Pretty Little Liars is far from over. Ratings are at an all-time high, and the cast and creators seem content with their jobs -- but that doesn’t mean they haven’t thought about how the serial drama will wrap up. In a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, the PLL stars and writers weighed in on whether or not the Liars would get a happy ending.
PLL showrunner Marlene King, who probably has the most control over how the series ends, was also the most abstract with her answer: “It is possible for the Little Liars to move on from this experience. That’s going to be their happy ending, finally finding a way to move on.” Vague, but encouraging. We just hope “A” let’s the Liars move on!
Executive producer Oliver Goldstick reassures fans that there is an endgame that was in place when the series started, and that it is still the ultimate goal.
“We’re sort of at the place now where we go, ‘Okay, we’ve got an endgame.’ Hopefully we’re going to get the studio [Warner Bros.] and network [ABC Family] on board with this because it’s clear to us what we want,” said Oliver, adding definitively that the Liars will get their happy ending and that it will be that much more satisfying for everything they have been together. Sounds like the girls are in for some more hardship before their happy ending rolls around.
As for the series’ four stars, the actresses all seem to agree that the Liars’ happy ending needs to include the answers they have been looking for since Ali was murdered.
“The girls have gone past the point of no return,” said Lucy Hale (Aria), “so I think that their only happy ending, at this point, is finding these answers and then making a move forward. I don’t know how they’ve come through it so far, but they’ve done a pretty damn good job.”
Troian Bellisario (Spencer) wants the Liars to find out what happened to Ali, take down “A,” and finally put their best friend to rest. She also mentioned she would not be open to the implication of an “A” that survives past the events and the people surrounding Ali’s murder:
“I don’t want it to be like the ending of Mean Girls, where they’re about to graduate and you see the four new girls walking up,” said Troian. “You could so easily take Pretty Little Liars and make ‘A’ torture four new girls for seasons. To me, ‘A’ would not have significance beyond that mystery because that was the event that birthed it.”
Ashley Benson (Hanna) said she doesn’t know where the show is going, but hopes there is some sort of happy ending for the Liars. And, in the meantime, she hopes the producers continue to make the show “as scary and crazy and trippy as possible,” but to have all of the emotional torment be worth it in the end - either with an ending that wraps everything up or an ending that leaves the show on a “crazy shocking note.”
As for Shay Mitchell (Emily), she has faith the girls are “going to come out on top.” As for after that, she recommends an unconventional detox solution: “They can just do a year off and vacation, far, far away, with no technology at their side.”
After everything the Liars will have been through, they deserve it! How would you like to see PLL end? Do you think they’ll get a happy ending? Let us know in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.