The Season 6 Mid Season Finale of Pretty Little Liars aired last night
SEASON 6 – EPISODE 10
“Game Over, Charles”
At the prom, Aria, Emiy, Hanna, Spencer and Sara Harvey meet Mona, who reveals to have been following Alison (Sasha Pieterse), all night in order to protect her. Mona manages to locate Alison’s phone at the Carissimi Group building, and the girls head to the company’s headquarters. At the Carissimi Group, Spencer manages to break into a restricted room with the help of Sara who remembers a specific date meaningful to Charles. While the girls enter the room, Sara suspiciously leaves them behind. They discover a hologram which monitors a live feed of the room that Alison has been taken to. As the girls witness Alison discovering Jason and Mr. DiLaurentis’s unconscious bodies, they realize she’s alone with A who is revealed to be CeCe Drake.
With everyone in the DiLaurentis family present, CeCe begins to tell them her story and motives for why she became ‘A’. She reveals to have been born as a boy named Charles DiLaurentis, and when she was 8 years old, she gave Alison a bath, but accidentally dropped her in the scalding hot water. Alison was saved by Kenneth, but as a consequence Charles was admitted to Radley. According to CeCe, as a child she asked her mother to buy her dresses but Kenneth despised his then son for being feminine, so he used the bathtub incident as an excuse to send him away. Despite feeling lonely while residing at Radley, Jessica paid a visit to Charles as often as she could, in an attempt to make him feel less alienated.
When Charles was 12 years old, Bethany Young pushed Toby’s mother Marion Cavanaugh off the roof of Radley, presumably to protect his femininity. However, Bethany blamed Charles for Marion’s homicide, which everyone believed due to the fact that he was wearing a dress at the time and didn’t want to be seen in it. Jessica paid off Darren Wilden (Bryce Johnson) to make sure Mrs. Cavanaugh’s death was ruled a suicide. Charles was then diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder (IED), though this was actually an accurate diagnose for Bethany. For the subsequent 2 years Charles was heavily medicated with tranquilizers, but was let out to attend his fake funeral. After the funeral at Aunt Carol’s, Jessica finally accepted Charles as her daughter and took her back to Radley, renamed Charlotte.
Charlotte dedicated herself to math as a way to escape reality, which made her attend classes at the University of Pennsylvania. She thought going to school would be fun but it was easy for her since she already knew what she was being taught. One day, she called in a bomb threat to cancel classes. She used the opportunity to go to Rosewood High for yearbook picture day where she met Jason, whom she began dating under the CeCe Drake alias in order to get closer to her family. Jessica didn’t know that CeCe Drake and Charlotte were the same person until the day the DiLaurentis were leaving for Cape May. Though initially angered at her children’s incestuous relationship, Jessica allows Charlotte to go on vacation with the rest of the family. In Cape May, Charlotte became close friends with Alison and even planned on telling her they were related. However, Bethany found out about Mrs. D’s affair with her father, thus ruining Charlotte’s opportunity to tell her sister the truth. On Labor Day Weekend, Bethany stole Charlotte’s clothes and snuck out of Radley to hurt Jessica at the DiLaurentis property. This lead to Charlotte accidentally hitting Alison in the head with a rock that night, believing her to be Bethany. Jessica then buried Alison out of panic and paid Wilden to take Charlotte back to Radley. Back at the Carissimi Group, Mona tearfully admits that she hit Bethany that night and mistook her for Alison, since they both had blonde hair and were wearing the same clothes.
The medical staff at Radley took away Charlotte’s out privileges but once Mona was admitted to Radley, she took advantage of her drugged up state and manipulated her into telling everything she had done as ‘A’. After Charlotte permanently got out of Radley, she moved in to Rosewood, where she purposely met the Liars, and began hating the girls due to their relief over Alison’s disappearance. Charlotte kept seeing a blonde girl in a red coat that resembled Alison, so she sent Sara Harvey to act as a decoy in the night of the Thornhill Lodge incident. Charlotte’s intentions were to lure Alison out of hiding, but things took a left turn when Shana showed up and set fire to the lodge. Nonetheless, the girls were rescued by Alison and Sara, therefore giving Charlotte the much needed confirmation that her sister was alive. She killed Wilden to protect Alison since he would’ve never allowed her to return to Rosewood, and sent Sara to his funeral dressed as the Black Widow to make sure he was deceased. Before Charlotte fled to New York, she snuck home to say goodbye to her mother, only to find her lifeless body laying in the DiLaurentis backyard. Following her mother’s passing, she saw the events in New York as the perfect opportunity to end the “A” game and begin a new life in Paris, but eventually came back due to her addiction to power.
Sara, dressed as Red Coat, sets a bomb to detonate inside of Radley as part of Charlotte’s final plan to kill her family along with herself. The Liars manage to stop her, as Spencer disables the bomb and Emily punches Sara for betraying her. Charlotte runs towards the roof and attempts to commit suicide. However, the Liars arrive just in time to prevent her from jumping and Charlotte instead declares the ending to her reign as A.
Three Months Later
On Labor Day weekend, we see the five Liars standing outside of Alison’s house with their cars all packed and ready to leave for college. The girls all hug each other goodbye, not realizing it would be so hard.
Five years later
At Rosewood High, Alison is working as a teacher. As she writes her name on the board she is interrupted by Aria, Hanna, Emily, and Spencer who rush into her classroom to inform her that an unknown male was coming after her.
*** Pretty Little Liars returns for the 5 Years Forward Special Episode on 24 November ***
*** Season 6B returns 12 January 2016 ***
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