In recent interviews discussing the fourth season of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, executive producer and creator Marlene King dubbed this season, “the season of answers” and let’s just say she was NOT lying.
Within just the first 15 minutes of the Season 4 Premiere, fans learned the identity of the Queen of Hearts, who was in Wilden’s (Bryce Johnson) trunk, when Toby (Keegan Allen) joined the “A” Team and what Mona (Janel Parrish) didn’t do during her time tormenting the girls.
So let’s dive in, shall we…
Note: MAJOR spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the Season 4 Premiere of PLL, “’A’ is for A-l-i-v-e.”
This episode began right where Season 3 left off with our girls and Mona opening Wilden’s trunk to find… a dead pig. Ew. Some gross foreshadowing to let us know Wilden is dead. So after Mona removes the incriminating hard drive from his car’s computer, the girls speed away. And within moments, we’re getting answers to some of PLL’s biggest questions when the Liars play the third degree game with their nemesis. Some of the secrets Mona spilled include: She put his car in Hanna’s garage but didn’t take it out of the lake; Shana (Aeriel Miranda) knew Jenna (Tammin Sursok) before she came to Rosewood and both girls are afraid of Melissa (Torrey DeVitto); Lucas (Brendan Robinson) gave Emily (Shay Mitchell) that massage; she recruited Toby when he got the job in Buck’s county and she DIDN’T push Ian off the bell tower.
To show the Liars they are all in this together, Mona then takes them to her lair and it is revealed via video that there were two Queen of Hearts who tried to kill Aria (Lucy Hale) on the Halloween train. And they were… WILDEN and MELISSA. Of course, we didn’t actually see Melissa’s face as Mona’s computer began mysteriously deleting everything just before her mask came off.
Everyone’s favorite creepy dolls also made an appearance as “Alison” gave each of the girl’s mini-me’s a doll named after each Liar, to make us a just a bit freaked out.
Meanwhile, Hanna (Ashley Benson) followed the old adage, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” by hanging out with Mona again. The ex-BFFs go shopping – I mean, what else would they do? – and have awkward conversation in the kitchen. Then in an attempt to gain some of Hanna’s trust back, Mona hands over the hard drive with the evidence on Ms. Marin.
But could Mona really be teaming up with the Liars this season? I, for one, hope so. With Mona and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) working together along with the rest of the Liars, red coat should be revealed within no time. (I know that’s not likely, but seriously, they really are both “Hannibal Lecter” smart as Hanna said.)
“A’s” texts on the episode warn the girls of the evidence on them, which she hopes to reveal during Wilden’s funeral. They later find Hanna’s mom’s cell phone in his casket, just in time of course and get a glimpse at a mysterious black-veiled woman at the church.
“A” also spends some time blackmailing Toby with teases about the truth of what happened to his mom in order to get access to Mona’s RV lair.
Relationship drama was at the minimum in the premiere but there was some Ezria action. With the couple having officially ended in the Season 3 finale, Aria and Ezra (Ian Harding) have an awkward run-in at The Brew where he informs her of his new permanent teaching status at Rosewood. And in a trick that completely had me fooled, we were shown Ezra taken out of Rosewood high in handcuffs. Damn you, Marlene, I literally yelled an expletive at my TV screen during this scene.
This season is going to be fantastic.
Other noteable observations:
- Mrs. DiLaurentis is back in town and a wee bit creepy.
- Paige (Lindsay Shaw) wants to take Emily away to Stanford after they graduate.
- Jenna is worried about her safety, telling Em, “it seems to me like everyone that saw Ali the night she went missing is ending up dead.”
- There’s a new cop in town, who is attractive and seems to be on the Liars’ side. Whoever he is, I can’t imagine, he’s actually good.
OMG: There were so many reveals in the premiere but the moment that got me to gasp (repeatedly) was a trick. For a few moments there I really thought Ezra was going to jail.
Thank you, TV gods.: For a fantastic season opener!
Awk-ward: After shopping with Mona, things get really awkward for Hanna and her former BFF as they attempt to keep up small talk.
Hotness: Toby. That’s really all I need to say.
Fab-u-lous: As always the girls’ clothes were amazing in the season opener. My favorite of the night was Spencer’s colorblocked sweater and skirt. And to prettylittle-fashionista.tumblr.com, I found out both are Marc by Marc Jacobs and on sale too.
Can. Not. Wait.: To watch this season unfold! So many reveals and so many new questions!
Celebuzz (1-10): 10. PLL is back in full effect.
What did you think of the Season 4 Premiere, PLL fans? Were you satisfied with all the answers revealed? What’s your biggest question for this season? Sound off in the comments below!