There will be five ladies at the forefront of “Pretty Little Liars” in Season 5 now that that Alison DiLaurentis is officially back from the dead — or at least back from being buried alive (by her mother!) and disappearing for a couple of years.
Showrunner Marlene King tells Zap2it that Season 5 will be a reboot of sorts for the show. “There are five Pretty Little Liars again, and it’s such a fresh breath of air that’s been bombarded into the show having Sasha back,” King says, adding that it will change “her relationships with the girls individually and with the group as a dynamic and with the parents too.”
Ali doesn’t have the best reputation in Rosewood. “She was a villainess in this town and it’s going to be interesting to see if she can come home and shift that dynamic,” King says. “Is she real or is she not? Is she genuine or is this all a lie?”
Sasha Pieterse, who plays Ali, says her relationship with the four other girls will be odd at first. “Their relationship will get better, but right now it’s rocky. There’s tension there. It’s strange.”
Plus, the rest of the town is going to be pretty weirded out by it too. “It’s going to shake Rosewood, I think — not only the girls and their families, but just as a small town in general,” Pieterse says. “Someone disappeared, they found out she was dead, they had two burial ceremonies for her, and all of a sudden she’s alive? That’s a weird thing — a weird thing for people in her high school, a weird thing for just anyone she knew, really strange for the people that she blackmailed. I think the town’s going to freak out.”
The thing to remember, though, is that Alison is different than the mean-spirited girl she was when she left. “Alison’s a totally different person, so to see the way they treat her is going to be very interesting and to see the way that she gets affected by it is also going to be very interesting,” Pieterse says.
Troian Bellisario says it’ll be a weird adjustment for all of the girls, especially Spencer, to have Ali back in town. “I think the interesting thing about all of this is when you look back, especially in the flashbacks, Alison was not a calming, soothing best friend,” she tells Zap2it. “It became a lot easier when she went away for the girls to have relationships, for them to feel confident in themselves and for them to live their lives. Now that she’s back it’s really going to throw a wrench in those works, especially for Spencer because she is highly competitive with Alison and it’s going to put her back in a very insecure place.”
Ashley Benson thinks Hanna will feel the same way. “I think she’s going to feel a little intimidated by Ali,” she says. “I don’t know if it’s going to be a good thing or a bad thing; I think it may be a mix of both. She bullied her! No. Hanna won’t stand for that anymore. Hanna’s a tough girl.”
“Pretty Little Liars” returns Tuesday, June 10 on ABC Family.