The Lying Game…

I want to preface this by saying that I have loved this show from the beginning and the ending of “East of Emma” is going to bring me back in Jauuary, but I would caution the writers: It is imperative that there is “closure” and then a new set of storylines.  PLL is now facing a huge problem with viewers who are tuning out because the mystery never ends.  Everything has to end.  Change is imperative. 

So, who are the prime suspects: Annie Hobbs, Derek Rogers, Alec Rybak, Clarice Boyle  and Emma Becker.

All had motive and opportunity.  Unfortunately, the show’s ending left us with nothing but questions.  So, this is what I think:

Leaving us wondering if Emma was in the back seat by having her show up to the party in a new dress and wet hair is a red herring.  It’s a rabbit trail.  Having her do harm to her sister is untrue to the character and puts the show into a hole it couldn’t escape.  Nothing Emma has done or said would ever justify such a twist.

The most likely person to be in the back seat was Clarice Boyle.  She was angry after the confrontation with “Sutton”, she was out income after the Foster Care ruling and it would be very realistic for someone to try and regain control of someone they had dominated for so long.  She is also an easy charater to nail to the wall without creating a huge stir for the series going forward.

On the flip side, the fugitive Annie Hobbs may also make a lot of sense.  She was confused, lied to and had already acted out when confronted with her daughter’s presence at the facility.  It also explains her racing off after seeing “Emma” at the party, because she knew she had to get back to the lake and undue the mistake she made.

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~ by jpaulnorton on October 20, 2011.

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