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We’re only eight episodes away from finding out who “A” really is in the season finale of Pretty Little Liars Season 2. Even though we know we’ll get answers on March 19, that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop asking questions — so we turned to PLL producer Lisa Cochran-Neilan (@lisacochranpll), who spoke exclusively to Wetpaint Entertainment and revealed some major insider scoop.

Wetpaint Entertainment: When did you find out who “A” was, and how did you react?

Lisa Cochran-Neilan: You know, “A” has always been very, very elusive. We refer to “A” as Shim, as in she/him/it. It has been really an excellent job by our writing staff to keep many many avenues open and it really is by design. They do a wonderful job of keeping characters slightly in the shadows, in the dark, in the light and it really keeps your interest going. I will tell you there was not a lot of time before we knew, again by design.

Was it who you thought it was?

Nope. I think that fans will love it. Because I think that many things will be answered and many things will be opened up for new questions. I think there’s going to be, I think [Executive Producer] Marlene [King] calls it an end and a beginning.

Does finding out who “A” is solve the mystery of who killed Alison?

There are two different stories, two very different stories that are going on on Pretty Little Liars. There is a person, whoever that person is, who is “A.” There is a murder mystery, who killed Alison [Sasha Pieterse]. They are not necessarily the very same person, and I think the story has done a fairly good job of sometimes explaining that. Clues sometimes help you believe that it can or cannot be the same person, based on if you’re listening to the clues. The girls are actually trying to put it together in the story in dialogue, but they are two very separate lines that run through the series.

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Where should fans be looking for clues in particular?

They should be looking at everything. There are some incredibly subtle and wonderful pieces that are in our sets, that are in our story, in the dialogue. There are wonderful pieces that we talk about and that we lay in there. What we really like is picking up or reading a blog or something where somebody picks [up a clue] and we get a kick out of it. It was insignificant to a lot of people, but they pick it up.

Is there going to be a happy ending for Ezria?

We just watched a really wonderful kiss in the rain. The next day the comments that were made...and I go through my Twitter account while the show is on and when Ezria is on that screen, it goes viral. It’s amazing. I think that they have a very tough road ahead of them. These are very, very committed people, we’ve seen them, they’ve come out public. I can’t imagine anybody thinking that the road ahead of them is going to be anything but uphill.

If you had to describe the finale in one word…

If I had to choose one I would say in many ways, it’s heartbreaking. Although you are going to laugh, it’s visually beautiful, it answers things, there’s a lot of “Oh my Gods.” But I think it’s heartbreaking and I think our girls deliver.

Catch an all-new Pretty Little Liars on Monday, January 30 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC Family.

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