There’s nothing worse than hiatuses between runs of Pretty Little Liars we survive on spoilers and speculation alone, trying not to worry that, when the show returns, it won’t be able to maintain the level of suspense and intrigue we have come to expect from PLL. But so far, we’ve been pleasantly surprised. PLL always returns from hiatus with a bang, and it sounds like they’re set to continue the tradition. What did PLL showrunner Marlene King have to say about the table read for the 2014 winter premiere (Season 4, Episode 14)?

“Table read for the winter premiere was phenomenal.  Be still my heart @kockenlocker,” Marlene tweeted yesterday.

It may be months away, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t get excited about the winter premiere. With all of the hints that are being dropped about the preceding episode (the Halloween special) being “the darkest yet,” we can’t help but be excited to see its aftermath. The winter premiere will also mark the first episode following Caleb’s departure to Ravenswood. We can’t help but wonder how this major plot twist will affect Hanna and, by extension, her best friends. Bring on the phenomenal, PLL!

Are you excited for the winter premiere or does it seem eons away? Do you have any expectations for the episode? Let us know in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on July 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.