Pretty Little Liars star Keegan Allen (Toby) said that Season 5 would see the return of many characters — and he wasn’t joking! As the new season starts filming, news keeps surfacing of many long-absent characters making their way back to Rosewood. Where have they been? And why are they coming back? Here is your guide to the returning characters of Season 5.
Where has he been?: Kenneth DiLaurentis has not been much of a present force on PLL. We saw him in the pilot at Ali’s funeral, and briefly in Season 3 when Hanna apologized to him for mentioning that she had seen Ali three days before his daughter’s body was discovered. Earlier this season, we learned from Mrs. DiLaurentis that she and her husband were getting a divorce. It is implied that he is living outside of Rosewood, though apparently has an apartment somewhere in town that he visits from time to time.
Why is he back?: With Mrs. D. dead and Alison back from the dead, we now know that Mr. DiLaurentis will return to Rosewood in Season 5 to look after his daughter. But how long will he stay? According to TV Line, “[Ali’s] father comes home and wants to take her with him, and she has to explore this idea: Do I really want to stay here? Should I make a clean break? That’s all part of her journey.” Sounds like Mr. D. doesn’t want to hang in Rosewood for very long. Can you really blame the guy?
Where has he been?: As you probably know, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) has been kicking it in Ravenswood these past couple of months. The PLL characters got his own spinoff that told the tale of his battles with homicidal ghosts out for his blood in the nearby Pennsylvania town. There was also a century-long curse involved.
Why is he back?: In real life, what brought Caleb back was the cancellation of Ravenswood. We’ve yet to discover the narrative reason for Caleb’s return, though we’re guessing it might have something to do with lady love Hanna? It may also include the defeat of The Curse, given that PLL/Ravenswood Powers That Be have promised some closure for the Ravenswood crew. Caleb will be back in Season 5, Episode 5.
Where has he been?: Lucas (Brendan Robinson) technically hasn’t left Rosewood, but he has been totally off of the Liars’ radar since he decided to leave Rosewood High and continue his education with homeschooling in mid-Season 3.
Why is he back?: We’re not sure exactly why Lucas is back, but we’re trying not to look a gift horse in the mouth! According to Marlene King, “Lucas will leave his bunk beds and head back to Rosewood High,” and that’s good enough for us. Lucas will be back in the Season 5 premiere.
Where has he been?: Like Lucas, Noel Kahn (Brant Daugherty) is another character who has been in Rosewood, but flying under the radar. He became much more interesting to the Liars (and us) in the Season 4 finale when we found out that he’s been helping Alison. Her explanation for their alliance: Noel has secrets, too.
Why is he back?: Noel is back in the Season 5 premiere, but we’re not yet sure why. Might he try to help Alison escape before the police find her? Or maybe he’s there to help her reintegrate into Rosewood society. We’re still holding out for an Ali/Noel romance. Just us?
Which other characters are you hoping to see return in Season 5? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on June 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.