I had two friends who begged me not to write about the Pretty Little Liars Season 5 finale until today because they were going to spend all weekend catching up. They’re now caught up and I can now discuss.
If you clicked on this post and you’re still reading, then I’m sure you’ve already either watched or heard about the Pretty Little Liars season 5 finale, “Welcome to the Dollhouse”. So I’m not actually going to recap the full episode, because you already know. Instead, I’m going to word-vomit about my thoughts and maybe some theories.
Welcome To The Dollhouse – The Good
I have to say, this was a phenomenal episode. The creepy factor in this episode was at an absolute all time high and when Pretty Little Liars is creepy, then Pretty Little Liars is at its best. This was a complicated and intricate episode, and again, when Pretty Little Liars does complicated and intricate, then Pretty Little Liars is at its best.
I think Pretty Little Liars is good when I. Marlene King wants to make sure it is good. Does that make sense? She obviously put a lot, a lot of time into this episode and it showed! It was great! The problem is that I. Marlene King and her writing staff can’t give that kind of attention to every episode all season long and that is when the complex storyline of Pretty Little Liars falls apart and is at its worst. Logically, I understand this dilemma completely, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still frustrate me.
Let’s talk big moments from the season 5 finale. Mona isn’t dead. Shocker. But really.. was it? I remember thinking back when it happened that it was an awfully bold move for Pretty Little Liars to kill off Mona, right when Mona was becoming an ally to the Liars and right when we were finding out that Mona had a lot of information about A. So, bold move by I. Marlene King, right? So I immediately wasn’t sure about it and thought it might just be a plot device, which it turned out to be. The trial was because of Mona’s death and the trial ended up sending all of the girls to jail, and sending the girls to jail is how A was able to kidnap them, and A kidnapping them was how some of the parents and finally the police department finally found out about A. So, plot device, which I figured. I won’t pretend to have known that they’d see Ali in that Dollhouse and that Ali would actually be Mona, I was shocked by that too, and then I LOVED how she actually did know she was Mona and not Ali. I just wasn’t shocked that Mona was alive. I kind of figured, especially after Mike explained his “role” in everything leading up to her “death” a few episode prior.
Some of the other big moments I just mentioned above. Spencer’s parents, who speaking of, I dislike her dad so incredibly much and found it so incredibly annoying that he was in this episode at all, know about A. This is kind of big considering we’ve spent 5 season hiding it from the parents of Rosewood. Also, in a very surprising and kind of out of no where twist, Detective Tanner now knows about A (ish? I think?).
Welcome To The Dollhouse – The Bad
Let’s cut to the chase, and I hesitate to call this “bad” because I don’t necessarily think it is, but obviously fans are let down that the Big A Reveal turned out to be a name, Charles. I think it was bad marketing on ABC Family’s part, to be honest. They over promised and under delivered. I didn’t have my hopes up, so I wasn’t actually disappointed with the reveal.
Having said that, did I think that A would turn out to be someone we actually already knew? Yes. Mostly because they told us that we knew this character and had met this character before, but for the life of me, I can not remember ever meeting a Charles in the history of the series. So yes, that annoys me a smidge (over promise, under deliver). Was I as disappointed as everyone else about the Big A Reveal? No.
I don’t mind that it wasn’t an epic reveal, because honestly guys, Pretty Little Liars has already been signed on for 2 more seasons. There’s no way they could’ve given us everything we wanted in that season 5 finale episode and then have us stick around for TWO more seasons. One more, maybe, but two? There’s just no way they would still have enough story to tell. So I really don’t mind. I think the episode ended giving us just enough information to satisfy us, but spring boarding a new storyline.
Welcome To The Dollhouse – The Theories
I don’t want to get too caught up in my theories, because who really even knows what the heck I. Marlene King and crew are thinking. HOWEVER, let’s chat right quick. EVERYONE keeps saying that Charles is Jason’s twin. Now, I don’t necessarily disagree with that, but I do need to point out that it was never explicitly said. Yes, I think he’s definitely Jason and Ali’s brother, but Jason’s twin? Maybe or maybe not. Just keeping my options open.
I think the reveal that Charles is somehow related to Jason and Ali and possibly (assuming he IS Jason’s twin) Spencer, is interesting. I’m excited to hear the story behind this, because I have a lot of questions. On one hand, a lot of things fall into place knowing who he is, but a few other things don’t make sense. I’m curious to see if any or all of those loose ends get tied up.
Also, everything involving Andrew, I hated. What is even going on there? He’s been around and in the show for how long and NOW he’s being a super creep? What? Ugh.. Done with that storyline.
Welcome To The Dollhouse – Questions Moving Forward
So, uh.. Who exactly is Charles?
What is Detective Tanner going to do now that she knows Mona is alive?
Are Spencer’s parents going to tell the other parents?
Are all of the Rosewood parents going to start pretending they’re really involved in their kids’ lives?
So when does Ali get out of jail?
Why is Andrew being such a creep now?
Why does this Andrew storyline exist at all?!
What’s the deal with the prom thing?
How are the Liars + Mona getting out of the Dollhouse?
Who’s going to tell Ali and Jason that they have a sibling?
WHY IS CHARLES A PSYCHO?!
Finally, I hear that next season will feature a graduation.. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?! Do the Liars even go to class? Surely Ali won’t be graduating too, right? Why wasn’t my high school career so effortless?
Now, thoughts? comments? TALK TO ME. I love it.