea where that came from. I mean, we just hear her tell Ezra that she can’t have kids. But why? Where did this even come from? I mean, it just did not make sense to me. However, they said they would adopt so, good for them.
Hanna & Caleb: I mean, I always thought they were cute together. I liked that Hanna was pregnant at the end. But again, it wasn’t anything real unexpected. I mean, I guess they fit each other which is nice.
Emily & Alison: Okay,, now this. This was the one I was waiting for. I enjoy how long it took for them to actually come to this point. It was rewarding for me to see them end up together and have a family.
Spencer & Toby: My favourite couple of them all. I always loved them together. They are opposites but they just mesh real well. I loved that we didn’t get anything overly romantic at the end. That’s because it didn’t have tone like that. I mean, we all knew they were meant for each other. Nothing more needs to be said.
In all, all of them basically ended up with their high school sweethearts. I mean, Emily and Alison didn’t date but we all knew they always had a thing for each other.
While I love all the couples, it seems very unrealistic that they ALL ended up with their high school sweethearts. I mean, I guess when you go through something tough like that together, you just always have a connection.
In all, I’m relieved that the show is over. I will definitely miss the characters but I just wanted much more and week-to-week, we always seemed to get more questions than answers. So, I’m happy that I don’t have to keep on racking my brain on figuring out who is trying to torture the girls.
I do hope that they Gilmore Girls the situation and come back in like 10 years to make us go crazy again. It will be nice to remember this moment in my life and I hope that if they return, the story will be EPIC!!!!!!
Till then, PLL. Goodbye.
P.S. I love how Jenna basically saved the day.
P.P.S. Mona is crazy ya’ll. Lol. I love how she had Mary Drake and Spencer’s twin, Alex in an underground lair in France. I mean, Mona is everything. I can’t wait to see her act in something else.
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