Marlene King: Pretty Little Liars ”A” Reveal Is ”Not Random,” Talks NAT Club – Exclusive
We know we aren’t the only ones counting down the hours until the big “A” reveal on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. We’ve analyzed every character and almost every clue, but we still can’t say for sure that we have a prime suspect — which is a credit to the writing on the show.
Wetpaint Entertainment sat down with showrunner Marlene King for an exclusive interview about the “A” reveal, hints that have been dropped, and if we’ll get the whole story by the end of the finale aka Season 2, Episode 25: “UnmAsked.”
Wetpaint Entertainment: How do you feel getting to reveal this big thing after two seasons?
Marlene: I'm really excited. When we initially made the decision to do it, we were all sort of a little bit nervous. But then once we committed to revealing who “A” was, I think the nerves went away, and we all just got super enthusiastic and excited about it.
Would you have wanted to maybe spread it out over the third season as well?
No. We have so much more to talk about and deal with in Season 3. Because we've already broken most of the season, we know what Season 3 is, but I feel like we're revealing “A” at the exact right time.
I've hear various things from your cast, but have you always known who "A" is?
From episode one?
From episode one. And we embraced that very early on because we wanted to make sure that it's not just a device in the show. “A” is a real character. “A” has a motivation for all of “A”'s evil deeds, and we wanted to make sure that — I think that's why people have really embraced it so much. It's not random at all. “A” has a purpose.
As a TV watcher, I'm so scared that you're going to tell me, and I'm going to be like, so what?
I hope not. I feel like because you find out who “A” was, but you also find out why “A” has been doing what “A” has been doing. And I think that, for me, as a viewer, that's what I like. It's not random in any way. It's been very thoughtful, and “A” is a character on the show that I think people know enough to care about being “A” actually.
Will you address Alison's murder?
Yes, we address Alison's murder, but the mostly the finale is about “A.”
Are there any episodes that you'd like for people to go back and see before they watch the finale?
I can't quote the episodes by number, but I do think the Vivian Darkbloom story line is definitely a part of how we discover, unmasking “A.”
I assume you've been dropping hints throughout the entire thing?
We've been dropping hints throughout the whole thing, and I will say that you — especially this last season — once you know who “A” is, when you go back, you'll hear certain things that person said, and you'll be like, oh, my gosh, it was right there all along.
Red herrings. I assume there's a ton?
There are always red herrings. We have so much fun with it. I think we just love to convince you that you have it all figured out just to tell you, oh, my gosh, there's something I didn't see. Or there's a twist I wasn't expecting. That is just the fun of mystery and the fun of PLL.
Anything we can say about the perceived bad guys, Jenna, Melissa, that crew?
The NAT club as we call them?
The NAT club that we refer to as anybody who was in Ali's room the night she was murdered. And the NAT club stays very much a presence in the show. We haven't heard the last of them.
Stay tuned for more of our interview with Marlene, including hints about Season 3 and what’s in store for your favorite couples.
Pretty Little Liars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.