Final Thoughts From the Pretty Little Liars Episode "Farewell, My Lovely"

Here are my thoughts from last night's episode:

1.As soon as I learned Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) had not, in fact, left Rosewood, I correctly predicted she would confess to Archer Dunhill's (Huw Collins) murder. I'm going to applaud the writers on that twist because it was a plausible way of keeping the PLLs out of prison and, even though Mary didn't kill Dunhill, she did kill her sister and belongs behind bars. As a result, there's no need to feel sorry for her.

2. The episode also confirms what I mentioned last week, Lieutenant Tanner (Roma Maffia) isn't out to get the liars. I think she knows they killed Dunhill but also suspects it wasn't intentional and, because of that, was quick to accept Mary's confession despite overwhelming evidence that points to them.

3. That being said, the PLLs sure did seem like they were bound and determined to go to prison. Someone goes out of their way to hide a body for them and their first instinct is to dig it back up? I'm so glad Aria (Lucy Hale) finally came to her senses at the last second.

4. I found I liked how the episode also revealed who Charlotte's (Vanessa Ray) murderer was. I kind of figured Mona (Janel Parrish) was hiding something in regards to her death but was, admittedly, surprised when she turned out to be the killer. Of course, as is often the case with this show, her attempt at a cover up was a bit of an overreaction. She could have claimed she killed Charlotte in self defense and the evidence would have supported that.

And, for the record, I still stand by what I said last week. I bet she goes to prison for helping them and they won't even send her a Christmas card.

5. I'm still holding out hope Ezra (Ian Harding) will turn out to be A. D., mostly because, much like Mary, he deserves to be in prison (he slept with one of his students, I don't care if she's in love with him). However, since I'm fairly certain that won't be the case, I think the best potential A. D. is Wren Kingston (Julian Morris).

Yes, there are other, more obvious suspects, such as Jenna (Tammin Sursok) and probably a dozen kids they went to high school with. But, given the fact A. D. is drawing his/her inspiration from both Charlotte and Mona, I strongly suspect there is a connection between that character and Radley Sanitarium. Wren had access to Mona when she was a patient and likely had some access to Charlotte too, allowing him to learn from them/influence them. He also would have had access to confidential patient records, giving him inside information on Mary and possibly knowing Spencer (Troian Bellisario) was her daughter.

6. If it is Wren, I'm still undecided about where Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) fits in. Assuming she knows Spencer's secret, it's possible she carries some secret resentment toward her and is getting a kick out of helping her boyfriend torment her. Or, it's also possible she's an unwitting accomplice or knows absolutely nothing about it. If it's the latter, I would expect her to be the one to save the day.

Final Opinion: With one week remaining until the series finale, the writers did an excellent job bringing closure to most of the various mysteries while saving the biggest one, A.D.'s identity, for last. I still think the series stayed on the air a season too long. But, at least it looks like it will end with a bang.

My Grade: A


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