There’s been much chatter over the years about a potential
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“I knew from the beginning of the season that I wanted this to be a two-hour finale,” executive producer Marlene King tells TVLine of the final episode (Freeform, 8/7c). “This last episode gave the Liars a significant amount of closure; they won the game, and it looks as if A.D. is leaving town. So the finale is structured as a two-hour movie. It’s paced like a feature film, not the way we do regular episodes. I don’t want to give away too much in terms of how [A.D.’s identity] is revealed, but that pacing will feel different and feel special.”
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Below, King answers more of our burning questions about the game-changing — actually, make that game-
TVLINE | In addition to A.D. reveal, we’re also finding out the father of Emily and Alison’s baby. Which will surprise us more?
Well, both of them are pretty cool. We’ve been waiting so long for A.D., but for the father as well. They’re both equally rewarding and satisfying. And surprising.
TVLINE | When you wrote this finale, did you compile a list of every unanswered question from the show so you could make sure everything gets wrapped up?
As a writers room, we went through social media and consulted our own unanswered questions, and we did try to put together a list of anything we haven’t revealed. To be honest, I actually get a lot of people asking me online about things we
revealed, they just might have forgotten along the way. I think the majority of unanswered questions will be answered.
We won’t see Jason, because we couldn’t get him for the finale. That I can tell you. But other than that, you’ll see a lot.
TVLINE | Speaking of seeing a lot, you recently tweeted about the finale having HBO-level sex scenes. How much are you guys really getting away with?
I had never directed a sex scene in any of my episodes, and I directed — on the same evening — three or four back-to-back. It was literally going from this one to that one to this one to that one. It was so interesting to see how each couple likes to be directed. One couple was like, “Just say ‘do this’ and ‘do that,\'” while another couple was just like, “Play us some music and we’ll go at it.” [
TVLINE | I’ve always had a soft spot for the Liars’ parents. What role will they play in the finale?
the finale; we get to see the moms and couple of the dads. Because they play such an important role in their children’s lives, they’re going to be important in the finale.
What are your hopes for the finale? Drop ’em in a comment below.
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I bet the baby daddy is Peter Hastings, since he already fathered half the cast anyways.
We won’t see Jason, because we couldn’t get him for the finale. That I can tell you. But other than that, you’ll see a lot.”
Riiiiight. Given who the second A was, Jason is the most likely suspect to be A.D.
I don’t think the reveal of Ali and Emily’s baby daddy could be satisfying seeing as it was a horrible horrible assault on Ali that they did just to put the two girls together. No matter who it is, its awful.
I think “Charles/Charlotte” is the Dad. I think somewhere along to the way she froze some sperm so she could have her own kids one day and that it was used to make the baby. That way Ali will end up feeling connected with the baby. Plus its crazy and twisted.
That’s (A) completely insane, (B) totally brilliant, (C) something I’ve never even considered.
I hope Jenna is a big part of the finale. She’s my favorite character. I’m so excited for this sure-to-be epic and legendary finale!
I do not understand why she thinks 7×19 brought closure. There was literally no closure other than finding out who killed Charlotte.
And why do we have to have more sex scenes when we just got a sex scene from ALL of the couples in the last couple episodes?
Why wouldn’t the writers rewatch the show instead of go through social media?! Who cares what 14 year olds say, this is YOUR JOB to create and finish a decent story.
Exactly, because it wasn’t well thought out, it’s a complete mess. I knew it was going to be disappointing.
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