After the mid-season finale of Pretty Little Liars, show creator Marlene King has turned her focus to what’s in store for the remainder of the season.
According to an interview King conducted with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Ryan Gajewski, there’s a lot in store for viewers of Pretty Little Liars.
In addition to finally unveiling the villainous “A” character — Charlotte/Charles DiLaurentis — to fans in the season 6 episode last week, fans found out about the five-year time jump taking place when the show resumes in January, 2016.
Yet, that’s not all followers of the show should have picked up in the final moments of the scene, according to King.
“We see [Ali] write her name on the board — so she’s gotten married. And she went to college at Hollis so she could stay close to Charlotte. Hanna’s [Ashley Benson] engaged — we saw the ring on her finger when she ran into that classroom.”
In case you missed any of that in the final two minutes, you can re-watch the closing act in the video below.
When Pretty Little Liars resumes, viewers will be catching up with what took place in the five years the show skipped, King said.
“And the girls have spent five years apart — they’ve had five “A”-free years of life just to live a normal life — as normal as they can, having survived all of this. There’s a very great scene in this first episode back where Aria (Lucy Hale) talks a little bit about the residual “A”-ness affecting her life, and it’s great performance. She did an amazing job with the scene.”
After uncovering the “A” mystery, will the pretty little liars be villain-free in future episodes? Not anytime soon, a look at the final seconds reveals. In them, Ali and company are preparing for someone they call “he” to make an appearance. King, however, referred to the evil character as the new “Big Bad” the girls will encounter.
“[T]here is a Big Bad in this new world that we’re creating as we move forward, and the Liars are talking to Ali about the person they suspect to be this Big Bad.”
Despite that, fans will also see a Pretty Little Liars wedding this season.
“I’m not going to tell you whose it is, but somebody does get married in season 6,” King said, adding “it’s not necessarily Hanna.”
Joining Hanna and Aria in upcoming Pretty Little Liars episodes are Sara (Dre Davis), Lucas (Brendan Robinson), Melissa (Torrey DeVitto), Ezra (Ian Harding), Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), Toby (Keegan Allen) and Jenna (Tammin Sursok). DeVitto’s role may be limited after being announced as Laurie Holden’s replacement on Chicago Med.
Since the Pretty Little Liars episode aired last week, fans have shared their disappointment of the “A” reveal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, King is enjoying the fans’ responses.
“I think the reaction was great. I think it’s great to have people talking about who it is, great to have people debating about who it is. That’s what I love about this show is, there’s lots of theorizing, lots of debating and agreeing and disagreeing in our giant PLL family.”
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