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The Liars are freaking out in the aftermath of the Ali is alive reveal, and it looks like it will make utterly compelling television. In the new promo for the Pretty Little Liars winter premiere, we see Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson), and Emily (Shay Mitchell) struggling to come to grips with their bestie’s miraculous return from the dead.

“She’s really alive. Why am I not insanely happy?” Aria asks the other Liars in the promo. Looks like the Liars are engaged in one of their classic strategy/debrief sessions, and they’re skeptical of their Ali’s story.

“She’s not telling us the truth,” Hanna claims.

“She’s been playing with us?” Aria suggests (most likely, remembering some of Ali’s past manipulations).

“Like she was ‘A,’” Emily contributes to the conversation. It’s particularly interesting that Emily is floating the “Ali is ‘A’” theory, as she was arguably the closest to Ali before her disappearance more accurately, she was in love with her blue-eyed bestie. According to the episode synopsis for Season 4, Episode 14 (“Who’s in the Box?”), “Emily has trouble dealing with how she feels about Alison being alive.” (Seems like there’s a lot of that going around.)

In another scene, we see Emily having an emotional heart-to-heart with Alison. “It’s really you,” Emily says to Alison. We cannot wait for this scene. Will it lead into the following squabble between Spencer and Emily: “We can’t let her come between us,” Spencer tells Emily.

“Don’t,” Emily yells at Spencer, throwing her friend’s hands off of her. Whoa. Why is Emily so upset with Spencer? And will Ali come between the tight-knit Liars? Ali certainly has the skill set to do so, but we were hoping she might have changed her ways. So much to look forward to in Season 4B!


What do you think of the new promo? Will Alison come between the Liars? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 winter premiere on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.