Mark 10 Years of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ With These 7 Iconic Moments

Pretty Little Liars 10th Anniversary Iconic Moments
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It’s time for a trip down memory lane back to everyone’s favorite drama-filled town, Rosewood. Pretty Little Liars was jam-packed with jaw-dropping moments as Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Aria (Lucy Hale), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) uncovered the truth about the mysterious death of their friend, Alison (Sasha Pieterse).

Actually, as it turned out, Alison was never dead. That was just one of the shocking plot twists for the Liars over thee years.

As the show kept twisting and turning, it was bursting at the seams with new information. The identity of the Liars’ biggest enemy, ‘A’, kept changing, and people they once trusted betrayed them. Through it all, the four stuck together to defeat those who tried to make their lives miserable forever.

Keep reading for seven of the most surprising moments in PLL history.

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The First Text From "A"

After each received a text containing personal threats signed by “A,” the first message received by all four Liars at the same time was the most shocking. Not only did the four of them, along with viewers, believe these texts were sent from their supposedly dead friend Alison, but it was metaphorically established that whoever was blackmailing them was targeting them as a group. You can tell just from the look on their faces that they knew it was going to be a long road ahead.

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Jenna Isn't Blind

After setting a trap in the school restroom, the girls confirmed their suspicions that Jenna (Tammin Sursok) had been faking her blindness. Many previous incidents all of a sudden made more sense, and Jenna became a more likely suspect in the quest to identify “A.” This discovery set a different tone for the girls’ relationship with Jenna, and it made it much harder for them to trust her in the future. They discussed their options after busting her, but ultimately decided to hold off on a confrontation so they could try and find ways to use it against her.

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Mona is "A"

In the Season 2 finale, we found out that Mona (Janel Parrish), who was supposedly Hanna’s best friend, had been “A” since the first text. She admitted to feeling left out after the Liars formed their friend group long ago. They, after they grew distant, they reunited and left Mona out once again following Ali’s death. She felt the girls “stole” Hanna from her. Plus, the Liars used to bully Mona for being a bit strange before she befriended Hanna and spiced up her style and personality. As we all know, the reign of “A” didn’t end here. Mona was only the first of many.

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Toby is "A"

Well, he technically wasn’t “A” himself, but rather just a part of the “A team.” He basically served as Mona’s assistant all along, helping her with her blackmailing and hurtful plans against the Liars. Spencer was particularly bothered, as the two had been in a relationship and it seemed to be going well. However, Toby claimed to have only joined the “A Team” to protect her. His reveal put a dent in their relationship, but they did reconcile.

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Ali Is Alive

“Did you miss me?” After a treacherous journey battling “A” and believing that Alison was dead, the girls were finally face-to-face with their friend once again in one of the legendary Halloween episodes. They discovered Ali was “Red Coat” (which, just like “A,” was a name held by multiple different characters throughout the series), whom they had caught glimpses of previously. Without getting a chance to catch up, Ali disappeared, and they heard her story later on. As Alison’s death was half of the entire premise of the show, this moment takes the cake.

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The Dollhouse

This episode could give even those with the thickest of skin the creeps. After being arrested for playing a role in the “murder” of Mona, the Liars were put in a van and thought they were driving away to be separated from Ali. But, the van crashed, the girls were knocked out by a mysterious gas, and they woke up to realize they were in a life-size dollhouse created by “A.” They were placed in replicas of their own bedrooms, but outside of the windows and doors were concrete walls. They came across someone in Alison’s shirt and a mask of her face playing a piano, who was revealed to be Mona, alive. They desperately tried to hatch a plan to escape the nightmare. This was the episode in which they learned the name “Charles,” which became extremely important in the future.

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CeCe is "A"

This episode was so elaborate and so shocking, many fans decided to stop watching the show here. During prom, the girls discovered that Alison had been taken to a room, and upon finding out where she was, they watched “A” reveal themselves to be CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray). As it turned out, Alison’s older brother, Charles, had been sent to Radley after his troubled childhood and is a transgender woman, Charlotte, also known as CeCe. The explanation provided by CeCe was extremely intricate, but ultimately, a lot of questions were answered.