Remember the sneak peek photo for Season 2 on Pretty Little Liars with all four girls around a table, their beautiful party dresses covered in dirt and mud? Well, showrunner Marlene King tells Wetpaint Entertainment in an exclusive interview, that that scene is how she’ll open the summer finale, “Over My Dead Body,” on August 30.
Marlene tells Wetpaint Entertainment that instead of quaintly sipping tea, the girls will find themselves at the police station with many questions to answer.
“They are in serious, serious, serious trouble,” says King. “Then it cuts to 12 hours earlier. They’re standing on Dr. Sullivan’s (Annabeth Gish) porch, and they’re trying to find her because she has gone missing. The episode is structured a bit like The Usual Suspects.”
The episode finds Dr. Sullivan in grave danger after finding out the identity of A. “The little liars are put in a position of having to save her,” says King. “They’re really worried for her safety. And it’s safe to assume that A is responsible for the reason she is missing.”
“We’ll find out a lot more about the N.A.T. Club and the season finale does answer a lot of questions about Jason, the missing Page 5 of the autopsy report, and you’ll find out a huge piece of the puzzle about what happened to Alison,” teases King.
To no one’s surprise, eerie Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok) is a huge part of the mystery. “She is so creepy, and her and Garrett (Yani Gellman) are so much fun to watch,” says King. “They’ve got their creepiest scene ever in the finale.”
One of King’s two favorite scenes this season is actually in the August 30 episode, and harkens back to her first favorite scene, where Hanna (Ashley Benson) confronts Alison in Dr. Sullivan’s office. “I just thought that was such a haunting scene,” she says. “And Emily (Shay Mitchell) gets to have a somewhat similar scene in the finale. I’ve seen it five times now and it still gives me cry every time I see it. She has a moment with Alison and it’s heart breaking and beautiful at the same time.”
Though not this summer, inevitably, the mystery will have to be solved. But King isn’t worried about what it will do to the show – nor is she ready to say goodbye to Sasha Pieterse, even if A’s identity is revealed.
“I think that we’re working hard on finding ways to sustain the mystery for at least the remainder of this season, and I think we’ve come up with some great ideas of launching some new mysteries for next season,” says King, revealing that by the end of Season 2 there will be two huge new mysteries that still keep Pieterse in the picture.
“Originally we talked about not divulging who A was until the very last episode of the show, but I think we’ve found a really clever way to do that sooner. Hopefully we’ll get to announce that fairly soon.”
Catch a new episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, August 23 at 8 ET/PT on ABC Family.