Wetpaint Entertainment got the scoop from Executive Producer Oliver Goldstick about tonight’s “shocking” finale. Is Toby really dead? Is Spencer officially on the “A” team? And what will cause the Liars “to look at Mona with different eyes?”
Read our exclusive chat with Oliver below!
Wetpaint Entertainment: You guys don't play around. It's a very serious, serious season of Pretty Little Liars.
Oliver Goldstick: You know what? We all had lobotomies for the hiatus. That's how we treated ourselves. A week in a mental health facility and said use a chisel, no anesthesia please. Really, I would say Troian led the brigade in some ways because when we started to go to some darker places with her, as an actress, she was eating it up and really wanting to go darker. And we talked about it in the room and thought, you know what? This actress can do it. She's wonderful, and it's uncharted territory for the show at least. It allows us to stretch ourselves with the show tone wise.
Well, no one toes the line between the line of is she crazy or is she just smarter than everyone else like Troian.
She has the knack.
What can we tease about the finale?
Well, you can tease the fact the revelations just keep piling on, but there's also fighting. I'm going to use the word fighting, and there's this thing that I think is quite shocking and will have tongues wagging about what's going to happen next season. There will be some people who will say, “Oh, please. It was there in episode two.” People will say things like that. Like, “I suspected Mona was this. I knew all along Mona was going to do that.” But I do think we've got some great shocking revelations, and I think some people will be upset. Some will be excited. That's all I can say. It will be polarizing.
Let's narrow it down character wise. What can we expect from Spencer?
Well, look, Spencer took a big chance joining the “A” team. She had kidnapped Malcolm. Spencer's willing to go dark, dark, dark to get what she needs and what she wants. And then it starts to become a question, is she enjoying this? Could she possibly stay on that side? There's some question to that because if in fact life is easier for her there, would she elect to stay there? I've got a Faustian bargain.
That's interesting because just like Toby used to be the moral compass, you always thought that Spencer would be on the right side.
Yeah, she is too, but, look, the idea is that she is so tortured for so long now that if you could actually end the pain and thought, you know what? I'm going to be on the inside of this, and no longer be the target. Not that I want to be the assassin, but at least be out of harm's way. And that might be some kind of relief to her. So lots of interesting questions raised in this final episode. She has never trusted Mona. There will always be that tension whether she could ever trust this person or look at her as a teammate. It's always been a big fat question because it is Mona. But we're heading in a place where you're going to realize all four of the girls may have to look at Mona with different eyes because of a series of circumstances or events that happen tomorrow night and in the season opener.
Is Hanna’s storyline about Caleb's dad and again, “A” trying to sabotage that relationship?
No. She's got other stuff going on. You've got to remember that those girls believe that Malcolm saw somebody wearing that hoodie. So Hanna's more determined than ever, as are the others, but Hanna's more determined than ever to question Malcolm as to who took him out for that little spin to the puppet show. I don't want to spoil it, but Hanna, Aria, and Emily, all three of them, are determined to know from that little child, who said, “Alison took me out last week.” That's what he said. It was Alison, but you've got three girls who want an answer.
What about Emily?
Emily's is focused very much on Malcolm, too. And poor Emily, she's suffered so much. Emily’s like in a life support booth right now. Just give her a moment just to breathe, this poor girl. Because most finales she ends up shooting somebody or getting punched in the stomach or having a girlfriend be killed. She always gets a tough one in the finale, but she's got some stuff going on. First of all, the Toby thing has hit her hard. Toby being dead, Emily takes it as hard as Spencer. And this episode is very much the fall-out of that for her.
We still haven't seen a face, and I assume that’s very intentional. Are we still supposed to question whether or not he is in fact dead?
I think if you've seen the tattoo last week…
So we are supposed to question whether or not there is someone else with Toby’s tattoo who is dead?
Well, what's the likelihood of that? I don't know. It's a pretty distinctive tattoo. It’s why we gave him that tattoo. What's pretty interesting is that I heard a lot of feedback that a lot of people thought the body that was in the morgue last week was the private eye from earlier in the season, which was so interesting because that just happens to be Keegan Allen's stand in. I was like, that's a juicy turn. I didn't even think of that. I should have thought of killing off the private eye. I mean, it was really interesting. It was not intentional, but there were a lot of people who believed that’s who that was because he was researching Toby's death. He died.
That just means you guys are doing such a good job that we're looking for clues in everything.
The actor did look like him, yes. It was just serendipitous, that the actor looked like the actor who played the PI, Andrew Miller, is his name, but no one thought of that on stage. The moment that we saw the footage, it was like, oh, he looks like Andrew Miller, and sure enough, people were like, “Okay. So the detective, who was researching Toby or investigating Toby's whereabouts, has been murdered. Okay, “A.” You've done it again.” The bodies pile up in Rosewood.
We've heard that we're going to find out more about the red coat in the finale?
Yes, you are. It's fun, in a big way! Some big red coat question may be answered for you.
What else will we have found out by the end of tomorrow?
By the end of the finale, I think you'll be clear on who may be acting out against [the girls]. If it's more than one person, you'll have a better idea of who those people are.
Should we expect a big cliffhanger?
Yes, of course. It's Pretty Little Liars. That’s like asking, “Does the pope wear a nice hat?” Yeah. I hope so.
Catch the Pretty Little Liars finale on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.