On the Scene: 'Pretty Little Liars' season finale event
Got a secret, can you keep it? The cast and crew of Pretty Little Liars sure can.
The season 4 finale event in New York was all about secrets: What happened the night Ali disappeared? Who’s A? What is Mrs. D up to? Predictably, the Liars and Co. couldn’t say much about what we may or may not be finding out soon, but they did give some special fans a sneak peak at the season finale an hour before it aired.
Everyone who appeared in the finale — minus Holbrook (Sean Faris) and Melissa Hastings (Torrey DeVitto) — gathered together in the Ziegfeld Theatre for 1,123 special guests to do a live script reading of the finale. Executive producer Oliver Goldstick (who told EW that what’s happening in the DiLaurentis family may redefine ABC Family as ”ABC Manson Family”) narrated in a lighthearted tone while the Liars stayed serious. It wasn’t all scripted though — Vanessa Ray (CeCe Drake) adorably admitted to being nervous as she stuttered her first lines, and Ian Harding (also adorably) showed his shock on his face during especially high-tension parts.
While the cast’s time onstage was reserved for the reading, they were able to get in some thoughts about the show on the red carpet. See what the stars had to say about potential romances, Ali’s changes, and Ezra’s morality below:
Oliver Goldstick (executive producer) on Haleb: ”I have a special place in my heart for Caleb and Hanna. There was a lovely chemistry between him and Ashley [Benson] from day one, so it’s always been a lot of fun to write for them. So I kind of ship them. Is that embarrassing to say?”
Sasha Pieterse on Ali’s metamorphosis: ”Alison now is such a different person. She’s been victimized and she’s emotionally wounded and so I feel like I’m playing a different character and it’s just fun for me as an actress to kind of dive into that and find her light and shade and just kind of see the way the girls react to her.”
Troian Bellisario (Spencer) on the show’s messages: ”I always get a little bit worried because our show is so focused on looks and I see a lot of responses on Twitter from people who are like, ‘you’re perfect! I want to look like you!’ And I’m like, nobody looks like this. So I worry we’re kind of continuing to project a false image of what girls should look like. But at the same time, I feel like we are doing a good job of opening up conversations about sexuality, conversations about drug addiction, so I really hope we’re doing a balance so that our audience can take some and leave some.”
Shay Mitchell (Emily) on a possible Emily-Ali romance: ”For Emily’s sake, for old times’ sake, I think it could be fun. But we have to find out and see how Ali’s changed.”
Ashley Benson (Hanna) on what she tells family and friends who haven’t seen the show: ”If they haven’t seen it, I say don’t watch it unless you’ve watched the first episode because you’re not going to understand what’s going on. I don’t even understand what’s going on and I’m on the show.”
Ian Harding (Ezra) on if Ezra’s a good or bad guy: ”I think he’s a good guy. I think he’s a misled fellow, in the sense that he really wanted to get to the bottom of this whole situation and I think he has a lot of self-loathing so he tries to squash that by finding out the truth of the situation. So he’s just so driven and obsessed with it that he did some very, very, very morally questionable stuff.”
Pretty Little Liars returns to ABC Family June 10 with season five, which executive producer Marlene King dubs ”the season of intrigue.” We also hope it’s the season of Ezra-not-being-dead, but we can only hope.