Umm why is Alison hanging out with their look-a-likes? Am I the only one who is seeing this?!
The Liars are done with Ali. At the end of the last episode, the Liars had all but decided to go to Lieutenant Tanner and tell her that Ali had lied about being kidnapped. And it sounds like nothing’s changed when things pick back up. “They are very definitely in the same frame of mind,” Dougherty said. “This episode is literally moments later from the end of the previous episode, so they’re still determined to do it.”
Melissa’s secret is coming out, and it will change everything. Since season four’s finale, fans have wondered what it was that Melissa told her father at the police station seemingly regarding Bethany Young and the night Ali died. And come Tuesday, viewers will finally find out. “This is going to permanently and definitively answer a question about what happened the night Ali disappeared, the first night that started everything,” Dougherty said. And along with that secret, we’ll also be getting some more flashbacks to the night Ali disappeared. (Yes, Spencer still has that shovel.) But if you’re like me and you thought Melissa’s secret was going to be the thing that ended the summer season, Dougherty promised that they’ve got an even bigger surprise coming in the summer finale. When I expressed my concern, he simply said, “Well maybe we’re just going to top that.”
Your Ravenswood questions will finally get some answers. After the Pretty Little Liars spinoff, Ravenswood, was canceled after one season, series lead Tyler Blackburn (Caleb) returned to his former home in Rosewood. But when Caleb came back, he brought a lot of baggage with him. “Ever since the fates conspired against us, we’ve been looking for a way to satisfactorily tell people what did happen,” Dougherty said. “And I think the key to Caleb moving on in Rosewood is that he has to share some more, particularly with Hanna, about what happened after that last episode of Ravenswood.” As for Ravenswood characters appearing on the show, Dougherty teased that they might show up in the future but not in the next episode.
Does Emily want another shot with Paige? A photo from this week’s episode shows Paige wearing a very fancy dress, which fans know is not her typical look. “As you know, the return of Alison has profoundly complicated things between Emily and Paige,” Dougherty said. “And I think Paige has pretty much been open about her concern that Emily’s just not done and there’s been a little back and forth. Emily’s very definitive at the end of last week’s episode, [but] Paige doesn’t know about that definitive choice, and I think the issue is, Emily wonders if she can, in good conscience, say, ‘Let’s try this one more time.’”
There’s no Halloween episode this year. This year, the show is switching things up and won’t be doing its annual Halloween episode. As Dougherty put it, “You just can’t do the Olympics every year.” However, there will be “a fan appreciation hour” during ABC Family’s 13 nights of Halloween, and then a little bit later, the first-ever PLL Christmas episode.
What does #FatalFinale mean exactly? When I asked Dougherty if I was going to wind up on the floor after the summer finale, much like I did last year, he responded, “Well if we’ve done our job right, you will. I don’t think we’re kidding around.”
Bonus tease: That glimpse you saw of Alison hooked up to a lie detector test in the promo is not in this next episode, but fans will know more of her narrative soon.
Troian Bellisario attended the Glen Hansard, The Head and the Heart and Iron & Wine concert in Los Angeles last night, August 10.
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Marlene King, executive producer: The Season 4B finale. I had the pleasure of writing and directing so it made it very special. We were very true to [Sara Shepard’s books], and this episode was the end to that story in a lot of ways with the pilot and this finale as the bookends.
Oliver Goldstick, executive producer: The first “bottle episode” I did when Emily (Mitchell) and Alison (Pieterse) kiss in the library. It was so contained with not a lot of action, and we all got to know each other. Also, the first one I directed when Spencer (Bellisario) was at Radley, and she danced with Alison to Dionne Warwick.
Joseph Dougherty, executive producer: The first ones that come to mind are the ones [I] wrote, so the noir episode and the Halloween on the train episode. Also the episode that opens with the girls in their orange jumpsuits. We got a little ahead of the curve there; that was long before Orange Is the New Black.
Sasha Pieterse asAlison DiLaurentis: The black and white episodebecause it was so much fun for us and such a treat. All of our wardrobe was from the ’40s Warner Bros. costume lot, and our crew members dressed up too.
King: I’m the one who has to call them and tell them they’re dying, which I hate, so they’re all hard, but when I saw how fans were so devastated by Maya’s (Bianca Lawson) death — that affected me greatly.
Goldstick: Maya. She didn’t deserve that.
Ashley Benson: Season 4 finale [when Alison’s mom was buried].
Shay Mitchell: Any time a character leaves I’m so sad, but speaking on Emily’s behalf, Maya.
Craziest story line
Troian Bellisario: [When Red Coat] flew the plane. Every once in a while I’m like, “Did we jump the shark?” But everyone was OK with it.
Daugherty: I always thought it was bizarre the way Noel reacts to Aria and Ezra (Ian Harding) being together and starts to stalk Ezra a bit and blackmail him. Is it jealousy or that he knows something?
Goldstick: Flying the plane, but we did set that up when she was in Brookhaven taking flying lessons. I think we go for the outrageous because Alison gives you the license to go there. She’s mythic in her meanness and naughtiness!
Plot that received the most backlash
King: People were really shaken up by Ezra not being A. And going back to [when we revealed] Toby (Keegan Allen) as A, that was the one where the earth shook for awhile. We had a lot of broken hearts that night.
Goldstick: Ezra’s reveal. I’m not a person who follows social media, but certainly I know [ what was big]. It was Season 4, and we had to run with the ball and we also we had set a lot up early on with clues, and they were in denial! There was a specific scene in Season 2 where Aria almost went in his drawer and he wouldn’t let her and instead put his arm around her and looks back at the drawer. So the playoff was exciting for me.
Doughtery: Fans tend to be very passionate about the relationships and they tend to look at “Ezria” as something untouchable that should be perfect. I keep saying, “If it was perfect, you wouldn’t watch it!”
Bellisario: The whole thing with Aria and Ezra is hilarious because to me I’m like, “Dude, get this guy out! He’s obviously using you,” but everyone’s like, “Ezra to the death!” No, he is bad for her, this is unhealthy and you’re teaching people bad relationships. So that’s one relationship I can’t get behind.
Worst thing your character has done
Pieterse: Alison has done so many bad things but “the Jenna thing" was pretty terrible. That’s probably the worst she’s done in the sense that someone got hurt. She’s blackmailed people, but blinding someone is pretty irreversible. Now she’s a totally different person and she’s been emotionally wounded so I’m sure that’s one of her biggest regrets.
Ian Harding as Ezra Fitzgerald: My [secret] was pretty nutty where I’ve been lying this whole time and writing a book. I thought, “Wow, that’s ballsy.”
Favorite scene or plot
Harding: This Halloween I had a fight scene with Troian in the gas mask which was fun but awkward to shoot. I could only see out the sides. We also had a fake thing of gardening shears that she hit me with but it didn’t hurt because it was rubber. I got some serious whiplash though.
Hale: The one where Aria got to trash Ezra’s apartment, and I go a little crazy. I got to show a different side to Aria’s character. She’s had it the easiest out of all the girls so far so it was fun to go a little wild.
Bellisario: Spencer’s story lines dealing with her mental fragility whether it’s her drug addiction or mental breakdown. Those have always been my favorite because … it felt real to me, especially the Adderall [plot]. I felt it was handled in a true and beautiful way.
Daugherty: One of my favorite moments is when I break up with Mona, and she gives me the necklace back that I gave her. The director said, “It would be great if you chuck it in the trash.” I will never forget the look on Janell’s face as she walks away.
Benson: The Halloween episode where I was fat Britney Spears.
Dougherty: People really care a lot about Emily and Paige (Lindsey Shaw), and it’s been a great luxury for me to write about those two characters. I got a lot of response to (the love scene in the noir episode) and they realized doing it the way we did it was actually more romantic.
Most coveted wardrobe
Mitchell: Hanna and Spencer. I’m a girly girl so I’ll take the heels over sneakers.
Benson: Spencer’s or Emily’s.
Lucy Hale (Aria)
"The twist with Ezra as ‘A.’ I never thought that he would be the bad guy. It makes sense now because he was a little too perfect, too good of a boyfriend. But I didn’t know that show would go there because I didn’t know that they would want to make [fans] mad because everyone was so upset about it. But when the show went there, it made the character more interesting."
Troian Bellisario (Spencer)
"Toby being ‘A’ was a huge shift. That was a big twist. And even though I knew that they would probably reveal that he was working for the good guys, it was still pretty shocking."
Shay Mitchell (Emily)
"For me it was the Nate and Emily kiss [in season one], and also Toby turning around and being ‘A.’ "
Sasha Pieterse (Alison)
"They keep getting more and more massive. My first shock was when it was revealed Toby was ‘A.’ It wasn’t surprising that they would do something like that, but that he [Keegan Allen] knew from episode one. I was in his first scene in his first episode and he already knew — he didn’t say a word to anyone until it was revealed. It was like, ‘Seriously? I thought we were close! I thought we were friends!’ And I loved the way they explained Alison’s disappearance. I was buried six-feet deep! I doubt I’ll be buried ever again."
Ian Harding (Ezra)
"When I was suddenly was the villain, which was wonderful and I loved it. But then we come to find out that I wasn’t necessarily the villain, but just a creeper. That was probably my favorite twist, but there are two things that happen this season that I can’t talk about, but they were awesome. It’s pretty heavy hitting up until the fifth episode."
Tyler Blackburn (Caleb)
"Every episode! But the death of Alison’s mom. That was pretty wild to me. I had heard about it before it was being filmed and that was intense. That’s major. When someone’s parent goes down, you know it’s serious."
Keegan Allen (Toby)
"Being part of the ‘A’ team or playing the evil villain for a second. That was really exciting and a great layer to put on to the character and what he’s capable of."
Janel Parrish (Mona)
"I really liked Madhouse Mona. It was interesting because I never quite knew — while filming the seasons — if she was actually crazy or actually being manipulative. I’m still not quite sure but it was fun to play a little mixture and keep people guessing. Is she? Is she not?"
Chad Lowe (Byron)
"It was the Halloween episode where there was a flashback on Ali’s last night and the reveal that Byron was the last person who was with Ali. I remember at the table reading, there was a gasp and everybody looked at me and I said, ‘I didn’t do anything! Let me read this!’ That was fun for me to play. I thought it was a great moment for the show because the parents were really integral to the plot. The show doesn’t have your traditional A and B story lines so when the parents are integrated into the A plot, if you will, that’s when they’re used to the maximum. That was satisfying for me. It was one short scene, but it had a huge impact."
Vanessa Ray (CeCe)
"The whole thing that happened with Aria’s boyfriend Ezra [when he turned dark]. When that was revealed at the table read, that was impressive — it was a big one. And then I didn’t know if CeCe was going to die or not. At one point I thought, ‘Surely, CeCe dies,’ and the producers were like, ‘Nope!’ "
Tammin Sursok (Jenna)
"For me, my character getting her vision back [in season two] was really, really cool because as an actress, I had a lot to play with. And then she lost it over the season, which was interesting too to see her vulnerability and how she played into it."
Laura Leighton (Ashley)
"The craziest twist was when my character, Ashley, ran over Detective Wilden with her car."
Do you have any scoop on the big revelation in the 100th episode of Pretty Little Liars? –Jon
Which “big revelation” would that be? Because last we checked there will beseveral, including which guy Hanna will be sticking with for the foreseeable future. Episode 100 marks Caleb’s return to Rosewood, and while we’re all excited for the former Ravenswoodsman’s homecoming, Hanna still has that little matter of Travis to sort out. Something tells me her new man won’t appreciate being dropped like a bad habit. Bonus scoop: Episode 12 will introduce us to Mona’s momma, Leona.
I am in love with the picture! Can’t wait for the PLL 100th episode!
Question: During her Reddit AMA, Marlene King said she wants to do a “Ravenswood episode” on Pretty Little Liars this season. Anything more you can tell me? I miss that spin-off. — Claire
Ausiello: Plans for a Ravenswood-centric episode are indeed underway, but King tells me nothing has been finalized. “I stay in touch with all of those people, both the kids and the adults,” she says. “They know we’d love to — I don’t want to say ‘tie up’ the story — but at least give it some closure. More than we were allowed to, anyway. We were heading somewhere with that story and we want to let the fans know where that was.”