Just like everyone else who lives and breathes Rosewood drama 24/7 (#noshame), we are stoked for Pretty Little Liars Season 5. The show’s cast and crew are just as excited as their loyal viewers and have teased that this is the most exhilarating installment yet, and we can’t wait to find out what’s in store for our favorite characters. Honestly, there are so many creepy situations to fret over for the next three months: Will Ezra live? How will Alison DiLaurentis’s return affect the girls? Who in sweet Tippi’s name is buried in her grave? Is Mona Vanderwaal plotting something deliciously wicked? And is Paige McCullers about to experience the worst year of her life? So, being the PLL fanatics that we are, we dropped by the spring finale event at the Ziegfeld theater in NYC on Tuesday evening (March 19th) and bombarded writer and executive producer Joseph Dougherty with all our burning questions!
According to Joseph, although Ali’s reappearance on the scene adds a “newness” and “freshness” to the popular series, she still serves as a disruptive figure in peoples’ lives. Her best friends — Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna — are especially going to learn this the hard way. “I think they’re all affected for different reasons,” Joseph explained. “Really when you think about it Spencer [for sure] because of her ascendency. Hanna because she’s not the same person [anymore] or Emily for that matter or Aria. They’ve all changed. So, while Ali might want to come back to the Rosewood High School she left, it’s gone. She’s gotta find her new role as well as with the other girls.”
Watch the exclusive interview in the video below, and get your fill of savory spoilers on Paily, Emison, the series’s 100th episode, and Season 5 in general. Enjoy!
Theo is a television enthusiast/digital editor at Alloy Entertainment. A conspiracy theorist at heart, this Greek gal is constantly on the look-out for horcruxes and is still trying to make sense of Lost Season 6. Follow her musings on entertainment at @theodorag13.