Synopsis: Alison finally reveals all that has happened to her but, before she can return, she needs the PLLs to help her figure out who “A” is.
Review: Prior to watching this episode, I kind of figured the masked assailant wouldn’t remove his/her mask. After all, if we knew A’s identity, then what would be the point of a 5th season? This season finale, however, did give us a good idea about who isn’t trying to kill Alison (Sasha Pieterse).
Ezra (Ian Harding), for obvious reasons, is ruled out, though there is still a question about whether or not he’ll survive the gunshot wound. Since he knows the assailant’s identity, I’m guessing, if he does survive, he’ll start next season in a coma.
In addition to Ezra, we can rule out the PLLs themselves and, more importantly, anyone that was at the Rosewood Police Department. This eliminates the Hastings family, including Melissa (Torrey DeVitto). It also rules out Detective Holbrook (Sean Faris) and ruled out Jessica DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker) even before she was seen being buried at the very end. I’m also going to go out on a limb and eliminate one of my suspects, Ella Montgomery (Holly Marie Combs), just because I can’t see her being athletic enough to pull off that escape.
Along with some answers, I was glad to see this episode, in true “Pretty Little Liars” form, leaving us with plenty of questions heading into next season. For example, who is Jessica DiLaurentis trying to protect? My first instinct would be to say Jason (Drew Van Acker). But, I also can’t help but wonder if there’s another sibling we don’t know about yet.
I’m also curious to find out if the PLLs will be considered shooting suspects. After all, they were left holding the gun at the end of this episode with no evidence of another person even being there. Given their history with the police, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them start out next season behind bars.
Final Opinion: Like most, I was somewhat disappointed when that mask wasn’t removed. But, the episode did a good job of answering just enough questions to bring some closure to old storylines while, at the same time, creating new questions to keep things interesting. In other words, it was a pretty decent season finale.