The secret is out! After two seasons of relentless teasing, mind-bending clues and strategically placed red herrings, Pretty Little Liars at long last revealed the identity of that infamous taunting texter known as “A”!
And just like in the books, the culprit is… Mona.
After realizing that Alison was following “A” and not the other way around, Spencer (with Mona in tow) headed back to the hotel were Ali had been staying and discovered “A’s” lair. There among the creepy collage of photos featuring Ali and the girls Spencer found sketches of “A’s” masquerade costume – Black Swan – and Ali’s journal bookmarked with a gum wrapper – the same brand Mona offered Spencer just before she found the book. Dun dun dun!
So why all the creepy texts and threats? “You bitches took [Hanna] away from me,” Mona told Spencer. “It’s about revenge. …You stole my only friend.”
But more telling was her threat that “you can join the ‘A’ team or you can disappear.” Does that mean Mona is working with somebody else? After all, the mysterious Black Swan was talking to Jenna and Lucas – maybe there was more to his weird behavior this season than guilt over money issues? – before she ran off. All we know about the ballerina, however, is that she’s “tall and a size 2,” as Hanna put it, which counts out a very pregnant Melissa out. (Or is she faking the baby bump? You never know with this show.) There’s also the red-coated figure that visited Mona at the end of the episode.
“I did everything you asked me to,” Mona said to that mystery person. And let’s not forget the unseen individual Jenna went to meet earlier. Are they one in the same? Is someone else – Alison? Her evil twin Vivian? – pulling the strings?
Despite taking a nose dive off a cliff, Mona survived the fall. But her sanity isn’t intact, according to Dr. Sullivan, who came out of hiding after receiving a phone call from Toby. She’s going to the loony bin to deal with her personality disorder, but things are far from over or safe. The gals are going home to sleep with their windows and doors open, but “don’t they know that’s what we want,” taunted Mona’s voiceover. Whoever “we” is knows how to hit the girls where it hurts the most, and that’s via their loved ones. And as they made their way to Emily’s house, they were greeted with the sight of police and an ambulance.
“They found a body,” Emily’s mom announced. “They think it’s Maya.” And who should be standing nearby behind the yellow police tape but Melissa!
While Emily took a devastating personal loss, things were smooth sailing for the rest of the Liars on the relationship front. Ezra surprised Aria at the ball, and the two made a very public display of their affection as he took off their blindfolds (“This is our first dance, I want to see you”) and kissed her. Meanwhile, Toby and Spencer rekindled their romance after Dr. Sullivan revealed that it was Toby who contacted her. “Pretending not to love you was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he told Spencer. And there was hardly a hiccup in Hanna and Caleb’s relationship! It seems “A” did something nice and took the heat off the couples, allowing for some happy endings there.
As for Mona’s future, executive producer I. Marlene King said on Monday afternoon, “The person revealed as ‘A’ is not leaving the show and will continue to be a part of the show — and, I hope, become bigger in Season 3.”
What did you think of the big “A” reveal? Did it live up to your expectations? Got any theories about the “A” team? And who killed Maya?! Hit the comments with your thoughts/burning Qs about the Pretty big bombshell.