'Pretty Little Liars' season finale: The Hitchcock connection
"Hitchcock" is a reference to Oscar-nominated film director Alfred Hitchcock, known for his thrillers such as "Rear Window," "Strangers on a Train" and "To Catch a Thief." So what was the Hitchcock connection in the Season 1 finale?
The finale was titled "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and the big climax with Spencer ( Troian Bellisario) took place in none other than a bell tower, where luckily it was Ian and not Spencer who fell. It was an homage to one of Hitchcock's most famous films, "Vertigo," where Kim Novak's Madeleine Elster takes a header off a bell tower while Jimmy Stewart's Det. Ferguson stands by, unable to save her.
King also told TV Guide that the writers hope to "try to do [a Hitchcock homage] for every finale." If they can pull it off, they're retroactively covered for the summer 2010 finale. In that finale, Ashley Marin ( Laura Leighton) stole money from a client of the bank where she works. Guess who else did that? Janet Leigh's Marion Crane in "Psycho."
We hope the show continues the Hitchcock theme with finales - he had many great movies to pull from. We doubt they could have a finale take place in a "Lifeboat," but maybe next they can try having a finale be (or appear to be) one continuous shot, a la the 1948 Hitchcock movie "Rope."
What did you think, "Liars" fans?