Pretty Little Liars is about to give its fans some big answers in the summer finale next week, and that means some things have to change, right? Who is Charles? How did Charles become A? But after that, with more show still left, what will that mean for the girls? There is going to be a time jump, as has been known for some time, and after those five years, life will be different.
But first, it is time for some truths to be revealed in the PLL summer finale. As the Inquisitr previously reported, next week’s “Game Over, Charles” will see Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer coming face-to-face with A and finding out how and why Charles became A – along with the answers to several other questions, like who killed Toby’s mother, who hit Alison in the head with the rock, Red Coat’s identity, Bethany’s killer’s identity, the Black Widow’s identity, and why A has been tormenting the Liars. That’s a lot to cover in one episode, but it will be done.
In fact, Lucy Hale visited Late Night With Seth Meyers, and she shared that the identity of A is “pretty big” and “pretty out of left field.” The actress also promised that the finale does answer “pretty much every question that every fan has wanted to know.”
Janel Parrish echoed Hale’s thoughts when speaking to E! News, saying that she was “shocked” by the A reveal and adding that “they give all the answers about why A did what A did and how A did what they did.”
So what will it mean for the girls to have all those answers? Where do they go next? The time jump mid-season takes the girls five years into the future. That means Pretty Little Liars Season 6B will see them after they’ve already graduated college, as showrunner Marlene King told Entertainment Weekly, which has also posted a first photo of Emily, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer from after that time jump.
“We made that decision so they would have a year to finish school and firmly root themselves into their desired careers, so their wardrobe and hair and makeup and styles reflect where they are professionally in their lives…. The girls lived a free life for 5 years. They have not been tortured or tormented by this anonymous cyber bully. They’re taking yoga now, they’re breathing. They have more time for extracurricular activities because they’re not being changed by an anonymous stalker.”
Fortunately, the series won’t just be forgetting what the girls did go through because of A. King went on to say that there will be moments to show that their experiences do still affect them, even years later, and do need to be taken into account even when it comes to the choices they made to get them where they are in their futures.
Still, it wouldn’t be PLL if the girls then just lived a relatively – compared to what they went through in high school – carefree life, right?
Of course not, which is why King teased that “there’s definitely some mysteries to come and a lot more story to tell.”
Pretty Little Liars Season 6 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
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