Pretty Little Liars Scoop: Illicit Love Exposed, An Old Flame Reignites and Risky Moves Against 'A'

ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars are back, and frankly they’re more fed up than ever with A’s antics – especially seeing as how in the wake of the midseason finale, they’ve become persons of great interest in Alison’s death. When Season 2 resumes Monday at 8/7c, time will have passed since the gals’ arrest – and Emily has kinda been frozen out of the clique — so let’s check in on where things stand with relationships old and new, as well as the state of sussing out A’s identity.

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Will Aria’s Parents Learn About Her and Ezra? | In a word, yes – and her father, in particular, won’t endorse the forbidden romance one bit. “There’s a lot of friction between Aria and her parents because of this big bombshell that she drops,” Lucy Hale previews. And as for Aria’s little flirtation with Jason, “It’s over for now,” says the actress. “I think she will always be a little keen of him, but she is all eyes for Ezra.”

Will An Old Flame Offer Someone Comfort? | Boxed out from her band of buddies, Emily can at least look forward to rekindling things with Maya. “She comes back to Rosewood, and basically the girls get to renew the relationship but on different terms now, because Emily is a little bit of a different person,” says Shay Mitchell. “She has a lot more confidence.” Maya might not exactly be her same self, either. “She has also been away for a while, so she has had some experiences that Emily doesn’t know about,” Mitchell teases.

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Will Spencer Start to Suspect That She and Jason May Be Related? | “Spencer goes through a lot with Jason,” Troian Bellisario answers, “and at first it is more about finding out Jason’s very strange habits.” Even so, “She is very, very intrigued by him — and particularly suspicious of him. I think Spencer wants to expose him, but whenever she tries to expose somebody, she ends up exposing herself.”

What’s Going on With Hanna, Caleb and Lucas? | “Lucas and Hanna’s relationship is going to take a really weird turn,” forewarns Ashley Benson – not especially surprising given the new information gleaned about the guy from the Halloween special. “The fans are going to be very shocked at what happens with them.” As for the legit lovebirds, “Hanna and Caleb are as in love as ever, even though he goes back and forth to California a lot, which is kind of hard on them,” says the actress. “But Lucas and Hanna’s relationship is going to be very big in the second half [of the season].”

What’s New in Rosewood? (Or Should We Say ‘Who‘?) | Expect a few new faces to turn up, including a handsome fella named Holden, played by Mitchell’s real-life BFF, Shane Coffey (Secret Life of the American Teenager). “Holden, like Aria, was traveling abroad and he kind of comes back in Aria’s life and provides her with a very important service,” Mitchell teases.

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What Does the Official Synopsis Mean When It Says, ‘The Girls Take Matters Into their Own Hands and Try to Finally Put a Stop to A’s Antics’? | After all, that sounds like a tall order! “It means enough is enough,” Mitchell explains. “They are over it, so all of them are now making a very huge effort to put an end to everything that she is doing.” And while that sounds like more of the same ol’ same ol’, Mitchell notes, “The girls very on top of their game this time.”

So, Yet Again We Will Ask: Who Is ‘A’? | Bellisario is the first to admit that it can be “insanely frustrating” seeing the Liars jump on a lead only to get led to a red herring. As she puts it, “We will have whole episodes where we are like, ‘It’s totally Jenna, because of this and because of this!’ And then all of a sudden somebody will pop up and it’s like, ‘Wait a minute, that couldn’t have happened if it was Jenna,’ and so we go to that person — and then Jenna turns up and is creepy as all hell, so we’re back to, ‘No, it has to be Jenna!'” But as the girls acquire new info on how Alison herself was stalked by A (hinted at in the Halloween outing), “We get very close to finding out who she is,” says Bellisario. “We may or may not know by the end of Season 2, but there is a lot of risk-taking.”