Following the captivating (and decapitating) "Pretty Little Liars" Season 7a finale, showrunner Marlene King spoke to a small group of reporters to dissect the finale details and dish the dirt on the final 10 episodes. Read on to find out what's to come.
There's no time jump
"It is one of our 'moments later' premieres. So Ali will not be super pregnant, she'll just be a little bit more pregnant than she was last night," King tells Zap2it.
But Alison's pregnancy is a big part of the season
The pregnancy is a driving force "for both Alison and her friends, especially Emily," King tells us, adding that Emily (Shay Mitchell) will have plenty on her plate between Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Paige (Lindsey Shaw).
"Paige is not gone for good. This is our season of homecomings, and I think full-circle moments," says King. "These last 10 episodes really reflect the full-circleness -- that's not a word, but I'm going to create it -- of the show and where we hope to go in these final 10 and having that triangle play out felt very appropriate for us as storytellers as we embark upon these last 10 episodes. So Paige is not gone for good, although I did love her riding away on the bicycle."
Is there anything out of the ordinary about the pregnancy?
"Nothing is average in 'Pretty Little Liars,' so you can take that to fuel your theories. Every scene is a little bit spectacular," says King. While no one specifically mentions Emily's stolen eggs ... that would certainly throw Emison for a loop, no?
Alison's classroom flash-forward is still to come
"Yes, we will see that again and we'll know why we saw it," says King. "It's definitely a part of Alison's storyline."
Jenna is not the only one working for A.D.
The Season 7a finale revealed that Jenna (Tammin Sursok) doesn't even know who A.D. is, which King confirms, though it's a bit more complicated than that.
"[Jenna] knows A.D. exists and she is anonymously working for A.D. in ways that, we find out moving forward, a few other people on our show are as well," teases King.
Spencer's going on an emotional journey in 7b
Mary (Andrea Parker) being Spencer's (Troian Bellisario) mom "was a huge revelation, not just for Spencer, but for the Pretty Little Liars and for the show and for the storyline," says King, "so it's definitely a huge part, the driving engine of Spencer's emotional story as we come back next April."
Furthermore, the whole Hastings family is important, as is Charlotte's father's identity.
"We will definitely follow through on both those storylines. We will find out who Charlotte's father is and we will find out how Spencer came to be in her entire family dynamic. This storyline also originated from the books. In Sara Shepard's books, Spencer was adopted, so very early on it gave us the idea for this storyline. We have a lot of fun in this final season circling back to a lot of Sara's original concepts from the books."
As for Torrey DeVitto returning as Spencer's sister Melissa, King says they're trying hard to work that out. "We talk about it all the time, but she's on 'Chicago Med' and very unavailable to us ... I was so hoping to get her into the finale, but we haven't figured out how to do it just yet. But I hope she reads this and goes to talk to her producers and helps me," says King with a laugh.
Wren is back ... for multiple episodes
Speaking of Melissa, one person who is definitely coming back is her former fiance, Wren (Julian Morris).
"We'll see him in more than one episode, which is fantastic ... When I first sat down to talk to Julian about coming back, he had never had a scene with Ezra, and he and Ian [Harding] are friends in real life, so he's like, 'Please can I have a scene with Ezra?', so that was really the originator of the first scene that we'll see Wren in when he comes back."
There's more than one wedding coming
King drops a big, juicy spoiler when she says "there will be more than one wedding" -- maybe even more than two weddings.
"The next 10 [episodes] are emotionally the most power 10 we've ever had. The actresses are having so much with how deep they get to go in these final 10 episodes," King adds later. "They're just having so much fun, their characters are so layered and we really put them through the wringer. I think we continue to be deadly and dangerous and uber-romantic. The catchphrase is it's 'endgame,' it's final game."
Toby's car crash is just a car crash
We asked King if there was something more nefarious going on with Toby (Keegan Allen) and Yvonne (Kara Royster), but King says no.
"The car crash really is sort of saying no one ever really does leave Rosewood, especially not from this group," says King. "It's really more a metaphor than anything else. I don't want to talk about where it goes, but people know how I love the character of Toby, so you can read into that what you'll read into that. He's one of my favorites on the show, it would be hard to make that phone call to him [to tell him his character is being killed off]."
They're open to a movie
"We're very open to finding ways to keep these characters alive and I hope that down the line we find a way to bring all those girls back together again," says King. "It's such a fun world to play in that we're always keeping those options open."
However, fans can sort of already look forward to a "Pretty Little Liars" movie.
"I will say the last episode is really going to be treated like a two-hour movie -- it is a two-hour movie. I'm writing it with Maya Goldsmith, who I co-wrote last night's finale with, and I'll be directing it, so we are treating that as a two-hour special event movie."
The biggest question is yet to come ...
When asked which question -- besides A.D.'s identity -- King is most looking forward to answering, she says, "The question hasn't been asked yet, and it's going to be when A.D. is revealed ... I can't tell you what it is without giving up who A.D. is."
"Pretty Little Liars" final 10 episodes premiere April 2017.