It’s finally time for an “A”-free life. Following much speculation about the popular series coming to an end, Pretty Little Liars will officially sign off at the end of its current seventh season, Freeform announced on Monday, August 29.
Series creator Marlene King and stars Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields) and Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) confirmed the news in a Facebook Live interview on August 29, in advance of the show’s season 7 summer finale on August 30. The drama’s final 10 episodes will begin airing in April 2017.
“It’s been such an amazing chapter of our lives, but all good things must come to an end,” Hale said on Facebook Live. “Now we’ll finally answer all your questions because we have to!”
“It’s been an honor to work with such a talented cast and crew over the last seven years,” King said in a statement. “We are a family, and it will be hard to say goodbye to a show that has made such an impact on young audiences and been a mouthpiece for cultural change. I’m excited for fans to finally have all of their questions answered, and I believe they will be satisfied with the wild ride that is our last 10 episodes.”
Freeform exec Karey Burke praised the show for the way in which it encouraged fans to engage online. “Through brilliant storytelling, compelling characters and social media phenomena, Pretty Little Liars paved the way for television shows, writers and cast to interact and engage with audiences on a national and global scale like never before, which led the series to unparalleled success,” Burke said.
King and cast members have hinted for months that the current season could be the end of the road. The producer appeared to tell Variety in December 2015 that season 7 would indeed be its last, before later clarifying that she was referring to the ending of the show’s “uber A” storyline.
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Watch the Facebook Live announcement above. Pretty Little Liars‘ season 7 summer finale airs on Freeform Tuesday, August 30, at 8 p.m. ET.
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