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Pretty Little Liars boss: This was the year I revealed the identity of 'A'

Marlene King describes what it was like to finally share that secret.

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This is the year that I finally revealed the identity of “Big A” (Charlotte), not to be confused with Original “A” (Mona) or the new “Uber Bad,” who we will meet when Pretty Little Liars jumps five years forward on Jan. 12.

The pressure of keeping the “Big A” secret didn’t weigh on me until the beginning of season five, when fans realized we were about to give them all the answers. Our smart and passionate PLL Army became even more inspired to figure out the answers. The level of secrecy and security required to keep “Big A’s” identity a mystery was more heightened and intense than ever.

For years, only our writer’s room knew the story of Charlotte, but midway through last season, Troian [Bellisario], the most curious and persuasive of the PLLs, convinced me to tell her everything. And I did.

It was late. We were on set. And I spilled the whole enchilada. Keegan [Allen] cozied up with us in Hanna’s foyer and an hour later, they knew as much as I did.

And if you’re a Pretty Little Liars fan, after watching the last finale, you know as much as I do too… well almost. It’s PLL, so there is always more to the story.