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Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the “Pretty Little Liars” series finale, which aired June 27 on Freeform.
After seven seasons of whodunnit mystery, cliffhangers, and torment by “A,” the Liars finally found out the true identity of Rosewood’s villain … Spencer (Troian Bellisario) has a twin!
The identical twin with a British accent is named Alex Drake — A.D., get it? — and is Mary Drake’s (Andrea Parker) other daughter, who was sold as an infant upon birth so that Mary Drake could pay her way out of the Radley Sanitarium mental institution. Mary Drake sent her to a wealthy family in London, thinking she would have a great life, but instead, Alex ended up at an orphanage and never had a real family. Her lack of family, in comparison to Spencer’s seemingly “perfect” life, is what prompted her to take down the Liars.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched the series finale of “Pretty Little Liars,” which aired June 27 on Freeform.
Ever since Freeform announced “Pretty Little Liars” would come to a close after its seventh season, rumors have swirled that the Liars could return someday for a reboot, spinoff, movie or reunion. Now that the show has officially wrapped, Variety checked in with the “Pretty Little Liars” cast and producers to get a reboot reality check.
While there are no official plans to develop any sort of reboot at this time, series creator Marlene King tells Variety that she does have many ideas in mind for how to continue the franchise in the future — and Tuesday night’s finale certainly kept the story open-ended.
The finale ended with high school students in the same exact situation the Liars were once in seven years ago in the pilot of “Pretty Little Liars.” A »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After seven seasons, nearly 160 episodes, endless cliffhangers and many non-spoilers, “Pretty Little Liars” is coming to an end. The Freeform mega-hit is closing its final chapter for good on Tuesday night with the two-hour series finale — which means that “A” will finally be revealed. Yes, really. This time, for good.
In anticipation of the big “Uber A” reveal, Variety spoke with the cast and producers of “Pretty Little Liars” one last time.
Read ahead to find out the “Pll” stars’ all-time favorite couples, favorite death scenes, favorite “A” pranks, what they’ll miss most about the show, plus, what’s next…
If You Could Have Played Another Character, Who Would It Be?
Lucy Hale (Aria): Probably Mona. There were so many different sides to her, but Janel played her so beautifully.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
There is only one more episode of Pretty Little Liars left and even though it's double the normal size, there is still so much that needs to be wrapped up.
As of now, A.D. has driven off into the sunset and the Liars are ready to put their lives back together after Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) took
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- Megan Vick
For seven seasons, Pretty Little Liars viewers have followed the yellow brick road that will hopefully lead to revealing the identity of "A.D." With a plethora of mysterious characters, one suspect who started the story may likely be the one to finish it.
With more curveballs than one can count, the Marlene King drama has insinuated that twin girls who share a connection with Alison (Sasha Pieterse) are the key to the mystery. While the series has already featured a twin reveal between Mary Drake and Jessica Dilaurentis (Andrea Parker), there have been hints that the sisters weren’t the only Rosewood twins »
- Lexy Perez
"...convinced they know who 'A.D.' is, the 'Liars' gear up for a confrontation. 'Spencer', 'Hanna' and 'Caleb' team up to investigate and discover new information about the death of 'Charlotte'. Meanwhile, 'Mary Drak'e returns with a gift for 'Spencer' and 'Alison'..."
- Michael Stevens
Life is imitating art for Ian Harding!
For the past seven seasons, the 30-year-old actor has played writer Ezra Fitz on the hit Freeform drama Pretty Little Liars, and now Harding himself can add author to his resume thanks to his new book, Odd Birds.
"It did sort of dawn on me at the beginning of writing it that this could be a big cliché," Harding dished to Et during a live Facebook interview this week. "People are like, 'Oh, you play a writer on TV, are you going to be a writer in real life too? Cool.' That was on my mind a lot, [but] probably halfway through season six [of Pll], I wanted to try something different."
More: 'Pll' Finally Revealed Who Killed Alison's Mom and Dropped Another Baby Bombshell!
Harding confessed that it was his father, Stephen Harding, who also happens to be a New York Times bestselling author, who first suggested »
With the reveal of Mrs. Dilaurentis’ killer, Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars put one of the series’ oldest mysteries to bed — or did it?
RelatedPretty Little Liars: Who’s the Father of Alison’s Baby? Will She Keep It?
“Oh, nothing has been put to bed,” Andrea Parker — whose character, Mary Drake, was revealed to have killed Jessica, also played by Parker — tells TVLine. “You’d better get out of that bed and start running, bro!”
Parker admits that she was “very surprised” to learn of Mary’s involvement in her sister’s demise: “I had several conversations »
The “Pretty Little Liars” Season 7 midseason premiere saw a major boost in the ratings thanks to delayed viewing.
The episode, which aired April 18, originally drew 1.3 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. In Live-3, the episode rose by 54% in total viewers (2.0 million vs. 1.3 million), by 54% in Adults 18-49 (1.3 million vs. 843,000) and by 39% in viewers 12-34 (1.2 million vs. 865,000).
In addition, it was Tuesday’s number one telecast in women 18-34, viewers 12-34, and females 12-34, the number one cable telecast in adults 18-34 and the number one scripted cable TV telecast in adults 18-49 and women 18-49. And that is not even including the show’s powerful social media presence, which saw it generate 13.1 million total engagements across Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, according to Freeform. More than 400,000 tweets alone were generated during the live broadcasts.
Only nine more episodes remain until the show signs off for good. The »
- Joe Otterson
Lest you think that Pretty Little Liars isn’t saving its biggest moments for last, know this: In the second half of the show’s seventh season, “someone dies in a very colorful way.”
VideosPretty Little Liars Season 7B: Watch the Dramatic First Minute Now
Those words came from Ian Harding during TVLine’s most recent visit to the show’s set, where he alluded to a major death in the final 10 episodes — beginning Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform — that he can’t get out of his head.
“In the past, the writers have written [visual] things that we know will never be shot, »
"...after their plan to expose their newest tormentor goes wrong and puts the life of 'Hanna' in danger, the 'Liars' realize the secrets and lies are far deeper than they thought and must find a way to bring down 'Uber A' once and for all before it's too late..."
Set in the small town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania the series follows the lives of four girls, 'Spencer Hastings', 'Aria Montgomery', 'Hanna Marin' and 'Emily Fields', whose clique falls apart after the death of their leader, 'Alison Dilaurentis'.
One year later, the estranged friends are reunited as they begin receiving messages from a mysterious villain named "A" who »
- Michael Stevens
Pretty Little Liars cast members and producers of the show took to a panel at PaleyFest on Saturday and it was revealed that the series finale will have a “huge twist.” Before the cast (Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding) and producers (I. Marlene King and Joseph Dougherty) took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, audience members were treated to the first minute from episode 11 of Pretty Little Liar’s seventh and final season. The show is known for creating questions upon questions for each answer they come up
Pretty Little Liars Finale Will Apparently Have a “Huge Twist” According to PaleyFast »
- Nat Berman
The Pretty Little Liars stars greeted excited fans at Saturday's PaleyFest event, which took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding, as well as creator and showrunner I. Marlene King and executive producer Joseph Dougherty were in attendance to dish on the last 10 episodes of the hit Freeform series, which comes to its conclusion this summer after its seven-season… »
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