Stalkers who can be anywhere, high schoolers with super hacking powers, a town where the authorities are all oblivious, incompetent, or corrupt — yeah, Pretty Little Liars isn't exactly overflowing with realism. But while the show sometimes plays fast and loose with the rules of reality, it's never slipped over into supernatural explanations for its mysteries. Could that change?
As most fans know by now, Pretty Little Liars is getting a spin-off, Ravenswood, which premieres this October. While it's unclear exactly how Ravenswood will relate to Pretty Little Liars — will they share any characters, for instance? — the shows apparently do exist in the same universe. Ravenswood is supposed to be located "near" Rosewood, and the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Halloween episode will apparently introduce us to the world of Ravenswood.
Sounds reasonable enough. But here's the catch: It looks like Ravenswood will have an unmistakably supernatural flavor. After all, the show is about a town "which has suffered under a deadly curse for generations" and the "five strangers [who] suddenly find themselves connected by this fatal curse and need to dig into the town's mysterious and terrible history before it's too late for each of them."
Obviously, we don't know that much about Ravenswood yet. It's possible this "curse" isn't literal — perhaps it will turn out conspiracy, not magic, is at the heart of Ravenswood's "terrible history." But if Ravenswood is as supernatural as the description makes it sound, what does that mean for Pretty Little Liars? If a nearby town can be cursed, what about Rosewood?
We certainly hope that Pretty Little Liars doesn't suddenly go that route We love fantasy shows, but not when regular dramas suddenly turn supernatural midway through! However, we're still waiting for an explanation of that little girl Ashley Marin saw in the Season 3 Halloween episode (Season 3, Episode 13: “This Is a Dark Ride”). Could she be a literal ghost? With Ravenswood as a spin-off, maybe the answer is yes.
Share your thoughts in the comments below. Do you think Pretty Little Liars needs to stay away from the supernatural elements, no matter what its sister show does, or would you not mind if it dabbled in the unreal now and again?
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Pretty Little Liars Season 4 premieres on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.