Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pretty Little Liars: Season 4 Report Card

Last June, I made some predictions about the 4th season of Pretty Little Liars. I thought it would be fun to see just how right/wrong I was...

Q: Who/What's in the Trunk?
My Prediction: Pretty sure it's a body. Possibly a very water-logged body. I'd have to go with Cece, Jason, Wilden, or Noel. Unless we're introducing the twin thing on the show. If so, all bets are off. Cece was in a hurry to leave town the last time we saw her, Jason has been MIA since leaving the hospital, Wilden is just shady in general, and Noel... he's more of a recent theory. I'm 98% sold on the fact that there's a body in the trunk. It was my first thought while watching last season's finale, considering the looks on their faces.

PLL 4x1 Dead Pig in Wilden's Trunk
c/o FabCassandra @ PLLWiki (lightened by me)

What Really Happened: It was a pig. A pig. Who saw that one coming? Definitely not me! But, I must say, it was nice foreshadowing that a cop was going to die relatively soon.

Score: I'm giving myself half a point for predicting that Wilden would die...

Q: Who is the Queen of Hearts? 
My Prediction: Jason DiLaurentis, Lucas Gottesman, or Wren Kingston. I would really hope that it wasn't Toby, considering he was supposed to be protecting Spencer, not trying to throw her off a train. Jason makes sense, because he's got good potential for being the person Aria stabbed. Lucas has been up to no good lately, but I like to think of him as just a minor pawn, not really bad or evil. Wren is another good contender... he shows up at the most interesting places and shows an awful lot of interest in the girls.

Pretty Little Liars Queen of Hearts revealed
Two Queens...

What Really Happened: According to Mona, there were 2 people in the Queen of Hearts costume on the Halloween Train. Detective Darren Wilden and Melissa Hastings. Wilden wasn't too far of a stretch, but Melissa was a bit of a surprise.

Score: Nada.

Q: Is Alison really alive?
My Prediction: Well, the title of the premiere is "A is for A-L-I-V-E..." but that doesn't guarantee it. Alison could be dead or alive. She may or may not have a twin in the series. Said twin may or may not be alive. Still following along? There are a lot of differences in the back story of the show that differ greatly from the books. It's been rumored that we'll be seeing more of Sasha Pieterse, so perhaps she really is alive. Maybe "A" or "red coat" targeted her first. It would be interesting to see the timeline be altered and have the PLL's team up with Alison to fight against "A" or "Red Coat" that's her twin.

Alison DiLaurentis is Alive
Ali's alive but shhhhh... only 1/5 of Rosewood knows!

What Really Happened: Alison is indeed alive. Someone was harassing her around the time of her "disappearance" and after her mother buried her alive, she chose to follow Mona's advice, letting A think that she had really died that night.

Score: I'm giving myself half a point, even though I really didn't answer yes or no to this question...

Q: Toby, the lighter, and his "new direction."
My Prediction: I was glad that Toby was really in it to help Spencer. The thing is, we were told that he definitely wasn't good. And then he was good. And now he's not good again? What's next... he has a twin? An evil twin? If he was all about protecting Spencer before, that means that he's headed down a different path. Does it have anything to do with his mom? Maybe his sister? Could it be that Alison and Toby planned the "Jenna Thing," unintentionally blinding Jenna in the process? Was he really just helping Mona, or does "A" have something on him, too? And what's the significance of the lighter?

PLL Toby Cavanaugh
Toby Cavanaugh

What Really Happened: As far as we know, Toby is still on the side of the liars. The lighter was totally planted on him, and his new direction had to do with his mother, and Toby doing anything in his power to find out the truth. Toby confirmed that his mother's death wasn't a suicide... but he didn't really gain any closure, and all the audience got was another question. Who was the fragile patient that was on the roof with Toby's mom? Was that person involved in her death? Toby's mom died almost a year before "The First Secret" when Alison started receiving threatening notes.

PLL 4x24 Shooter on the Roof
I might be Toby, but I could be Darth Vader...

As I said above, the writers did a pretty quick 180 with Toby, making him a member of the A-team just to look out for Spencer and the girls. But is that really what it was? Toby wouldn't be the first one to fall in love with a target... Ezra and Mona certainly did! I can't really rule out Toby as the shooter on the roof in A is for Answers. He definitely has the physical prowess necessary for the jump across buildings. Also, he would be a decent contender to go toe-to-toe with Ezra. If Toby is the shooter on the roof, there's no way he could be acting in the best interest of the girls. That was definitely A's workhorse, if not A in the flesh mask.

Score: I can't even justify giving myself points on this one.

Q: Why will we hate Ashley Marin?
My Prediction: Ashley Benson, who plays Hanna Marin, claims that we're not going to like her mom very much this season. Umm... she's stolen money from the bank, run over Wilden, and she's still managed to be a sympathetic character. What could she do that would make us hate her? More importantly, what could she do to make Hanna hate her? In the books, her job is transferred and she leaves Hanna to live with her father. I think Laura Leighton is waaaay to popular on the show to have her off-screen.

Pretty Little Liars Ashley Marin
Hanna's Mom

What Really Happened: Hanna's mom was falsely accused of killing Wilden, and spent some time in lockup. When Travis came forward with information from the night Wilden died, the charges against Ashley were dropped. Other than breaking up a makeout session with Travis, and taking her daughter to throw plates at a wall, Mama Marin didn't have too much of a storyline. I'm thinking this was just a well-played attempt at misdirection, or just a miscommunication.

Score: Zilch.

Q: Who is the girl in the black veil?
My Prediction: Could this be Alison? Could it be Courtney? Alison pretending to be Courtney? Courtney pretending to be Alison?!? Just a random girl? Maybe someone we've already met attending the funeral of the body-in-the-trunk?

Pretty Littls Liars Black Widow
Who...Are...You...? Who...Who...Who...Who?!?

What Really Happened: As far as I can gather, black veil, or the Black Widow as she's been dubbed is "endgame" for the producers. In other words, there is a really good possibility that the Black Widow is Uber A... the one who stole the game from Mona.

Score: Wasn't.Even.Close. We still have no clue about her identity. I think the producers have spent more time talking about her than she has appeared on-screen. At least, to our knowledge. I think they claimed she was in an episode here or there without the veil, but those were in episodes with a loooooot of faces, hence; a lot of options.

Q: Who is "Red Coat?"
My Prediction: According to Janel Parrish, Red Coat might not be "A." Huh? Does this mean they're going with the twin storyline? Maybe it all played out like it did in the books, except Courtney didn't really die, and she's Red Coat, but crazy Alison is "A." Or maybe the other way around...

PLL CeCe and Alison as Red Coat
...and Two Red Coats!

What Really Happened: There were 2 confirmed Red Coats... Alison DiLaurentis and CeCe Drake. There's been talk that there might've been a 3rd one, but if that is true, it has yet to be revealed on the show.

Score: I was half right... so half a point!

Final Score: About 1.2 points out of 7... In other words...

I failed.

Oh well! It was actually really fun looking back and checking my sleuthing skills, however bad they may be. I'll definitely be doing another post with my predictions for Season 5. So... stay tuned for that! Oh, and if you've got a particular prediction you'd like me to make... hit up the comment section! I feel like I need more than 7 predictions this time around... :)

-S

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