Marlene King reveals who tried to drown Jenna, who blew up Toby's house, and more.

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Spoilers: If you haven’t watched the season 6 finale of Pretty Little Liars and don’t want to know the identity of “A” — amongst other things — stop reading now.

After years of mysteries and threatening text messages, the biggest question on Pretty Little Liars has been answered: Who is “A”? And with one answer comes, well, many more questions, so we interrogated PLL showrunner Marlene King, asking her for definitive answers on some of the most memorable whodunnits over the years.

Below, we’ve rounded up everything — from questions that were answered in the season 6 summer finale, to questions that were never answered on the show — all in one place. Finally, it seems King is ready to tell all … except for that one question.

First, a key:

A is Charles DiLaurentis, who later transitioned to become Charlotte DiLaurentis, whom we’ve known for years as CeCe Drake.

Black Widow is Sara Harvey.

Red Coat is also Sara Harvey.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Who killed Ian? (Season 2, Episode 4)

MARLENE KING: Ian killed himself but Mona staged the note and the crime scene.

Who was responsible for killing Garrett and putting Aria in a box with his dead body? (Season 3, Episode 13)

Wilden. Garrett found out that Wilden was a dirty cop and was going to tell. [Wilden] was acting on his own.”

Who shot Ezra when he showed up in New York to protect the Liars? (Season 4, Episode 24)

That was Shana.

Who killed Wilden? (Season 4, Episode 1)


Who nearly killed Jason in the elevator at his father’s apartment building? (Season 3, Episode 19)

That was Charlotte. When Charlotte gets mad, she sometimes acts out in very strong and harsh ways. I don’t think the intention was to kill Jason. It was definitely an impulsive act of revenge.

If Ali saved Hanna from the Thornhill Lodge fire, who saved the other girls? (Season 3, Episode 24)

Sara Harvey! And the person who set the fire was Shana.

Who drove a car into Emily’s house? (Season 4, Episode 7)

That was Charlotte, [but] to quote Charlotte, “Nobody got hurt.”

Who kidnapped Emily, put her in a coffin, and chained her to a sawmill conveyer belt? (Season 4, Episode 12)

That was Charlotte. The PLLs were getting close to discovering Charlotte’s identity at that time, so that was a real “listen to me” kind of a moment.

Who blew up Toby’s house? (Season 5, Episode 5)

That was Charlotte. She was very mad. [Laughs] But no one got hurt! [She has] perfect timing. She’s a genius.

Who was responsible for kidnapping Mona and faking her death? (Season 5, Episode 12)

That was Charlotte.

Who knocked Jenna unconscious and left her to drown? (Season 4, Episode 9)

That was Charlotte because Jenna knew Ali was alive. That’s something we have not discussed on the show so that’s totally new information.

Whose body was in the barrel that the Liars found in a storage unit (and originally thought was Mona’s )? (Season 5, Episode 16)

Charlotte stole a cadaver from a medical school.

Who put snakes in Spencer’s dressing room? (Season 3, Episode 11)

Oh, Charlotte. Charlotte was very busy. [Laughs]

Who put finger bones in the girls’ wedding dresses at the fashion show? (Season 4, Episode 23)

Charlotte. I think Charlotte wanted you to think they were Bethany’s bones, but Charlotte has access to bodies and bones. Medical school corpses is what she has used occasionally on the show.

Who hit Bethany over the head?

That’s Mona. Melissa buried Bethany alive but Mona bashed her in the head with a shovel.

Who hit Ali over the head?

Charlotte, thinking she was hitting Bethany.

Who left a message in Hanna’s teeth? (Season 4, Episode 17)

Charlotte. That was very invasive, very creepy.

Who murdered Jessica DiLaurentis? (Season 4, Episode 24)

That is still a mystery. That’s the one thing we don’t solve when we give you all the [other] answers. But Charlotte buried Mrs. D.

Pretty Little Liars will return in early 2016.

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Pretty Little Liars

Four little liars and a being named “A” (who may or may not be the fifth little liar) try to live their lives in Rosewood. It’s complicated.

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