The “Pretty Little Liars” Halloween Special largely seemed to be set-up for the spin-off “Ravenswood,” which premiered directly after on October 22. But after all the secret passages, wind storms, disappearances, dripping blood, and creepy moments with flashlights, the ABC Family drama had one big reveal: whether or not Alison (Sasha Pieterse) was really alive.
The "PLL" episode, “Grave New World,” followed the girls as they tried tracking Ali through a Ravenswood graveyard party, through a secret passage, and into a seemingly haunted house. Along the way too, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) is traveling to town, and he meets Miranda (Nicole Gale Anderson), who is looking for her uncle -- which is all just set-up for the following show.
As creepy as the "Liars" episode was though, particularly with the rats and the pane of glass that nearly beheaded Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Aria (Lucy Hale), the final moment of the “PLL” special was what made this episode worth watching. After Spencer (Troian Bellisario) does battle with a masked figure thought to be A, she slices his hand and then gets knocked unconscious. Just a few moments later, she finally reunites with her friends, and due to a flat tire, they hitch a ride with Ezra (Ian Harding), who has conveniently showed up (and conveniently isn’t showing one of his hands).
They get back to Rosewood for the final surprise of the night. A red-cloaked figure is there, they run after her, and then she takes off her hood. She turns around and it’s Ali. Alison in the flesh. She’s alive. She’s real. But she’s still not safe, and she can't come home yet, even though she wants to. She tells Hanna (Ashley Benson) to remember what she said at the hospital (perhaps she's referring to the moment she said to Hanna that she told the truth to the wrong person at the wrong time), and then as a light shines through the woods, Ali escapes again, just in time to escape Ezra’s return. Conveniently once again he’s returning Aria’s phone to her.
But did this episode answer anything really? Ali being alive is definitely a reveal, but it’s one that’s been hinted at for some time. Grunewald also basically admitted it in the last “Pretty Little Liars” episode too.
What’s intriguing in all of this is not the set-up for “Ravenswood” -- leave that to the show itself -- but what Fitz is really up to. Is he the evil monster Grunewald and Ali want everyone to believe? Or is something else afoot?
“Pretty Little Liars” returns this January for the remainder of its fourth season.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013
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