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As we move deeper into Season 5 of Pretty Little Liars, it’s clear that this season, the lies and betrayals are bigger and more deadly than ever before. Of course, we know Rosewood is nothing more than a fictional town with the highest body count outside of Mystic Falls, Virginia. But when we look past the smoke and mirrors, there are a few things we can take away.

The Liars have undoubtedly taught us a lot about love, life, friendships, karma, and survival, so let’s take a look back on the most important life lessons we’ve learned so far.

1. Don't Date Your Teacher. Of course, this refers to our favorite couple, Ezria. Lets start out by saying that it's illegal for a reason and karma sucks. Not only was Aria lying to her friends, family, and sometimes herself, she recently found out that Ezra, the guy she has risked everything for, was using her to write a book about Alison. Yikes! We guess this is a somewhat unlikely situation, but really, just don’t get involved with your teachers in any other way than academically.


2. Burn Evidence. All Of It. Here is a prime example of why you should always burn evidence, rather than using some alternative way to discard of it. After Hanna’s mom, Ashley Marin, was involved in a hit-and-run with creepy Detective Wilden, Hanna took it upon herself to make his car and his police video disappear. With good intentions, Hanna and Aria pushed the car into Lake Rosewood. What’s done is done right? Eh, not so much. Of course, just a few episodes later, Wilden’s car is found parked outside of the church. Typical. All in all, the most important message that we can take from this is to ACTUALLY get rid of evidence.

3. Don't Underestimate Anyone. If there’s one recurring theme in this show, it’s that nothing is ever as it seems. Character after character after character has — you guessed it — lied. Seriously. It’s hard to keep track of them all! Some major ones: Aria’s relationship with Ezra, Spencer’s addiction, Emily’s sexuality, Ali faked her death, the Liars blew up Jenna’s garage for funsies, etc. Back in the Season 4 finale, we, along with the four other Liars, found out what really happened the night Ali was “murdered.” After finding Alison walking along the side of the road after “A” tried to kill her, Mona suggested that Alison should let “A” think she actually died and run away. The shocker: after Alison goes to sleep for the night, Mona retrieves to her secret lair, or “A” headquarters, a twist Ali certainly didn’t coming. Mona got rid of Alison and learned how to be popular — mission accomplished? Lets be honest, if someone can play Alison “like a fool,” she can play anyone like a fool. So just remember to be mindful of the fact that who you’re dealing with may not be the person you think they are.


4. Never Go Somewhere Alone. This one includes the lesson that if you hear a noise, run in the opposite direction. According to the PLLs, the correct thing to do when you are alone and hear a noise is move toward it. And if the many unfortunate events the Liars have encountered have proven anything, it is that their tactics of staying unharmed do not always work out for the best. Recently, Alison attempted to flee Rosewood again, and requested that she go home alone to pack some stuff and say goodbye to her dad, who ends up not being there at all. When she hears a noise, she starts walking through her house — in the dark, natch — and is attacked by “A” from behind. Luckily, Emily conveniently arrives at this very moment and chases off the assailant, nonetheless leaving bruises and marks all over Alison’s neck. If you don’t want to be brutally attacked, don’t walk toward the danger — and definitely don’t go into a dark room alone alone.  

5. Don't Open Texts From Strangers. We’re pretty sure this one doesn’t need too much of an explanation. IF YOU EVER RECEIVE A TEXT FROM “A,” OR ANY ANONYMOUS, THREATENING MESSAGE, DO NOT RESPOND AND GO TO DIRECTLY TO THE POLICE. Clearly, the Liars just can’t get this life lesson through their pretty little heads. Instead, they continue living in constant fear of the unknown.

What life lessons have you learned from Pretty Little Liars? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.