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Mystery solved! Did 'Pretty Little Liars' reveal the right 'A'?

Season 6 | Episode 10 | “Game Over, Charles” | Aired Aug 11, 2015

The texts. The red coats. The lies. Six seasons of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars have led to this moment. The big reveal of “A” (the REAL identity of A!) would be shown once and for all to viewers. The mystery finally ends, closing a chapter to a story that filled not only the lives of Spencer, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Alison, but all of us viewers as well. It is a question that has haunted PLL fans for years!

NOTE: This article contains spoilers about Pretty Little Liars. If you haven’t caught up yet and don’t want to be spoiled, turn back now!

On Pretty Little Liars, what started with a text message to four friends soon became a web of lies that took over the town of Rosewood. Its mastermind, “A,” controlled a group of loyal followers and victims. In the end, A is revealed to be CeCe Drake, the best friend of Alison DiLaurentis. But in reality, CeCe was really Charles (now Charlotte) DiLaurentis, the transgender (and secret) sibling of Alison and Jason. But did the answer live up to the legacy?

We asked members of the EW Community for their thoughts after last week’s reveal. Did they like it? Hate it? Believe it’s still someone else? Let’s find out:

The mysterious

I went into the Pretty Little Liars finale with a totally open mind. I’ve been burned by the show before and I was on the verge of just giving up. I told myself, “One more episode. I will watch the finale and if it’s as disappointing as the past finales then I am done.” But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

I remember a past episode where CeCe was revealed to be the girl in the red coat—but, of course, that was never addressed again. I had a feeling she was somehow behind mostly everything. However, revealing her to be Charles was a nice surprise.

I went into this episode with a million questions about past storylines that had been dropped and never revisited again. And, for the most part, everything seemed to fit together—those questions were answered. Well, all except for the whole, “Why exactly did Alison fake her own death and yet when she came back, everyone just seemed to be okay with it?” question. (I’m not getting my hopes up for a resolution to that one.)

What was most satisfying about the reveal was the fact that it didn’t feel like A’s identity was something the writers just decided when they wrote this episode, which is common and annoying. (I’m looking at you, Gossip Girl.)

However, the only thing that did bother me about the episode is this: No one acknowledged the fact that Jason DiLaurentis has now unknowingly dated two of his sisters. TWO! If anyone deserves to go crazy because of A, it’s definitely him. Cara Cooper

Mona (Janel Parrish) listening on as CeCe (Vanessa Ray) reveals the truth

Marlene King promised this would be the summer of answers, but in reality, it was really the summer of questions. For example, did the moms ever get out of the basement? Where were the boyfriends in this episode? What happened after CeCe said, “Game over”? Is CeCe in jail or back in Radley? What about Mona? Why is Sara in a hospital and not in jail? Why wasn’t Wren “A”? Did Melissa play no role in A’s schemes? And if CeCe wasn’t in the woods the night Ali died, then whom did Jason see Melissa talking to? Lastly, why am I still watching this ridiculous show? Zakiya Jamal

Aria (Lucy Hale) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) hearing the truth from Mona (Janel Parrish)

I watched five seasons of Pretty Little Liars before calling it quits. I tried to quit before, but I kept getting pulled back in by jaw-dropping “A” reveals. Toby is A?! I was distraught. He’s gotta be a mole! Ezra is A?! THIS IS THE BEST. I AM HERE FOR IT. Charles is A?! WHAT THE … wait. Who is Charles? Have we ever met a Charles before? That was my breaking point. I was done.

I thought I would miss out on the drama and the craziness. What if one of the Liars was A and I missed it?! But I was liberated. When A was promised (again) to be revealed, and it was disappointing for viewers (again), my inner fangirl patted myself on the back for getting out before it was too late. (Okay, fine, I did read a few recaps.)

Part of me wonders whether going back and rewatching with Charles/Charlotte/CeCe/whatever in mind would make sense, but the Sam who watched six seasons of Gossip Girl knows that it won’t. Samantha Swank

CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray) in a flashback

Pretty Little Liars has kept me on a roller coaster of emotions for the last few years. Every time I believed that A would be revealed, the answer was easily explained or the suspect was cleared of suspicion. When Mona, Toby, and Ezra were shown as A, I was happy; the question was finally solved. And yet it would never be the real answer.

I originally read eight of the books before I started sticking solely to the TV series. I knew some tidbits, but I still didn’t expect the identity. The character of Charles completely came out of left field, and I was disappointed that I didn’t get the answer last season. However, I’m happy that CeCe is A.

The solution didn’t feel forced or like a ploy by the writers. It was to the point, and in a surprising, non-PLL fashion, it was simple. CeCe could be A, and she was always a possibility. I still believe that Wren or Ezra (he will ALWAYS be shady to me!) would have been a better A, but I can’t change the solution just because I hoped for something different. (Oh, Gossip Girl, if only!) Justin Carreiro

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8/7C on ABC Family.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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