Pretty Little Liars is notorious for creating a dozen more questions for every one it answers, so its no surprise that the Freeform show set up a big mystery even before it kicked off its panel at the fan-friendly PaleyFest on Saturday.
Before the cast (Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding) and producers (I. Marlene King and Joseph Dougherty) took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, audience members were treated to the first minute from episode 11 of PLLs seventh and final season.
This mere morsel of footage from the midseason premiere offered some reassurance as to how Keegan Allens Toby fared after last years bloody car crash (SPOILER ALERT: the Liars find him severely bandaged and maybe unconscious as he is wheeled through a hospital), but the clip didnt confirm the whereabouts of his fiance, Yvonne (Kara Royster).
In other words, were still wondering whether Toby will be available (after maybe some mourning and a lot of physical therapy) to reconnect with former paramour Spencer (played by Troian Bellisario, who, along with fellow star Lucy Hale, was absent from the festival). Luckily, King gave us a glimmer of hope.
All the [relationship] endgames will be the endgames, but nobodys going to get there super easily, King revealed in regards to fans favorite ships. Theres going to be some bends in the road to get to the happily ever after.
The starcrossed romance between Spencer and Toby or Spoby in PLL vernacular wasnt the only one that drew reflection from the panelists.
“Spaleb was fun to dabble with [but] Haleb is where it’s at, Blackburn said of his character, Caleb, and his dalliance with Bellisarios Spencer which was nothing compared to the time spent with his one true love, Bensons Hanna.
Mitchells character, Emily, has been out and proud since Season 1 and has also seen her fair share of love interests. The actress admitted that, to play a character that has an impact on a lot of people’s lives in a meaningful way has been huge.” King noted that Emilys relationship with Pieterses Alison (the pair known to the social media crowd as Emison) will also get some attention in the remaining episodes.
Alison hasnt dealt with her sexuality, King said. These 10 episodes are about Alison figuring out her sexuality and Emily plays a part in it. (Also worth noting: Alison is pregnant, but the father has yet to be revealed).
King stressed that these final episodes will be a gift to fans. After all, she said, these are people who have stuck with the show even though we had a dead girl who wasnt even dead for seven seasons.
Several characters have been or have been thought to be the mysterious villain “A” throughout the series, including Hardings Ezra and Parrishs Mona.
Yeah, that was fun, Parrish reflects on being the first big bad. It was also the scariest moment ever because I knew what it meant to give A a face.
PLL has now presented what King calls an uber A, known simply as A.D. She promised that the final reveal of our mystery stalkers identity will not disappoint.
The finale is a two-hour finale, she said. It feels like a movie and it was written as if it was a movie. I hope you guys are satisfied with this huge twist.
Its still unclear who will make it to the series finale in one piece, but Parrish may have let something slip when she said the final table read was particularly emotional because there were so many returning faces.
As fans reminded the cast and producers during the panels Q&A session, there have been rumors of another Pretty Little Liars spinoff series after Blackburns short-lived Ravenswood. When asked if there was any hope for an Emison series, Mitchell asked the audience if theyd watch (networks and studios take note: cheering ensued). But as for anything concrete?
Were open to pitches, King said.
Pretty Little Liars returns April 18 at 8 p.m. on Freeform.