Pretty Little Liars Finale Recap: The Red Coat (Kinda) Comes Off -- Plus: [Spoiler] Lives!

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Finale SpoilersWarning: If you’ve yet to watch Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars finale, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read on…

Pretty Little Liars‘ third season went out with a (literal) fiery bang Tuesday. The hour bubbled over with juicy developments, including the return of several familiar faces, the second coming of at least two presumed dead characters, the breakup of a fan fave couple and a cliffhanger that no one saw coming.

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A TRIUMPHANT RETURN | Toby lives, y’all! And for those who predicted he was part of Team ‘A’ as a means of taking down the nefarious organization from within, you were right. But let’s backtrack a bit… Fresh out of Radley, a stoic, makeup-wearing Spencer reconnects with her gal pals — though something is still a little off. Flash forward to a diner, in which a hooded figure sits waiting for someone, and then — bam! Toby “Pretty Eyes” Cavanaugh walks in. “Everything I’ve done is so I can protect you,” he attempts to explain to his scorned love, who’d secretly lured him there. The two go on to discuss Mona and their respective deals with her: Spencer would “deliver” the girls to an event (aka a setup) and abduct Malcolm for a few hours (!!!) in exchange for a reunion with a living, breathing Toby, while Toby would work with Mona as a way to keep Spence safe. After some tears and reluctance, the estranged duo reunite — and enjoy a little sexytime — before heading back to Rosewood to undress “Red Coat” — whose identity is still unknown to both.

A PUZZLING REAPPEARANCE | Jenna, meanwhile, pops back up in town — and reunites with her girlfriend (?), Paige’s ex Shana. It seems her eyesight is on its way out (again), as she relays to her undercover lover that her doctor says, “I’ll have good days and bad days. Eventually they’ll all be bad.” Later, Emily comes across Spencer’s sis Melissa heading into Toby’s abandoned house — with Jenna and Shana!

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A SAD SPLIT | Marking the end of an ‘Ezria,’ Aria and her longtime love Ezra decide to part ways. The choice to break up — an outcome that’s lingered over the couple all season — comes about after Aria learns that Ezra has lied to her about being offered a teaching job at her high school. “Things aren’t easy,” Ezra says, “but they can still be good.” However, in a moment of maturity far beyond her years, Aria can see the writing on the wall. “It shouldn’t be this hard,” she states, leaving her now-ex-beau a bit stunned. Later, the two meet once more, this time to lay out the terms of a possible future together. While Ezra is optimistic that their love can live on (on hold) during the seven months between now and graduation, Aria isn’t convinced. “I need to move on and so do you.” And with one passionate — albeit extremely risky — kiss in the school hallway, the two part ways for good — that is until the next day when he begins his gig as her new substitute teacher!

A SHOCKING TWIST | After learning from Ezra’s son Malcolm that Spencer is in fact the lady who brought him to the carnival, Hanna and Co. set a trap for their ‘A’-esque pal — who gladly spills all to the girls. Once in the loop — and thrilled to hear Toby is alive and well and on their side — a plan to turn the tables on “Red Coat” and Mona is put in motion. Spencer continues to “work for” the ‘A’ team — Toby, too — while the other Liars infiltrate Mona’s lair and await the arrival of the coat-wearer (much to her dismay). Unfortunately, just as Toby and Spence sneak out to catch a glimpse of the team’s leader, someone sets the dwelling on fire. “She can do anything,” a panicked Mona exclaims to the girls, referring to “Red Coat.” “She’s everywhere and she’s nowhere!” Before becoming unconscious like the rest of the Liars, Mona admits to not really knowing who her leader is. Rather, she just got sucked into a game that has now taken some turns not even she expected. Outside, Toby is knocked out, while Spencer gets a glimpse of “Red Coat,” who rescues the out-of-it girls from the fire. But Hanna and Mona later believe that they’ve seen the face of the red one, and it’s none other than Alison — and Spencer concurs. Driving home with Mona in tow, the girls attempt to process the idea that their presumed-dead friend — and tormenter — could still be among the living. However, their conversation is cut short when they encounter Wilden’s cop car, which was thought to be buried. Playing on a loop in the surveillance footage inside? The image of Jenna and Shauna moving his body after Ashley ran him over.

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A CLUTTERED CAR | Something — or someone? — is in the trunk of Wilden’s vehicle, and based on the Liars’ responses upon opening it, the contents are not pretty.

A FRESH FLASHBACK | Building on several previously-glimpsed flashbacks, this episode’s tag once again finds a hand bursting out of Ali’s dirt grave — only this time someone is there to grab it and pull the buried one to safety.

LINE OF THE NIGHT | As always, Hanna and her biting wit supplied most of the episode’s lighter moments. Her standout zinger this time around: “And when were you going to clue us in on your double agent status, Nikita?!”

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132 Comments
  1. sarah says:

    Has anyone thought about Cece Drake? Maybe she has something to do with the fire OR maybe she was in Wilden’s trunk. I don’t remember seeing her since she packed her bag & what was the deal with her lying to Aria & Wes about where she was.

    Also, why was there no Caleb, Paige, Caleb’s dad (or the bell), pll parents, ashleys church bf (who obviously knows about ashley’s secret), Wilden (other than video format), Jason, or Lucas.

    I read there will be a new cop in town (for an investigation) in the season 4 premiere. Thinking back on recent episodes, why did they show the fishermen pulling the rosewood pd hat out of the water? In the finale we saw the plane flying (made me think of when aria was mistaken for Vivian & that guy said she liked flying bc no one could get to her ), then of course Spencer, Mona, & Hannah all saw Ali. I need to watch it again to make sure, but why were Hannah, Emily, & Aria side by side after being pulled out of the fire but Mona wasn’t seen until she was hovering over them when discussing Ali

  2. Michele says:

    Just a quick theory as far as who started the fire…. Jenna and Shona. They wanted to get the girls back because of they are beleived to have something to do with the fire that made Jenna blind. BUT…. Melissa was yelling at Jenna because she didn’t want Spencer to die. Spencer wasn’t in the house when it was set on fire and that was probably the plan. I think Melissa has different motives than Jenna since she was involved with the NAT club but ultimately they have the same goal. I think the secret that the girls have is the video footage but they really don’t even know they have it.

  3. Kate says:

    Can someone explain some things? I’m confused, like most ppl on here lol. Didn’t Mona help jason with a stab wound (i.e. the one from the A Train when Aria stabbed someone who was about to push her off?) 2. I think season 2 (?) Garrett and Jenna are talking about “the jason thing?” what is that? was that ever revealed? I’m also trying to find a connection between Vivian Darkbloom and the twin theory. Was there a Vivian Darkbloom in the books? Bc if not, that could be how the writers integrated the twin piece (thus, no Ali/Courtney twin theory). IDK!! thoughts??

  4. Melissa says:

    In the books, Courtney was hidden because she was mentally unstable, however on the odd occasion she would get out of Radley and visit her parents, Courtney and Ali had rings with their initials on it , Courtney switched the rings and assumed Ali’s identity, Ali was taken back to Radley, she became very bitter, angry and twisted that Courtney stole her life, she murdered Courtney.. Now Toby in the books is down right evil , he’s been raping Jenna and he actually dies… The series has little snippets of the books, this series of PLL is only based on the books.. nothing is what it seems, the producers will drag a storyline out as long as the network are buying the episodes.. Don’t get me wrong I love the show but if your a fan I suggest you read the books… Whilst waiting for season 4… Love or hate the show the producers are out to confuse you , if they gave the plots away , well what would be the point?….

  5. Kjierstin says:

    Wait so alli isnt dead? Im so confused a is mona but at the end of the final episode when mona is in the mental hospital she says to her visitor “i did what you asked” who is her visiter?!! Im so confused??

    • Livy says:

      I think her visitor was CeCe, cause of the visitors pass spencer found in the rocking horse at the sanitarium.

  6. luigi says:

    bel servizio da provare, complimenti per il blog ;) Continuo a seguirvi, aspetto con ansia nuovi aggiornamenti!!

  7. Sujaughta Walters says:

    pretty little liars is the most addictive teen soap EVER!!!!!!!! the drama is so fun and enduring. complication is my thing and i love emily so much. the girls are so beautiful and their sense of style is so unique and precious.

  8. Jj says:

    Hey guys cn ny1 pls tell me hu shot caleb at zat light house wen emily stabbed nate(london)? What emily did wiz z info she secretly send 2 her in shana’s costume shop? Who bought z costume 4 z hallowen costume train party?

  9. Jj says:

    Hey guys cn ny1 pls tell me hu shot caleb at zat light house wen emily stabbed nate(london)? What emily did wiz z info she secretly send 2 her in shana’s costume shop? Who bought z costume 4 z hallowen costume train party???

  10. Hannah says:

    what happened to Alison the night she was “murdered”? Who was buried in the grave?

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