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Don’t put dirt on the PLL grave just yet.
Pretty Little Liars kicked off it’s self-dubbed “farewell tour” Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. But while the final 10 episodes don’t start airing until April, the executive producers behind the series are already looking ahead to a reboot of the long-running Freeform series.
“We’ll find a way to bring these characters and this world back together at some point in time,” executive producer and showrunner I. Marlene King told reporters. “I don’t think it will be in two years, but at some point in time. I hope so.”
In the meantime, the twist-heavy serialized mystery has a lot of plot to cover in its final 10 episodes, which will include a musical number and a one-year time jump. Shay Mitchell promised that fans will get “every single answer” in the final 10 episodes.
The midseason finale, which aired in August, left the fate of characters in question, most notably that of Spencer (Troian Bellisario), who was shot. The last scene showed a doll figurine of Spencer being shut in a tiny coffin, possibly hinting at her fate. Other big moments included Toby’s bloody car crash and the reveal that Mary is Spencer’s mother.
After seven seasons of shocking cliffhangers, Lucy Hale joked that she has trouble keeping up with the show’s plot points. “I’m easily as confused and I’m on the show,” she said. “No. It’s very fun. We actually were just sitting backstage saying, like, ‘Wait. Who did this? Who killed who?’ So it’s been very fun. We almost need graphs and grids to understand what’s going on.”
The same is true even for the writers. “We get confused just because there’s been so much mythology on the show,” King said.
Despite that obstacle, the writers worked hard to make sure everything was resolved for the loyal fans who have been watching — and recently re-watching — the entire series. “These last 10 episodes are really a love letter to the fans,” King said.
Other upcoming plot points include a board game created by A that the Liars are forced to play — “the stakes are incredibly high,” King said of the game — and several rekindled romances. “The couple who are meant to be together will find their way back together,” King said.
The show will also reveal a more about the DiLaurentis family that will shed new light on Alison (Sasha Pieterse). “You’ll understand a lot of why she did what she did,” exec producer Oliver Goldstick said,
“We humanize everyone,” King added. “We humanize Alison and learn why she is the way she is.”
With production on the final episodes already wrapped, the cast revealed they also did something special behind-the-scenes to mark their time on the show.
“We got tattoos together on our ‘Shhh‘ finger,” Hale said. “That was really special and it hurt like hell.”
Pretty Little Liars returns Tuesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. on Freeform.
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