The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill—all the best teen shows run out of juice at some point, say, season four or five (or six or seven or eight...). That's when exes get back together for the nth time, when yet another town secret is revealed, when a long-lost family member enters the picture. But what if the drama was insane right from the start? That's when things get really interesting. Here are a few things that blew my mind upon returning to Rosewood after some time away for the last few episodes of Pretty Little Liars.
Who the Heck Is A.D.?
I thought we were done with this game? But of course not, it wouldn't be PLL without some all-knowing, all-powerful baddie wrecking havoc on the girls' lives. This A.D. is seriously upping the ante with the very lifelike facemasks—and not the soothing kind that's part of your skin care routine—of our main girls. In one episode, Hanna is made to cut into her "doll," the (hopefully fake) blood gushing out onto her dining table. The same episode ends with a gross finger delivered to the police department.
But Wait, There's More
The latest shocker is that A.D. stole the eggs that Emily donated last season, fertilized them, and grew them in Ali's belly without either of the girls' consent. What??? Sit on that one for a minute and let the craziness sink in. In Spencer’s words, "A.D. has stopped playing games and started playing God."
Long Lost Mom
So apparently Spencer's biological mom is Mary Drake, the twin sister of Jessica DiLaurentis, biological mom of Charles/Charlotte DiLaurentis, and overall sketchy person who may or may not be on A.D.'s team. Very confused by the turn of events that make the Hastings and DiLaurentis families even more entwined.
The Dating Scene
Remember when Spencer and Caleb were an actual thing? Now Caleb's back with Hanna, Spencer is dating someone new, and Spencer and Caleb can stand to be in the same room and even talk about personal stuff. Some things have sort of stayed the same: Aria is still with Ezra but they're going through a rough patch, while Emily is seeing Paige again. As for Toby? He got married and became a widower on the same day. The. Same. Day.
The Girls Are All Grown-Up Now
They're all hustling in their chosen fields, even as A.D. tries to sabotage their career plans. It's a miracle how they still have jobs after all that A.D. has put them through. On a lighter note, the girls' always on-point outfits are a lot more believable (though still aspirational) now that they’re free from school restrictions and making their own money, or in Hanna’s case, making clothes for a living.
Speaking of Hanna, remember when the internet dubbed her the true genius of the group? Well, here's another pro tip from her: if you want to hide something from a boy (hopefully something nice like a surprise gift, and not a ticking time bomb of a phone like Hanna's), keep it in your purse. "What? Guys aren't going to go through a girl's purse because they're too afraid to accidentally touch a tampon." Okay? Makes sense? Can we get some guys to confirm this, please?
Only a few more episodes left! What do you want to see in the series finale of PLL?