The A Game

As Pretty Lit­tle Liars ap­proaches the end, we’ve had it with “A”.

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When we were young and naïve, like the Pretty Lit­tle Liars (2010cur­rent), we were de­ter­mined to iden­tify “A”. Soon “A” was tor­ment­ing us too. Now we can’t look at AAA bat­ter­ies or a healthy re­port card with­out flinch­ing. We’ve been vic­timised by “A”, The A Team, The Red Coats, Uber “A”, Big “A”, Orig­i­nal Flavour “A”… and now “AD” is ask­ing the Liars to play a game. “How dare you!” we hiss, whip­ping out our detective hats for one last shot at iden­ti­fy­ing re­ally-real-we-swear-it-this-time “A”.

ORIG­I­NAL “A”

Psy­cho stalker Mona Van­der­wall (Janel Parrish) was iden­ti­fied as the Orig­i­nal “A” at the end of sea­son 2 (Novem­ber 2012). Her goal? Re­venge on the Liars for be­ing besties with her bully Ali­son DiLau­ren­tis (Sasha Pi­eterse). But Liar Spencer (Troian Bel­lis­ario) pushed her off a cliff dur­ing a fight in that episode and she was then locked up in Radley Sana­to­rium. Hooray for that one!

BIG “A”

CeCe Drake aka Charles DiLau­ren­tis, aka Char­lotte DiLau­ren­tis ( Vanessa Ray) was re­vealed as Big “A” in mid-sea­son 6 (2016). She took over the “A” Game by squeez­ing in­for­ma­tion about the Liars from Mona while they were both at Radley and she hired Sarah Harvey (Dre Davis) to wear cos­tumes and con­fuse the Liars. Cece shared the “A” iden­tity with her sis­ter Ali­son, whose orig­i­nal dis­ap­pear­ance kicked off the whole Liars drama. Her mur­der shortly af­ter her re­lease from Welby State asy­lum in episode 11 of sea­son 6 (in Jan­uary 2015) led to the rise of “AD”.

“AD”

Also known as Uber “A” to the Liars, “AD” has an axe to grind about Char­lotte’s death. “This per­son tar­gets the girls in a very dif­fer­ent way than the “As” be­fore. It’s much more per­sonal and much more vi­o­lat­ing,” hints Sasha. Se­ries ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mar­lene King gloats, “Uber ‘A’ is the smartest of the ‘As’, the most in­tense of all the ‘As’, the most driven to win the game of all the ‘As’.” Gosh, all those type-A ad­jec­tives re­mind us of a cer­tain Liar…

The Liars get a warn­ing and it’s not to be ig­nored.

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