Few series in the history of television have prided themselves on shocking finales more than Pretty Little Liars. Tuesday’s summer finale promised a body or two delivered. We just had to wait a really, really long time.
Things were looking grim for most of tonight’s finale, from implausible situations to cringe-inducing dialogue. Caleb’s laundry list of annoying Hanna-habits that had a declaration of love mixed in was meant to cause a flutter in our hearts. Instead, it caused a flurry of second-hand embarrassment. Team #Haleb? Team #Hurling.
Then there was Spencer’s accidental peck on Detective Fury’s cheek in front of her friends that was almost as implausible as the name Detective Fury (Marvel is coming for you, PLL). This was so out of character for Spencer that it almost distracted us from her kiss request to Toby as he stood in front of his house, which by the way, he has no idea who he sold it to. Toby, get invested in your life.
The last five minutes of the episode weren’t looking any better. A blind Jenna walking around a haunted house with a gun, and almost tripping over Noel’s decapitated head was much more comical than terrifying. To add to the eye rolling, the house was on Elm Street. As in, ‘Nightmare on’. It seemed like it was time to give up, because obviously the writers had, until finally, finally Spencer got shot. Hallelujah.
Saying ‘finally shot’ sounds morose, but it’s really not. With this week’s official confirmation that Pretty Little Liars will end after Season 7, it’s time to raise the stakes and kill one of the four Liars.
Mary Drake’s declaration that Spencer is her child was an interesting turn, but again, not one that would really alter the course of the series. An easy shocker would have been killing a B-list character like Caleb, Mona, or Toby, who actually does look like he may be dead. Let’s not forget though, Toby was hit by a car in the mid-season finale of Season 5 and lived to bumble his way through another day.
Killing Alison is always an option, but she’s never really felt like one of the Liars and thus wouldn’t be as big a loss. It still feels strange seeing five sets of saucer eyes instead of four whenever a threatening text is sent.
We’ve had fewer seasons with Alison as a regular character, and not just a girl tilting her head on a poster. It’s only been recently that Alison has shown any signs of human decency, and turned into a character fans could grow attached to. Let’s not forget, the reason we had a blind woman waving a gun around tonight was because Alison blinded Jenna on purpose. Alison is kinda the worst, plus, she’s already died. Been there, mourned that.
Up until now, every summer and spring finale has always felt safe since we knew there was no way Aria, Spencer, Hanna or Emily were going to end up six feet under. Mona was brought back to life, Ezra was brought back from being ‘A’, Caleb was brought back from a gun shot, and Toby was brought back from the dark side of the hoody. The entire premise of the show is focused on a dead girl who isn’t actually dead. So, to up the ante and really shock fans, something final and absolute has to happen. That means someone has to die for realzies and it should be one of the core four.
We hope that Spencer really is dead, because that would mean all bets are off for the final ten episodes of the series. Unfortunately, PLL is following in the footsteps of Game of Thrones and making us wait until April for those episodes. Let’s hope they take another note from Westeros and start killing off main characters. At this point it’s the best way to give fans a shocking ending that’s deserving of a loyal following.
Pretty Little Liars returns to Bravo next April