Say it isn’t so! Even though we knew it was a possibility, watching Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) break up in tonight’s Pretty Little Liars winter premiere was rather painful. What’s next for these two characters? And is there any chance for a reconciliation?!
Though there were plenty of heart wrenching moments in Season 4, Episode 14 (“Who’s in the Box?”), Haleb’s breakup was the one that got the most feels out of us — especially given what we know about Caleb’s real reasons for breaking Hanna’s heart (i.e. to keep her safe from the homicidal Ravenswood ghosts who are on his tail). What’s next for these two characters and their, sob, lives apart?
Well, Caleb will be pretty busy trying to fend off those aforementioned ghosts. As we see in the winter premiere of Ravenswood, though his breakup with Hanna is weighing heavily on his mind, there are pitchfork-throwing scarecrows to worry about. As for Miranda, though nothing has happened with the ghost girl as Caleb implied to Hanna, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been sparks between these two. Worse yet, according to executive producer Oliver Goldstick: “They're soulmates on so many levels, Miranda and Caleb, having had a very similar past. That was not arbitrary, it was very intentional on our part. The idea that they could go close very quickly — the relationship went from zero to 60 in many ways simply because there was a short-hand between them that he does not have with Hanna." So, yeah. There’s that.
But, despair not, Haleb shippers! Though Hanna will stay busy (and heartbroken) on for a few episodes of PLL, she will be making a crossover trip to Ravenswood for the latter’s Season 1, Episode 10 — and we have high hopes for the little visit. Not only do we think it will be impossible for Caleb to hide Miranda’s death from Hanna, therefore exposing his lie, but Marlene King described the Haleb components of the episode as “teddy bears.” Weird...until you take into account the phone conversation Haleb had in the Ravenswood fall finale. In the episode, the then-couple made plans to eat take-out and “cuddle like teddy bears” upon Caleb’s return to Rosewood. Is this Marlene’s way of saying things will work out between these two in the Ravenswood season finale? Because, yes please.
Were you shocked by the Haleb breakup? Do you think Hanna and Caleb will get back other? Share your reactions in the comments below!
Catch the the next all-new episode of Pretty Little Liars on January 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET following by Ravenswood on ABC Family.