10:00am PT by Alyse Whitney
'Pretty Little Liars': Everything to Know About Season 7
Pretty Little Liars left one Liar’s fate hanging in the balance at the end of season six, and when season seven kicks off Tuesday on Freeform, they’ll only have 24 hours to save Hanna (Ashley Benson).
This Jack Bauer-esque challenge will be “darker than the dollhouse,” creator I. Marlene King teases to The Hollywood Reporter.
Season seven will also include a wedding for an “original 'ship” and the end to the “love square” of Hanna, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), and Toby (Keegan Allen).
Read on for everything to know about the upcoming seventh season:
The Liars Will Do Whatever It Takes to Save Hanna
“It’s definitely darker than the dollhouse,” King teases of the Liars’ 24-hour journey to save Hanna in the premiere. “Everybody is really dedicated to finding her, but Caleb becomes incredibly single-focused. He feels the most responsible for A.D. abducting her.”
The Caleb-Hanna-Spencer-Toby Love Square Will Resolve Itself
Just like how Spencer asking Hanna’s permission to date Caleb was a "very fair and grown-up decision," King stresses that "another fair decision will be made between all four" in the love square. At a live-streamed Facebook Q&A with the cast and EPs on Wednesday, King revealed that Spencer will end a relationship with either Caleb or Toby in a scene that made Bellisario cry.
A.D. Will Be Unmasked
King says that A.D.’s unmasking and Charlotte’s killer being revealed could “come before the finale," but things will kick off with figuring out how Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) and Elliott Rollins (Huw Collins) are connected to A.D. “There are a lot of big reveals this year," King adds. "Episode by episode, we try to give a lot of information. It feels very gratifying along the way."
The Body Count Will Be High
“The stakes are so high this season and because of that, the body count is higher than usual,” King says. That includes the grave that the Liars are digging in this season’s promos. Ultimately, “it’s darker," she says. "In some ways, it’s kind of horrific, but in other ways it’s just dark. It’s dark and romantic at the same time.”
Aria and Ezra Could Get Back Together
Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra’s (Ian Harding) connection is still strong. “We find them where they last saw them: the fallout of, ‘Was that sexy time just a slip, or are we more?’” King teases. “Aria literally says, ‘Are we a we again?’ And that’s the beginning of their story.”
Emily and Alison’s Relationship Will Also Find Closure
Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse) were at a standstill when Ali got married, but considering that their marriage is a sham — Elliott is working with Mary to avenge Charlotte’s death and take over Ali’s Carissimi Group — things could change. “This is definitely the season where we will have closure involving 'Emison,'” King says. “I won’t say which way it’s going to go, but there will be closure and discussions of Ali’s sexuality and what the two mean to each other. That relationship will be explored.”
There Will Be Lots of Returning Characters
Lindsey Shaw is returning as Paige on PLL during what King calls the “summer of reunions.” There will be “a lot of familiar faces coming back,” including Jason (Drew Van Acker), Jenna (Tammin Sursok), and Noel (Brant Daugherty). “Some are coming back for fun, others are coming back to torture the Liars — it’s going to be fun to find out along the way,” King previews. “Is this person is a suspect? Are they legit? Are they a love interest? There are a lot of twists and turns.”
The Wedding Will Be an Original Couple
King says that the proposal that happens during the first half of the season, and the subsequent wedding that follows in the second half season, will be “one of the original 'ships," she teases. "For fans [of that couple], it’s going to be incredibly satisfying.”
Season Seven Could Be the Last Season
King has emphasized that this is the “beginning of the end of PLL as we know it” and not necessarily the show’s final season. “The show is coming to a closure of sorts, and that's all we can say for now,” King teased at the fan Q&A.
Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Freeform.