Pretty Little Liars might not return to our television screens until April of 2017, but for those involved in the creation of the show, the story has come to an end. Wednesday marks the final day of shooting for the crew, and seven years of memories has the entire cast feeling sentimental.
All of the Liars — Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, and Troian Bellisario — have taken to social media to prepare for their final day inhabiting the lives of the Rosewood favorites. Bellisario even went so far as to post an email that her fiancé, Patrick J. Adams, sent her from Spencer, and Adams posted his own farewell letter to the show.
Dear Pretty Little Liars, Let's be honest, we've had a complicated and pretty long relationship. I've known you almost as long as I've known @sleepinthegardn (I got the pleasure a few months earlier than you). In that time we've definitely had some laughs. you've afforded us opportunities I could never have imagined, introduced me to some of the finest cast and crew I've ever met and you let me play darts with @ianmharding for an episode while discussing the nuances of the word "statutory". All good memories. But sometimes we didn't see eye to eye. Like the countless mornings that @sleepinthegardn had to slink away before sunrise or the painful Sunday nights when she'd have to board a plane and cross the 2516 miles back to your loving arms. We've had to share her for so long and the arrangement has been pretty painful because, let's face it, who would ever want to let her go? But here we are. The last day. She's still yours for 13 more hours (maybe more…probably more) and she's still 2516 miles away from me but today…today I'm not angry. Today I'm not jealous. Today I'm pretty grateful. Because in the last 8 years I've watched Troian live and learn and grow more than most people get the chance to in a lifetime. You've challenged her, pushed her, asked more of her than she even knew she had and then gave us the gift of being able to celebrate her. So after a lot of years of swearing at you under my breath I realize now I should be thanking you. Thanking and congratulating you. Because after 7 seasons, 160 episodes and a number of tweets that mathematicians have yet to discover a number to express – you are breathing the rarest of air. You've been a best friend and shared experience for millions of young people (and more than a few older ones) and entertained and inspired and terrified a generation with every buried body and surprise text message. @imarleneking you built something that changed countless lives, employed hundreds and will live on long after we're all gone. You win. Everything. So #PLL I wish you well and I'm sorry for any disagreements – we both meant well. But now I'm gonna take Troian's hand back and follow wherever it leads. pjA
I have kept so little in this room over the years, by Patti and Lo have been here through all of it. I guess I had hopes it would make it easy to pack up when the end came. Well, It took very little time but nothing about the packing was felt easy. Goodbye room (and my home for 7 years). Be good to the next girl. Whoever she is.
Pretty Little Liars returns to Freeform in April 2017.