No more secrets. After a shocking summer finale on Tuesday, August 30, Pretty Little Liars creator Marlene King opened up to reporters on Wednesday, August 31, about the Freeform drama’s upcoming final 10 episodes. Here are 10 things we learned about season 7B, premiering in April 2017:
1. There is no time jump
“It’s one of our moments-later premieres,” King said. “So, Ali (Sasha Pieterse) will not be super pregnant, she’ll just be a little more pregnant than she was last night.”
2. Paige is here to stay
Shay Mitchell’s character, Emily, will continue her love triangle with Ali and ex-girlfriend Paige (Lindsey Shaw). “Paige is not gone for good,” King said. “Having that triangle play out felt very appropriate for us as storytellers as we embark upon these final 10 episodes.”
3. Wren is coming back
The return of Wren! “We’ll see him in more than one episode, which is fantastic,” King teased of Melissa Hastings’ ex-boyfriend. “He had never had a scene with Ezra, and he and Ian [Harding] are friends in real life, so [Julian Morris] was like, ‘Please, can I have a scene with Ezra?’ So that was really the originator for the first scene that we’ll see Wren in when he comes back.”
4. PLL could eventually hit the big screen
“We’re very open to finding ways to keep these characters alive,” King said. “I hope that down the line we find a way to bring the girls back together again. It’s such a fun world to play in that we’re always keeping those options open.” While the Liars may make it to the movies one day, King emphasized that the final episode will definitely be the show’s end: “The last episode is really going to be treated like a two-hour movie.”
5. Family ties are figured out
After the shocking summer finale revealed that Spencer (Troian Bellisario) is Mary Drake’s other child, “We will find out who Charlotte’s father is,” King said of Vanessa Ray’s deceased character. “And we will find out how Spencer came to be with her entire family dynamic.”
6. Jenna and others are working for A.D.
“She knows A.D. exists,” King said of the Liars’ enemy played by Tammin Sursok. “She is, I would say, anonymously working for A.D. in ways that we find out moving forward; a few other people on our show are as well.”
7. Melissa may be back
If King has her way, Spencer’s older sister, Melissa (Torrey DeVitto), will be returning to Rosewood. “She’s on Chicago Med and very unavailable to us,” the producer explained of DeVitto. “As much as we talk about it, I’m still hoping to get her into the finale, but we haven’t figured out how to do it just yet. I hope she reads this and goes and talks to her producers and helps me!”
8. Toby is probably alive
While King wouldn’t confirm the fate of Keegan Allen’s character, Toby, after his seemingly fatal car crash with fiancée Yvonne (Kara Royster), it seems likely that he will make it to 7B. “People know how much I love the character of Toby, so you can read into that what you’ll read into that,” King said. “He’s one of my favorites on the show. It would be hard for me to make that phone call to him.”
9. Wedding bells will finally ring
With Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) getting back together, Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra facing one of their most difficult challenges yet, Spencer exploring a new relationship and Emily working her way through a love triangle, any of the Liars’ romantic stories could drastically change in the final 10 episodes. While King remained mum about who will make it to the altar, she did reveal: “There will be more than one wedding.”
10. Spencer could really be dead
King wouldn’t reveal Spencer’s fate after being shot in the chest, but did say that any character is fair game to get killed. “‘A’ is an equal opportunity killer,” King explained. “So everybody is always subject to their demise, and it’s possible that we’ll see them in flashbacks.”
Pretty Little Liars returns to Freeform in April 2017.
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