'Pretty Little Liars' at PaleyFest: Five things we learned
Shhhh. EW is spilling the secrets from the Pretty Little Liars PaleyFest panel Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. But you’ll have to keep them…and take them to the grave!
The panel featured executive producers Marlene King, Joe Dougherty and Oliver Goldstick, along with stars Troian Bellisario (Spencer); Ashley Benson (Hanna); Lucy Hale (Aria); Shay Mitchell (Emily); Sasha Pieterse (Ali); Ian Harding (Ezra); Janel Parrish (Mona) and Keegan Allen (Toby).
Amid the screams of the teenage girls in the 2,000-person audience, the panel was peppered with questions such as details about Keegan Allen’s abs; Ian Harding’s availability for a date; and whether cyberbully “A” would be unmasked in the winter season finale Tuesday — which, of course, went unanswered.
But the cast and crew managed to reveal scoops about key plot points, season 5 and hopes to take PLL beyond the small screen. Here are five things we learned:
A shocking “Ezria” twist in the finale!
King hinted that there will be a shocking “Ezria” (Ezra and Aria) twist in Tuesday’s winter season finale. She also promised there will be a ton of questions answered. “You guys have earned those. You have been very patient with us,” she said. PaleyFest attendees were also treated to a sneak peek of the finale episode, which starts with Ali beginning her “tell all,” saying she suspected every one of her friends at one point and teasing that each girl was in some incriminating videos. The clip then flashed back to Ali and her mom, Mrs. D (Andrea Parker), having a fight on the night she disappeared. Mrs. D is on a mysterious phone call, but pauses to tell Ali she can’t go out that evening, while also warning her that Spencer and her whole family can’t be trusted. Ali is then seen grabbing a bottle of prescription sleeping pills. What are they used for? How do they play into the night she vanished? You’ll have to find out on the season finale March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
Caleb is coming back to Rosewood soon, Ravenswood will have some closure
Mark your calendars! Hanna and Caleb will be back together in Rosewood in the fifth episode (which will be the 100th!) of the upcoming fifth season. News broke last week that Tyler Blackburn would be reprising his role as Caleb Rivers, after his PLL spin-off Ravenswood was cancelled after one season. For any Ravenswood fans out there (if there are), executive producer Dougherty promised to give some closure to the series within Pretty Little Liars. “We are going to in a satisfactory way, as not to leave you hanging. We knew where we were going, but they [the network] told us to get off the train,” he joked. Ashley Benson, who plays Hanna, was thrilled to have her co-star back: “I was screaming on the phone [to Marlene]. I am super happy. I love Ty; he’s the best.” As to whether, Caleb and Hanna will rekindle their romance, producers were vague, noting she has several men to choose from now (new love interest Travis and her flirtation with Detective Holbrook.)
Season 5 will be a whole new PLL, welcoming Ali back won’t be easy
King teased that the new season will be the most emotionally complex season yet — and that is saying a lot! Sasha Pieterse who plays former-dead-girl Alison DiLaurentis said her return into the fold is going to “cause the dynamic to change drastically.” “She’s now the victim. When it was the five of them, Ali always had them under her thumb. [Now they] have to find out the pain that she has felt. Welcoming her back is going to be not as easy as it should be.” King says it will affect each girl individually and as a group, as well as their respective love interests. “It feels like a whole new show.”
Pretty Little Liars — the musical episode?
With a cast comprised of several musically-inclined actors (Lucy Hale was on American Juniors and is releasing a country album in June), the topic of a musical episode arose. “We’ve always wanted to do a musical. Everybody kind of sings.” Pieterse said. And exec producer Goldstick didn’t rule it out saying although producing it would take longer, “it’s not impossible.”
Producers want to take PLL to the big screen
King said of a Pretty Little Liars movie: “We talk about it all the time; we would love to make a movie.” She, of course, would want to write and direct it to “continue exploring the world of these great characters.”
What a clip from the panel below: