Warning: SPOILERS ahead!
Pretty Little Liars promised a fatal finale, and a fatal finale they had.
After a summer season that saw Sasha Pieterse's Ali return to Rosewood, ABC Family decided to kill off one of it's more prominent characters, and, in atypical style, actually showed us the body.
The episode started in flash-forward on Thanksgiving Day as Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Ezra (Ian Harding) stand outside a gruesome crime scene, but hint that there's no dead body to be found.
The most startling thing about the opening wasn't the promise of blood, but rather that Troian Bellisario's Spencer was not with the other liars, leading fans to question if the brains of the group had finally met her match.
After a stellar cold open, the remainder of the episode fell into typical PLL storytelling: Someone gets arrested for a crime they didn't commit — Spencer, a red herring comes back after missing a number of episodes just to throw suspicion — Lucas, and the liars come up with a plan to sneak into Radley — for the literal 83rd time.
But, what made the episode great was that Janel Parrish finally lived up to her lead role status as Mona! She had plenty of redemption scenes, a loving moment where we finally met a family member of hers, and she even got to join our girls as a temporary fifth liar as they broke into the mental institution.
Mona was the obvious pick as to who was going to die the entire time. So, when a blonde-haired, black-hoodied 'A' snuck into her room, it was a bit of shock that she actually was the one who was murdered this time around.
In the end, it was a great episode that shifted the suspicion back onto Ali, while also throwing Paige and Cece back into the mix as possible suspects, but we're super bummed that this is the last we'll see of Mona.
That is, unless she somehow survived and/or gets to finish out her star billing contract via flashbacks for the second half of the fifth season. As we've learned, both are very strong possibilities with this show.
And if you're already reeling from Mona's super sad demise, reconnect with the girls in our EXCLUSIVE video of them playing Two Truths & A Lie (below)!
P.S. If you don't think you can wait until October for the Halloween special, then make sure to CLICK HERE to check out our gallery featuring all your favorite liars before they were cast on the show!
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