Pretty Little Liars fans have been anticipating tomorrow night’s season 2 finale for months ever since it was announced that the identity of terrifying tormentor “A” would be revealed. Not only will the nail-biting episode solve the years-long mystery fueling the addictive series, it will also feature an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse at a masquerade ball. To be sure, “A” won’t be exposed without a fight, which means life-or-death stakes for the Liars.
EW talked with stars Troian Bellisario (Spencer), Lucy Hale (Aria), and Tyler Blackburn (Caleb), who teased the thrilling conclusion of this chapter of Liars. Says Bellisario, “It’s a really big [moment]. It’s a real concrete [instance when the girls] have to stand up [and] stop being scared or else it’s never going to end.”
What else the stars could reveal about the list of suspects, their characters’ relationship status, and the ball itself? Find out after the jump.
At the beginning of the finale, “A” challenges the girls to uncover his/her identity… or else. Though they’re fighting for their lives, that’s not all that’s at stake after last week’s episode. We know that Spencer and Toby’s fate as a couple looks uncertain at best, but what of Aria and Ezra (Ian Harding)? Their commitment to each other may be strong, especially after their “Wicked Game”-scored sexytimes, but is it strong enough to cover the distance of Ezra’s relocation from Rosewood? “You don’t know what path he’s going to take,” says Hale. “If it was up to me, I see Aria and Ezra together.”
And what about Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Caleb after last week’s ‘A’-appeasing lip lock between Caleb and Hanna’s BFF Mona (Janel Parrish)? Blackburn assured me that Caleb is still very much in love with Hanna and that nothing will change for them before the curtain closes on season 2. As for season 3, well… “They all seem a little bit prone to chaos.”
Certainly, the ep’s big event will bring that chaos to the fore and force a lot of issues out in the open. “Having a masquerade ball brings a sense of mystery to it all,” says Blackburn, who described the set as beautiful and “extremely eerie.” He continued, “There’s a definite fear factor in wondering who is who. The Liars are trying to figure out who ‘A’ is, and they believe that ‘A’ could be at any turn at this masquerade ball, so it definitely does give a good amount of suspense.”
“No one knows who can be trusted,” affirms Bellisario — especially after last week’s episode, which saw one suspect (Yani Gellman’s shady police officer Garrett) arrested while two more (Tammin Sursok’s Jenna and Torrey DeVitto’s Melissa, who is also Spencer’s sister) proved as devious as ever. “Who knows what’s going on? Is it a coincidence that all this is coming out at the same time? Is it just a coincidence all this is coming out or is it all from ‘A’s provocation?”
Regardless, you can trust this finale hour will be huge in every way. Teases Hale, “I think every cast member is in this episode. Up until the very end, you’re, like, ‘I have no idea who this person is.’ You’ll be confused up to the last minute. Then, in minute 58, you’ll be like, ‘WHAT?!'” So it’s safe to say the end of one mystery will only unlock several others? Confirms Blackburn, “With this show, there will always be something to conspire about.”
He adds, “I can’t reveal anything [more] because we want the fans to be surprised. There’s so much that goes on in the finale. It’s two years worth of [loose ends]. There’s so much, it’s better to say, ‘Just watch!'”
Pretty Little Liars‘ season 2 finale airs Monday, March 19 at 9 p.m. on ABC Family.