Final Thoughts From the Pretty Little Liars Episode "Wanted: Dead or Alive"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 7 episode that first aired August 2, 2016.

Synopsis: As evidence to the contrary begins to pile up, the PLLs begin to question whether or not Rollins (Huw Collins) is really dead. Emily (Shay Mitchell) confronts Jenna (Tammin Sursok) over her return to Rosewood and friendship with Sara Harvey (Dre Davis) while Aria (Lucy Hale) considers Ezra's (Ian Harding) marriage proposal.

Why Aria? Why?

Granted, I really wasn't all that surprised when she said yes to Ezra's proposal. Sure, the episode made an attempt to at least make it look like she wasn't sure. But, did anyone honestly not see this coming?

I'm just not a fan of this at all. I no longer think Ezra is the killer (though I am holding out hope I'm wrong about that). But, if they get married, it basically means the show's writers are perfectly OK with a teacher committing statutory rape of one of his students just as long as he marries her later. As a parent of two daughters, that endorsement just doesn't sit very well with me.

Were We Really Surprised Rollins Was Still in the Grave?

From the moment Hanna (Ashley Benson) received that call, it was pretty obvious the PLLs were being set up. And, I kind of figured it would eventually lead to them digging up the grave.

Of course, when Hanna and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) did just that, I also was expecting the police to show up at that very moment. I probably should have expected the new "A" to be filming the whole thing for blackmailing purposes later.

So, Who Do We Know With a British Accent?

Wren Kingston (Julian Morris) immediately comes to mind and, as someone who likely knew Charlotte (Vanessa Ray) from his Radley days, it wouldn't be too far fetched to believe he is somehow involved.

However, I'm going to go with a more obscure face from Spencer's past and, instead, watch for Wren's roommate, Colin (Oliver Kieran-Jones). This one is, admittedly, a long shot pick, especially since we only saw him in two episodes back in season 5. But, this series doesn't usually throw in a random character without giving him/her a larger purpose later on. And, he's just vague enough to be more than he seems.

Good Bye Sara

I'm still not fully sure what the point of having Sara was. But, to be honest, I'm also not overly surprised she was finally killed, likely by the same person who killed Charlotte.

As I suspected a couple weeks ago, her involvement with Jenna appears not to be what the PLLs originally thought. She seems to be after the same answers they are and, if they were smart, they would find a way to bury the hatchet and join forces with her.

Of course, Noel Kahn (Brant Daugherty) was noticeably absent from this episode. He was part of that threesome last week so I can't help but wonder where he was when everything was unfolding.

Final Opinion

This episode, unfortunately, proved to be very predictable, both from the PLLs actions involving the deceased Rollins and Aria's proposal answer. Even the "surprise" twist with Sara Harvey honestly wasn't all that unexpected. As a result, this episode wasn't as memorable as it had the potential to be.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 08/02/2016, StevenHelmer
 
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