Popular media doesn’t usually do a very good job at depicting eating disorders and the effects of them. Pretty Little Liars was no different in Season 1 when it attempted to delve into Hanna Marin and her journey as “Hefty Hanna.”
It’s crucial to note that while, at least, Pretty Little Liars attempted to tackle depicting an eating disorder, especially one aside from anorexia which is usually the only disorder ever mentioned, the incredibly botched attempt did more harm than good. Hanna Marin and her eating disorder got about half an episode of focus, and then it was dropped; the writers didn’t even do well diving into the type of “friend” Alison was for what she encouraged Hanna to do, and then they just tried to wrap it all in a tiny bow.
For a “season of answers,” we sure aren’t getting any. What was the point of bringing back not one, but two irrelevant characters? Sydney and Pastor Ted? Why not focus on the characters that we’ve actually followed for seasons that should be tying into the mystery, instead of making characters with two minutes of on-screen time the answers to the questions we’ve been asking since long before they were introduced?
On Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 14, “Power Play,” Aria is given an interesting offer by A.D. as she attempts to run from whatever Jessica’s file held about her (which, let’s point out, held information from before Jessica’s death in Season 4, so whatever Aria did was in the early days of the series). Elsewhere, we finally find out the identity of Charlotte’s father.
What ever happened to the “season of answers”? So far this season, we’ve just been left with more questions, and now time is winding down and the time to find out answers from seven seasons worth of mysteries is almost non-existent. All we’ve found out is Spencer (more than likely) wasn’t shot by Jenna, which isn’t an answer, and that Mary is missing. These are just more questions. We want answers.
On Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 13, “Hold Your Piece,” it’s Hanna’s turn to play the game, and it doesn’t go quite how any of the girls would’ve wanted it to. Meanwhile, Aria and Emily hunted down another red herring in the quest to discover A.D.’s identity. Isn’t it time that we get some actual answers?
Jenna Marshall’s unbecoming return to Rosewood on Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 12 twisted up the Liars, as each one of them dealt with their own Jenna-related demons. Except Aria, whose biggest problem is Ezra being in love with and possibly engaged with another woman.
On Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 12, “These Boots Were Made for Stalking,” each girl was thrown for a loop when Jenna came back to town claiming to be a “VICTIM!!” as Spencer put it. Was her story believable? Not really, but in Rosewood, they don’t care about the truth.
It’s been a long time since Pretty Little Liars was this good. The disappointing mid-season finale left us watching Spencer bleed out on the floor of an abandoned house, while her life was turned upside down by a revelation from Mary Drake: Mary is her mother, not Veronica. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also doesn’t even know who shot her anymore as Jenna’s gun wasn’t a match to her bullet wound. Can’t this girl catch a break?
On Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 11, “Playtime,” A.D.’s final game was unleashed on the liars as their lives became thrust in an aggressive version of killer Monopoly. It’s kind of ridiculous, but you know, it just seems like a perfect ending for the series that has thrived on ridiculously unrealistic stories.
After the killer Pretty Little Liars mid-season finale, the girls are finally returning on April 18th for their final ten episodes. The most dramatic cliffhanger, Spencer being shot, has partially been overshadowed by the reveal that Mary Drake is her mother, mostly because we know that Spencer will survive her gunshot wound.
Pretty Little Liars Season 7 returns soon, and we’re still reeling from the last episode. It’s been months; we’ve waited months to see how this story will end, and now the conclusion begins.
Though the final 10 episodes of the series have yet to air until April, production on Pretty Little Liars has wrapped forever. The series has been ongoing since 2010 giving us twists, shocking deaths and reveals, and even gaping holes in the plot that we’re annoyed with, yet we never stop watching. Rosewood has become a home to all of us, and Shay Mitchell points that out, too.
As someone who’s watched Pretty Little Liars since the first episode premiered, the fact that the girls have stopped shooting and there won’t be another season to look forward to is heartbreaking.
Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family/Freeform’s biggest hit and longest running series, has had its fair share of episodes and seasons, though some didn’t match up to the others, and some were so outstanding it’s shocking that they were aired by this network. As of August 30th, 2016, 150 episodes have aired. As we gear up for the final 10 episodes in April 2017, let’s look back on the series’ best episodes.
Pretty Little Liars Season 7 may not have the same flare as the earlier seasons, but the show has continued the hunt for A for six years, and we’ve received some fairly amazing hours of television from I. Marlene King and the rest of the PLL crew.
From Mona’s reveal to Charlotte’s reveal, somehow these girls survived and lived to tell the tale – Spencer, especially – but our favorite part is that the writers never ignored the consequences. Having someone stalking you and tormenting you takes a toll, it’s not all sunshine and high heels.
All of these girls have been pushed to their limits, been forced outside of their comfort zones with almost everyone in their lives, and been forced to start telling the truth even when it hurt those they loved the most. It was beyond twisted what these stalkers has done to each of them, but in a way, was it really them trying to help the girls?
Here are our Top 14 favorite episodes in reverse order!
On Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 9, “The Wrath of Kahn,” Hanna goes rogue as she attempts to take down Noel Kahn, who she presumes is their new stalker. Elsewhere, Spencer, Emily, and Aria try to uncover where she went as they, too, dig into Noel Kahn and his past.
Hanna: Now you have another cousin who wants to kill us.
Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 7, “Original G’A’ngsters,” finds the girls starting to cope with their secretive murder, although they may just be at peace now that Sara Harvey died in the shower.