Spoiler alert: Stop reading if you haven’t watched the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween special. This wasn’t just a game-changer; it was a life-changer.
The girls’ search for Alison (Sasha Pieterse) on the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special led them on a dangerous journey through Ravenswood, full of twists and turns and scary Grunwald faces. And when the terrifying hour had finally passed, the girls were left speechless — though a certain someone had quite a bit to say.
Because the girls’ time spent in Ravenswood was relatively inconsequential — regardless of how many times I shrieked like a little baby — I’ll cut right to the episode’s final moments: After years of dodging them at every turn, Alison finally revealed herself to the girls. (I know, I never thought it would happen, either.)
“I don’t have much time,” she told them, shaking. “It’s still not safe for me to be here. I want to come home, but you have to help me. … Remember what I told you at the hospital, Hanna?”
And that’s when Ezra (Ian Harding) showed up, scaring Ali off like a baby deer.
Say it with me now, kids: What. The. Eff.
The Halloween special also introduced us to Miranda (Nicole Anderson), a spunky little lady who came to Ravenswood to meet her estranged uncle. Besides looking like a dryer-shrunk version of Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), she also has a similarly depressing past, having lost both of her parents at a young age. Of course, Miranda’s parents were the last thing on her mind when she stumbled upon a gravestone with her name and face on it. (Spin-off plot, anyone?)
I have to hand it to the show’s EPs; I think they did a really good job of introducing viewers to Miranda before launching into the spin-off, and I especially enjoyed seeing her bond with Hanna (Ashley Benson) — you know, since Hanna essentially passed Caleb to her like a long-haired baton at the end of the hour.
And can we talk about that big “Haleb” goodbye for a second? Talk about heartbreaking! My only concern is that it seemed a little out of character for Hanna to ask Caleb to stay and protect Miranda. When did the noble hacker and selfish princess swap roles?! Ravenswood really does have a strange effect on people.
So… What Next?
To be honest, this episode was basically an hour-long bridge, connecting viewers to Ravenswood and to the second half of Pretty Little Liars‘ fourth season, premiering in January. And since we’ve got four long months of waiting ahead of us, it’s time to start theorizing. Drop a comment with your thoughts on PLL‘s future below: Is Ezra really who Ali is afraid of, or could there be someone more sinister lurking in Rosewood?
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— Andy Swift, reporting by Russ Weakland