5 OG ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Easter Eggs in ‘Original Sin’
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin brings a whole new horror vibe to the Pretty little Liars universe, with more serious themes like teenage pregnancy and racism, as well as a much darker feel, both literally and thematically. Despite its differences from the original series, the creators kept a lot of ties to OG’s plot and characters. If you look closely, you’ll find a ton of Easter Eggs from Pretty little Liars in PLL: Original Sin.
Warning: Spoilers for PLL: Original Sin follow. Both the OG show and the new iteration loosely follow the same tension-laden plot: A group of high school kids team up when they all begin to be attacked by a mysterious villain named “A.” In the original, the girls already have a friendship story, while the updated version brings a breakfast club-esque twist, having the five new Liars, Imogen (Bailee Madison), Tabby (Chandler Kinney), Minnie (Malia Pyles), Noa (Maia Reficco), and Faran (Zaria), bonded in custody.
Despite all the plot differences, the series has already given fans a few homages to the original series. And, according to one of the show’s creators, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, there are plenty more to come. He said TVLine“Once you reach Episode 6, the Easter Eggs – and After that the easter eggs – start coming fast and furiously… until the final moment of the final episode.
Here are all the reminders to Pretty little Liars in PLL: Original Sin so far.
1. The Iconic Intro Song
The new addition to this YA universe kicks off with a familiar sound, but with a twist – a remix of the original PLL the intro song, “Secret” by The Pierces, serves as a new intro song with echoes, screams and haunting instrumentals that clearly signal Original sinleans into the slasher genre. The song, however, remains similar enough to be a totally nostalgic bop for fans of the original.
2. “A” as the villain
As the plot begins to thicken, the biggest reminder is, of course, the existence of “A”, a mean villain who communicates with liars through text messages – although, now, that’s all happening. produced via green iPhone messages instead of the original’s iconic flip phones and Blackberrys. Much like the original, “A,” and the show as a whole, also ties heavily into a red aesthetic through notes, lyrics, and even blood.
3. Pennsylvania Location
Much like the original, all of this horror takes place in a town in Pennsylvania, this time named Millwood. Rosewood’s original series setting didn’t affect the plot too much, but their apparent closeness could be a hint that OG characters might be starting to show up in Original sin — or just that the creators agree that small-town America is pretty scary.
4. Inappropriate age relationships
Like the first series, Original sin features a deeply disturbing story of a grown man trying to groom a girl in high school. Wes (Derek Klena) from the new series is a lot like Ezra, complimenting his employee Tabby on her maturity, offering to drive her home, and trying to spend as much time alone with her as possible. Fortunately, the new series makes it clear how frightening and dangerous his actions are, as opposed to how the original series romanticized Ezra.
5. The Twin Thing
In perhaps the strangest similarity, Original sin seems to match the PLL the universe’s obsession with twins. In the first series, the plot becomes much more complicated when it is revealed that Ali and Spencer’s mother both had twins (nods to the double twist in the OG book series). In Original sin, the twin trope became a factor in early episodes. Karen and Kelly (Mallory Bechtel) are the twins this time – and at the end of Episode 2, one of them dies. Supposedly, the twin who was murdered by “A” was Karen, but with the OG story, fans are skeptical of the twins’ true identities.
Check back here for the full list of Easter Eggs as Episodes of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin out Thursdays on HBO Max.