Credit: ABC Family

Pretty Little Liars walks a fine line between giving us the answers we so desperately crave and revealing so much there is no mystery left to intrigue. So far, we think the show has done a pretty good job of balancing the two, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some demands for the winter premiere. Here are five questions we want answered ASAP.

Who’s in the box?

OK, this one better be addressed considering it’s the name of the freakin’ episode! With the reveal of Alison’s not-deadness in the Halloween episode, came a whole host of questions. The question of who’s currently buried inside of Ali’s casket is one of them. Hanna seems to think it’s a chick called Sara Harvey, a girl from a nearby town who disappeared around the same time Alison did, but would the show really give us the answer so easily? We’ll just have to tune in to find out!

Credit: ABC Family

Why did Alison fake her death?

We have some guesses when it comes to why Alison faked her own death, but it’s hard to imagine what would drive a teenaged girl to such drastic extremes. The Liars have been tormented by “A” for a few years now, and they’ve still managed to avoid faking their own deaths. There has to be more to this story, and we’re dying to find out what it is!

Where has Ali been this whole time?

We love PLL-related logistics and, right now, we’re trying to work out just how Alison survived on her own for so long. Where has she been? Has she been alone? Where has she gotten the money to survive? We would watch a whole spin-off show filling in the gaps of the time between Alison disappeared and now. We would call it Pretty Little Liars: Life on the Run, and it would have Alison finding a new job under a new alias every week. One week, she would be a kindergarten teacher. The next, a brain surgeon. “A” constantly on her tail. But, if we can’t get the spin-off, we’ll just take the answer.



Credit: ABC Family

Does anyone else know?

It seems insane to think that Alison managed to fake her own death completely on her lonesome, which means we’re dying to know who else knows about her not-deadness. We really hope the answer(s) involves characters we already know, rather than more Mrs. Grunwald-types — who are cool, but recent developments we don’t already have a history with. Extra points if one of the Liars has been in on it since the beginning. Double extra points if that Liar is Spencer.

Why is Ezra after Alison?

We doubt we’re going to get an answer to this doozy, but a website can dream, right? We’re desperate to explain Ezra’s behavior so we can start shipping him with Aria again. There has to be a logical explanation, right? If we could just sit down with Ezra and ask him some direct questions, this process might move a whole lot quicker. And this black cloud that has descended over the entire Ezria relationship can be lifted. OK, show?

What questions do you want answered ASAP when PLL returns next week? Share them 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.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!