Rest assured, Pretty Little Liars fans: Answers are on the way in Tuesday’s season-five finale. But viewers may need to brace themselves for what’s in store.
This has been a wild season for Rosewood’s denizens, as our heroes have continued to deal with the aftermath of Mona’s (Janel Parrish) death. Last week’s episode of the ABC Family drama saw Alison (Sasha Pieterse) being found guilty of first-degree murder, while Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Aria (Lucy Hale) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) were all hauled off to join Hanna (Ashley Benson) in the slammer. Bad times.
PLL creator and executive producer Marlene King tells The Hollywood Reporter that the finale is the “most important episode of Pretty Little Liars that we have produced to date. It really is a game-changer for us.”
“We are definitely seeing a big ‘A’ reveal in the episode, and it is a reveal that will definitely tell you in a certain way who ‘A’ is,” King says, promising constant goosebumps. “It’s something I’ve never seen on television before. … It’s shocking and provocative and disturbing.” She adds that the finale launches an 11-episode path to wrap up the general storyline that has been running since season one.
Some fans have questioned whether Mona is really dead and if she might pop in on the Liars during the finale. “I know everybody’s saying, ‘No body, no crime,’ ” King admits. “In the next two episodes, you will definitely get closure on who or what was in the barrel, and a body will surface.”
The episode won’t feature any romantic moments between Emily and Alison, which is likely to disappoint the many fans who are hoping for more Emison sparks. But it will see the three primary significant others — Caleb (Tyler Blackburn), Ezra (Ian Harding) and Toby (Keegan Allen) — putting their differences aside and “working together to bring their girls home.”
King says that just four of the castmembers have been told who “A” is: three of the Liars (Hale doesn’t want the pressure of knowing!) and Allen. But a number of fans are actually on the right track with their predictions. “So many people are getting so close — it’s so exciting,” King reveals. “In my perfect world, a lot of people figure it out before we give you that absolute, definite closure.”
PLL is renewed for two more seasons, but that isn’t necessarily the end of the road. “I’m happy to go for as long as fans want to see the show — and for as long as we can continue to tell really fun and exciting stories,” she says.
However, as far as the short-term is concerned, King is not worried about fans’ responses to the upcoming developments: “I’m 100 percent confident that we’re going to see all positive reaction to this episode — after jaws are picked up from the floor.”
Pretty Little Liars’ season-five finale airs March 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family. Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fifth Season will be available June 2 on DVD.
“Pretty Little Liars” is about to unveil its biggest mystery — well, kinda.
Tonight (March 24) marks the end of another season of the ABC Family series, but this time, the “PLL” Powers That Be aren’t just giving us another red herring. Nope. Not going to happen. The season five finale (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”) will deliver on its promise of a big A reveal. And while we might not get the definitive answer to A’s identity that we’ve been hoping for, we’ll come closer than ever before. In fact, we’re just 11 episodes away from unraveling the A game in its entirety.
“Pretty Little Liars” executive producer Marlene King chatted with MTV News ahead of tonight’s big show about what fans should expect.
“If there was one piece of advice I could give [fans] as the show ends it’s that I am really sorry that you have to wait until June for more episodes because this finale brings so much more momentum to the show,” she said. “We’re really shooting off a starter pistol that takes us to the next 10 episodes, and we are delivering all of the answers that these patient, and impatient, fans have earned.”
Wow. Does this mean that we will 100 percent know who A is by the end of the summer season?! You’ll just have to read our interview with King to find out.
MTV News: This season has certainly been the darkest season the series has produced thus far. I know you’re starting production on season six, so does it only get darker from here?
Marlene King: As our characters get older and A’s actions become more aggressive, it just seems like a natural place for us to go to a darker place. I think with this finale and our June premiere, we are definitely honoring that choice that we made.
MTV: The theme of this season was A punishing the Liars. Have you come up with the theme of season six yet? Where does the story go from here?
King: This finale is the beginning of the end of this story we started to tell when we found out A was originally Mona. So this finale and the next 10 episodes, our summer season, are really closing this chapter in our series. Everything is very condensed [in season six]. These next 11 episodes take place over a very short period of time, and by the end of our summer season, almost every question people have been asking for the last three years — some questions since season one — will be answered. It’s really the end of this story that we started to tell.
MTV: Was it always your plan to put the Liars in jail? It’s sort of similar to the end of Sara Shepard’s novels…
King: No! Don’t tell me. I haven’t read it yet, and I don’t want to read it until we wrap our series. I don’t want to be spoiled. Sara [Shepard] and I both thought it would be a really fun idea to just do our own thing with these two stories and how funny would it be if it paralleled hers? I have no idea how the books end.
MTV: This finale finds the Liars trapped inside A’s IRL dollhouse. It looks like a straight-up horror film. What were some of your inspirations for the finale?
King: I have A’s dollhouse in my office because it’s actually my own dollhouse. I offered it up as this prop and I thought, “How fun would it be if “A” really played with A’s dolls in A’ s lair?’ I look at this dollhouse all the time, and I’ve become obsessed with it. This finale is a little “Twilight Zone”-y in terms of its tone, and it is very scary and demented and disturbing — but in a “Pretty Little Liars” way, still.
MTV: I just want to know how A has all of this money.
King: A is very smart, very clever and A has A’s ways.
“You just can’t be ready for it.”
That’s what Pretty Little Liars boss Marlene King tweeted about Tuesday’s epic season five finale, “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” which will finally reveal the ABC Family hit’s biggest mystery: who the heck is “Big A”?!
And while you probably won’t every be fully ready for it, you can prepare yourself as much as possible, and we’re here to help. We recruited Marlene King to pick the five episodes PLL fans should rewatch, pause and rewind to look for clues during right now, the ones that are the most essential to check out before watching the finale.
Marlene King’s List of the 5 Episodes to Rewatch:
1. “It Happened ‘That Night,'” season three, episode 1
2. “A Dangerous Game,” season three, episode 24
3. “A Is for Answers,” season four, episode 24
4. “Taking This One to the Grave,” season five, episode 12
5. “How the ‘A’ Stole Christmas,” season five, episode 13
Well, what are you waiting for? Go binge-watch these five episodes now and then come back and share the clues you find and theories you come up with us in the comments below.
Pretty Little Liars’ finale airs Tuesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
Pretty Little Liars is ready to deliver a heap of surprises with its fifth season finale in a matter of days.
In the penultimate episode of the season, Alison (Sasha Pieterse) was found guilty of Mona’s (Janel Parrish) murder and Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) were arrested. That means all five of the girls are sporting orange jumpsuits and Hanna (Ashley Benson) will have some more company in jail.
Elsewhere in the episode Ezra (Ian Harding) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) were targeted by ‘A’ when they tried to find Mike (Cody Allen Christian), and Toby (Keegan Allen) and Spencer briefly reconciled.
“A” has always had fun playing with Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer, but now “they” have the biggest game to date in store for the girls. As shocking secrets come to light and the biggest clue to the “A” mystery is revealed, is this one plAydate the Liars can survive?
Tune in to ABC Family at 8/7c Tuesday in the US and Netflix on Wednesday in the UK to see the season finale.