For a long time, fans have believed that Pretty Little Liars will end with Season 7, but now there are chances that that is not the case. I. Marlene King has hinted that there could be a Season 8, and not everyone is happy.
Many fans complained that the Big A storyline had dragged on too long. When the renewal for Seasons 6 and 7 was announced, fans took to Twitter to say that they wanted the current Big A storyline wrapped up. This was at the end of Season 5, and by the winter finale of Season 6, it was finally revealed that Charlotte DiLaurentis/Cece Drake was the one tormenting the girls.
The mid-season premiere of Pretty Little Liars came around, and Uber A was revealed. This time, Charlotte had been killed, and there were two different people tormenting the girls. One person wanted to protect what they did, and the other wanted justice for Charlotte’s death. It took half a season for fans to learn that Mrs. DiLaurentis had an identical twin sister, Mary Drake, but that Uber A had the initials A.D.
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Season 7 of Pretty Little Liars is expected to be the last. Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on the show, told James Cordon that all good things have to come to an end, according to Christian Post. It certainly looks like she is ready to walk away from the show after the Season 7 finale, and she wants it to end dark and with heartbreak. There are already rumors that one or more of the Liars will not make it to the end.
King has suggested that Season 7 may be the end of the current Pretty Little Liars storyline but not the end completely. She said that Season 7 would be the end “as you know it.” Bustle confirmed that there is an option to keep Pretty Little Liars going after Season 7, and one of those is to bring in a new set of characters. While A, Big A and Uber A are people connected to the Liars, the idea of A is much bigger than that. Anyone could have an “A” stalking them and making their lives a misery.
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Pretty Little Liars has already suggested that this is possible when it came back set five years later. Spencer saw a group of girls outside a coffee shop talking. Their phones went off collectively, and Spencer got that feeling that she had when she and her friends use to get a collective message. In the end, it turned out to be a false alarm, but it still opens the door to the idea.
That does not mean fans will take kindly to new characters. Fans of longstanding shows have always struggled with new sets of characters, even when one original character has stuck around. Army Wives struggled when all but Denise left the army base, meaning new characters had to be introduced. The show lasted one season before it was cancelled by Lifetime with a series of cliffhangers.
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It takes time for fans to get used to characters and build a connection to them. This is much easier with characters introduced early on, or through strong storytelling. Grey’s Anatomy has managed to continue, despite only four original cast members still on the show. Characters like Callie and Owen have grown on people, as the actors have shown off their abilities, and the storylines have been something people can relate to.
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Season 7 is the end of Pretty Little Liars as fans know it. How it will end is unknown, but if Freeform does pick it up for Season 8 it will not likely be the five girls that fans have gotten to know the last six years.
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