It’s official. Pretty Little Liars will be ending after season seven.
There has been a lot of speculation around the show’s status for months now, but we now know for certain that PLL will officially end after the second half of season seven airs in 2017. Series creator Marlene King and Pretty Little Liars stars Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), and Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) confirmed the news during a Facebook Live interview on Monday, August 29.
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“It’s been such an amazing chapter of our lives and we’re so glad that you guys could share it with us, but all good things must come to an end and these last 10 episodes are pretty crazy,” Hale said. “Now we’ll finally answer all your questions because we have to!”
“It’s been an honor to work with such a talented cast and crew over the last seven years,” King said in a statement following the announcement, according to E! News. “We are a family, and it will be hard to say goodbye to a show that has made such an impact on young audiences and been a mouthpiece for cultural change. I’m excited for fans to finally have all of their questions answered, and I believe they will be satisfied with the wild ride that is our last ten episodes.”
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She added, “I am also thrilled to embark on my next endeavor Famous In Love with Bella Thorne and for PLL fans to get wrapped up in Paige’s rise to stardom and the pitfalls of Hollywood.”
According to Us Weekly, Freeform executive Karey Burke also spoke about the long-running Freeform drama and praised the show for its efforts in engaging viewers online.
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“Through brilliant storytelling, compelling characters and social media phenomena, Pretty Little Liars paved the way for television shows, writers and cast to interact and engage with audiences on a national and global scale like never before, which led the series to unparalleled success,” Burke said.
So, what can fans expect from the mid-season finale? According to Entertainment Weekly, King said, “One of the Liars’ life will change drastically after a certain reveal is exposed. There are two big emotional game changers for multiple liars.”
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“I wanted to do something different from anything we’ve ever done in terms of what that big set piece is — where do those big climactic suspenseful endings take place? — so that’s where I started,” she added. “Also, one of the goals was to really ramp us up for these next 10 [episodes]. How do we end these summer [episodes] and also give us a starting point for the next 10 episodes.”
Along with announcing that she would be directing the series finale herself, King promised Pretty Little Liars fans that they wouldn’t be disappointed when the final 10 episodes are revealed. The Pretty Little Liars mid-season finale will air on Tuesday, August 30 at 8 p.m. on Freeform.
What are your thoughts about PLL’s ending after season seven? Are you shocked, sad, disappointed, or ready for some answers? Leave your comments below.
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