Ravenswood Premiere Recap: We’re Definitely Not in Rosewood Anymore
Ravenswood may be different than Pretty Little Liars when it comes to paranormal activity, but when it comes to shocking endings, you can tell these two shows have the same mastermind behind them — Marlene King. (We’re going to have to start sending Marlene our therapy bills!)
Caleb is in Ravenswood for less than 48 hours and he’s already getting himself into near-death situations! That must be a new record. The premiere of Ravenswood was a total thrill-ride from start to finish, from stone angels that somehow produce bloody tears to creepy — and angry! — ghosts and a potentially fatal car crash. Within the first 10 minutes, you may find yourself saying, “We’re definitely not in Rosewood anymore.”
After Hanna tells Caleb he needs to stay in Ravenswood to help their new friend Miranda (played by a delightfully charismatic Nicole Gale Anderson) meet up with her long lost uncle, the former hood rat hacker is true to his word. (Caleb is such a Stark.) But that’s not the only thing tying Caleb to this creepy little town. During their midnight romp around the graveyard, Miranda and Caleb find their names and faces on local gravestones — from the early 1900s. Do you have goosebumps yet?
Officially spooked, Caleb and Miranda head to her uncle Raymond’s (Steven Cabral) funeral home (because of course he owns a funeral parlor!) for answers. Unfortunately for them, Uncle Raymond isn’t so welcoming. But do you know who is? Mrs. Grunwald, who conveniently works with Raymond at the funeral home. Is it a coincidence that death tends to follow Gunwald around like a lost puppy?
Perhaps Caleb puts it best when he says, “There’s so much death. It’s like the town is soaked in it.” And that’s putting it lightly!
Grunwald tells Miranda that she’s worked at the funeral parlor for “a very long time.” However, there was a brief time she worked at a nearby college (where she met one Ali DiLaurentis and CeCe Drake), but she left because college girls “can be very unstructured.” Obviously, she meant “crazy.” Grunwald tries to convince Miranda that Raymond just needs time to come around to the idea of family, while Raymond tries to convince Caleb to take Miranda away from Ravenswood. It’s clear the adults in this town know something they’re not willing to share because when the dynamic duo heads back to the cemetery, the gravestones had been switched.
In search of answers, Caleb heads to the local paper to dig up Ravenswood’s tragic past. There, he meets Remy (Britne Oldford), a local girl and the publisher’s daughter. Think of Remy as an alt-rock version of PLL’s know-it-all Spencer Hastings. She’s smart and inquisitive. In fact, she seems to be the only one who’s capable of putting the pieces together. Unfortunately for Caleb. Remy’s dad isn’t as charming. He tells Caleb he’s not allowed in the paper’s “morgue,” where they keep the old editions. This seems like an obvious ploy to stop Caleb from snooping in the archives. Thankfully, Remy is willing to do some investigating. She informs Caleb all about the “different kind of normal” in Ravenswood.
Elsewhere in Ravenswood, the Matteson siblings, Luke (Brett Dier) and Olivia (Merritt Patterson), are dealing with their own tragedy. Their father was murdered, and the only suspect in the case is their mother. But this isn’t just another Ashley Marin case. Instead, their mom is public enemy number one. Not only do hooligans write “Black Widow” on their mom’s grave plot, but they also Carrie’d poor Olivia on homecoming night. And to make matters tragically worse Luke actually believes his mom did it!
The only thing for twisted than that is the curse looming over Caleb and Co. It turns out back in the early 1900s Caleb Rivers and Miranda Collins were two of five teens killed in a boating accident just days after a POW returned home to Ravenswood unscathed after a harrowing near-death experience. Similarly, Remy tells Miranda and Caleb how another Ravenswood vet returned home miraculously after an ambush. “A few days later, five Ravenswood teens were killed in a car accident. They were hit by a train.”
So why are Caleb and Miranda wrapped up in this curse now? It just so happens Remy’s mom is a soldier who recently returned home from Afghanistan after everyone in her unit was killed. She’s the only survivor. If you’ve been paying attention, this means five more teens are in danger.
Cut to the harrowing final scene in Remy’s car with our fab five. Shortly after picking up Olivia and Luke, who were walking home after Olivia was soaked in red paint during the homecoming parade, a figure appears in the middle of the road (think: little girl from The Ring), forcing Remy to swerve out of the way and into a lake. The episodes ends with their lives hanging in the balance. They have to survive… but who saves them?
Suddenly, “A” and his psycho stalking ways don’t look that bad.
What did you think of thatRavenswood twist? Will you be tuning in for more? Sound off in the comments!
Catch the next episode of Ravenswood on Tuesday, October 29 at 8 p.m. ET.
Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fan-girl for all things Pretty Little Liars. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!