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Exclusive: Pretty Little Liars Boss Answers 16 Burning Qs About the Killer Halloween Special!

Are Ezra and Byron (!) on the “A” team? Who was in that body bag? Is Toby really that evil? Those are just a few of the countless questions raised by ABC Family‘s Pretty Little Liars Halloween special — and we’ve got answers to all of them!

Here, executive producer Oliver Goldstick breaks down the standalone installment, and, leaving no (grave)stone unturned, reveals what’s ahead for every dastardly Rosewood denizen in Season 3b (launching Jan. 8).

IS ARIA “A”? | “I can’t confirm that. You know that. I would lose my own life! [Laughs] I will say to you that people are very perceptive, and that ‘A’ might be closer to her than she thinks.”

WHY FINALLY “GO THERE” AND MAKE IT SEEM LIKE EZRA IS ON “TEAM A”? | “You saw his face. Weren’t you a little suspicious? It’s a new world, and it’s time for things to change. The 3b of it all is about some unlikely suspects. Maybe all along there were some things about this character, and they’ll really come to light this season; they come to fruition. Aria’s father is another one that will make you go, ‘Oh my! Wow.'”

ANY TRUTH TO THE THEORY THAT EZRA WAS WITH HIS SON AND MAGGIE ON HALLOWEEN? | “I have to deny that. In [the finale], Maggie hadn’t told him about the son, so that wouldn’t make sense at all.”

WHAT IS BRYON’S CONNECTION TO ALISON? | “You’re going to like the season opener — and by no means is this a red herring. We are definitely going down this path. I’m sorry to tell you, but even the adults in Rosewood have been doing some lying — and they’ve got some real stuff to hide! You’re going to find out a lot more about his relationship to Alison in the first couple episodes… A parent may have killed one of his daughter’s friends. This is a huge secret that’s been swept beneath the rug. What does it do to any family in this town if, in fact, one of those parents goes to jail?”

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WILL ARIA STRUGGLE WITH RUMORS ABOUT HER FATHER? | “Oh, the whole season opener is Aria in complete denial about this. There’s absolutely no way that her father could be involved with Alison.”

WILL WE LEARN WHOSE VOICES WE HEARD OUTSIDE OF THE CRATE? | “You’ll have an idea of it in the Season 3b opener. Remember, Aria stabbed somebody. She hit flesh with that screwdriver, and there’s a payoff in the premiere.”

CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT IT WAS A MAN WHO ATTACKED SPENCER? | “N-O.”

WAS THE HAND RISING FROM ALI’S DIRT GRAVE A FLASHBACK? | “I can definitely confirm that. We’re kind of upset about that one, to be honest. We always do the whoosh effect to make it look like a flashback, and it didn’t work on the dirt [in that scene]. This was never intended to confuse people. That is from the past and was never meant to be present-day Halloween. That [setting was] the gazebo’s perimeter.”

WAS JENNA FLIRTING WITH PAIGE ON THE TRAIN? | “If she was flirting with her, it would only be for manipulative reasons. We’ve pretty much confirmed that Jenna is a very heterosexual girl, who is there with Noel. We also know her interest in Toby.”

WHO WAS IN THE BODY BAG? | “I don’t think it needs to be a secret that those are Alison’s remains.”

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HOW PROMINENT WILL AN INVESTIGATION INTO GARRETT’S MURDER BE? | “It’s not as prominent as you would think. It’s discussed in the first couple of episodes, but it goes away for a little bit and then will come back… You’ll hear Emily’s father say in our premiere that it looks like an act of vigilantism… The girls definitely want an answer, and they have no leads when they start the season, but they’ll start getting some. It doesn’t overpower or dominate the storylines in 3b, though.”

WAS JASON FOLLOWING LUCAS AROUND THE TRAIN RATHER SUSPICIOUSLY? | “You weren’t imagining things. I promise you’ll see more of that.”

LUCAS NO LONGER SEEMS BAD — WHY? | “That’s a really good question and you’re going to see that in the season opener, too. Lucas sort of cracks in 3b.”

WAS ASHLEY SEEING THAT GHOST MERELY A FUN HALLOWEEN TWIST? | “Yeah, but it’s also paying homage to the books. As you know, the twin theme is very big in the book series, so it’s our nod to that.”

ANY PLANS TO EXPLORE ALI’S TWIN ON THE SHOW? | “We haven’t committed to that, but we’ll continue to pay tribute to the books.”

IS TOBY AS EVIL AS HE NOW SEEMS? | “Yes. Yes. You’re going to see things in 3b and understand where he’s coming from. You’re going to realize that Toby’s axe to grind is not a small hatchet — it might actually be quite large. You know why he hated Alison, but he may have a reason to dislike her entire posse.”

How do you feel about Bad Toby? Are you shocked that Bryon may have killed Alison? Hit the comments!

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269 Comments
  1. Megan says:

    I’m a little disappointed that Toby is full on bad, i thought that maybe he was just trying to protect spencer and had figured out what she was hiding from him …hmm :(.. Also i was a little wary on weather Ali was really dead or not and maybe they found someone else body, but i guess not…..I do think they should make a movie though, but the movie should follow the books entire storyline….i love both the show and the books but i would like to see the book “played out” but with the same people from the show!!

  2. Sha says:

    Nobody has even mentioned Byron buried the murder weapon used on Alison previously. Of course Garret was killed before he could tell Spencer the whole truth and he knew he wouldn’t survive to tell Aria. As soon as Spencer walked away, I expected to see him pushed off the train. Ezra is up to no good, he doesn’t get along with Byron and he’s also a pedophile. He’s a grown man sleeping with a teenager, there’s something wrong right there. Just that makes him guilty because most people are not as stupid as Ezra.

  3. Sha says:

    I forgot to mention, don’t forget, Alison was buried alive, she’s reaching for help but inhaling dirt. Either somebody rescued her and she’s alive and they had the autopsy fixed or she really did die of inhaling the dirt as it said. I think Ali is alive because at the end, it didn’t show her hand stop moving (meaning suffocation) she was still alive in that sequence.

  4. Sarah says:

    In an few episodes past there was a receipt in Ezra’s apartment about nails or something…. plus he was wearing a black hoodie when he saw Aria… not to mention the reason why he “couldn’t go” was dodgy. I’m already starting/trying to accept that Ezria is coming to an end this season.

  5. justina says:

    omg this show is just so much u guys all make good points but im honestly tired of gessing on whos a and whose not like this is crazy all i can say is i cant wait for the finale i just want to know who A is i just hope its not any of girls or there boyfriends/girlfriend emily diserves some happyness shes been throu alote poor girl give her a break for a little while

  6. Dee says:

    Is everyone forgetting about the coroners report on ali’s ( or someone’s body) either ali died or her twin died

  7. Brandy says:

    I wonder if it’s gonna be revealed that one of the liars killed Ali-
    aria:argued with Ali about telling Ella about Meredith & the way she wrote the last a in her name on the train window
    Hanna:become miss popular after Ali diss apperance & Wilden is pretty determined to get her blood, he must strongly suspect her
    Spencer:argued with & slapped Ali,chased after her the night she died and was the one who noticed her gone & said she thought she heard Ali scream
    Emily:wrote Ali a angry letter about rejecting her romantic advances
    Btw,how these girls only get community service after being caught with the murder weapon in 2.12Over my Dead Body?I don’t think any of them killed Ali but they all had motives & look suspicious.
    I think the third A is a adult cause you have to be 18-21 to rent rooms,buy liquor,buy plane tickets, ect like we’ve seen them doing.Someone like Melissa,Garrret,Jason,Ian’s age I think.

  8. Arielle says:

    I don’t think Alison or her twin are alive. The twin got stabbed and that was a long time ago when they were little girls. The Alison that died in this time was older looking. So if Ali is faking her death, how could her body be in the bag? It obviously can’t be a twin if the twin was stabbed years ago.

  9. Kaci says:

    Am I the only one who thinks spencer is involved with A or could be A? Nothing ever really happened to her and she’s a little creepy and psychotic. The episode Toby was revealed she was acting creepy when talking about playing hide and seek with Melissa. And she just happened to be in The car with mona when she was revealed. Maybe that’s what they mean about A being close to aria because it’s spencer. Very different way to look at it.

  10. Jenny says:

    This might be a far stretch, but maybe possibly Aria and her entire family are A, like her mom, dad, brother and herself. And the next closest person to her is Ezra. And maybe the Halloween special was Ezra’s first night being in the A team, like a test, to see if he can successfully be an A lol. And that’s why he looked suspious and a little scared at the end, like thinking “Did i do good?” Bryon might have killed Alison because she knew about his affair and was going to reveal it to everyone. Aria’s mom finds out and instead of sending him to jail, she helps hide it. And the brother seems like he would like to do “illegal” things, maybe even for his family. And of course Aria is close to all the girls, to get the inside scoop about everything about them. The family did move after Allison died, maybe to run away from something? Idk, just my imagination haha :)

  11. Daisy says:

    Please would someone tell me how A knew that Hanna’s Mum had taken the money from the bank originally? Hanna only told Caleb recently and said she hadn’t told anyone before.

    • SilverYielder says:

      Mona was eavesdropping on them and the reason “A” seemingly knows everything they because “A” is listening through their cell phones. That’s how “A” is one step ahead of them. Remember, “A” is a stalker lol.

  12. pudgesicle says:

    anyone else wondering why the crate conveniently had a screwdriver in there?

  13. Lauren says:

    has anyone noticed that the ghost twin or one of the twins kinda look like Cece. Maybe Alison’s twin was Cece and standard for Courtney?idk just a thought that Cece cud be suspicious

  14. Elyse says:

    I think Ali was probably blackmailing Byron. I am so excited for 3B and the Lying Game.

  15. the part with the hand coming out of the ground did throw me off…. i def didnt know it was a flashback at first, i was confused. but theres defently a lot of guilty people running around, its insane. theyre not gonna make it very predictable so i wouldnt be suprised if caleb or ezra did end up bein on the A team, or anyone thats even had a conversation w/ the girls at this point. this shows not afraid of pushing boundaries and thats what keeps it interesting. but i feel like the A team is gonna have a lot of upcoming issues to. they obviously have a lot of people in on it and they might start going after eachother as well to cover their own tracks… ?? but who knows w/ this show lol. <3 it tho!

  16. SilverYielder says:

    “A” is an expert at making other people look guilty, remember that lol and “A” normally has the perfect alibi too. If Toby can be “A” then anyone could possibly be “A” except for the main characters of course. Mona plays with the dolls, Toby plays with the body parts, and Lucas takes the pictures. That’s what I think so far anyway.

  17. Jessica says:

    I follow very pretty little liars, but I can not download the internet can someone please help me?

  18. Traci Audino says:

    I have been reading the “PLL” book series, and even though the show continually says that they are not following the books at this time, maybe they are just not following the twin storyline. (??) I know a lot of people are saying that the “A Team” is an acronym for the people who are on the team; however, reading one book of the series, “Killer”, I started considering something else. At one point in the book, Hanna is running down Alison’s street…the street that Alison (& Jason), Spencer (& Melissa), Mona, Jenna (& Toby) all live on. Could they be creating the A Team out of the people who lived on Alison’s block? I know that “Alison’s remains” were said to be in the body bag on the train (but if there ends up being the “twin twist” that could change), and I know Byron was with Alison in this week’s flashback, but the “A Team neighborhood block” could be something to consider. Not sure. Haha. Just a thought!

  19. Annie says:

    I was just thinking… Maybe it was Noel who was fighting with Spencer
    I don’t know what his motives but the way Oliver but N-O made it look like he was trying to give us a clue….

    Check out my blog which has pretty little liar theory’s

  20. Mah367 says:

    I still think that toby is trying to protect spencer
    and if he was really evil from the begining he did not expect to fall in love with her

  21. kelly says:

    Wut about the detective that’s always bothering Hannah n her mom? He could b A … He seems angry at them for some reason… Just a thought =\

  22. Anto says:

    As much as I hate the idea of Toby being on the A Team, it kinda makes sense. Since Spencer didn’t tell him any secrets on what’s going on, he said he’ll find out by himself. And I guess his idea is to pretend to be on the A Team to get in inside on everything. And he also got so much closer to Jenna while she was waiting for her operation to work. As much as he hated Alison from all that she’s done to him, I still think that he loves Spencer and he’s just trying to get answers.

  23. #1 Liar says:

    Firstly ii would ℓike to say that Aria could be part of the Α team because she is NEVER the one to get hurt whenever “Α” plans things to hurt the liars or whatever. Yes, she was in the Crate αnd “almost died” but honestly if you were part of α sort of “Α” team , you would want people to think you’re innocent..wouldn’t you?? Secondly, Paige could also be part of the Α team because she’s been very suspicious lately! _then Toby!?!? He has all reasons to hate the liars. So he’s DEFINETELY part of the Α team for Revenge! Mona? No secret that she’s part of the Α team, now is there?? Αnd what about Ezra? He has been suspicious after he just “mysteriously” appeared on the Train on season 3, after Aria almost died!_ the Series definitely gives reasons for almost EVERYONE in Rosewood to be part of the Α team! I mean…..Alison was mean to EVERYONE! So basically everyone has reasons to hate her!

    P.S—»» I ℓOVE alison! Α.k.Α Sasha pieterse :D _ since she’s from my country ((South africa)), Drop dead Gorgeous αnd definitely α BRILLIANT Actress! :O —-xxxx

    -A

    LOL

  24. Leslie says:

    what about Cece?!! havent heard from her in a while, and I doubt Arias Team A because she did go visit Mona & tried getting answers from her in season 3 so that wouldnt make sense….this is just too much for my brain but I LOVE IT! going back to watch PLL from the 1st episode and put all this together, this show is AMAZING!!!!! cant wait till jan 8th!!!!!!

  25. Leslie says:

    what about Holden?! he is close to Aria well atleast was, and when they drugged Emily and she went to the dinner and she kinda remembered something at the dinner it kinda looked like him and he did have the tattoo then again what does he have against Ali? and Mike!! Arias brother most deff close to her what if he knew about Alisons and his dads affair and he didnt want his family to break appart so he killed her? because when Arias mom found out about Byrons affair with Meredith and she moved out Mike turned into a complete rebel! and when Arias parents got back together he started doing fine again and when they got a divorce Mike hardly even came out in season 3! ughh Team A can be anyone I just cant wait for January 8th !!!!!!!!

  26. i guess im kinda mad that toby is on the A team i think that was kinda a disappointment to the show, you should really leave the boyfriend out of it, and him and spencer made love i think it was unfair to show that and expose him afterwards, the only downfall in pretty little liars.

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