This week marks the end of an era on Pretty Little Liars as the current A will be revealed. And, even with at least two seasons to go, executive producer I. Marlene King considers it the beginning of the end.
“We’ve used the term epic before and so I’ll top that and just say that this is THE MOST important episode of Pretty Little Liars that we’ve written and produced to date,” she tells Yahoo TV. “I’m really excited that we can finally start telling the end of our story. … This story that we started when this A stole the game from Mona will be over in the next 11 episodes.”
Of course, we already totally knew the finale would be epic, so here are a few other bits King was able to reveal.
This won’t be a fake-out: “It’s not just like some reveals in the past where someone turns their face to the camera and you’re like, ‘Oh my God! Toby’s on the A team!’”
This summer’s going to be all about big answers: “Every question you could ask me about who did what and how this happened from original A, Mona, to now will be answered in a very fun and exciting way by the end of our summer season.”
The parents are finally going to get more involved: “Based on what you’ll see in the finale, we’ve reached this sort of critical mass on Pretty Little Liars: There’s no turning back and, without giving too much away, it’s a world where these girls are not going to have to just carry this burden around all by themselves anymore.”
We’ll know if Mona was in the barrel soon… but probably not this week: "Within two episodes, you’ll find out what was in the barrel, or who was in the barrel.”
Don’t expect Ezria to reunite any time soon: “Some of our older, more mature viewers [agreed] that if you’re ever going to succeed you’ve gotta take a break and come at this relationship again post-college, or at least after Aria has a chance to go experience young adult life. The younger fans were really upset about it. It was a group divided. But we really still feel strongly about that creative choice and that it’s important. If Ezria does ultimately get back together, it will be because of this decision.”
Toby will quickly forgive Spencer’s extra-curricular smooching: “By the time she goes through the ringer in this finale and Toby is aware of what she’s going through, that might not be a big issue for them. There’s a much bigger fish to fry.”
Andrew’s not going anywhere anytime soon: “He’s definitely still a part of our show.”
The Pretty Little Liars Season 5 finale airs Tuesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.