While Pretty Little Liars fans are already buzzing about season two (premiering June 14!), let’s go back and revisit this week’s first season finale.
TV Line spoke to executive producer Oliver Goldstick soon after Monday’s episode aired and peppered him for information about a few key plot points. For example…
So… is Ian dead?!?
Yes, he looked very dead to those girls, but there is that remote possibility that he wasn’t and he got away. And much of the second season is predicated on Ian possibly being very much alive.
Did Ian kill Alison? Does that make him A?
Ian looks guilty and pretty damn good for killing Alison. Is “A” still out there? You bet. Are “A” and the killer the same person? Possibly.
Are Ian, Jenna and Garrett working together?
There’s definitely more to that story. You’ll find out there’s a history to these people and they go back a long way. They’re not new to Rosewood and their history with Alison is checkered, so because of that they all might know each other.
Where does the relationship stand between Melissa and Spencer?
Melissa and Spencer’s relationship reaches a whole new level of ‘Who can you trust?’ Do you trust family? Or do you trust who has become your family, who you’ve married? The alliances are very fraught by the events of the finale, and the Hastings family is really torn asunder by this whole situation.
Is Emily really moving to Texas?
It’s very big in the second season. Her mother’s need to want to be with her father on the base in Ft. Hood becomes a real conflict for Emily… and she’s desperate to find a way to stay in Rosewood. She goes to some extremes. Paige will also still in school and still very much around. Later on in the second season she has quite a nice arc. Right now, there is some Samara action happening.
Will we see Logan again?
You will be seeing more of Logan. And when he is spotted by one of our Pretty Little Liars, he won’t want to be spotted.
Goldstick also emphasize how the first season really only encompassed a few weeks of time on the show. It sounds like we’ll pick up on season two rather soon after the events we just witnessed, as well.
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Hey guys! this took me a while, but here are Screencaptures of last night PLL season finale episode “For Whom the Bell Tolls”! Take a look!
My next order of buisness, during the break between season 1 and season 2, is to keep you updated, add all screencaptures from every episode, and add images from the actors! so stay tuned!
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Amidst all the excitement during the Pretty Little Liars season finale, Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra (Ian Harding) had a huge fight. We hate to see them this way, but Aria had good reason for being angry since Jackie, Ezra’s ex-fiance, showed up at Aria’s house for the Hollis party without any warning. Ezra somehow forgot to mention that Jackie would be coming and that she’s a teacher at Hollis, where he just accepted a position. Can you smell drama?
Expect Ezria problems for the next few episodes since Ezra will be caught in a love triangle between Aria and Jackie. However, don’t worry, Aria and Ezra are soul mates. Showrunner Marlene King told Wetpaint that out of “the majority of the people who contact me about it [Ezra and Aria’s relationship], I’d say that 99 percent are head-over-heels for Ezria and they threaten to never watch the show again if we break them up.” With that said, rest assured Aria and Ezra will end up fine.
King comforted anxious fans by telling them that this pretty little pair will stick together. She tweeted, “All you #Ezria fans chillout peeps. I promise you it will all be okay. Eventually.” But if that wasn’t enough to convince them, King tweeted more clues. “For Ezria fans, it’s a rocky start, but I promise the ultimate Ezria lip lock in episode 2 this summer. Stay tuned.” Does that mean that Aria will sleep with Ezra?
Now, if only season 2 weren’t so far away…
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Hey guys! ive added some more stills from last night’s season finale! take a look! thanks to ABC Family!
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Nobody knows what it’s like to be in a relationship that’s so wrong, yet so right, more that Pretty Little Liars’ Ian Harding. Playing the adorably handsome, yet morally conflicted Ezra Fitz, Harding says that although there are legal ramifications for him and his student Aria (Lucy Hale) to be together, they’re soulmates.
But the couple may run into some major problems. A cop saw Aria leave Ezra’s apartment in last week’s episode and a mystery person took the key Aria uses to get into her boyfriend’s apartment. Harding tells TVGuide.com that viewers might be focusing on the wrong thing, how Ezra’s former fiancé could be returning, and why fans might be upset with him by the finale’s end. Plus: Which PLL would Harding’s high school self have dated?
It looks like the cops may be onto Aria and Ezra’s relationship.
I love that’s what everybody is concentrating on. I think it’s going to make for a good surprise because the cops are there, but for what reason is still a mystery. Whoever lifted up that mat is also going to be surprising.
Is Ezra’s prior relationship going to come back up?
I really hope so. The actress who is playing Jackie, Paloma Guzman, and I went to college together. I got a text one night saying, “They want me for possibly a small part on your show and it may be recurring.” She could be sticking around for a while because there was a discussion of where to live in Los Angeles.
What kind of reaction do you get to the “Ezria” relationship?
For the most part people are rooting for it because they realize it’s not a gross thing. In terms of the physical and adult emotional part of the relationship they’re moving at a snail’s pace — I think they’re only feeling each other up — and I think ultimately they’re soulmates and people are realizing that. But it’s a little weird sometimes. I was in New York, in a restaurant, and a [girl who was] very obviously a teenager came up to me and gave me her number and I was like: No! As soon as we left, I trashed it. They’re assuming I’m this person in real life.
Will sex eventually come up between the two?
I think it will come up and once it does it’ll be done in a way that’s very tasteful and sweet. It’s not like, “Yeah, now it’s time!” These two people absolutely love each other.
Besides having an underage girlfriend, does Ezra have any faults? The guy seems perfect.
I think he is honestly a great guy at heart and tries to be this upstanding character. He’s a very logical guy and tries to make sure everything is kosher and I think that’s why this whole relationship with Aria has thrown a wrench in his life’s spokes. He wants to be the golden boy, but there are certain moments in his past that are not the brightest and most shiny. I would love to see more of that because being such a good guy gets boring.
What advice would you give to your high school self?
I would tell him to chill out. I took a lot of things really seriously and I’m not saying be lazy, but know that the stakes … like getting into college, are not life and death.
Which of the four main characters would your high school self date?
I probably would have gone for Aria. She’s unique and has the whole short brunette thing, which in high school is all I dated. I think I would’ve been driven to how creative and artsy and well-spoken she is. Shay Mitchell’s character is pretty awesome, too I just think the whole lesbian thing would’ve thrown a wrench into the relationship.
You did a web series called Hollywood is Like High School with Money. How did that come about?
I got a call saying the people over at Alloy wanted to give me the part. I’m a firm supporter in work begets work, so I said yeah let’s do that. If it’s a cool project — let me be pretentious for a second — if it speaks to me, then, yeah I’m going to do it whether or not it’s a web series, a $100 million film, or a TV show that only has a million viewers. It’s easy to get caught up in the career mindset, but I’m very content on just working on good stuff.
Give us a final tease for Monday’s finale.
People are going to be angry at Ezra because there’s going to be some words that were not spoken to Aria that she’s going to be pretty [angry]about. There’s a picture online right now of me from the season finale and if you look closely I’m in Aria’s bedroom, which I’ve obviously never been in before. I’ll leave that for the viewers to salivate over. There’s also a very awesome moment in a bell tower.
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Who knew these two would have such amazing chemistry? We’re ashamed to admit we never saw it coming, but we’re so glad it did.When we caught up with “PLL” executive producer I. Marlene King to chat about the show’s sure-to-be heart-stopping season finale on Monday, Mar. 21, we had to ask (and gush) about their relationship. King teases that the couple has a scene in the finale that makes her cry… happy tears.Another Rosewood romance we’re totally invested in? The show’s main couple Ezra (Ian Harding) and Aria (Lucy Hale) whose relationship endures two big twists in the finale, King reveals.To read more from King on how Spencer and Toby came to be, Toby’s transition from bad guy to leading man and what obstacles Ezra and Aria will face, check out our interview with her below.
Obviously we have to talk about Spencer and Toby. At first we were really surprised by their connection, but they’ve become our favorite couple on the show. Was this pairing always in your game plan?It was a notion of mine. We had just put both of those characters through the ringer for like the first ten episodes. Neither of them really got to be happy and we just dumped so much on them as human beings. I was thinking these two characters both need some happiness and it was really sort of this wild idea — that it was either really going to work or it won’t because they are polar opposites. Spencer was the hardest on Toby out of any of the PLLs. Like she literally says ‘If the devil has a name it’s Toby Cavanaugh.’ So we just thought this is going to be a great adventure to send the two of them on.The first time they kissed, I was on set that day, I was like, ‘Okay!’ It was even before that, when they were playing Scrabble in episode 19. I was like they have chemistry, it’s like beyond. And they both as human beings are very soulful, they’re very souful and they share this amazing chemistry together. I feel like they’ve become our most soulful couple.We have to say that hug in the last episode is probably our pick for the most romantic moment on the show so far. It was simple but also really meaningful.I know! It’s insane, right? They’re just so special. They have a scene in the finale that just makes me cry. But it’s a good scene. It’s a happy scene. They get to spend this quality time together and there’s just sort of this maturity about them that just… I want to spend an afternoon the way they do!Toby’s transition from possible bad guy to swoon-worthy love interest is kind of reminiscent of what “Gossip Girl” did with Chuck Bass — taking someone we couldn’t trust or found a bit creepy and making him someone girls love.I think you’re right and I love that show, too. I think that’s something we really discovered with Toby. We weren’t sure if we were going to go that route. In the beginning, for a couple of episodes we stayed very true to the books. In the books, the character Toby does die after the Homecoming episode, but we just started to see what this actor Keegan Allen was doing with the character and it was so special and he just really lit up the screen. He had this great chemistry with Emily. We were like, we have to keep this guy around because he’s just so amazing. Then we realized early on everything he had said was true. He hadn’t told a lie and then he became the moral compass of the show for us.We know you don’t want to give a lot away, but can you tease anything about what’s in store for Ezra and Aria?There’s two big twists for their relationship. One is very positive, the other one is the beginning of a set of issues for them that reaches outside of the teacher-student dilemma that they’ve had.
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Fans of the hit ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” can expect at least three major “OMG moments” during tonight’s season one finale, teases executive producer I. Marlene King. “And maybe a couple of WTF moments worked in as well.”
For anyone familiar with the teenage mystery series, having only three surprising moments may seem tame for the show. Based on the YA novel series by Sara Shepard for Alloy Entertainment and HarperCollins, “Pretty Little Liars” follows the exploits of four classmates at Rosewood High as they deal with a mysterious, unseen character named “A” — whom the girls suspect is their friend Alison, the former queen bee of their group who disappeared a year ago. Fairly provocative for the YA set, the show has featured a high school student sleeping with an adult teacher, girl-on-girl kisses, a blind girl seeking revenge, and if the series holds true to the books, an incestuous relationship isn’t far behind.
“The ABC Family logo is a bit of a misnomer,” said King during a recent phone interview. “They’ve certainly let us be edgy and dark, perhaps even more so that if we were on regular ABC. They’ve never really come down on us.” The only subjects the network is touchy about, King said, was language and drug use. “We’ve never been allowed to show smoking, which I think stems from the Disney brand,” she said. “And if somebody does break the law or do something dark, they like to see consequences. And we’re fine with that.”
King is particularly excited for fans to see the show’s season finale. “It’s very big, very cinematic, and it reminds me of the pilot,” she said. “There’s naturally a huge twist and a big concession.” Like many other showrunners these days, she’ll be paying attention to Twitter when the episode airs on both the East and West Coasts and trying to tweet back at fans and viewers. “Twitter is a great barometer and it happens to be an organic fit for us, because our audience does use social media so extensively in their lives,” she said. “When we have an exciting episode and the show becomes a trending topic, I find it does reflect a higher number of people are watching.”
Already renewed for a second season, the show — which first premiered last summer and saw its initial order of 10 episodes upped to 22 — will have six full-time writers for the coming year, most of them fairly senior writers, says King. “I love that our room has an experienced voice; you don’t have to be 18 or 20 to find these young teen genre voices,” she said. “[Writer] Joe Dougherty has been around since the wagon train, but he writes the best teen voices.”
And while there are currently eight book in the “Pretty Little Liars” series, with four more on the way thanks to the success of the TV show, King says that she’s tentatively planned out the plot for a five-season series. “We operate as if there’s going to be five seasons,” she said. “For a mystery, it’s not fair to the writers to not know.”
The spring finale of “Pretty Little Liars’ airs tonight at 8 p.m. EST on ABC Family.