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29 August 2016 @ 10:27 pm
Pretty Little Liars  
It has been confirmed that Pretty Little Liars will be ending April of 2017.

On one hand I'm a bit relieved, the show has gone on far beyond its due date in my mind. I personally quit watching a couple episodes into the second half of the sixth season, mostly because I wasn't happy with the mid-season finale and because of a lot of wasted potential wasn't impressed with the plans for the five year jump.

However, this show was something I loved, and still love even though I'm no longer watching. I was obsessed with it, ever since the first season I followed each episode speculating and wondering and piecing together the clues of the main mystery. Yes, it was convoluted and contrived as all hell especially as the show continued on with adding more ridiculous twists and predictable reveals and misleads to remain interesting, and yes if we took out all the irrelevant subplots and pointless storylines that went nowhere the main plot would be three or four seasons worth instead of seven, and yeah the continuity never mattered in the end because of that. However, I didn't care. I lived for the suspense (because I gotta give credit where it's due, this show managed to do that extremely well) and the mystery, and most of all what mattered to me most were the characters, particularly the main girls, plus some fascinating supporting ones. It was one of the rare examples of teen-based shows that didn't have unnecessary fights between girls, instead focusing it on the strengths of their friendship with love and support of each other.

Pretty Little Liars may have had plenty of fault and flaws, many inconsistencies and plotholes and missed opportunities that still makes me bitterly roll my eyes, but for all its ridiculousness and failings it did have its strong points and those are the ones I want to focus on when it takes its final bow. It was far from perfect, but when I was watching this show I enjoyed it for what it was, entertainingly addictive with a story focusing on women characters.
 
 
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Moongirl: PLL Emily Looking Downmoongirl24 on August 30th, 2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'll be sad to see this show go, but I also feel that it's time. Unlike you I've never been obsessed with it, but I've always enjoyed it a lot and I've always looked forward to each new episode.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Emily.rogueslayer452 on August 30th, 2016 06:52 pm (UTC)
It was an entertaining show, and I liked what it was especially in the beginning, never knowing what they were going to do or how things were to be revealed. It's a shame it lost its steam a bit in the later seasons, but as a whole it was something I really enjoyed.
Abbey: TV:PLL- EMILY 2place_to_hide on August 30th, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think I'm ready for Pretty Little Liars to end.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on August 30th, 2016 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah. IMO, the show should have ended about a season or two ago, and I think most of the main actresses are kinda done with it as well.
Abbeyplace_to_hide on August 30th, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I think their probably ready to do other stuff. Like Shay has been doing some movies on the side like Mother's Day.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on August 30th, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
And I know that Troian has been doing her small indie films, and probably wants to delve deeper into that exploration after the show ends. Since I consider her the strongest actress of the cast, I'm really anticipating what else she has in store for future projects. In general though, I think all the girls have projects already lined up to pursue once the show ends, since some of it was already being established during the show. Like Lucy and Sasha with their music, Ashley and Troian doing movies, Shay having quite a social media presence including starting her own YouTube channel, etc.

Edited at 2016-08-30 09:37 pm (UTC)
Abbeyplace_to_hide on August 30th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I figured and already knew season 7 was going be their last because there were rumors.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Hanna.rogueslayer452 on August 30th, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
I heard a variety of rumors ranging from the seventh season being the last to plans of there being an eighth season with a possible telemovie attached. Of course I didn't believe anything until something was confirmed, but I wouldn't have put it past Marlene King to want to drag the show out as long as possible.
Abbeyplace_to_hide on August 30th, 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I feel like it's already been dragged out.
Chelsea: PLL → Keegan/Troiansictransits on August 31st, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
I feel the same. I'll be really sad when it's over, but I also feel like it's time. I don't want it to reach the point of it being a chore to watch each week and I feel like it was starting to get to that point for me.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on August 31st, 2016 01:26 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, it had become that for me, which is why I stopped watching. It was a mixture of disappointment and just not finding it enjoyable anymore due to the direction the show was taking.
M: PLL - All About the Liarsmfirefly10 on August 31st, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
I'm happy it's ending but I think it stuck around a few seasons longer than necessary. I haven't watched this season at all, but I managed to predict all the so-called "twists" in the mid-season finale. I'll watch the series finale to see where everyone ends up, but I'm not expecting much.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on August 31st, 2016 07:04 am (UTC)
It really did. I loved it don't get me wrong, but it honestly didn't need to go as long as it did because it's evident on how not cohesive the storytelling has become. There have been far too many twists and too much information being fed to the audience throughout the seasons, that even the show itself forgot most of it when it tried to revisit it through such reveals or whenever something suited the narrative at the moment. I swear, if you cut out all of the irrelevant storylines and fillers we would actually have a tighter continuity that made more sense than what it currently does.

Plus, while I loved the mysteries early on, they kept repeating the same patterns to the point where it became rather predictable. They could have gone into such fascinating directions and there were numerous windows of opportunity to take such risks, but nope.

I'll see how the series ends when it happens, whether by watching it or reading spoilers about it afterwards, but like you I'm keeping my expectations incredibly low.
Mariashyngi on August 31st, 2016 08:23 am (UTC)
I'm also very happy that they finally are eding this show (which they should have done season or two ago..). I'm currently watching the last season but the most of time it's just playing "on the background" while I do something else like playing candy crush or writing a post :D

But it's a shame how this show couldn't maintain the good plot till the end..
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Hanna.rogueslayer452 on August 31st, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
I feel like there was a lot potential there, but it needed better structure and execution, less fillers and pointless subplots and more story. Mostly, the plot became too convoluted as the show continued on that it was trying to come up as many twists/red-herrings/reveals as possible to remain interesting instead of naturally progressing, thus becoming predictable and even more ridiculous.

I was able to forgive it for the most part and just accepted it for what it was, but even I have limits to what I can withstand, y'know?
Mariashyngi on September 1st, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling. Sometimes it even goes to the point where the story gets so twisted in a bad way but you are still trying to make up some excuse in your head (JUST for yourself) not to hate the story/show and find something good in it.

I think nowadays it's popular to continue making the series as long as the ratings stay good. And it seems that the makers can't end the show. I don't know why is it.. money? or do the makers have too high expectations?

There are so many shows that this has happened to. Like Gossip Girl, OUAT and PLL for example.. I remember really enjoy to watch them and even for me it was really hard to let go when the story started going really bad.
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 10th, 2016 06:19 am (UTC)
And it seems that the makers can't end the show. I don't know why is it.. money? or do the makers have too high expectations?

Probably a combination of both, plus executive meddling from the networks is also a major factor. I'm not an expert on the matter, but I do know that there have been numerous of shows that have been screwed over due to networks interfering, which can result in a show ending prematurely or being pressured to going on longer than intended. Regardless, it never ends well.

Edited at 2016-09-10 06:20 am (UTC)
Naomi: PLL Allison season 6 by running wildfrelling_tralk on September 7th, 2016 04:43 pm (UTC)
I also feel like it's time for it to end, I did catch up with season 7A recently, but it's honestly lost most of its charm for me now that they've left high school. I wish they had just wrapped things up with the CeCe reveal, imperfect as it was
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2016 12:36 am (UTC)
The five year jump had potential in theory, but after the rushed mid-season finale that tried to wrap everything up with the "A" reveal, not to mention killing Charlotte off an episode later (yeah, real progressive there show, introducing the one and only transgender character only to kill her off without properly exploring her story /forever bitter), it just didn't really work. It felt too half-assed just to get it all out of the way, just from the inconsistencies and plot holes that many fans have pointed out. Never mind after the time jump they started messing with character relationships, which honestly pissed me off and I'm glad that I stopped watching before seeing that trainwreck happening.

So yeah, while I'm going to miss the show I'm not sad that it is ending. It's definitely time, a bit overdue for it to go, imho.
an idea is bulletproof: Pretty Little Liars - castelizalavelle on September 7th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
I've got the summer season of PLL to watch and I think I'll definitely finish it out. It's gone on longer than it should have but I think the strong points still hold out. It's a fun show to watch and while the cancellation isn't sad because it really is time, I'll still miss the show a bit when all is said and done.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, same. For all its messiness I really enjoyed the show for what it was, and I'll miss seeing these characters.