The Liars are back and five years have passed between the events of "Game Over Charles." This episode kicked off a new mystery arc, and it just wouldn't be Pretty Little Liars without a murder, now would it? And what better way to get the girls to stay in Rosewood than pushing someone out of the bell tower a la Ian Thomas in For Whom the Bell Tolls. (1x22)
Before I get into a little bit more about the episode, let me just say this. Initially, I had my doubts about the time jump. And I know I'm not the only one! As of typing this, I've watched the first three episodes, and each week, I'm coming around to the idea a little bit more.
When the producers teased that 6B would be a reboot and PLL would feel like a completely different show, I laughed it off a little bit. As I'm watching, I'm realizing that's kind of true. We're being introduced to these girls all over again, and just like the first time around, it's going to take a little time to establish each Liar's personality, their new secrets, and of course, what the new mystery is all about.
Spoilers ahead, for those who haven't watched yet...
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What better way to kick off a new mystery arc than by killing off Charlotte DiLaurentis, the character formerly known as A?
Of course, in order to kill Charlotte, she's got to be released from the mental health facility she's been staying in. And that's a great reason to call the Liars back to Rosewood. Alison wants to bring her sister home, so she writes each of her friends a letter, asking them to speak on behalf of Charlotte in front of a judge.
At the hearing, Aria is the only Liar who tells the truth, stating that she does not want Charlotte to be released. When Charlotte is freed that night, the girls hold a "coven of secret cocktails," where in addition to Spencer telling her friends that she loves them all, she also states, "Wouldn't it just be the biggest cosmic joke ever if Charlotte gets to live happily ever after."
All cosmic jokes aside, it's pretty ironic when Charlotte is found dead hours later. Freed solely on the basis that the girls lied. Again, because PrettyLittleLiars. At first, it looks like suicide. After the funeral, Lorenzo lets the Liars know that it was murder, and could they please stay in town while he investigates?
Duh. Duh. Duh...
If you got a feeling of deja vu while watching, you weren't alone! There were so many homages to the Pilot in this episode. Who killed Charlotte DiLaurentis? The Liars were wasted so they don't remember. Sara Harvey showed up at the funeral a la Jenna, complete with a guide by her side. The church bell tower being the site of another murder. Charlotte's picture at the funeral was reminiscent of Alison's memorial photo from the Pilot. Each Liar came back to Rosewood with new secrets, too. At the end of the episode, Lorenzo told them all to stick around for questioning, a lot like Darren Wilden claiming that he would get to the bottom of what happened "that night."
Emily dropped out of Pepperdine after her father died. She's been bartending, and she's got a whole lot of pills and needles in her purse.
Hanna is working for a big fashion designer, traveling around the world with "the new line." She and Caleb split up, and now she's engaged to someone else.
Aria works for a book publishing company, the same company that published Ezra's book.
Spencer is a lobbyist in D.C. Her mother is running for Senate, and she looks to be campaigning for her while she's in town.
Toby is building a house for someone.
Ezra is a mess. During his trip to South Africa with Nicole, she and a few other volunteers were kidnapped.
Alison is devastated by Charlotte's death.
Sara Harvey is apparently unable to use her hands.
Did the same person who murdered Charlotte DiLaurentis also kill her mother?
We all know that a new "big bad" or "A" is coming, but is A going to be the same person as the murderer?
What in the world happened to Sara Harvey?
I love that they turned Radley Sanitarium into a resort hotel. Now, I don't think you'll ever see Eastern State Penitentiary doing that, but it is a little bit of a thing here in PA. We've got a lot of old industry buildings, especially steel industry buildings and warehouses that people are re-purposing, rather than starting from scratch. It's a way of preserving history, albeit a strange one in the case of Radley!
Who killed Charlotte DiLaurentis? Is it possible that this is an even bigger whodunit than Alison's case? I mean, who in Rosewood wouldn't want her dead? The Liars are obviously the biggest suspects here, along with any of their past or present significant others. Then there's Sara Harvey, Mona Vanderwaal, Jenna Marshall, (please bring her back!) Alison herself, Doctor Rollins, Bethany Young, (I'm still not convinced she's dead) Someone's Twin, (I'm going there!) Kenneth DiLaurentis, Jason DiLaurentis, Melissa Hastings, Andrew Campbell, Lesli Stone... the list just goes on and on.