We love all of Pretty Little Liars’ constant thrills and surprises, but at the end of every episode, it always seems as though we have more questions than answers — and that was especially true this week.
To that end, we’ve tackled the biggest questions from this week’s episode in order to figure out what’s really going on in Rosewood, and to pick up on any and all clues.
Here are 10 questions from Season 4, Episode 19: “Shadow Play.”
1. Did Ezra steal Ali’s diary?
Does the fact that the diary was found in Ezra’s desk mean that he took it from the cabin? Or did someone else put it there? After all, we know that Ezra likes to write, which could suggest he’s the one who changed all the words in it. Come to think of it, this show kinda gives new meaning to the word “ghostwriter.”
2. Does Toby’s lighter mean that Ezra started the fire in Season 3?
Toby uses a cigarette lighter in the episode, as Aria finds him standing in front of them instead of Ezra. This reminds us of the last time that same type of lighter played a key role in an episode, when it was found near Toby at the time of the fire in the Season 3 finale. So does this week’s episode suggest that maybe Ezra is the one who started that fire?
3. Is Mona going to stop helping Ezra?
Mona’s quip to Ezra about the last carrot stick seems a little bit random at first. But we have a feeling that, by saying this, she’s trying to tell Ezra that she’s done helping him. Indeed, a promo from next week’s episode suggests that Mona will tell Ezra directly that she’s done working with him. Sometimes a carrot stick is not just a carrot stick.
4. Is Toby’s line about “pages” actually a clue about “Paige”?
To make Spencer snap out of the fantasy world, Toby tells her to “look at the pages.” Now, this might be a bit of stretch, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that “pages” sounds a lot like the name of a certain character on the show. Is this a sign that Paige isn’t to be trusted?
5. Is Aria’s dress hanging over the chair in the dressing room at the end?
Just before the end of the episode in the real world, we see Ezra and Aria kiss, and Aria is wearing a leopard-print dress. Then, in the final scene back in the black-and-white dressing room, we see what looks to be a leopard-print dress bunched up on a chair. We hate to fan the “Aria is ‘A’” flames, but this definitely seems to be a clue.
6. What is Mona carrying in the hallway?
Mona is busy little bee in this episode, as she’s also carrying a stack of files in the school hallway at the beginning of the episode. But what are those files for? Perhaps this is one of the things that she’s doing to help Ezra and is getting sick of doing?
7. What’s up with Ali’s secret life as a club performer?
Granted, it happened in the fantasy world, but the fact that Ali is working as a club performer has us intrigued. Maybe this has something to do with her “Vivian Darkbloom” identity — like, “Vivian” was her stage name? And we’re wondering if Ali is indeed setting the Liars up for something, as Spencer suggests in this scene.
8. Why are Aria and Paige discussing photography?
Another reason to raise our eyebrows about Paige: We see her discussing cameras with Aria. We know that “A” is of course a fan of photography, and so we’re wondering if Paige might be taking all those pics of the Liars. Or maybe Aria — who was taking photos by the cabin last week — is the mysterious photog.
9. Did we really see the Black Widow this week?
We’ve heard that Black Widow would be popping up in this week’s episode (so nice of her to stop by!). So who is it? Ali has always seemed like a safe bet to be this mysterious mourner. But maybe it could be someone like Paige, who is as suspicious as ever this week?
10. What is “Ambrose Pavilion”?
Any time we get a hint at what’s in Ali’s diary, we’re intrigued. This week, Spencer points out that “Ambrose Pavilion” has been changed to “Ambrose Pearson” in the diary. So what is going on in this mysterious pavilion? Clearly, it must be important enough that “A” felt the need to change it.