Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists' Creator Talks That WTF Series Premiere Ending

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Warning! The following contains spoilers for the premiere of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Read at your own risk!

In a show where a murder mystery is the hook, how does one manage to surprise an audience? Well, if the show is Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, it reveals one of the characters, Mona, who's been talking to herself is actually addressing a room full of people who are watching live footage of things happening around the university's campus. It was a "wtf" moment that viewers most likely have questions about, and creator I. Marlene King says that answers are coming:

Well I can’t say much but over the first 10 episodes, we will found out just how much she knows about that room. Mona’s backstory was that she went into game design. And that’s where Claire Hotchkiss found her, and realized she had such a great algorithm that she was using in her game design, that could help find the best and the brightest recruits to bring to Beacon Heights.

Well, at least some answers are coming. Right now we're not sure what to make of Mona's pep talk with the people behind that mirror, and it's even a question as to how much she knows about this organization. Is she working for them, or is she the mastermind behind some plot that's entangled all these people in this mystery? Why exactly was she asking if she had some role behind Nolan's death?

Judging from I. Marlene King's comments, perhaps the algorithm she created has something to do with this. Her algorithm brought the best people to Beacon Heights, but did it have had an unintentional side effect in bringing together a group of people who end up doing something sinister? Or, maybe she did something that may have led to the rooftop incident and is merely asking the surveillance people if they can say her actions led to that happening.

While Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists' creator wasn't forthcoming with answers, she did reveal that Alison will figure out at least some of what Mona is up to eventually. She may even find that "safe place" which the people monitoring the footage told Mona to go to following Nolan's death. For those in need of a good mystery in the coming weeks of spring, it's looking like this will be one of the new shows to watch.

Especially with the existing rivalries between characters, and the new dynamics with the new ones. Claire Hotchkiss seems like a particularly interesting character to watch, especially now that her dear son Nolan is dead. For those questioning whether Nolan is really dead, I. Marlene King confirmed to Us Weekly that while Chris Mason will appear in later episodes, he will certainly remain dead in the present.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists airs on Freeform Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET, and things are just getting started. Stick with CinemaBlend for all entertainment related news, and for more on PLLTP, read up on how the show will juggle Alison and Mona's complex relationship throughout Season 1.

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