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Pretty Little Liars – It takes more than one ‘A’ to play this game

What do you get when you mix a catatonic Mona, a drunk and depressed Emily, a stolen corpse, two new haircuts, and blue nail polish? Why, it's the Summer Premiere of 'Pretty Little Liars,' of course!

- Season 3, Episode 1 - "It Happened That Night"

You know that when five months passes in TV-land, there are bound to be some changes. The Pretty Little Liars Summer Premiere is no exception.

Some changes are superficial: a couple of haircuts for Hanna and Aria, for example. Others are rather morose. Emily seems to be in a dark place and has taken up quite a bit of drinking. Understandable, since it is confirmed that Maya is, in fact, dead.

Who killed her, though, and why? We’re still figuring that out, but Ezra seems to think it has to do with the fact that she might have had some of Alison’s things — things she didn’t give to Jason. She was probably considering using that evidence against Garrett, Ezra thinks, and that he got to her before she could find anyone. This is tragic enough, but somehow, I doubt that’s the whole story.

Another development this season is that Mona has submerged into a nonreactive, lifeless state in the psychiatric ward, where she has been contained since her identity as “A” was revealed in the Season 2 finale. In fact, the last words we heard her utter were “I did everything you asked me to,” at the very end of the finale. But to whom?

Now,we realize that not only was Mona helping someone else, but that she could very well still be working with another “A” or “As.” The last scene in tonight’s episode makes it quite certain that, even if Mona has nothing to do with it, there is another “A” out there who, according to his/her last text, “plays with body parts.”

Did the Liars actually think they would get away with pretending not to have been at the crime scene? I don’t care how drunk Emily was … if someone traumatized her enough for her not to remember how she got to Ali’s grave, then that person is also capable of doing what seems unlikely or impossible — proving the girls’ involvement that night. (Even though they didn’t “do anything” except stand there.)

It would be really creepy if “A” somehow proves that Emily was responsible for what happened to Ali’s body by showing her digging or something. Who knows, at this point? It kind of reminds me of an episode of Fringe (Season 1, Episode 8, “The Equation”) where people are hypnotized by a pattern of red and green lights, making them forget what they did and how they got where they were … making abduction possible.

I really don’t trust Garrett, and never have, but I couldn’t help thinking he might be telling the truth to Spencer when she visited him. And I definitely don’t trust that doctor Wren. I’m not sure yet what involvement he has had, or will have in future episodes.

Finally, I liked the hallucination Mona had of Alison while Hanna was visiting her in the hospital. It was as if, for a split second, Ali and Hanna were one and the same — which is ironic if you think about the fact that Ali would often torture Hanna. Has Hanna become the “Queen Bee” that Ali once was? How would Hanna feel about that if she knew that’s how people saw her?

Looks like we’ve got a lot to look forward to in Season 3!


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