Tonight is the “Pretty Little Liars” season finale. It’s been a bumpy ride for Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily. They’ve endured car crashes, homophobic parents, forbidden romances, stolen money, forced cupcake eating, and an unending stream of terrifying text messages. The series’ central questions remain unanswered: who killed Alison? Who is the mysterious A who has been manipulating all of their lives?
The finale promises, according to executive producer Marlene King, the revelations that fans have been craving. She told Zap2it, “It’s definitely the biggest episode we’ve shot so far, just in terms of sets and production value… It’s really cinematic and it’s like a full circle moment for the show. There are questions that are asked in the pilot that we finally get to answer in the finale so that’s very satisfying for everybody, including me.” She promises that Alison’s killer will have a “direct confrontation” with one of the girls.
She also revealed that there will be a scene that’s an homage to Hitchcock. While it’s possible that the show is boldly paying tribute to “Rope” by making the entire episode one continuous shot, it’s more likely that PLL is referencing one of Hitchcock’s more famous films. Photos have been released of the girls in a church. The episode is called For Whom the Bell Tolls. That could point to a fall off a steeple or tower, like in “Vertigo.” Given that “Vertigo” was about a blonde who faked her death, could that mean Alison is somehow alive?
ABC Family has released two clips of the episode, that tantalize without revealing too much information. In the first clip, Spencer suggests they consider sharing information with Jenna — which could be difficult given that the last time the PLLs met Jenna, Hanna slapped the dark glasses off the blind girl’s face.
It looks like Emily will face an obstacle that has nothing to do with A. Her mother wants to move out of Rosemont. Will she succeed at persuading her mother that she should stay in the town where she and her friends are being tormented, and the girl she likes is scared to come out of the closet? Come to think of it, why does she want to stick around?