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Pretty Little Liars season finale is a tease

Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), and Emily (Shay Mitchell) are three of the four "liars" whose lives have been consumed by their hunt for "A." (credit: Courtesy of JJ Duncan via Flickr) Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), and Emily (Shay Mitchell) are three of the four "liars" whose lives have been consumed by their hunt for "A." (credit: Courtesy of JJ Duncan via Flickr)

Warning: This article contains spoilers for season four of Pretty Little Liars.

Last Tuesday, ABC Family aired the finale for season four of their hit television show, Pretty Little Liars. For a show with a storyline that’s been moving slowly lately, the previews for the finale set huge expectations.

A number of the clips featured a scene with the show’s main characters brandishing a gun at the mysterious “A”, demanding this character to finally remove his or her mask and reveal “A”’s true identity. It gave the audience reason to believe that they might finally find out who “A” is, and what really happened to Ali (Sasha Pieterse). As usual, however, Ali’s “tell-all” revealed few of the answers that viewers were looking for. Though the show generated a lot of buzz, with supposedly a record-breaking number of tweets, it did not live up to expectations.

Nevertheless, viewers were given some answers in the episode; after all, it was called “A is for Answers.” To recap, the four main characters — Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Hanna (Ashley Benson), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) — met their old friend Ali, who they finally found out was alive at the end of the last season. They were also able to hold a full conversation with her, which was another first for the show.

We learned that someone hit Ali with a rock the night that everyone thought she was killed, and thereafter she was buried alive by none other than her own mother. Ali was then pulled out of the ground by creepy Mrs. Grunwald (Meg Foster) and was convinced by Mona (Janel Parrish) to leave town and fake her own death. Meanwhile, another girl was buried in Ali’s grave and falsely identified as Ali — a girl who was actually killed by Melissa (Torrey DeVitto), Spencer’s sister. It was somewhat unclear how that girl was killed, and why she was identified as Ali. Adding to the drama, though somewhat unnecessarily, “A” shot Ezra (CMU alumni Ian Harding).

The show’s writers continued the show’s habit of generating more questions for whatever answers were given. One question that the show will definitely focus on in the upcoming season, premiering June 10, is why Ali’s mother was willing to bury her daughter. Who tried to kill Ali, and why is the would-be killer’s identity important enough for Ali’s mother to keep silent?

As for Ezra, most people know or expect that he will still be alive in the next season, especially since there are a lot of questions that he needs to answer. According to an interview, Harding revealed that there would be a love triangle between Aria, Ali, and Ezra next season. I predict that it will end well for “Ezria” fans, but no one can know for sure.

Other questions include the role that each character has in this show. Obviously the main characters have a purpose, but was CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray) just placed on the show as a distraction or was she somehow involved? And what about Jason (Drew Van Acker), Wren (Julian Morris), and other random characters? It seems as though there were several storylines that started in the show, but then did not lead anywhere and had to come to a halt. It would be nice to see them attended to next season.

Despite the episode’s flaws, there were some positives as well, including the fashion seen on the show. While Pretty Little Liars is known for the fashionable outfits put together for each character by costume designer Mandi Line, sometimes the outfits can be hit-or-miss. This episode, however, did not disappoint, with the exception being Spencer’s weird sweater.

This episode began with the same scene in which the penultimate episode ended. It was difficult to really see what each character was wearing, but most noticeable were Aria’s colorful scarf, Hanna’s patterned leather jacket, Emily’s leather jacket, and Spencer’s cutout turtleneck sweater (even the name doesn’t sound appealing). A few scenes later, Ali’s white sequined top — another fashion standout from this episode — appeared when she went to the bar to meet Ezra.

The weirdest part of this episode — and the one that’ll probably lead to the most questions — is the scene where Ali’s mother is seen being buried in a grave while still alive. It’s obviously connected to the way Ali “died,” but still confusing, since Ali’s mother basically helped to kill Ali. Judging by the lack of answers given in this episode, we’ll only have to wait a few more hundred episodes before we finally find out who “A” is.