Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer on Netflix (UK)

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Who doesn’t love a good binge watch? I know I do! And if you’re getting a break this summer, you’ll have lots of time on your hands to sit down and catch up on all you’ve been missing. Here are the top five TV shows I think you need to start watching.

These TV shows are in no particular order.

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Orange is the New Black

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The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her 30s living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security women’s federal prison in upstate New York. Piper had been convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money for her then-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler. – from Wikipedia

The infamous prison drama, based on Piper Kerman’s real-life experiences in Danbury Minimum Security Federal Prison, is back this June with its fifth season. With only thirteen episodes per season, it’s easy to catch up in time!

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Riverdale

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The show features an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics, with KJ Apa in the role of Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, his next door neighbor who also happens to be crushing on him, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, his new love interest that just strolled into town and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, his ex-best friend and the narrator of the show. The show also features Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, the lead singer of the Pussycats, and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, the twin sister of Jason Blossom, who is at the centre of the series’ mystery. – from Wikipedia

Another adaptation, this time based on the Archie comics. We see Archie and his friends come to live in Riverdale, a PLL-meets-OTH murder mystery, and will certainly fill the hole that Pretty Little Liars leaves in its wake when the show ends this June. Riverdale also has only thirteen episodes, and has just been renewed for season two!

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Stranger Things

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Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy by his friends, older brother and traumatized mother and the local police chief, amid supernatural events occurring around the town including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy’s friends in their own search. – from Wikipedia

Although Stranger Things isn’t based on a pre-existing idea, it certainly takes influence from Stephen King novels and movies like The Goonies. This show is another one with only a few episodes in its first season and has been renewed for a second coming this October.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmit

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The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski). – from Wikipedia

This show gets the award for most catchy theme tune ever. You’ll be singing it for days, guaranteed! Kimmy Schmit is written and produced by Tina Fey and has just released its third season. Each episode is only twenty minutes long, so it really doesn’t take very long to get through. The trouble is, if you binge-watch it, you’ll have to wait another year for season four!

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Orphan Black

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Starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are clones, the series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of one of her fellow clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Childs’ suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning, and its effect on issues of personal identity. – from Wikipedia

Another science fiction pick from me, Orphan Black is a master class in acting from Tatiana Maslany, as she takes over twenty identities, some only as pictures but characters none the less. It’s quite incredible and definitely up there on my recommendation list!

So that concludes my list which I hope you will find helpful! Have you got any recommendations for me this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Most Anticipated TV Series in 2017

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Since the arrival of subscription TV like Netflix and Amazon Prime, the popularity of TV has shot through the roof. There is quite literally something for everyone out there, and I can happily say my TV tastes have broadened since I subscribed. So here are the top five TV shows I’m looking forward to watching in 2017.

These TV shows are in no particular order.

Beyond

Launching 2nd January 2017 on Freeform

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Beyond is about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. – from IMDb

The main character is played by Burkely Duffield, who I know well from House of Anubis fame, and so when I saw his cheeky little face pop up on the trailer for Freeform’s new TV show, I knew I had to watch it. It looks right up my street!

Nicki

Launching Unknown on Freeform

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Nicki Minaj revealed on Instagram that the show is called “Nicki” and that Whoopi Golberg will have an appearance on the autobiographical comedy. – from IMDb

After this TV comedy was announced, I haven’t heard much about it since. There is no current release date, only that it’s in production with Freeform and is listed under their Upcoming Programming. It’s certainly something I’m interested in watching, as Nicki Minaj is an influential artist not only in pop culture but in the main stream media too.

Emerald City

Launching 6th January 2017 on NBC and Channel 5 (UK)

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A modern reimagining of the stories that led to ‘The Wizard of Oz’. – from IMDb

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I LOVE retellings, whether it be classic literature, biographies, fairy tales, fables, anything and everything! So when I heard about Emerald City, ages and ages ago, I was waiting with baited breath for it to be released. Now, the wait is over! And to top it all off, it’s being released in the UK via Channel 5!

Big Little Lies

Launching 19th February 2017 on HBO

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While Madeline and Celeste take new in town single mom Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big little lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. – from IMDb

I first heard about this because I love to keep an eye on Shailene Woodley’s releases and what she’s up to, and so when I heard about this TV series AND the all star cast she was working with, I knew I had to watch it!

Thirteen Reasons Why

Launching January – April 2017 (?) on Netflix (?)

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Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the best-selling series by Jay Asher, follows teenager Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush Hannah’s decision to end her own life. – from IMDb

Ever since I read the book back in 2014 there have been rumours that this novel was going to be made into something. I’ve heard rumours of a movie with Selena Gomez attached and, most consistently, a TV show, with and without Selena Gomez attached. Us fans of the book have waited and waited for a release date, a trailer, anything to wet our appetites and it’s only been in the last month that we’ve heard further rumours that this TV show will finally be released as a Netflix Original between January and April. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but I’m still holding out hope!

So that concludes the top five TV shows I’m looking forward to this year. Are you looking forward to them to? Or have I just led you to another labyrinth of binge watching for the New Year? (Sorry!) Let me know down in the comments!

Recap: The End of #PLL As We Know It

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Please be aware that there are spoilers for Pretty Little Liars in the post ahead.

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Ever since my last Pretty Little Liars post I have been constantly theorising, ready for the end of the show, which was confirmed to finish after its seventh season. From the first episode, titled Tick Tock Bitches, the PLL train steamed ahead with ten episodes before breaking after the mid-season finale, leaving a string of shocking cliffhangers in its wake.

The beginning of season seven begins with Uber A on the hunt for Charlotte’s murderer, despite Hanna having confessed to killing her and having been kidnapped as a result. Not only are the Liars trying to #SaveHanna, but they’re also trying to figure out who is behind the Uber A game. There has been so much confusion surrounding whom identifies as whom, as Uber A has since been disclosing their texts as AD. There had also been much talk of an Avenger, but this only seems to complicate the matters more. Ever since the Uber A story line was introduced in the second half of season six, everyone has become a suspect, but at the beginning of seasons seven, Alison DiLaurentis was looking particularly shady. Is Ali texting the Liars to avenge her sister’s murder, and believing her friends had something to do with it? Meanwhile everyone in Rosewood is pointing fingers and suspecting Alison as the killer instead. Or is it someone else entirely? Someone completely outside of the Liars’ circle.

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But it’s not too far into the episode that things start getting a little bit strange. Inside the shed, where Hanna had been kidnapped and locked up by Uber A, she is visited in her dream by Spencer who sings her to sleep with the same lullaby that pops up throughout the series Hush Little Baby. Of course, this began to raise suspicions as dream-Spencer was seen without her usual fringe, and that specific lullaby had been previously linked to Mona and Mary Drake, Alison’s aunt and Jessica’s twin sister, leading us to believe that perhaps one of them was posing as Spencer with the help of the masks that have been ever so popular this season.

Mary Drake has been another interesting character that has been introduced this season, but the trouble is, we can’t seem to figure out which side she’s on, and neither can she. First she tortures her niece Alison to insanity, then decides that Elliot Rollins, her co-conspirator and Ali’s husband, has gone too far and withdraws from the revenge plot. Then, after Elliot apparently screws her out of the Carissimi Inheritance that was promised to her, we can’t decide whether or not she’s telling the truth. It seems she’s around to help the Liars, but doesn’t let on how much she knows or what else she’s up to, except that she has recently bought the Lost Woods Resort, which has always been a place of much speculation since the beginning of season one.

As the episodes progress, and the Liars decide to rescue Alison from the clutches of her husband, but the plan to break Alison out of Welby goes dangerously awry. Elliot kidnaps his wife from the institute and drives her into the woods before her friends can get to her. Luckily, their car is followed by the Liars who are able to keep tabs on their whereabouts. When Ali makes a run for it, trying to escape her cruel husband, Hanna runs Elliot over and kills him, and rather than explain the rabbit hole of confusion and lies, the girls decide it’s best to cover up the murder and dig a grave for him in the woods.

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The girls are quite obviously falling back into old habits, and that’s not the only element that has resurfaced. Cue Mona, Queen of all things crazy and dangerous, come to save the day and help the Liars cover up their mistakes. Mona stops the Liars from getting themselves into trouble and helps them stage a narrative that shows Elliot had skipped town, once the news of his shady behaviour comes to light. Mona, time and again, has proved herself useful with her high intelligence and skills she used as the Original A, making sure the Liars stay out of trouble.

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She also found an unlikely accomplice in Caleb, who also has gone to great lengths to keep the girls safe, so when Caleb disappears and days later a sighting of “Elliot Rollins” has been reported, it’s hard not to conclude that he’s masquerading as the sketchy doctor to help fuel the girls’ cover up. There was even a scene that showed Caleb and Mona’s synchonicity, leading fans to wonder whether the two have been going undercover together longer than we thought.

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But it’s not only Mona who has come back from episodes past. One of the fans most loved characters, Jenna, arrives back in Rosewood with Noel Kahn in tow, and their arrival unearths more information about Elliot Rollins, who appears to have stolen the identity to protect who he really is – Archer Dunhill, his initials conveniently being AD, which is the latest pseudonym that Uber A has chosen. The Liars think they have it all figured out, as Jenna is still harbouring some venomous feelings towards the girls, until Jenna and Noel start making friends with the Liars’ long time fr-enemy Sara Harvey, and begin acting even more shady than usual. But when Sara Harvey turns up dead in that bathtub, and who had once been the girls number one suspect, it seems that everyone is running out of ideas as to who could be behind A Mask.

In the sixth episode, the ante was officially upped as the Liars uncovered the bombshell that Mary Drake had a second child whilst she was in Radley, which sent the PLL Army into free fall. To clarify, Mary Drake gave birth to Charles, who was adopted by Jessica and Kenneth DiLaurentis and transitioned when she was sixteen years old. Then Mary had a second child, also with an unknown father, and their identity was paramount to the Uber A story line. I had my own theories as to who the second child could be, and top of my list was always Spencer Hastings, who had a lot of similarities to Mary, and the fact that the DiLaurentis’ and the Hastings’ families had always been so entwined.

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Another character near the top of my list was Lucas Gottesman, who had been playing an important, and yet unseen role in the beginning part of the series. We never really knew too much about Lucas’s family, and he could have been a biological Drake, avenging the death of his birth sister Charlotte, which would give him motive to go after the Liars if he thought they were involved in her murder. Emily and Hanna were staying in Lucas’s apartment, which could easily have been bugged, as like Mona, Lucas managed to use his high intelligence to make millions of dollars. Hanna had even been driving Lucas’s car when she hit Elliot/Archer, and Lucas had also convinced her to go into business with him. Lucas has always been a passionate, if not, intense character with his ties to the A Team from way back in season one and two, and Marlene did confirm that the second half of season seven would come full circle.

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Hanna has also had a difficult season, and raised suspicions when theories of the second child started circulating. Could Hanna have been the second child? Maybe. Her likeness to Alison was very strong, coupled with the fact that Ali told Hanna the story about the evil twin, and her mother Ashley was then visited by the same little girl ghost on Halloween. Hanna’s father Tom had never been that interested in Hanna, and this season Hanna was even kidnapped by AD, so things were beginning to make sense – but it was all one big red herring to throw us off the trail.

The last person to have been accused of being AD and Mary’s second child was Noel Kahn, who had been shady from the moment we met him. Noel’s farther oversaw the adoption of the second child, leading the Liars to believe that it was the Kahn family who adopted the baby. Noel was even involved in the Dollhouse with Charlotte/Cece, after Emily and Spencer found a thumb drive with CCTV footage of the Dollhouse on it. Having said this, even after seven seasons, it’s still unknown as to what Noel Kahn’s role in the PLL End Game is, or what secrets Ali had on him, but at last in the tenth episode titled The DArkest Night, the second child was finally revealed.

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Spencer was confirmed to be Mary’s second child, and Charlotte/Cece’s sibling, seconds after Spencer was shot by Uber A/AD and Mary sung the Hush Little Baby lullaby to her, the same one that was sung to Hanna when she had been kidnapped. In my opinion, it was a little bit obvious that Spencer was Mary’s child, but that might only be because I spent A LOT of time theorising. As I said at the beginning of this post, the mid-season finale dropped a whole load of reveals including the fact that Alison was pregnant and Noel Kahn was killed… decapitated in fact…

So with what we know now, let’s look to the finale ten episodes of season seven, and examine how this crazy story could be tied up. I’m confident that the last ten episodes are going to begin with guns (literally) blazing.

One of my favourite theories so far, the calls back to the original That Night of season one, is that Alison was pregnant when she decided to fake her death and leave Rosewood, and that Beach Hottie was the father. I believe that Beach Hottie was Darren Wilden, which was why he was so interested and invested in her whereabouts, and makes sense why Cece then killed Wilden to stop him going after Alison. With the presence of Eliza, the little Amish girl, I think it should be considered that Eliza is Alison’s daughter, especially so because in the book series of Pretty Little Liars, Wilden’s character is Amish. This plot may have transferred over from the original source material, with Alison seeking shelter with Wilden’s estranged family to take care of the child. This would also tie in nicely as to why Alison was so fearful of seeing the Wilden mask when Elliot and Mary were driving her to insanity.

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I still truly believe that Melissa killed Charlotte for telling Wren about Bethany, but as to who could be Avenging Charlotte, at this point, is something I’m wondering about a lot. I think she also killed Sara Harvey, who was originalling trying to avenge Charlotte’s death. I believe Sara was close to revealing the murderer to the Liars, believing Spencer was in danger as she wasn’t Melissa’s biological sister. Obviously being family is a really strong motive, especially those trying to avenge Charlotte, hence why Mary and the second child (now Spencer) were really high up on the list. Another motive would be Charlotte’s love interest, hence why Elliot Rollins was a suspect, but now that he’s dead, someone else could be taking that role, but who? Wren? Charlotte and Wren have obviously been in contact for far longer than their recent phonecall, revealing Bethany’s killer. And why would Charlotte bother to tell on Melissa to Wren? Was it because she was jealous?

Another favourite theory of mine is that Alison DiLaurentis has been behind the A Game the whole time. From the moment she planned to leave Rosewood up until now, Ali might have been pulling the strings, maybe with Charlotte or not, but I think that would be pretty cool if Freeform can pull it off. Regardless, this coming April all of our questions will be answered and, hopefully, we will finally know everything! Do you have any theories that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!

Recap: Becoming a Pretty Little Liar

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My Pretty Little Liars journey began on the 15th August 2015 when I sat down to watch the Pilot and my life changed forever. Then I swiftly watched seasons one to five in a record-breaking five weeks. To say I was obsessed was an under statement.

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The mystery surrounding Alison DiLaurentis was what drew me in to the show. She had gone missing the night of the barn sleepover and the Liars spent a year wondering exactly what had happened to their best friend. Then, at the last moment, they found her body, and us and the Liars were posed with a new question: Who Killed Alison DiLaurentis? A missing person became a murder victim, and another mystery unraveled. This was when the now infamous A messages started arriving for all four of the Liars, threatening to spill their deepest and darkest secrets, secrets that only Alison knew. So was Ali really dead? Or was she messing with the girls like she had done throughout their whole friendship?

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The first two seasons were tightly packaged up in a neat bow. Both we well paced and the revelation that Mona was A not only reflected the books but also made sense in the way the show was constructed. But we still didn’t know anything about Alison’s death, or who had killed her. Then we got a taste of what was to come in season three, and things got a whole lot crazier. The season 2 finale parting scene depicted Mona sitting in her room at Radley, telling someone wearing a Red Coat that she had done “everything they asked her to.” Cue our minds being blown. But of course, if Mona was sitting in Radley, how come the girls were still receiving A messages?  The Red Coat character that had been introduced was a clear accomplice in the A Game and the ever-growing A team.

Original A: Mona Vanderwaal

Big A: Unknown

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Not only was season three crazier than the two seasons before it, but it also reached the next level in terms of drama and mystery. It began with the revelation that Alison’s body had been removed from her grave and gone missing, and it looked as though the Liars were being set up by A once more. But as we’ve established A is now a Team, and the biggest shock of the show so far revealed that Toby Cavanaugh was a member. So with Toby and Mona running all over Rosewood doing A’s bidding, we saw Paige and Garrett become the next two targets on A’s hit list. What I loved about the ending of season three was that Spencer went rogue, deciding she was taking it upon her shoulders to be a double agent with the A team and get the answers her and the Liars had been looking for.

Then the Thornhill Lodge fire happened, and everything we thought we know about the show turned on its head. Both Spencer and Toby decided to be double agents to try to find out the identity of Red Coat, the master behind the A Team, but when Shana decided to set the Lodge on fire, the plan turned to disarray leaving the girls trapped inside the burning building. It seemed only divine intervention could help them, as all the girls thought they were saved by Alison… but Alison couldn’t be alive? Could she?

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So as we came into season four, Mona and Toby were kicked off the A Team and the truth about Toby’s mother, Marion Cavanaugh, began to unravel. Did she kill herself? Or was there a more sinister end to her life? After Wilden had turned up dead, A tried to have Ashley Marin charged with his murder, and it seemed A had recruited some more minions on the path for revenge. A mysterious phone number led the girls to Ravenswood, to Mrs Grundwald who became the key to finding out about Alison’s disappearance. When the girls returned there in the annual Halloween special, they found out Ali was in fact alive, having been saved from the grave Jessica DiLaurentis had dug for her daughter by Grundwald. Ezra also was revealed to own the mysterious A-like lair in Ravenswood, and seemed as though he had been hiding his shady side all along, perhaps having deceived the girls into thinking he was an innocent (and slightly naive) teacher. Turns out he was just writing a true crime book on Alison. #disappointment

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The girls also had an exciting revelation regarding Sara Harvey, believing she was the body in the grave. It seemed the Liars were finally on track to finding out the truth about A, until Shana turned up. Was she A? Whose side was she on? Did she want to help Ali or hurt her? Regardless, Aria managed to take care of Shana by pushing her off the stage in New York, and when the girls finally thought the A Game was over, it only got more and more threatening.

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The next episodes after New York seemed to barrel roll in terms of drama. Ali returned to Rosewood, and soon after Mona ended up murdered at the hands of A, who tried to pin it all on Alison, as she tried to convince the jury she had been kidnapped by Cyrus the whole time she was away. All the girls ended up getting involved in the trial, and season five ended with the Liars being carted off to prison, only to be ‘saved’ by A, who took them to a different kind of prison. The Dollhouse.

The only positive aspect to being inside A’s new lair, was that the girls found out Mona was in fact alive, and masquerading as Alison to please A. The Liars thought they had it bad being stalked by A in Rosewood, now they were being tortured non-stop in a sick A game for weeks before they were found. The first half of season six revolved around the girls struggling with the after effects of the Dollhouse and finding out that the identity of A was none other than Ali’s brother, Charles DiLaurentis. Then we were promised in the episode ‘Game Over, Charles’ that the identity of Charles DiLaurentis, the A who had tortured the girls for three and a half season, would be revealed.

I. Marlene King even fashioned a pre-finale campaign, assuring us that the reveal would be fruitful, despite the same promises falling flat in the past. She assured us “It’s No Lie” which prompted fans to theories that Charles DiLaurentis was in fact Noel Kahn, wondering if Marlene was trying to tell us “It’s Noel”.

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So as the season six mid-season finale came around, we knew we were forty minutes away from finding out who Big A was. There were so many theories circulating around the internet with incredibly well thought out ideas as to who had been behind the years of torture, but I’ll include my theory I developed down below.

A/Charles DiLaurentis: Darren Wilden

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Wilden was the detective investigating Alison’s murder/disappearance, and I was convinced that he had faked his death with Red Coat at the end of season three. I thought Jessica DiLaurentis would have had her baby boy Charles/Darren at an early age and placed him for adoption. Then as Charles/Darren grew up, he became a Police Officer to get information/keep tabs on his mother and family. When Ali went missing, he thought the Liars might have something to do with it, and after Mona was revealed as the Original A, he teamed up with her to get information on the girls, and subsequently his half-sister Alison.

Red Coat/Black Widow: Cece Drake

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Cece had been a shady character from the start, and I believed she was both Red Coat and Black Widow, as both of them appeared throughout the show wearing an Alison mask. I thought Cece would help Darren/Charles fake his own death and that she would take the blame for it, before trying to pin it on Ashley Marin. At the funeral, I thought Cece would come as Black Widow as she was currently linked to the “murder” and did not want to be seen, and wanted to make sure the fake funeral went off without a hitch.

Obviously, the result was much, much different, as we saw Cece Drake revealed to be Big A, also known as Charlotte who had transitioned when she was sixteen. What I wanted from the mid-season finale was to be totally and utterly shocked, to the same extend I was when Toby was revealed to be on the A Team and when Ezra was shown to be the owner of the mysterious lair in Ravenswood. Instead, I already felt like I knew Cece was involved in the mystery somehow, and the fact that she was revealed to be A wasn’t surprising at all.

I felt very indifferent to her story that she told Alison in Radley. I felt sorry for her that she had grown up inside a mental institution and somewhat proud that she had decided to come out and be her true self, but that was where my feelings finished. I couldn’t get past the plot holes, the bad editing and filming, and the parts of the story that didn’t make sense. I was left wanting more, and as the next episode flashed forward to five years later, I still felt the longing for answers and closure that the mid-season finale hadn’t provided for me.

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Original A: Mona Vanderwaal

Big A: Cece Drake

Uber A/Big Bad: Unknown

Regardless, we were promised more answers, and as we saw the girls reunite after college, with a new Big Bad Uber A on the loose. Could the A game work for a third time after the disastrous Big A reveal? Then came the rumours of a #TwinonPLL that roared like rapid fire all over the internet. Suddenly, we were fueled with theories again. Who could possible have a twin? What did this mean for the rest of the series? Was the twin the new Big Bad Uber A? Cue us re-watching every past episode for twin clues.

So here was my original theory on the season six finale and the #TwinonPLL.

The Liars believed Sara Harvey was the one antagonising them but I thought in the finale she was going to turn up dead at the hand of Big Bad/Uber A. This would reveal to the Liars that someone else was going after them, not Sara. I believed Sara Harvey was antagonising the Liars with the Amoji threats, but she was trying to avenge the death of Charlotte, believing (initially) that one of the Liars/all of the Liars killed Charlotte out of revenge of her being A.

I believed Big Bad killed Sara as, after much digging, Sara almost uncovered the truth that Big Bad killed Charlotte. I predicted that Big Bad was Melissa Hastings, who killed Charlotte out of revenge/paranoia for knowing/revealing that Melissa buried Bethany Young alive.

In regards to the #TwinonPLL, I believed Sara and Bethany were twins, similar to the Sara Shepard’s book plot, and at some point, they switched places. This meant that “Bethany Young” who was a resident in Radley, was actually Sara Harvey, and the “Sara Harvey” we knew (and hated) was truly the ‘explosive’ Bethany who grew up with Charlotte in Radley. This gave her a further motive being The Avenger.

So ‘Bethany Young’ (who was actually Sara Harvey) tried to escape from Radley “that night” and used Charlotte’s clothing as she knew she had out privileges, but was hit over the head by Mona and buried alive by Melissa. So Sara Harvey (the real Sara Harvey) was the body buried in Alison’s grave, not Bethany Young, which tied in nicely to why there was a missing person’s campaign for Sara Harvey around the time Ali went missing.

(Side note: I think image we saw of Melissa talking to Cece wearing the yellow dress was actually Melissa talking to Ali AFTER she buried Bethany Young believing her to be Ali. She was probably quizzing her on how she got out of the grave!)

Which brings me back to Melissa. Charlotte and the Liars both knew that Melissa killed Bethany. Melissa being Big Bad ties in nicely with the Hastings Campaign.

  • Twins: Sara/Bethany.
  • Avenger: Sara Harvey.
  • Big Bad: Melissa Hastings.

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Obviously, the reveal went nothing like I’d planned. The late Jessica DiLaurentis was found to have had a twin sister named Mary Drake, who had a little boy named Charles whilst locked in Radley. Jessica and Kenneth had adopted the baby and raised him as their own. This meant that Cece and Jason weren’t brother and sister but first cousins, and that Ezra’s conclusion that Jessica DiLaurentis was A was half right as he could have been talking about Mary. Elliot Rollins was also revealed to be in on the act, marrying Alison to con her out of the inheritance left by Charlotte/Cece, who Rollis had been in love with before she died. This confirmed Elliot and Mary were the Avengers of Charlotte’s death. Did it also mean they were working together as Big Bad/Uber A Team, or is that title reserved for Charlotte’s killer? Who is AD who texted the group in the last moments of the episode? Has Alison DiLaurentis been behind it the whole time? Or is AD another Drake sibling we need to look out for? I guess we’ll have to wait until season seven.

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So what can we expect with the final season of Pretty Little Liars that starts this coming June? Well, here are a few questions I know that I want answered:

What did Ali do all the time she was away from Rosewood?

How much contact with Charlotte did Ali have whilst she was away? How much did Ali know about Cece and the A Game? For example, why were Ali and Cece both wearing Red Coats?

Why did Cece frame Ali for Mona’s (fake) death? If Cece wanted an Alison for her Dollhouse, she could have manipulated her friendship with Ali and kidnapped her?

What were Cece’s connections with Wren?

Who killed Jessica DiLaurentis?

How much does Mona know and who’s side is she really on?

How did Sara Harvey end up running with Cece?

Why did Lesli have so many fake glasses?

So considering that season seven is going “to be the end of the show as we know it”, what do I want to happen in the end?

Here’s what we know: Mary Drake and Elliot Rollins are avenging the death of Charlotte, as Mary is her biological mother and Elliot was her lover. They wanted the Carissimi Group Inheritance to go to the rightful heirs – themselves. Now that Alison has married Elliot and checked herself into rehab, he has full control of her assets.

I believe/hope that in the end Alison is playing all of them. I think underneath this “Changed Alison” is really the manipulative girl she used to be, and still is. Alternatively, I think my theory on Melissa Hastings still stands, that she is afraid of Charlotte who knew she buried Bethany Young alive, and killed Charlotte to keep her quiet. I believe Melissa killed Charlotte and staged her suicide, informed how by the article that Spencer wrote.

Let me know in the comments what questions you want answered in the seventh, and final season of Pretty Little Liars, and what you think of the show so far?

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Top 5 Shows to Watch on Netflix (UK)

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Despite the controversy of geo-pirate-gate, I’m going to be listening the top five TV shows on Netflix UK that I love watching. So regardless of where you live in the world, take note. Your next favourite show could be on this list.

These TV shows are in no particular order.

1

Bates Motel

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Bates Motel is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film “Psycho,” and gives a portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans discover the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is. – from IMDb

Bates Motel’s fourth season is currently airing in the US, and all three previous seasons are up on Netflix, so you can make sure you’re up to date for when the show is reported to finish at the end of it’s fifth series.

2

House of Anubis

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When one of their number disappears on the same day that an American girl joins their ranks, a group of English boarding school students embarks on solving a mystery. – from IMDb

Man, looking for an appropriate picture gave me all of the ~feels. I know this show is technically for kids, but so is Pokemon and we all watch that, right? A group of school kids board in a creepy old house with tonnes of Egyptian mythology and go on tonnes of adventures, whilst dealing with raging hormones? All three seasons of the show are on Netflix, and season two is by far the strongest.

3

The Tudors

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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII. – from IMDb

For history fans, the most (in my opinion) scandalous time in British history is adapted to screen. All four seasons of the show are on Netflix and chronicle all six of Henry’s wives. Particular highlights are Henry’s marriages to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, as both of these ladies were beheaded for their treasonous behaviour against the king.

4

Sherlock

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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. – from IMDb

I absolutely adore this intervention on Conan Doyle’s classic story, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are the perfect duo. Set in a modern day, England, Sherlock and John still go on adventures solving crimes. All three seasons are on Netflix, including the New Year special The Abominable Bride. Particularly great episodes are the pilot A Study in Pink and the Hound of the Baskervilles.

5

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

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After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting in order to find clues that can help her find her mother. – from IMDb

Despite the controversies when the pilot aired, Shadowhunters seems like great fun. Set in New York, this urban fantasy chronicles the underworld beneath the city, where Shadowhunters fight demons and protect the mortal world. Although I haven’t read the Mortal Instruments series, it’s definitely a book that sounds up my ally. Shadowhunters is contracted for thirteen episodes, and debuts weekly on Netflix.

Are any of these shows your favourite? Or is there a TV show you think I’ll love and have missed? Let me know down in the comments which TV shows are in your Top 5.

Book Adaptation List: TV Edition

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In light of Shadowhunters: The TV Show (based off of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and beginning with City of Bones) dropping this New Year, I’ve thought long and hard about what books I would love to see be adapted into TV shows. Why not movies? I hear you ask. Good question. Some books are just too complicated or too layered to be compacted into a film, and once you see my list, you’ll understand why.

These books are in no particular order.

1

The Heather Wells Mysteries

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Heather’s perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York’s top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather’s residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft. – from Goodreads.com

Can you imagine a comedy/drama/crime TV featuring a body positive message and exciting murder mysteries? Talk about breaking the mould, much. I can only imagine Jen Morrison in the role as Heather Wells the badass amateur sleuth and Ben Barnes her gorgeous love interest Cooper. Does it sound perfect? It does to me.

2

Nineteen Minutes

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Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens–until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes–or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show–destroying the closest of friendships and families. – from Goodreads.com

One of the things I loved the most about this book was it’s ensemble of characters, and how all of them played a vital role in the plot. Picoult crafted this book so well, with moral complexity, layers and much more, and I can definitely see it being adapted in the near future.

3

 Dorothy Must Die

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Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling. – from Goodreads.com

I would love nothing more than to see Danielle Paige’s new (but not improved) world of Oz come to life. Everyone loves the character of Dorothy, but now that it’s under her rule, I want everyone to see what she’s been up to whilst we’ve been away.

4

Paper Valentine

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The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls. – from Goodreads.com

For fans of Pretty Little Liars, I think this book would fill the void it our hearts once our precious PLL ends. *sob*

5

Fallen

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17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. – from Goodreads.com

Yes, I know Fallen is already in the works to be made into a movie, but City of Bones was a movie before it was part of the Shadowhunters TV Series. I think what really drew me into this book was Luce’s adventures at Sword and Cross, which I think would translate really well to TV. Who knows? Hopefully if the movie is successful they can make a TV off the back of it?

So this is the list (so far) of books I think would make good TV shows. What are yours? Let me know down in the comments if I’m missing out on any adaptation gems!