"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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