I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick, and Joseph Dougherty are at it again. Today it was announced that the executive producers of the hit Pretty Little Liars would be releasing a spin off series called Ravenswood. The series will be released in October right after the annual Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode. Details are the show are limited, but the story line revolves around a deadly curse that plagues a town called Ravenswood. The curse, fixing to return to its beloved town, brings together five strangers who are forced to dig into this town’s malignant history. If you can’t handle waiting for more information there are secrets hidden within the Pretty Little Liar’s Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and more. They also created a twitter account for this show () that you can follow, and I am sure as the premiere gets closer it will let out secrets of its own. This was not the only good news for Pretty Little Liars fans, it was also announced today that Pretty Little Liars is renewed for a fifth season. Although the fourth season will not premiere until June, fans are still raving for they are excited that the cult hit is nowhere near done.
I have never been disappointed in a Pretty Little Liars Finale, but I guess there is a first time for everything. For most fans, they were happy to learn that Toby joined the A-team to protect Spencer. This brought on a steamy sex scene in a random hotel room. Welcome back Spoby, you have been missed. On the low side the end of Aria and Ezra was brought to an end, many speculating that this will be for the final time. I am hoping this is not true, I am quite the fan of Ezria but I feel like the writers (I am looking at you Marlene King) twisted their story into one that is unsuitable for the show so they do not have to write for them anymore and can bring in more interest. The in between highlights, was the discovery of red coat which is none other than Alison. This revelation was a little underwhelming and not well played out to show that this was real and not a hallucination. Now to enter my complaints with this finale (besides the Ezria breakup and plot line this season). First and foremost, Mona apparently never knew who red coat was despite the finale in which she says “I did everything you asked”. Jenna returned and apparently she has something going on with Shawna (what happened to Jenna and Noel?) and they later meet up with Melissa who is overheard saying “all these bitches will be in the same place” before ending. My theory for this was them burning down the house with the girls inside, while framing Toby for the crime; this is what brought out Red Coat, she couldn’t let someone take down the liars if she didn’t have a hand in it. We don’t have any resolution with the situation between Caleb and his dad. We still haven’t learned the identity of the body; my money is on Jason but since it wasn’t revealed it might just be a stranded guy which brings up the point of where the hell is Jason? It also seems as if now the liars and Mona are now working together to defeat their greatest enemy. We still haven’t learned what happened that night with Emily and the graveyard. To top of these great mysteries, the finale ended with the liars and Mona finding Wilden’s car pulled from the lake with the video playing. Added on to the end is Jenna and Shawna picking him up and carrying him off, soon the liars make their way to the trunk and pop it open with a gasp leaving us not knowing what’s in their. As the credits role we get a longer glimpse of the ending of the Halloween episode with a hand poking out of a grave and another hand helping to pull it up. But the greatest revelation was that pretty eyes as marlene the waitress would say was in fact Toby. Overall this finale was devastatingly disappointing, although no point was a bore it left me with more questions and only answered one or two. The writers need to start answering more if they want to keep viewers, and find a way to get back to what made the show such a hit in the first place; forbidden love, dark secrets, self revelations, and four friends trying to find the answer to the event that changed everything.
Television has been a little bleak lately, except for the exception of “The Walking Dead”, but we are finally getting back around to one of my favorite times of the year: HBO Season. Up first is the lovely Game of Thrones (you have been off for way too long), and I am overly excited for it’s season premiere. We left off on such scandalous terms: Robb Stark was married, Tyrion is now on the outs with the Kingdom, Joffrey is betrothed to Renly’s widow but Sansa is still not free from his grasps, Bran is on the road after Theon Greyjoy went cray cray, Daenerys reunited with her dragons, and Jon Snow joined the wildlings. Of course the cliffhanger was the huge army of whitewalkers reassuring us that winter was coming. This season entails a lot if they decide to continue following certain paths of the book, and we will see the demise of many beloved characters (unfortunately). On the bright side we may also see the death of a truly hated character, so it balances out; I respect that. The previews so far have been tantalizing, one thing I am hoping for in particular is a showdown between Cersei and Tyrion and to see growth of Daenerys’s dragons. If you have not seen the trailer, here is the link: http://youtu.be/wBtkdje5OfY The song in the trailer is “Bones” by MS MR, and it is hauntingly beautiful (a recommended buy if you do not have it). Game of Thrones returns March 31 at 9/8 central on HBO. I hope you all are as excited for this season as I am. Also, Entertainment Weekly has the cast on their March 22nd issue, inside is some insight into season 3. If you need something to get you through these next two weeks (like I do), you should definitely pick up a copy.