pretty little liars season 3 premiere shay mitchell 'Pretty Little Liars' Season 3 premiere: The real 'A' plays with body parts“Pretty Little Liars” returned for Season 3 Tuesday night with a brief respite from the “A” shenanigans only to thrust our Liars back into quite the web.

The big twist of the week is that Mona was just “A’s” puppet – at least, that’s what we take from the end of the episode. “Mona played with dolls, I play with body parts” – A. Which says to us that someone more serious (probably Ali and Maya’s killer) is really pulling the strings.

This is an excellent turn of events, because the Mona as “A” thing never really set right with us. We’re glad the show acknowledged she could not have done all of that by herself. It’s also interesting that Ali’s body was stolen – to what end, do you suppose? Covering up evidence, since it was due to be exhumed?

The other thing that really stood out to us was that Ella and Byron are no longer together, and that Ella is giving Ezra a chance. That makes a lot of sense – they’re marriage was rocky way before the Ezra reveal. We also really buy that Ella is letting Aria do her thing, albeit with obvious reservations and motherly concern. And we buy that Byron is still so very Byron about it all.

Hanna wanting to see Mona (and in a way, help her and reach out to her, not just get answers, we don’t think) is a nice addition. Do you think Mona is hallucinating? Is that what we should take away from her seemingly seeing Ali sitting there in the red coat?

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • Interesting that Spencer and Toby aren’t having sex. Suppose that will happen Season 3? We’re kind of hoping for more Wren drama, honestly. We have always really enjoyed his chemistry with Spencer.
  • It was also nice to see Toby reconnect with Emily – their Season 1 relationship was a real highlight of the show.
  • We hope Lucas keeps being a mysterious wild card, after his boat incident last season at the lake house and his Black Swan thing at the dance. Cute, puppy dog Lucas is fun, but brooding, creepy Boo Radley Lucas is better.

What did you think of the Season 3 premiere, gang? We were a little underwhelmed, but it did nicely set up some stuff we’re excited to see play out.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."