Okay, this Season 6B “A” — can we call them “A”? — is getting to be a very strange mix of old and new. Old: Still texts, still knows way too much (and knows it way too fast) about the Liars, and still loves a good disguise. New: Has a disturbing penchant for off-brand emojis, texts back when the Liars respond, and has traded in the black hoodie and leather gloves outfit for some other garb (now we understand why they were searching “uniforms” at the end of last week).
Now that we’re getting deeper into the season — and I’m less distracted by the Liars’ new haircuts and new boyfriends, with one shocking exception — it’s interesting to see the ways the show is still the same, as if the writers are just filling out PLL-themed Mad Libs.
“Hanna did ______, and now Ashley Marin might go to jail.”
“The effects of ______ [insert lie] are spinning out of control.”
“Spencer goes after ______’s boyfriend.”
Pretty Little Liars is returning just as this season of NFL football is winding down, so Jimmy Fallon decided to celebrate by combining the two. New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara donned the wigs of Spencer and Alison, respectively, to reenact a scene from the show.
This show has always been dark — um, what’s the Rosewood death count again? — but this new season feels darker, in a way. Maybe it’s because the girls have more outside problems than just some faceless demon texting their phones, or maybe it’s just hard to watch them get pulled back into this sick town from the healthy lives they’ve been cultivating for the past five years. Or maybe it’s because Sara Harvey doesn’t seem to be going away, and that girl makes my skin crawl like no one else. She’s worse than Jenna, I swear.
Now that Pretty Little Liars has jumped five years forward, a lot of things have changed: Hanna’s engaged, Emily is hiding prescription drugs from her friends, and Radley is now a hotel … for starters.
If Pretty Little Liars’ season 6B premiere messed with your shipper feels, you better prepare yourself for what’s to come.
Well, they’re still pretty and they’re still lying… But the fab foursome aren’t so little anymore. This five-year time jump is like a PLL expansion pack: Now, with more cursing! Now, with more hangovers! Now, with bangs! Before we get this recap started, let’s just get our bearings and sort out some of the new from the old.
For Aria, Hanna, Emily, Spencer, and Ali, Rosewood will always be home … unfortunately. Let’s face it: The town is basically a giant death trap, filled with cyberbullies, questionable parents, and really awful cops. (Sorry, Toby.)
So heading into Pretty Little Liars season 6B, we know that the Liars are going to return to Rosewood following five years of being away. With that in mind, we asked Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Sasha Pieterse, Ashley Benson, and Shay Mitchell what they’d pack in a Rosewood Survival Kit. (Hint: NOT a phone charger.)
Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday with a five-year jump into the future, which will feature Aria, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Ali reuniting in Rosewood after having gone their separate ways following high school graduation.
Though Pretty Little Liars will have jumped five years into the future when the series returns, let’s make one thing clear: Charlotte is still around. As we saw in the first four minutes of the premiere, Charlotte is actually the reason the Liars return to Rosewood. Well, Ali is, but she’s asking the girls to return for Charlotte’s court hearing.
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