You know a character is doomed when they finally find their way to redemption. After almost two years of tormenting Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily, Mona Vanderwaal really seems to be remorseful. She seems ready to make peace with them, or at least reach some level of mutual understanding. When the Liars realize that Ali isn’t on their side, Mona puts herself on the line to help them – even though she’s more scared of Alison than any of them. Even though there is nothing but danger ahead if Ali finds out she’s working with them. Mona is still willing to try and find some answers. And boy, does she find some answers or what?
After some serious sleuthing at Radley, Mona uncovers the secrets of Bethany Young – how she knew the DiLaurentis family, how she was related to Alison (literally!) and how she felt betrayed by Mrs. DiLaurentis. Mona thinks she’s found all she needs to prove that Alison is A – so of course, Mona has to die. There was no other outcome. Goodbye, Mona Vanderwaal. I will miss your perfectly adorable clothing and terrifying one-liners. I will not, however, miss your creepy-ass doll collection.
Several big pieces of information are uncovered in the Fatal Finale, namely that Bethany Young and Alison are half-sisters. We also learn that Alison – a legitimate sociopath – is forming an army of her own and has taken a polygraph test that sets up Spencer for Bethany’s murder. By the end of the hour, Spencer is in police custody and Mona is dead. The final moments of the show are chilling – Mona’s open-eyed, dead stare is scary, but not as scary as Alison’s cold, blank expression as chaos from the murder scene whirls around her. She looks, if anything, satisfied. It’s creepy as f*ck. But that doesn’t mean she’s a murderer, does it? I’m not sure. In fact, I have several lingering questions from the Pretty Little Liars finale:
1. How did Spencer and Mona sneak into Radley as nurses when both of them are former patients? Not one person recognized them? This is quite literally the worst institution in the history of the universe.
2. With Spencer locked up for Bethany Young’s murder, will Melissa come back and confess? Or will that only further implicate Spencer in the crime?
3. Is Mona really, really, really dead for real? I have to say yes, because that was one long shot on her lifeless body (and an excellent homage to Psycho as well). But…what if she isn’t?
4. But if she is…how depressing is it that her last words are, “Game over, Alison. I win.”?
5. Boy, Mrs. DiLaurentis sure was a player, huh? Two affairs on record, and both resulting in illegitimate children? Get it, gurl! It seems unlikely that Peter Hastings is also Bethany’s father, so who was her second lover? Did Alison know about her half-sister this whole time? Does this help to support the twin theory, since they seem to be about the same age?
6. Is Alison really A or is this another red herring?
7. Where was Tanner? Why wasn’t she involved in the lie detector test or Spencer’s arrest? Was Detective Holbrook working with Alison (and/or A) this entire time?
8. Finally, the obvious question: who killed Mona? I know we’re supposed to think it was Alison, but I don’t think it was. That hoodie-wearing body looked more solid than Alison’s (a male body, perhaps? Noel Kahn?) and the blonde hair was cut bluntly, like a wig. Alison’s hair is wavy and more naturally colored – this hair was more of a yellow-blonde (Cece Drake?). Was it one of Alison’s new “soldiers” or someone else entirely?
We won’t get any answers until the show comes back this winter…I think the Halloween special isn’t an episode this year, but a special Q&A with the cast. Instead, we’ll get a holiday special sometime around Christmas. How are we supposed to wait until then?