Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Once,' 'Castle,' more
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We are two weeks away from the Pretty Little Liars season-five summer finale with producers already teasing a #FatalFinale. And considering that, at this time last year, fans found out about Ezra’s pretty little secret and everything changed, there’s no telling what the writers have in store for us this year. I hopped on the phone with executive producer Joseph Dougherty, who wrote Tuesday’s penultimate episode, to chat about what the next hour (or two) has in store.
The Lairs are done with Ali. At the end of the last episode, the Liars had all but decided to go to Lieutenant Tanner and tell her that Ali had lied about being kidnapped. And it sounds like nothing’s changed when things pick back up. “They are very definitely in the same frame of mind,” Dougherty said. “This episode is literally moments later from the end of the previous episode, so they’re still determined to do it.”
Melissa’s secret is coming out, and it will change everything. Since season four’s finale, fans have wondered what it was that Melissa told her father at the police station seemingly regarding Bethany Young and the night Ali died. And come Tuesday, viewers will finally find out. “This is going to permanently and definitively answer a question about what happened the night Ali disappeared, the first night that started everything,” Dougherty said. And along with that secret, we’ll also be getting some more flashbacks to the night Ali disappeared. (Yes, Spencer still has that shovel.) But if you’re like me and you thought Melissa’s secret was going to be the thing that ended the summer season, Dougherty promised that they’ve got an even bigger surprise coming in the summer finale. When I expressed my concern, he simply said, “Well maybe we’re just going to top that.”
Your Ravenswood questions will finally get some answers. After the Pretty Little Liars spinoff, Ravenswood, was canceled after one season, series lead Tyler Blackburn (Caleb) returned to his former home in Rosewood. But when Caleb came back, he brought a lot of baggage with him. “Ever since the fates conspired against us, we’ve been looking for a way to satisfactorily tell people what did happen,” Dougherty said. “And I think the key to Caleb moving on in Rosewood is that he has to share some more, particularly with Hanna, about what happened after that last episode of Ravenswood.” As for Ravenswood characters appearing on the show, Dougherty teased that they might show up in the future but not in the next episode.
Does Emily want another shot with Paige? A photo from this week’s episode shows Paige wearing a very fancy dress, which fans know is not her typical look. “As you know, the return of Alison has profoundly complicated things between Emily and Paige,” Dougherty said. “And I think Paige has pretty much been open about her concern that Emily’s just not done and there’s been a little back and forth. Emily’s very definitive at the end of last week’s episode, [but] Paige doesn’t know about that definitive choice, and I think the issue is, Emily wonders if she can, in good conscience, say, ‘Let’s try this one more time.'”
There’s no Halloween episode this year. This year, the show is switching things up and won’t be doing its annual Halloween episode. As Dougherty put it, “You just can’t do the Olympics every year.” However, there will be “a fan appreciation hour” during ABC Family’s 13 nights of Halloween, and then a little bit later, the first-ever PLL Christmas episode.
What does #FatalFinale mean exactly? When I asked Dougherty if I was going to wind up on the floor after the summer finale, much like I did last year, he responded, “Well if we’ve done our job right, you will. I don’t think we’re kidding around.”
Bonus tease: That glimpse you saw of Alison hooked up to a lie detector test in the promo is not in this next episode, but fans will know more of her narrative soon.
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I love Arlene and Keith together in True Blood. Please tell me they end up together at the end? Arlene deserves to be happy and Keith seems to be a great guy. —Angel
I couldn’t agree more. And although I can’t promise anything considering the writers have been adamant about the fact that they want to shock the viewers with the series finale, I have a good feeling about Arlene and Keith. For one, writer Craig Chester told us that it was important to them that Keith be a good guy, and I can tell you that in upcoming episodes, he and Arlene seem pretty happy. (But she still has Hep V, so they can’t, well, you know.)
Any Castle scoop? —Courtney
If you were worried that the traumatic events of the finale were going to scar and/or change Castle (especially when it comes to the whole wedding idea), don’t be. Even after everything he’s been through, Nathan Fillion still considers Castle to be a wedding guy. As he put it, Castle is still the man who “wears his joy on his sleeve,” the guy who will say, “Yeah I’ll get married. What the hell. Let’s go!”
And just for fun, I also asked Fillion what his dream Castle wedding would be. “I would love to see Castle getting married on the shores of Maui in this little neighborhood I like to go personally for vacations because there’s a great bay right next door,” Fillion said. “You can snorkel there or scooba with turtles and there’s sharks sometimes depending on the time of day.” Who’s in?
Tell me there’s hope for Brandon and Callie on The Fosters in the eps leading up to the summer finale. She can’t end up his sister! —Lauren
Well Lauren, based on the title of the summer finale—”Someone’s Little Sister”—I’m not feeling great about your odds. However, the episode centers around Callie trying to help Rita and the Girls United foster group home, so based on how little he’s mentioned, maybe there’s hope for Brandon yet.
Anything on Hook and Emma on Once Upon a Time? —Jessica
Hook and Emma might’ve ended things on a good note last season, but as we all know by now, nothing’s simple in Storybrooke. Colin O’Donoghue revealed that season 4 picks up right where we left off, which means that “the relationship is still very very complicated and they both have to sort of figure out who they are and how they can make it work if they’re going to make it work,” he said. “Hook is still a pirate at heart even though he very much cares for Emma and really has strong feelings for her, that point being who he is will sort of complicate things. And in the same way, I think with Emma, she’s got her own walls that she needs to break down and figure out if she’s able to feel again and love again. It’s going to be complicated. It’s not going to be plain sailing. Excuse the pun. You know what I mean.” And about Hook’s bad boy side? “You might see a little bit of that,” O’Donoghue teased. “I think people will be happy with his development in this season and they can expect to see a little bit of the pirate back, I think.”
Now that we know that Venus is returning to Sons of Anarchy, do we know any more? How many episodes, etc.? —Anne
The vault seems to be sealed on all things Venus, but I did recently chat with Malcolm Jamal Warner, who is joining the last season as Sticky, the vice president of the Grim Bastards. So how about some other guest star scoop? According to Warner, he was originally supposed to appear in one episode, but after his scene went from involving one person to involving all of the Bastards and the Sons, he was extended to four (and there’s still a chance for him to return for the finale). According to Warner, Sticky is “loyal to his squad.” In other words, you don’t want to be on his bad side. Suffice all of this to say that the Grim Bastards will play a role in Jax’s revenge. “They’re definitely a part of it,” Warner said. “If you’re gonna be on that show it’s kind of cool that you’re going to be the motorcycle gang that’s like the charter club to Sons. So they definitely have our back and we definitely have their backs.”
Do you have any Rizzoli & Isles scoop?—@IslesRizzolian
Tuesday’s episode is titled “Phoenix Rising,” in which the team helps Korsak on an old case. The good (but maybe bad) news: Jane “refuses to believe that she’s not ready to go back on duty and takes some untraditional steps to stay involved.”
Loving the Mark of Cain storyline on Supernatural! Any word on how long Demon Dean might be sticking around? —Amber
When I chatted with executive producer Jeremy Carver a few weeks ago, you might remember that he said the Demon Dean storyline will be sticking for at least the “first run of episodes.” In fact, he mentioned that the Mark of Cain is “very much on the boys’ minds as they plot out a game plan for the next batch of episodes after Dean is healed.” But don’t worry. Even if Dean is healed relatively early on, Carver also promised me that “I think just when it seems like things might be starting to settle down, we will introduce a few new doosies to the world.”
Bonus Supernatural scoop: When asked about another Supernatural spinoff—which The CW has said it’s open to—Carver could confirm that “ideas are floating around,” though “nothing is firm yet.” Maybe there’s still hope for my Lucifer spinoff idea after all.
Any scoop on Lindsay and Halstead on Chicago PD? —Carrie
Let’s just say that the Linstead hashtag will still be going strong in season 2, but neither of those two adults is likely to forget about Voight’s watchful eye anytime soon. Plus, we can’t forget about Lindsay’s relationship with Chicago Fire‘s Severide, who I can’t promise survives last season’s explosion. I know, I hate me too.
What more can you tell us about what’s going to happen to Malia and Stiles’s relationship on Teen Wolf beyond Jeff Davis’ very ambiguous answer of “They’ve got a rocky road ahead.” I don’t want/need it to be all sunshine and lollipops, but is this a relationship that we’ll actually see develop as Malia and Stiles work through the natural hazards of living/loving in Beacon Hills or are we just being strung along for some kind of heartbreak from which there is no return? —Jennifer
Well Jennifer, I promise not to use the words “rocky road.” What I do know is that Stiles and Malia will find themselves together in episode 10, titled “Monstrous,” but based on the fact that they’re going to uncover the origins of The Dead Pool, I can’t promise it will be all that romantic of a scenario. And come episode 11, it sounds like everyone is going to have something to worry about when Scott and his pack engage in a battle with someone who’s being described as “an old enemy.” Any guesses?
Any scoop on The Knave’s arrival to Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time? —Charlee
I asked O’Donoghue if he was at all worried about The Knave stealing any of Hook’s “stud thunder” and he didn’t seem too worried. “I think that The Knave and Hook are very different characters. I think Michael [Socha] is fantastic, and I think he’s a great addition to Once Upon a Time. Obviously, in Wonderland he was fantastic. I’m excited to see how he’ll interact with the characters from Once Upon a Time and with Hook.” O’Donoghue added: “Maybe they can have a dual, a stud-thunder duel.”