Pretty Little Liars Review: These Boots Were Made for Stalking (Season 7 Episode 12)

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It looks like the blackmailing board game is getting ready to play hardball. Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 12 “These Books Were Made for Stalking” burns the Liars in more ways than one, but it also looks like that really trippy board game is just one piece to an extremely large puzzle.

Before we get into what Endgame did with this episode, let’s look at Jenna’s role. She’s back in Rosewood, spinning a story about being Noel Kahn’s victim, and her ominous presence has us on edge.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “These Boots Are Made For Stalking” – (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
ASHLEY BENSON, SASHA PIETERSE, TROIAN BELLISARIO

I keep remembering the scene where Jenna enters Ali’s funeral in the pilot, and the ominous clicking of her white cane through the school halls. It’s the same rhythm and presence that we hear in this episode, but in stereo when we meet her two friends.

Deducing what Jenna’s friends or “the bookends” have to do with the larger plot feels like a red herring. Themes from earlier seasons have been repeating in the five years forward plot, and as I watch Jenna and her “bookends,” I keep thinking about when Ali entered the Ice Ball in the Christmas special with the two twins in masks.

The twins in that scene seemed to only serve as a diversion for the Liars, and it feels like Jenna’s friends serve the same purpose.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “These Boots Are Made For Stalking” – (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
SHAY MITCHELL, TROIAN BELLISARIO

Still, we can’t discount Jenna’s role entirely. After seeing the A.D. tag at the end of Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 11 “PlAytime,” Jenna seems like another piece in the game. Of course, I’m sure we’re not going to have definitive answers until the end of the series.

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As a whole, I’m really tired of the ongoing trope that Jenna is A, or A.D, or is somehow involved. It isn’t so much that Jenna doesn’t have a reason to be A, the Liars constantly comment about her vindictiveness, but if it wasn’t her in Season 1, why would she start playing now?

We also have an answer to who’s next. Emily caves and decides to play Endgame to try to get herself out of a jam while butting heads with Rosewood High’s new mean girl Addison (Ava Allan).

Watching Emily as a high school swim coach is a great storyline, and it feels so perfect for her. I love her interaction with Addison, and I have to hand it to Ava Allan because her mannerisms perfectly mirror 16-year-old Allison from Season 1.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “These Boots Are Made For Stalking” –  (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
SASHA PIETERSE, SHAY MITCHELL

The yarn Addison spins about Emily hitting on her is too real and very similar to something that 16-year-old Ali might have pulled out of her hat. It’s spooky to see, and I am really hoping that we get to see more of her.

At the same time, I’m going to be disappointed if this little girl isn’t somehow involved with the A.D. team. Ava Allan plays conniving and spooky really well, and I think it would be interesting to see Ali, Emily, and Paige butt heads with her a little.

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Overall, I think this is a very strong episode that builds on the Liar’s past and has them moving towards a satisfying ending.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Who could have stolen Hanna’s dress design? The only people that knew about it were Claudia, Hanna, and possibly Mona (Mona mentions a rough sketch).
  • I am really over the Ezria romance. I like what they’re doing with Holden in the last few episodes ,and I hope it continues. Not everyone has to end up with their high school sweethearts, and while I was pulling for them, I don’t know that it’s going to work with Nicole being back.
  • Spencer trying to find out more about Mary Drake is a very intriguing storyline, but I really wish she didn’t push Veronica away. Spencer’s storyline also further solidifies my ongoing analysis that Pretty Little Liars is essentially a teenage Gothic novel for the 21st century.
  • Hanna being locked in the shoe repair locker was a terrifying sequence, but I appreciated how they took clips from Hanna’s previous abduction and let us see the flashbacks she was having. It makes the sequence really powerful and heartbreaking at the same time.

What did you think of this episode of Pretty Little Liars? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.

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Lauren Busser is a senior writer at Tell-Tale TV. Her work has also appeared on Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. She has also been a dog sitter, worked front end at a bakery, and helped out in a kindergarten classroom. She learned to knit when she was five-years-old and thus, can now complete sweaters at a superhuman speed. She’s currently nursing a novel she’s been making slow progress on for the last six years.

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