The drama never ends in Rosewood. The “Pretty Little Liars” Season 5 winter premiere aired on ABC Family on Tuesday night, bringing viewers spiraling back into the deadly and dangerous mysteries that surround Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario).
The winter premiere, titled “Through a Glass, Darkly,” picked up three months after Mona (Janel Parrish) was declared murdered. Hanna and the rest of the girls were paying their respects at a funeral for their friend – however the casket was empty. The police still hadn’t found the body, and had no murder suspects. But just because the police were stumped, didn’t mean that nobody else had suspects. When Alison (Sasha Pieterse) showed up to see Mona’s mom, Mrs. Vanderwaal (Sydney Penny) slapped the teen across the face.
“Where is her body?!” she yelled at Alison.
Mona’s mom wasn’t the only one who suspected that Alison played a role in Mona’s death – the Liars also believed that their former friend was responsible. With Spencer still a murder suspect in the Bethany Young case, the Liars knew that they had to find a way to prove that Alison was not only responsible for Alison’s death – but also Bethany’s. Unfortunately they were placed on a bit of a deadline since Bethany Young’s parents were petitioning to have Spencer’s bail revoked.
Thanks to Toby’s (Keegan Allen) new gig as a police officer, he was able to check out Spencer’s file. Lt. Tanner (Roma Maffia) also gave him some important information – the incriminating piece of evidence against Spencer is a statement from a witness. That witness was Jessica DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker) … and Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) hid her statement two years ago.
Each girl had a different plan of attack. Hanna wanted to reach out to Mrs. Grunwald (Meg Foster) a psychic from Ravenswood that helped pull Alison from the ground the night she was buried alive. Hanna’s theory was that Mrs. Grunwald could lead her to Mona’s body. But Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) didn’t want Hanna getting involved with Mrs. Grunwald – especially after what he saw while in Ravenswood.
“You can’t mess around with that stuff,” he warned her. “Believe me.”
But does Hanna ever listen? Of course not! Hanna went behind Caleb’s back and called up Mrs. Grunwald. The psychic arrived in town and visited Mona’s empty grave with Hanna. It was there that a spirit stirred up to inform Mrs. Grunwald about Mona.
“Secrets carried into death are very toxic,” she informed Hanna, explaining that she was having a hard time seeing clearly. But a gust of wind brought some more details.
“Each one hated the other because each one feared the other,” Mrs. Grunwald continued of Alison and Mona’s relationship. “Because each one knew something about the other.”
While she didn’t elaborate on Alison and Mona’s connection, she did tell Hanna that Mona’s body wasn’t in Rosewood. “She’s in the dark,” she informed her. "She’s not having an easy passing … betrayal and loss.”
Elsewhere, Spencer’s idea was to tear apart Alison’s alibi for the night that Mona died. Alison’s dad claimed that she was home the entire night, but Spencer knew that he was lying. They couldn’t get Alison’s dad to sell his daughter out, so they turned to her brother, Jason (Drew Van Acker), to ask for help.
Jason knew that Emily and Spencer were up to something when they arrived at his house to search for a missing muffin pan. Spencer pleaded her case and begged him to tell the truth, however the girls left without a confession from him. But that didn’t mean they left empty handed. While Spencer talked to Jason, Emily stole Alison’s hairbrush. The new game plan? Plant some of Alison’s hair inside Mona’s house.
Spencer was hesitant at first, but Emily made a good argument – she was about to get charged for a murder she didn’t commit. That definitely helped change Spencer’s mind. The two girls broke into Mona’s home to plant the evidence, but they ended up finding something even better … a hidden camera.
Since they broke into Mona’s house, they couldn’t exactly tell her mom about the hidden camera. That left the task to Hanna. She planted the idea in Mrs. Vanderwaal’s mind that Mona was so afraid that she talked about setting up cameras. Mrs. Vanderwaal went to the cops and Lt. Tanner discovered the camera and the shocking footage from the day that Mona was murdered.
Although the cameras didn’t show the face of Mona’s murderer, the police were able to see the frame and long blonde hair of the culprit. They called in Jason, who admitted that the murderer looked like his sister.
The police had already found traces of Mona’s DNA in Alison’s car, and Jason’s confession that Alison didn't have an alibi for that night was all they needed to get an arrest warrant. As always, Alison was one step ahead. She knew that the police would be coming for her and set out to run away. Her plan backfired though. The Liars confronted Alison when she tried to sneak out through the back of the house. She begged them to let her pass, but there was no way they were going to let that happen. The police arrived and put Alison in handcuffs … but not before she gave the Liars a cryptic message.
“'A' set me up,” she warned her ex-friends. “You’re letting ‘A’ win. Who will protect you when I’m gone? If you do this you’ll all be next … Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
The Liars didn’t believe Alison until she was locked up and fireworks formed the letter “A” in the sky.
The winter premiere of “Pretty Little Liars” concluded with Alison in prison, Mona’s laptop stolen and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) leaving Rosewood for good. Lt. Tanner visited Spencer after arresting Alison to inform her that she was cleared of all charges in the Bethany Young murder case.