The seventh and final season of Pretty Little Liars heads to DVD. How does it do in comparison to the other seasons? Lots of complicated material here.
In season six, the series leaped forward five years, when a shocking event brought the girls — now young women — together again, back in the town of Rosewood, to face a new threat. Now, in the seventh and final season of the most trend-setting series ever, the girls band together to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets and take down “Uber A” for good in the most surprising and romantic season yet.
The seventh season is an absolute beast, folks, but when hasn’t the show and its mysteries been complicated? This is one of the few shows I have ever reviewed where keeping up with the characters has been an actual chore. I don’t mean that as a slight because I’m thoroughly impressed with how the show’s creators and writers have kept up with the tangled web of mysteries and madness of all the characters involved. It’s crazy how complicated of a web this series has weaved over the years. Either that, or I’m getting too old to keep up with such shows. Regardless, Pretty Little Liars has reminded me that good writing and character development can make a show addictive and special. It reminds me a lot of the 80s series Dallas, ya know before TNT ruined the hell out of it, but slightly more complicated.
Anyway, let’s talk about the seventh season of PLL.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get tangled and twisted anymore than they have been the seventh season shows its hands on who A.D. is and what A.D. wants with the liars. Before it gets to the big reveal, the show has to take you through its twists and turns. It also does a great job of hiding the bad folks and revealing a hand no one could have suspected. It takes a lot of effort to hide information from smart minds these days (speaking about this generation).
The show starts with Hanna kidnapped by A.D., who is holding her hostage until the liars figure out who killed Charlotte. The first part of the season has the liars trying to uncover Charlotte’s killer in hopes that A.D. will be true to his/her word and let Hanna go. Eventually, Hanna escapes the grasp of A.D. and makes her way back to the group, though a bit damaged, and the mystery of Charlotte’s untimely demise continues.
The struggle to uncover anything about Charlotte is an underlying crux of the season, as is A.D.’s motivation to know the killer. In the meantime, the show starts to throw its viewers off a bit with other matters that crop up with the characters. As the season reaches the midway point familiar faces of the past start cropping up including an old friend of Emily’s named Paige. Emily ends up needing comfort from Paige in a few episodes and then Paige becomes a balancing act between Emily and Ali (who is fresh from an asylum and with a surprise to be revealed a few episodes later). The show was always brilliant for throwing in small side stories into the main story to distract and comfort the viewer, even to the point where there is conflict. It’s tough to keep up, but these smaller side stories are great ways to throw the viewer for a loop.
As the season continues and starts towards its finale, Spencer comes into play in the story and begins to explore her connection to Mary Drake, which will become a pivotal factor with how things are uncovered at the end. Just as Spencer starts to put pieces together, confront her own mother about lies she was told and watch as the other liars start to put their life back on track in a sense, A.D. comes back into the picture to screw it all up again. You can’t have a drama without the drama, right?
The chaos starts spiraling towards the end of the final season and a few things become quite clear. First and foremost, Spencer finds out about her connection with Mary Drake, which is shocking to say the least. The group also finds out about Charlotte’s murderer and how the murder went down. In the end, A.D. finally reveals hisself/herself to the group and all the broken pieces begin to come together, though the mystery is pushed not to be quite over just yet (teases).
There are far more details not in this review of the season, mainly because I don’t want to give too much away and/or muddle up the real plot points of season seven, but just know it is one of the more chaotic and revealing seasons of the series. It finally puts to rest a lot of mysteries with some characters and creates new ones that most viewers wouldn’t have guessed. In the end, it’s a helluva way to go out and it will certainly leave fans wanting more out of their PLL.
If you’re a fan of the series, you must own the seventh season of Pretty Little Liars. If you want to get into the series, then this is not the place to start, as it will be overwhelming and quite confusing. Go all the way back to the beginning or catch it on Netflix first. Regardless, get a nice flowchart ready to keep up with all the chaos that ensues. There’s a lot of characters and a lot of connections that almost all get tied up.
Beyond the tangles, twists and mysteries, you do get some solid special features. It’s quite enough to keep the experience going for fans and very impressive/respectful for the final season. Here is what you’re looking at:
– Inside the PLL Sheets
– The PLL Boy is Mine
– A PLL Proposal
– A Surprising Mary Drake
– Hot for Haleb
– Say I Do: A PLL Wedding
– The Final Send Off from Rosewood
– A.D.: The Ultimate Suspect
– Thank You to Fans
– Special Episode: Pretty Little Liars: A-List Wrap Party
– Deleted Scenes