The lead up to last night's "Pretty Little Liars" summer finale may have touted one major BetrAyal, but plenty of characters turned out to be something other than what we thought during the jaw-dropper of an episode.
The action began with a flash-forward. Sirens! Flashing lights! Hanna crying behind police tape! A shrouded body being wheeled into an ambulance! "The deceased was a friend of yours?" an officer asked visibly shaken Emily. Is one liar short a love interest?
Two days earlier, the girls decided they were going to have an intervention for Em. She needed to be convinced that Paige was A and that she was dangerous. Of course, this didn't sit well with Emily, who stormed out of the house and didn't show up for school the next day. But perhaps the girls had it all wrong about Paige, because as she was comforting Emily at home, she got a text from A telling her to be at the cemetery at 10 p.m. The liars got a text of their own shortly after saying to stand down and Emily would stay safe.
Russell Edgington suffered the true death (finally!), Sheriff Bellefleur became a daddy (four times over!), while Bill showed us his teeth (and not in a good way). In short, it was everything you'd expect from a "True Blood" season finale. Let's get to it.
The fae way
The episode picked up right where last week's penultimate left off, with Russell high on faerie blood and headed straight for the enchanted ones' lair. Despite hurling all of the light at him, the fae could not deter him, and it looked as though the villainous vamp would break through until Eric sneaked up behind him and staked him good, finally exacting the vengeance he'd so longed for. Sookie ran to make sure Jason was okay after being blasted, which left her momentarily vulnerable to Eric's "sister" Nora. In a nice throwback to an earlier episode, Nora asked what Sookie was, to which Eric replied, "She's a waitress." He then recruited Sookie for his Vampire Authority rescue mission, with Jason (who was seeing visions of his parents) in tow.
Vampire behavioral science and setup work for next week's season-ender were the name of the game in this week's episode of "True Blood," as most of the cast converges on Authority headquarters for the grand finale.
Bill's rapid evolution from sensitive gentleman to power-hungry Lilith freak is one of the weirdest things to happen this season... and apparently, we're not the only ones who think so. Jessica, newly arrived at Authority headquarters, is shocked to see how her maker has changed. Her pleas to return to Bon Temps to warn Sookie and Jason of the Russell threat fail to sway him, and when she tries a bluff that appeals to Bill's newfound faith (giving Jason Stackhouse the gift of fangs), he calls her out with sneering superiority and sends her out to make good on it.
Much like Ali before her, Maya continued to communicate from the grave during last night's episode of "Pretty Little Liars." As you'll recall, the girls finally hacked into Maya's website (MayaSpace, rather), but the dearly departed's poetry recitations didn't really aid their investigation too much. But the latest clue might! Hanna found a note on her porch from Maya to Emily, dated the night of the murder. It asked Emily to meet Maya...well, the where was a little smudged, so it remained a mystery. But not for long...
Hanna pulled a total "CSI," enlarging and printing the photos from MayaSpace, hoping to pick up details the liars had previously missed. And she did! Several of the selfies Maya took were in front of the Kahn cabin. What was she doing there? And in her pajamas!?
The liars decided to do a little reKAHNizance (get it!?), so they split up to snoop while Noel was at football practice. Spencer took the boys' locker room (we knew she was a smart girl!), and grabbed Noel's phone from his locker to search for any trace of Maya. She came up empty-handed but was caught red-handed when Noel walked in and saw her at his locker. Yet she somehow slipped out while Noel was distracted.
Eric's gone Sanguinista, Russell's gone rogue and Hoyt's gone for good (we think) after the latest episode of "True Blood." Here's what went down‒and who skipped town‒on last night's visit to Bon Temps.
The Wild Fortenberry
For once, "True Blood" appears to have lost a character to something other than supernatural homicide: Hoyt, fresh from his ordeal at the hate group pig farm, has made the sensible choice to leave Bon Temps for the Alaskan wilds. The only thing he needs is a little push in the direction of moving on, courtesy of a nice vampire-issue memory-wipe. Hoyt's request‒that he be glamoured into forgetting Jess, Jason and all the pain they've caused him‒is met with distress by all parties involved, but Jess relents and does it. And it's really, really sad, particularly when Jason meets Hoyt on his way out of town and sobs at how fully he's been forgotten by his beloved bro bestie. (Meanwhile, Hoyt landed in Alaska and was immediately mauled to death by the vampires from "30 Days of Night." Probably.)
The secrets just keep stacking up for our favorite former English professor, huh? Last week, we learned that Ezra's real surname is Fitzgerald and that his family is Rosewood's equivalent of the Rockefellers. But in "The Kahn Game," we not only met younger brother Wesley, but rode along as he spilled a major revelation to Ezra's lady love Aria.
Let's start at the beginning. Smarty pants Spencer was all kinds of out of sorts thanks to missing University of Pennsylvania's early admissions deadline. Enter shop girl CeCe who told her she just so happened to be invited to a party where high-school-friend-turned-admissions-counselor Steven would be in attendance. Spencer could just turn her application packet in to him...in between keg stands and rounds of Truth or Dare.
Terry's crisis of conscience, Bill's crisis of faith and Andy Bellefleur's crisis of confidence all came to a head in this week's minor-plotline-wrapping episode of "True Blood." Here's what happened in Bon Temps last night.
No, you can't
With Hoyt missing, the investigation into the Obamas—the anti-supe hate group, not the Presidential family—intensifies. The pieces are coming together: the Bon Temps cops discover the group's website, as well as the fact that they answer to a Dragon. (Cue Jason Stackhouse, wide-eyed and panicking: "Oh god, there are dragons now?!") And Sam and Luna (who's recovered nicely from her skinwalking experience) sniff around the crime scene and give Andy Bellefleur a lead: the scent of pig excrement.
Turns out that bag of bills stuffed into Ezra's sock drawer wasn't the only thing he was keeping from lady love Aria. Thanks to a visit from mummy dearest, we learned that Ezra's family is not hurting for money and that the aspiring writer's real surname is "Fitzgerald," shortened for pen name purposes. Apparently the former English professor has never heard of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
But Aria shouldn't feel too bad because Ezra was lying to his mother too. He told her that he and Aria only began dating after he left Rosewood High. And as awkward as meeting the parents can be, Mrs. Fitzgerald was mostly polite, inviting Aria and Ezra to the Osgood Museum Foundation benefit—an invitation Aria accepted on their behalf.
We're two thirds of the way through this season of "True Blood," which means that this week's visit to Bon Temps advanced a whole lot of percolating subplots. In this episode: Sookie took a backseat, Alcide took a beating, Lafayette took $300 for witch-work, and Eric took a look at his life and his choices.
Whatever Lilith wants, Lilith gets
The Authority's long, bloody tumble off the mainstreaming wagon continues, as the group's bloodsucking binge gets chased back to Headquarters by the approach of dawn. But every party needs a pooper, and since nothing kills a good blood-of-Lilith buzz like getting shamed by the ghost of your maker, Eric is starting to have second thoughts about what just went down. He frowns and glowers, but nobody cares. Sporting beards made of crusty blood, drunk on the prospect of vampire supremacy, the group discuss their next move — although some of those present seem a little confused about the difference between "divine inspiration" and "rampant self-interest," including the gentleman who declares, "Lilith wants me to eat a baby."
Spencer and Jason unwittingly helped clear Garrett of at least one murder charge last week when they uncovered Ali's blood-splattered anklet in an antique store. But if the DNA doesn't belong to the former cop, whose is it? Detective Wilden had one suspect on last night's "Pretty Little Liars" — namely Hanna, whose blood type matched the murderer's, but lab work would be needed to find out if it was a DNA match. Luckily, Hanna's mom was out of town and unable to accompany her daughter, which meant no test for now. That didn't make Hanna feel any better, though, because if we know anything about A, he/she is a master at planting evidence.
But just in case we (or the liars) forgot that fact, A sent a reminder in the form of a finger-pricking Ouija board planchette that Hanna had buried with Ali. "See how easy it is for me to get your blood," the accompanying note read.