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Don't give up on Toby yet!
[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Tuesday's summer finale of Pretty Little Liars. Read at your own risk!]
The Pretty Little Liars summer finale was the most intense the show has ever had, and naturally left fans with a lot of burning questions.
Creator Marlene King spoke with reporters on a conference call Wednesday to discuss all the big reveals in Tuesday's finale, including Toby's (Keegan Allen) car accident, Ali's (Sasha Pieterse) pregnancy, the repercussions of Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) being Spencer's mom, and more. King dished on the finale twists and teased what's ahead in the show's final 10 episodes -- including multiple weddings! Check out her answers below:
What is the time span between the summer finale and next season? Will Ali be super pregnant next time we see her?
Marlene King: [It will be a] moments later premiere. Ali will not be super pregnant.
Will Ali's pregnancy be a driving force next season?
King: Absolutely, for Ali and the rest of her friends -- especially Emily.
What is the Ali/Emily/Paige dynamic going to be like? Is Paige gone for good?
King: Paige (Lindsey Shaw) is not gone for good. This is our season of homecomings and full-circle moments. These last 10 episodes really create the "full-circleness" of the show and where we hope to go. Having that triangle play out felt very appropriate for us as storytellers in these last 10 episodes. So, Paige is not gone for good, although I did love her riding away on the bicycle. It was like a Wizard of Ozmoment, but Paige is riding her bike back.
How will the Mary Drake reveal affect Spencer and the show going forward?
King: That was a huge revelation, not just for Spencer, but for the Pretty Little Liars, for the show and for the storyline. It will be the driving engine for Spencer's emotional story as we come back next April.
Wren (Julian Morris) is coming back in 7B. What can we expect?
King: We'll see him in more than one episode, which is fantastic. It's so much fun to see Wren, even just to see him on set. It's fun! When we were talking to Julian, he said that he'd never had a scene with Ezra, and he and Ian (Harding) are friends in real life. So he said, "Please, can I have a scene with Ezra?," so that was the originator of the first scene we'll see Wren in when he comes back.
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What are Yvonne and Toby's fates after that car crash? Was their car doctored with?
King: There was nothing nefarious going on there. The car crash was just saying that no one ever really leaves Rosewood, especially from this group. It's more of a metaphor than anything else. I don't want to talk about where it goes, but people know how much I love the character of Toby, so you can read into that. He's one of my favorites on this show.
Will the scene from Season 6 where the girls run into Ali's classroom and say "He's coming!" be featured in the second half?
King: Yes, we will definitely see that and we'll see why we saw it. It's part of Alison's storyline.
There have been talks about a potential film. Is that still an option?
King: We're very open to keeping these characters alive. I hope that down the line we find a way to bring all the girls back together again. It's such a fun world to play in that we are always keeping those options open. I will say that the final episode is like a two-hour movie. It is a two-hour movie. I am co-writing it with Michael Smith, who I wrote [this] finale with and I'll be directing it.
Are we supposed to take Ali's pregnancy as "average" or is there something more going on there?
King: Nothing is average in Pretty Little Liars, so you can take that to fuel your theory. Everything is a little spectacular.
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We know that Mary Drake is Spencer's mother, but does that mean Peter Hastings is still her father? What about Charlotte's father?
King: We will definitely follow through on both of those storylines. We will find out who Charlotte's father is, and we will find out how Spencer came to be with her entire family dynamic. This storyline also originated from the books. In Sara Shepard's original books, Spencer is adopted. Early on, that gave us the idea for this storyline, so the final season will circle back to a lot of Sara's original concepts from the books.
We found out earlier in the month that Ava Allan has been cast in 7B as a bully who's been kidnapped. That seemed like a good way to continue the show without the original Liars, but how will she be integrated into the show now that it's the final episodes?
King: We're coming full-circle on this show. While we may be saying goodbye to our current group of Pretty Little Liars and the town of Rosewood ... we're bringing [Ava] into our world to really layer that theme. We're going to have a lot of fun exploring her and this dynamic with our Little Liars.
Was Jenna working independently from A.D.?
King: I can't answer that ... without giving away some story. She knows A.D. exists and she is working anonymously for A.D., in ways [that], we will find out moving forward, a few other people on our show are as well.
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Is there any talk of having Melissa (Torey DeVitto) back?
King: We talk about it all the time, but she's on Chicago Med and very unavailable to us. I'm still hoping to get her into the finale, but we haven't figured out how to do it yet. I hope she reads this and goes and talks to her producers and helps me.
Will there still be a wedding?
King: Yes, the wedding will still be in 7B. And I'll give you a spoiler -- there will be more than one wedding.
What is the theme of 7B?
King: The next 10 [episodes] are, emotionally, the most powerful 10 we've ever had. The actresses are having so much fun with how deep they get to go in the final 10. We really put them through the ringer, as we tend to do, but they love it. The catchphrase is "The End Game -- Final Game."
Pretty Little Liars returns in April 2017.