Wetpaint Entertainment: I’m sad that you’re kicking the bucket in this episode.
Brendan Robinson: What do you mean? Have people said I’m the one who – no. Ezra is the one that dies. You know what happens? I come in with a big axe, and I just chop his head off. I’m just kidding.
And then you can date Aria.
Exactly. It totally could happen.
Tease the Halloween episode for us.
Well, it takes place on a train. Last year we had our Haunted House. This year we actually have to be moving like in space and time so we’re on a train, and lo and behold, Adam Lambert shows up on the train and sings a little tune and talks to Lucy Hale a little bit. Then people die.
Were you shocked about the death?
I was, actually.
Were you as shocked as with the betrayer reveal?
I was because – I’m not sure if I can say this, but the person who is going to die has been around for a while. So I think everybody was a little surprised by that. Whereas with the betrayer and stuff, nobody died. Or when Nate got shot it was a new character, but it took place in that one arc. I know it’s a terrible thing to say, “Oh, I wasn’t torn up about that.” But yeah, it was surprising. I think one of the interesting things that Marlene has talked about, particularly about the reveal and the betrayal and stuff, is that the writing staff has to do certain things in order for the show to go somewhere. So even though some of the things might be sad or might not be satisfying for the fans of certain characters, things happen for a reason, and it’s all to make the show bigger and better. So that’s what happens in this episode where the person who ends up kicking it.
Do you sleep better at night when you know you might eventually die for the greater good?
Let’s say I’ll sleep better when I know I’m the person dying or not.
Did the person know when you were doing the table read?
I believe they did. That would be cruel and unusual if they just kind of turned to the next page to be like, “Oh. Interesting.” But no, I think anything like that is handled very . . .
What can you say about Spring?
It’s going to be good. When we return in January, Mona is going to be released from the Radley Sanitarium where she not only is going to affect the girls, Hanna in particular because they used to be friends, but it’s also going to affect everybody at school because she goes back to school as well. And Lucas may or may not be involved somehow. I can’t say.
Do they pair up?
I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to boost the drama, that’s for sure. So that’s pretty much all I can say.
What about love for Lucas?
That’s a good question. I would love for it to happen someday, but at the moment it’s not really the direction that the storyline is going in. We’re kind of focusing on other things. But his friendship with Hanna could possibly be going in more of where it used to be, like a friendship as opposed to this weird kind of, “I’m creepy. I may or may not want to kill you,” sort of thing.
So less of that in Spring.
Right. Less of that in Spring. That’s pretty much all I can say.