Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists episode 2: Nolan’s murder aftermath

PerfectionistsFollowing tonight’s premiere, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists episode 2 will kick off the latest mystery. It wouldn’t be Pretty Little Liars without murder, right? Well, that was clearly the producers’ philosophy entering the premiere: Giving you a story chock full of complicated relationships (including some fake ones), and then tossing everything in the air like a salad in the closing minutes.

Nolan is the new Alison DiLaurentis — mostly in that he’s the dead person whose murder is in the crosshairs of this story. Surrounding him is suspicion, intrigue, and probably plenty of people who were interested in taking him down. This will be a pretty difficult case for everyone to investigate, mostly because there are approximately a billion suspects and a billion motives — and more will probably be revealed. Let’s face it that we’re only a single episode into this chaos, which strongly suggests to us that there are going to be SO MANY MORE people who will come out of the woodwork and say “this guy was terrible! He did this and this and this to me.” Just think back to the original Pretty Little Liars and how many things we were learning about Alison long after the show’s first season.

Want a few more details? CarterMatt’s got the official Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists episode 2 synopsis below:

In the wake of Nolan’s murder, Ava, Caitlin and Dylan join forces to give themselves a credible alibi on the night in question. Alison goes toe to toe with Dana Booker, BHU’s new head of security, who is suspicious of Nolan’s “perfect” posse. And Mona starts slipping into old habits while wrestling with a guilty conscience.

It’s obvious that Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is going to be a tables-turned sort of show with Alison almost taking the place of MULTIPLE Liars — some of the newbies could end up taking part but we don’t know how you end up trusting any of these people just yet. We’ve got plagiarists, secret-keepers, and of course the possibility of a killer in the midst. We don’t blame many of these people for creating an alibi, given that most of the BHU universe is about reputation — even if you’re confident that you’re not the killer, you don’t want anyone to think that you are! That’s why surrounding yourself with an illusion is a worthy little trick.

As for the idea of Mona starting to slip back into Mona 1.0, we can’t say that we’re altogether shocked and our jaw is hanging somewhere on the floor. Just think for a moment about the person she is — she’s brilliant, intuitive, but also has this addictive personality. Once she starts going down a tricky road, it’s going to be tough for her to reverse course and realize “this is not the best idea.” Her biggest strength and greatest weakness is her combo platter of drive and tunnel vision.

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