It's almost "A"-Day, Pretty Little Liars fans!
That's right, on Monday we finally get to learn the identity of the "A"-hole who has been terrorizing the lovely ladies of ABC Family's hit drama, and we have scoop from PLL producer Lisa Cochran-Neilan on what to expect in the season finale, including why she's doling out such a huge reveal so early on in the series...
If you're anything like Team WWK, you were probably scarred for life by the doll store and the creepy child hanging out within it in Monday's episode. Well, prepare yourselves for even more creepiness as Cochran-Neilan tells us the finale is "equally scary and eerie!"
Of the decision to reveal the identity of "A" in season two, Cochran-Neilan explains, "Some shows take the position, you'll find out who 'A' is in the season-six finale. You can't do that to this group. I think the viewers and the fans, you can't do that to them. That's not who they are, that's not what they want, they also want you to be sure to keep the bar raised and keep it going."
While one of the show's biggest mysteries is revealed, fans shouldn't worry that PLL is running out of story. "We have a long road to go with the show," Cochran-Neilan teases. "As [executive producer] Marlene King says, 'This is an ending and a beginning.' "
So will we also learn who killed Alison in the finale or is expecting answers to that question in addition to the "A" reveal just too greedy? All Cochran-Neilan would say is "I think that everything they thought was real isn't real." Take from that what you will...
As for the couples on the show, all of which have rabid fanbases, Cochran-Neilan says, "We're going to pay tribute to all the relationships in the finale."
Fans of Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Toby (Keegan Allen) have had a rough go of it lately, but will be rewarded in the finale Cochran-Neilan hints when we ask if there will be some happy moments for the couple. "Toby's wonderful in the finale. I just think that we're going to make a lot of people happy."
While Cochran-Neilan wouldn't say much about Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra's (Ian Harding) future, she does tease, "I suspect that her heart keeps taking her back to Ezra." Translation: we think they'll be just fine.
Going back to the finale itself, Cochran-Neilan says Jenna (Tammin Sursok) regaining her vision (and lying about it) will definitely play a factor in the sure-to-be jawdropping finale and that viewers can expect to see Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Maya (Bianca Lawson) in the finale. And yes, you can expect the episode to end on a cliffhanger. "You're ending with probably a bunch of people yelling at their TV," she says with a laugh.
Finally, we asked Cochran-Neilan if there will be a death in the finale. Her answer? "I won't say anything." Dun-dun-dun!
Pretty Little Liars' season finale airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
Are you excited to learn "A"'s identity? What would you like to see in season three? Sound off in the comments! And make sure to check back with us later this week for more PLL scoop!