By the end of the Season 7 premiere, the Liars told Hanna's kidnapper, A.D., that Alison was Charlotte's (Vanessa Ray) real killer and her husband Elliott (Huw Collins) drugged Alison for her alleged crime. The original Liar is in a lot of trouble, but her journey back into her friends' good graces will be a major part of the upcoming season. They'll need her if they really want to best A.D.
"[Alison] had a lot of really problematic relationships with all of the Liars," executive producer Charlie Craig tells TVGuide.com. "She caused them all a lot of grief in their own way. When they look around the table at the group that they hang out with, she's probably still the person they would be least prompted to believe."
The Liars, Elliott and Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) are all willing to throw Alison under the bus for her alleged crime. They have legitimate reasons for distrusting Alison, meaning she faces the nearly impossible task of proving to them that she's a trusted member of the circle--and diverting her husband and aunt's attention to the truly guilty party.
"[Alison's redemption] is part of the thrust of the rest of the season, especially the first part," Craig says. "The goal of Alison winning their trust will play a huge part in the first ten episodes of the season."
Are the girls ready to truly embrace Alison? Remember that the Liars were only able to figure out who the original A was when they all, including Alison, worked together to figure it out. As long as the girls continue to distrust each other they'll incessantly point fingers at each other instead of figuring out who is really torturing them.
The Liars need to realize that the five years between when they found out Charlotte was A and the present day allowed everyone to change, including Alison. They need to look at what's in front of them instead of relying on old patterns to get them through this new dilemma.
Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.