Update: Pretty Little Liars Answered Some Major Questions, & Now We Have More

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"I will watch this one episode with you, but I'm never watching it again." That's what I told my little sister on June 10, 2010 when Pretty Little Liars premiered. In reality, I've watched every episode of the last six seasons. I've watched some episodes multiple times. I've even attended a viewing party. (If you haven't seen last night's mid-season finale of Pretty Little Liars, stop now. There will be spoilers after this point.)

It's not always perfect. It's an unrealistic high school show where the characters are all beautiful, and their parents are mysteriously absent. The storylines can be outrageous. The audience has had to believe multiple characters have come back from the dead, and that it's totally okay for teenage girls to date grown men — including the town's teachers, police officers, and doctors.

But, I will watch every episode. Partially because of the mystery. It's more than that though, or I would have stopped watching two false reveals and 18 red herrings ago. I tune in because of the bond between the four main girls — the "liars". You know how you'd come home from school and talk to your best friend on the phone for hours, as if you hadn't spent all day with her? The friendship of Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), and Emily (Shay Mitchell) evoke that feeling of urgency and importance, which is so unique to high school relationships. It's refreshing to see a show where a group of friends on television don't steal each other's boyfriends, and has no problem when one of them comes out. The show hasn't grabbed audiences because of the melodramatics, but because it celebrates four girls supporting each other even when — especially when — they are far from perfect.

That feeling of high school bonding ended last night though. In the last scenes, we see the girls going off to college. They seem to have been able to move on with their lives feeling they know enough, but well, we weren't as satisfied. Considering the scene of them five years later being targeted again — they clearly shouldn't have been either. Marlene King promised all of our questions would be answered. The network has regularly been promoting the season with #seasonofanswers. Even Sasha Pieterse, who plays Alison, said that, after tonight, "there are also no more questions when it comes to the past." It seemed to good to be true, and it was here. Here is a breakdown of our questions — and what was answered, and what wasn't.

This story was originally published on August 11, 2015 at 5:15 p.m.

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Who "killed" Ali?

Verdict: Answered.

CeCe hit Ali in the head with the rock because she thought Ali was Bethany. Yes, Bethany, the character we've never actually met is apparently the crazy person that initiated this whole mess.
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Who killed Ian, and why was he killed?

Verdict. Answered. Kind of.

It seems there wasn't enough time in the show, so Marlene King sat with Entertainment Weekly to discuss some remaining questions. She says Ian killed himself, but Mona set up the crime scene.

But, does it really count if it didn't air on TV, or as part of the show at all?
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Who dug up Ali’s grave "that (second) night" and framed Emily for it?

Verdict: Not answered.

They didn't mention this night at all. According to the timeline, CeCe would have been playing the game, and she was trying to find the truth about Ali. But, would she have dug up her sister's grave? What we know for sure — we will never understand why the girls decided to have another sleepover with alcohol in that barn.
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If Mrs. DiLaurentis had a secret son, why did she purchase identical yellow dresses and asked Ali to lie about it?

Verdict: Answered.

Mrs. DiLaurentis had a child assigned male at birth, named Charles. Charles identified as female. When she was sent to Radley, Charles eventually changed her name to Charlotte. Mrs. DiLaurentis would buy Charlotte (or, as we know her, CeCe) the same clothes she bought her other daughter, Ali. Including that yellow dress, and presumably that infamous yellow ruffle top.
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What kind of backyard do these people have that is easy to cross over whenever you want, but so big you don’t notice TWO graves in it?

Verdict: Absolutely not answered.

We weren't expecting too much. This answer would require common sense and logistics, so naturally they couldn't explain how two girls could be buried the same night in the same yard without detection.
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Who stole the game from Mona?

Verdict: Answered.

Turns out CeCe was the one who visited Mona in Radley. In Mona's drugged up state she told CeCe everything about the game, and about how the girls were relieved at times Ali was gone. This royally pissed CeCe off, since Ali was her sister (even though she is the one that "killed" her, but we digress), and inspired her to break out of Radley and steal the game.
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Who killed Garrett and why was he killed?

Verdict: Answered. Kind of.

Just like with Ian's death, this was answered in an Entertainment Weekly interview after the show aired. Marlene King said Wilden killed Garret since Garret had figured out he was a bad cop.

There are so many more things that need to be answered...

If Wilden killed Garret and put him in the box, then why did he put Aria in the box too? Who were the two voices trying to push the box off the train? Who did Aria stab while she was in the box?
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How did A know that he/she would need to invest in 8,000 more copies of that yellow ruffled shirt?

Verdict: Not Answered.

We now know that Mrs. DiLaurentis bought two copies of the yellow, ruffled shirt. One for Ali and one for CeCe. That night Ali was wearing one, and Bethany was wearing one.

What we don't know is how CeCe got so many extra copies of that shirt two years later. When CeCe kidnapped the girls we see Mona, Sarah, and Ali all wearing that shirt.
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What made them start N.A.T. club in the first place?

Verdict: Not Answered.

It wasn't even mentioned at all.

Do you think they just sat around and said, "yo, let's set up security cameras everywhere. Yeah, that would be cool, bro."

Doesn't seem likely. Since these videos were a huge part of the storyline the first three seasons, we still deserve an answer for this.
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How did Grunwald know that Ali was buried and needed to be rescued?

Verdict: Not Answered.

By canceling the awful spin-off series that Ms. Grunwald was a part of, Ravenswood, they kind of acknowledged her storyline wasn't a great idea. Yet, we are still supposed to believe she was a psychic who just knew how to find and pull the still-alive Ali to safety. Naturally.
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What happened to Marion Cavanaugh?

Verdict: Answered.

Bethany pushed Mrs. Cavanaugh off the roof to her death and blamed her "friend" in Radley, Charlotte. To make matters worse Mrs. D paid off a bad cop, Wilden, to make it seem Mrs. Cavanaugh committed suicide.

There are problems here. CeCe was still a child in this scene, so Wilden should not have been old enough to be a cop, let alone one senior enough to mastermind a coverup. And, in the pilot episode we were told Toby's mom had died a year ago. In CeCe's telling this happened about 10 years ago. So, which version is true?
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Why would Mr. Hastings, who cares about appearances a lot, have an affair with a woman who already has a baby?

Verdict: Not answered. Not even mentioned.

It's not surprising that the parents in Rosewood would have an extramarital affair, but it is surprising that Mr. Hastings would produce a love-child with someone that already has a baby at home. So is Jason actually Mr. Hastings' child, or did his love affair with Jessica DiLaurentis produce the older, secret child, Charles?
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How many people were involved in terrorizing the girls on the train ride that night?

Verdict: Not answered.

Aria was poisoned and almost pushed off the train, Garrett was killed, Ali's/Bethany's body was recovered, Hanna almost made out with A, Spencer was attacked, Bethany/Ali's body was revealed, and Ezra made a sketchy appearance. This night, however, was not deemed worthy enough to mention at all.
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What did Maya know, and how did she have time to maintain a secret, password-protected website while on the run?

Verdict: Not Answered.

Let's say we believe that she is dead, we still deserve to know what she found out before she died. She clearly thought it was important to tell Emily right away.

The writers however do not feel that way — one of the fans' most beloved characters was not even mentioned at all.
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Why has this town just accepted age-inappropriate relationships?

Verdict: Not answered.

The list of grown men kissing underage girls is a bit crazy:

Ali & Wilden
Ali & Ezra
Ali & Ian
Ali & Holbrook
Ali & Lorenzo
Spencer & Ian
Spencer & Wren
Spencer & Jonny
Spencer & Colin
Hanna & Wren
Hanna & Holbrook
Aria & Ezra
Aria & Jason
Jenna & Garrett

This is probably the most confusing and important question of all. Instead we just learned that on top of these relationships, Jason made out with TWO of his four sisters (but, in his defense, he didn't know either of them were his sisters).
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Who is Charles?

Verdict: Answered.

Luckily they answered this since we vowed to never turn on our televisions again if they didn't.

Ali was shocked. Were we? Honestly, not that much. A little disappointed with the story. CeCe being Charles, and Ali's sister was interesting. The motivations for torturing the liars for year were lackluster though.
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Why exactly was CeCe Drake kicked out of college in the first place?

Verdict: Answered?

Apparently CeCe never even went to UPenn in the first place. So, how was she kicked out? Why was that girl thrown down the stairs in the first place — did Ian do it? Did Ali do it?

We are still really concerned 15-year-olds were allowed into a college fraternity party, and an escaped patient from a mental institution.
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Who are Ali’s unnamed boys from the past — Board Shorts and Beach Hottie?

Verdict: Not answered.

Technically we've gone through Ali's part of "that night," but there are still so many holes in her past. After last night's episode, those answers will probably always be left in the past.
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If the creepy blonde twins don’t matter, then why were they featured in two Halloween episodes?

Verdict: Not answered.

Hanna's mom even has a memory with one of the little girls. In this show it's much more likely to be because of a repressed memory, than one too many glasses of wine.

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How much did A spend on dolls?

Verdict: Not answered.

Although, we did learn how A got her fortune — the stock market.

Either way, we know the owners of the toy stores in Rosewood are making bank.
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What side are Wren and Melissa on?

Verdict: Not answered.

Both are top contenders as A — Wren is especially a fan favorite for the reveal. We thought Marlene King would include something about them just to appease the Twittersphere. We were wrong. They were not even mentioned. Do we think they are just living a normal, newlywed life in London?
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How long was Sara Harvey in the doll house, and why was she kidnapped in the first place?

Answerd: Kind of. Maybe?

We thought one of the more frustrating parts of this season is that we were introduced to new characters AND expected to care about them. In truth the most frustrating part is actually this unknown character is two of the villains we've been tracking for years — Red Coat and Black Veil.

If she wasn't kidnapped then what was she doing those first two year that CeCe was back in Radley? How do CeCe and Sarah know each other?
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What happened to E. Lamb?

Verdict: Not even mentioned.

We haven't heard anything from E. Lamb in a long time — not even an allusion. So, it wasn't looking good that we'd finally get an answer. But, with the amount he knew, he's probably not still alive.
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Who or what is in the barrel?

Verdict: Answered. Kind of?

Again, in this infamous interview we learned that it is a random cadaver CeCe obtained from medical school.
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How did Toby become a police officer when he was the same age as the girls in the first place?

Verdict: Not answered.

Toby was science partners with Emily. Then he ran off to help Jenna with her eye surgery. He returned to school for a bit, and then started his cycle of disappearing and coming back with random jobs. He is currently a police officer. Did he take the GED? Did he decide that high school just wasn't worth it?
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Who will come back from the dead?

Verdict: Answered.

We were surprised — no one actually came back from the dead, this time.

There were so many options — Ian Thomas, Garrett Reynolds, Darren Wilden, Maya St. Germain, Jessica DiLaurentis, Shana Fring, Lyndon "Nate" James, Marion Cavanaugh, and Bethany Young. We haven't really missed most of them, though.
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Why was CeCe Drake friends with a young teenager when she was in college?

Verdict: Answered.

She wanted to reunite with her sister, Ali. Oh, and she was getting outpatient privileges to go to classes at UPenn, and was skipping all of them without anyone at Radley knowing. That lack of security sounds about right.
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Who killed Maya? Why was she killed?

Verdict: Not answered. Maya wasn't even mentioned.

We stand by that Lyndon/Nate was too convenient and random of an answer.
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Where was Jason when he was supposed to be in rehab?

Verdict: Not answered.

Oh, just another mystery that we spent episodes trying to figure out. We came up with theories and everything, just for it to never be mentioned again. But, PLL fans never forget.

We did learn that Jason's anger can be linked to the fact his girlfriend wouldn't be intimate with him. Which might be a good thing considering she was his sister.
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Why did Ali, a girl who really liked her secrets, keep a diary?

Verdict: Not answered.

Mona was able to take the game because she found one of Ali's diaries. Why in the world would Ali write down everyone's secrets in one place, when secrets were her commodity of choice? This game really would have been a lot shorter if she'd been a better secret keeper.

This seems even worse now that we know CeCe was inspired by Mona in the first place.
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