The response to “A”’s identity on the Pretty Little Liars Season 2 finale has been huge, although fans seem to be split between overjoyed and disappointed. And the PLL cast and crew definitely noticed.

We took a look at their tweets right after the finale (Season 2, Episode 25: “UnmAsked”) aired, and discovered that most of them were playing defense. Take a look.

Lucy Hale (Aria) tweeted, “To those of u who are mad (or not) hah the producers & writers didn't tell us who was A until the day before we started shooting the finale,” followed by “So Up until then I had no idea.” She finished the thought by tweeting, “BUT I hope you all enjoyed ! And hope you're as excited for season 3 as all of us are.”

As for showrunner Marlene King, we’ve rounded up many of her defensive responses to fans here, but one of her most aggressive tweets was as follows: “Things r written about the show that I have no control over. I have never said that Mona wasn't A. If u read that, it was falsely reported.

Director Norman Buckley found himself fending off Twitter critics every few minutes. His replies can be summed up by this tweet: “i'm enjoying the outrage. i wanna put some of these haters on a timeout. but let the dogs bark.” And, it seems, he eventually realized that avoiding Twitter would be the best idea: “sooner or later, people just have to stay off twitter i guess. i've been schooled by some of the haters tonight. ;-)”

Producer Lisa Cochran-Neilan responded to one of the most exclamatory (and, unfortunately, popular) attacks, which was a tweet saying, “THE PRODUCERS LIED! THEY SAID IT WOULDN'T BE WHO IT IS IN THE BOOKS BUT EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING NOW HAPPENS IN THE BOOKS!” Lisa tweeted back, “no not true, the map does not follow the books... There are twists and turns with new characters and old ones.”

Of course, not all of the Little Liars fed into the anarchy. Shay Mitchell (Emily) just wrote a simple thank you to the fans: “Thank you everyone so much for all the sweet comments! Now you can see why this was one of our favorite episodes! So happy you enjoyed it!” And Sara Shepard, the author of the Pretty Little Liars books, tweeted Marlene, “I loved the episode last night! Amazing!”

As for Ashley Benson (Hanna), she left us with a bit of a cliffhanger, tweeting, “‘A’ revealed?” With PLL, something as innocuous as a question mark can mean a whole world of trouble ahead.

Catch an all-new Pretty Little Liars at the Season 3 premiere on Tuesday, June 5 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC Family.

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