Wow. What a mid-season finale! It’s not that there was a whole lot of drama, or a major cliffhanger (there was, but we’d seen it coming a mile off), or a load of big reveals… it was just good, in the way that The Lying Game so often is. Unlike it’s big ABC Family rival, Pretty Little Liars, it has always felt realistic. And this episode was no different. Lying Game has never been afraid to step back from the mystery and intrigue in favor of (relatively) down-to-earth teen drama. This episode pulled back a little from Emma and Sutton’s efforts to uncover Rebecca’s involvement in Teresa’s death to allow Emma to mourn the loss of Ethan. That felt natural. And that was great. Even though we’re pretty close to 100 per cent certain that the Etma split won’t last past the first episode back in the Fall, it was nice that that arc got a chance to breathe and wasn’t buried under the twin business.
Though if we’re talking realism, that’s the one aspect of the show that continues to rankle. Unless one of the twins was made of diamonds, it’s unlikely that anyone would kill to protect their secret. And that’s where we had problems with (Spoilers!) the fact that Thayer is the killer, even though we saw it coming weeks ago. There’s no clear motive for the murders. We know why he tried to frame Alec for Derek’s murder, but not why he killed Derek in the first place. We almost have too many options but, knowing The Lying Game, none of them will turn out to be true.
But, as always, this is something we can get past – the rest of the show is just too damn likeable for us to hold that against it. We love the new, nicer Sutton, and the new sisterly bond blossoming between her, Emma and Laurel. We love scary, grief-stricken Dan, and how Ethan gave up everything for him. We love that the show made us think (really think) for once by floating the idea in front of us that each and every person involved in the twin secret is responsible for Teresa’s death, because they are. We love that the kids are finally letting the adults in on the secret (contravening all the established norms of teen drama).
As we look forward to the Fall premiere, we wonder where the show can take us. With Alec dead (retroactive Spoilers!), will Rebecca turn Thayer over to the police or will she be a fugitive after the murder of Alec? Is Emma in danger? Will Jordan come back, or will he be stuck in prison (we hope not – we enjoyed having a little more eye-candy on the show)? Will Etma make it work, once and for all? So many questions. But, mostly, we’re just excited to see what’s going to happen now that Emma and Sutton have switched back, for good. Fall just can’t come fast enough. – B+K
“Please, Emma. Things with Kristin and me have gotten so ugly she might throw me out. She might… she might want you instead.”
“Sutton, come on. This is your family. It always was.”