One of Rosewood’s very own is dead. The Fatal Finale was the most shocking ‘Pretty Little Liars’ episode ever, leaving a main cast member slain, after a mysterious, bloody murder.
The summer finale starts off on Thanksgiving Day at a crime scene. The police ask the liars for their statements, but they’re too shaken up. We’re shaken up, too, but the good news? Hanna (Ashley Benson), Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) are all standing together so we know it’s not one of them who’s dead. But…who is it? Click to flashback 36 hours earlier, and find out who was killed on Pretty Little Liars. Warning: full recap & major spoiler alert ahead!
‘Pretty Little Liars’: Flashback Before Death
“There’s no way anyone could have lived through that,” Aria says to Ezra (Ian Harding) — yes, he’s still alive! — as all the girls are in sheer panic. And then they receive a text: “It’s all your fault.” Guess who it’s from? “A.”
The scene flashes back 36 hours before the Thanksgiving Day crime, and Alison (Sasha Pieterse) is in the middle of a lie detector test. The four liars head over to Mona’s (Janel Parrish) house — yep, Mona — to enlist her help in finding out what Ali is really up to at the police station. And just like that, Mona is all buddy-buddy with the liars again.
Mona Is Out To Get Ali
Miss Mona makes a mysterious phone call, alerting “code A!” She runs to Mona’s army, which isn’t really a brigade — only Lucas (Brendan Robinson) is waiting for her, and he lets her know that everyone is convinced that she’s crazy and Ali is the “saint.”
So naturally, Mona tells the four girls that Ali is “A.” Yes, she went there, and she might not be that crazy for thinking it.
Then she goes to the next sensible place: a bathroom stall to hack into police files — the very files that hold the footage of Ali’s lie detector confession. Her big confession? “I didn’t have anything to do with Bethany Young’s murder.”
Paily, Is That You?
“I’m tired of talking.” That’s all Paige (Lindsey Shaw) had to tell Emily, before she planted a kiss on her lips. Yep, a KISS ON HER LIPS.
Ezria is also heating up…over pumpkin pie baking. COULD THEY BE ANY CUTER? (Also is it fall yet?)
On the couples front, there’s no trouble in paradise with Spoby…unless we’re talking about trouble with the law. The fake law, that is. Toby (Keegan Allen) legit dressed up in his new uniform and role played for Spencer! It’s getting hot in here, officer Toby.
Going back to my question above, “Paily, is that you?” — yes, it is! Paige is helping Emily decorate for Christmas! Yes, it’s Christmas all of a sudden! And yes, there’s Xmas music playing! And yes, Paige holds up baby Jesus! Praise the lord!
We’re Going, Going, Back, Back To Radley, Radley
Mona and Spencer break into Radley in full nurse garb to get more deets on Bethany Young, since Ali’s confession shed light on Spencer, you know, killing Bethany.
Meanwhile, Ali breaks into Emily’s room, scaring her to death (okay, not literally), and the tension is so thick, you could cut it with a bloody knife.
Speaking of blood, Aria drops red paint at Radley and it splatters everywhere. What a perfect way to distract the sanitarium’s workers so that Mona and Spencer can get on with their business. Also, what a perfect way to foreshadow real blood…coming later.
“You made quite a mess of things,” says Officer Holbrook (Sean Faris) who sneaks up behind Aria’s paint spillage. (What is up with all of the sneaking up in the past three scenes?!)
Alison, Are You ‘A’?
Just when we thought Ali was making up with Emily, she confronts her. She knows that the liars think that she could be “A.” So much so that Em straight-up asks her, “I don’t know, are you?”
As if things couldn’t get any sketchier, Ali leaves Emily’s house, jumps into the car of those creepy twins (who are they?!) and then, Paige follows her.
In other Alison news, Mona and Spencer make a breaking discovery at Radley. In one of Bethany’s sessions, she said that Mrs. DiLaurentis was lying to her all along — Mrs. D. was having an affair with Mr. Young’s dad! — and than confessed that she didn’t know if she could trust Alison. “Like mother, like daughter?” she asked. ALISON KNEW BETHANY YOUNG!
‘Spencer Hastings, You’re Under Arrest For The Murder Of Bethany Young’
As if Toby’s fake-out death by car crash wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, Officer Holbrook arrested Spencer out of nowhere for the murder of Bethany Young!
Her arrest came right after Paige told the liars that she saw Ali with those twins going to some strange farm to create her own army. That’s not all Ali was up to — or was she?
Mona Is Dead — Goodbye, Mona
Mona knew too much. Just as she calls Aria to tell her everything that she pieced together — “Alison lured Bethany to Rosewood. She knew about the affair. Alison set her up. She was jealous, and she wanted Bethany dead” — a blonde, black-hoodied girl broke into Mona’s house.
As Mona was uttering the words, Alison is “A,” the blonde mystery girl creeped up behind her. Loud screams were heard, blood was splattered and that was the end for Mona.
Officer Holbrook announces that the death was ruled a homicide, and although the body wasn’t found, the amount of blood in the house proved that Mona was murdered.
Mona’s lifeless, dead body is laying in the trunk of a car, eyes open, in the hands of “A.”
HollywoodLifers, did Mona’s scary murder shock you? Do you think Ali killed Mona or was that girl in the black hoodie someone else? I must point out, her hair appeared to be much blonder than Ali’s, and Ali was standing outside of Mona’s house, while Mona’s body was in the trunk.
Leave your thoughts below, liars.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister