Pretty Little Liars is promo-dropping some major hints that one of the Liars will die in the #fAtalfinale, and it has us seriously freaked out. We can’t imagine this show killing off any of the core four, but you never know. If one of the Liars does bite it, our money is on Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson). Here’s why!
Hanna is spiraling. Though Hanna seemed to make some strides in last night’s episode, she is still making some self-destructive choices as she tries to deal with Ali’s return. Because of Hanna’s drinking and because of her relative isolation from the other Liars, she is the perfect target for “A” to take down. Last episode, Ashley Marin told her daughter that she should stop drinking if only so she can be alert when Rosewood’s ever-present villains choose to strike. Foreshadowing or just some solid advice from Mama Marin? Maybe a bit of both.
Single white female. It hasn’t escaped our notice that Hanna and Ali look very much alike. Sometimes, we even mistake one for the other. After Ali’s apparent death, Mona made Hanna over so that she looked like her dead bestie. Now, it feels like Ali is the one trying to “single white female” her way into Hanna’s identity. She’s staying at her house, using her bath salts, and having heart-to-hearts with her mom. Is Ali trying to steal Hanna’s life? We wouldn’t put anything past the compulsive liar. If so, the final step may be going after Hanna herself.
It would be a bold move for the mature show. Pretty Little Liars is getting up there in TV years. It just celebrated its 100th episode, and has another two seasons in the pipeline after the fifth one ends. With so much story left to tell, PLL is going to have to shake things up if it wants to stay fresh. We hate to say it, but one way of doing that is to kill off a seemingly unkillable character. This would raise the stakes on a show where the ultimate consequence has, until now, been reserved for minor characters. Would the show dare to kill off of its stars?
Ashley Benson's star is on the rise. All of the Liars have projects outside of their PLL commitments, but arguably no PLLer has had as much luck as Ashley. She had a starring role in 2013’s Spring Breakers, which enjoyed both critical and relative box office success. More recently, she has been cast in Pixels, an 80s arcade revival flick co-starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, and Peter Dinklage. Though she has never publicly expressed any interest in leaving PLL to focus on her film career, she would definitely have opportunities waiting.
Do you think Hanna will die in the summer finale? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on August 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.