Worse: "A" sent the Liars a threatening message implying something in Wilden's casket would be incriminating to them. The town gathered for his funeral, including the Liars, who noted a mysterious woman in a veil, and then sought out the casket. Spencer and Mona ended up finding it ... and in it, Ashley Marin's phone. Oh. No. They were also introduced to hottie Officer Holbrook, who claimed to be a "good guy." Hmmm. Maybe the new cops are well intentioned, but it turned out "A" recorded the Liars messing with Wilden's car, so either way the they might run amok of the law once again.
Meanwhile, Hanna decided the best approach to dealing with Mona was to bond. Or pretend to. Mona could tell what was up, so in a gesture of good faith she gave Hanna the hard drive with the video of Hanna's mom hitting Wilden. According to her, it was the only copy. Can we believe her? We want to, but come on ... It's Mona. We're loving her new, ambiguous relationship to the Liars. She's one of the best parts of the show at this point.
In romantic relationship news, Aria and Ezra have decided to see other people (ouch), Emily and Paige had an amazingly sweet scene in which Paige proposed they go to Stamford together and they declared love for each other, and Toby and Spencer seem to be doing well...
...But Toby is very distracted. "A" kept texting him about his mother, and in a flashback we saw that Ali visited his house one day while his mother was sleeping late/apparently sick. So, she knew something was up with his mom. Interesting. We can't wait to learn more.
Overall, this was a strong start to the episode. We appreciated the answers, though we thought they came a little too rapid fire, without time to sink in. We loved the creepy moments, especially the young girls with the Liar dolls (we have chills just thinking about it). Emily and Paige's moment melted our heart. And, overall, we're excited to what happens next.
That said, it didn't have as many gasp out loud moments as we would have expected or liked from a premiere. We give it 4/5 stars. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.