Pretty Little Liars Reveals a January Return Date and Where the Ladies Will Be in Five Years
On Friday, ABC Family (um, we mean Freeform) stopped by New York Comic Con with the cast and creatives behind Pretty Little Liars to debunk some remaining mysteries—and leave others wide open, of course. The panel started off with an announcement that the second half of the Season 6 will premiere on January 12, 2016. Plus, a behind-the-scenes special titled 5 Years Forward will also premiere next month on November 24.
The panel featured the five leading ladies (who are all featured in the opening credits, finally!): Troian Bellisario (Spencer), Ashley Benson (Hanna), Lucy Hale (Aria), Shay Mitchell (Emily) and Sasha Pieterse (Alison). In addition, executive producers I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and Joseph Dougherty were present.
So what will the ladies be up to when the show returns with a five-year time jump? According to a video that aired the first four minutes of the January episode, Ali’s an English teacher (in Ezra’s old classroom to boot), and she’s prepping for Charlotte’s (Vanessa Ray) hearing. Emily’s moved up from barista to bartender and is now hanging out in California. Aria is a published author who stares longingly at Ezra’s also published book, Hanna’s on a plane looking after a child that is not her own and Spencer is in Washington, obviously.
Also, in the five years, Emily went to Pepperdine, possibly to hang out with Paige (Lindsey Shaw) who might have moved away to Cali. However, the biggest question fans have has been answered: Hanna’s Season 1 boyfriend, Sean (Chuck Hittinger), is “still a virgin” according to King, as the cast joked about the graveyard of boyfriends past. Speaking of guys, the “he’s coming” teaser heard in a previously-released clip actually won’t be answered right away. According to King, we won’t even see that scene until…Season 7. “It’s a totally different show, in the best way,” Pieterse shared. “We’re bringing you back in with new secrets and new lies.”
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5 Years Forward premieres November 24. The second half of Season 6 resumes on January 12, 2016.