Part 3 of 3: A gAla To Die For
Gold leaf and embossed text? Man, the Hastings do not skimp on invites when it comes to their daughter’s recovery/SERIOUSLY SHE’S FINE soiree. Except, now we know it’s not a Hastings affair, but a delicious trap set by A!
Realizing Mona and A will be watching the girls get ready for the party, Emily, Hanna and Aria pull on their best threads. Two things I died out loud over: Emily’s figure in that gold Grecian dress and her up-do. I’d hate for Emily to cut her hair, but she looks drop dead in this scene. This is red carpet ready.
Aria’s look feels a little familiar — this Black Swan meets Bleak House style seems to be her go-to when it’s time to get fancied up. The lace bodice is beautiful, but I can’t say I’m wild about the fur collar. Been there and done that, you know? Though, it’s kind of cute this is her idea of the LBD.
Hanna is giving us a glimpse into her future as a Real Housewife of Dubai, and it is fierce. Periwinkle needs to be used more and the embellishments on the chest and waist put this dress two steps behind a drag queen pageant gown. Shout out to the "rented" Miu Mius! We’d all do awful things for those, right? Not just me?
Toby and Spencer wait at the lodge with Mona to pull off A’s plan, and it seems the afterglow has worn off. Of course, Toby is in the A uniform, but Spencer is divine in a copper and bronze gown with matching bolero. If you couldn’t tell, I have a thing for metallics and this look damn near knocked me to the ground. Girl needs to stomp it out to Bey’s new track “Bow Down” in this one.
With the Liars in on the double-cross, they change out of their gala gear (boo) and into some sneaky clothes that are best for sneaking because that’s what’s up. So glad Aria brought that knit hat. Totally necessary.
Now, there was a lot of back and forth between who’s really working for A and whatnot, so let me shorten it down: Mona tells Toby to wipe out Spencer, so he takes her outside and sends her after Red Coat while Mona and the Liars get trapped in the lodge which is quickly being consumed by a fire started by a someone wearing black gloves. Cool?
With all of this drama happening, Spencer is finding her way through the misty woods to catch a glimpse of Red Coat’s face. Naturally, her metallic outfit lent itself well to staying hidden.
You may wonder how Red Coat was getting to the lodge unseen and the answer is... they were flying. That’s right, Red Coat can fly a goddamned plane. In addition to being an expert hacker, master of disguise, adept thief and intimidating blackmailer with an unending fortune, she knows how to pilot her own mothereffing’ plane. I’m convinced Red Coat is actually Carmen Sandiego.
So who was under that red hood all this time? Do we finally know who Vivian Darkbloom truly is (besides a bad choice at aliases)? Well, hold onto your socks y’all because...
The girl who has an endless supply of mourners, memorials and statues dedicated to her is so totally alive and apparently learned how to FLY A GODDAMNED PLANE.
With Ali’s help, all the girls escape the fire, including Mona, and they head back to town with the fairly gut-wrenching truth that their dead friend ain’t dead. But that wasn’t enough of a cliffhanger for PLL. Oh hell no, they needed to dredge up Wilden’s police car and leave it in the centre of town.
Now, if danger follows you at every turn and you find a car you tried to bury has risen from the dead, would you look in the trunk? Doesn’t matter what you think because the Liars? They already done looked inside.
WHEW. That was a long one, but with so many wardrobe changes and plot twists, a season finale like that deserves some extra attention. They certainly know how to pack in the dramz in Rosewood. I wonder about Toby being left behind, and if Mona is going to join the Liars now that she’s on A’s shit list? Any guesses as to what's in the trunk!? My money is one some photo album or a Burn Book. I'm going to spend this break trying to figure out what these girls did to piss off Alison so much because seriously, how bad could it have been?! I'll also work on how I’m going to be able to wait until PLL comes back to my television because good lord, I’m fixin’ to know what’s gonna go down!