“A dAngerous gAme” is the titillating name of Pretty Little Liars‘ Season 3 finale — airing this Tuesday at 8/7c — and based on what scene-stealer Janel Parrish tells TVLine, the title couldn’t be more accurate.
Without further adieu, find out what the actress behind Mona — the ABC Family drama’s original ‘A’ — reveals about the season-ending installment, which promises to answer the series’ biggest question yet: Who makes up the complete ‘A’ team?
TVLINE | Give me your very best finale tease. Ready? Go!
Someone comes back from the dead! [Laughs] Which is nice. Fans will really be pleased about that.
TVLINE | Talk a little about Mona’s involvement in the installment.
Mona is… back to being conniving and her old, ‘A’ hoodie-wearing self. She’s hatching a plan that may or may not go her way.
TVLINE | After last week’s revelation that Spencer may now be working with Mona, is it safe to assume we’ll see lots of memorable moments between the two in the finale?
Definitely, yes. You will pretty much see the ‘A’ team in its complete form in the finale.
TVLINE | So, Mona, Toby, maybe Spencer and others?
[Pauses] You will finally find out who all is on the ‘A’ team and who all is involved. [Laughs]
TVLINE | What was your reaction upon learning which characters were part of that nefarious crew?
I was shocked. Even though we’re going to give you a bunch of answers, we’re also going to raise a bunch of questions because there’s got to be a Season 4! [Laughs] That’s going to be an amazing season. We’re going to throw some curveballs in there… And you’ll find out more about who that mysterious [person wearing the] red coat is.
TVLINE | Is this newest member — or members — as shocking a reveal as when Mona’s true identity surfaced last season?
The thing about Pretty Little Liars is that everybody is a suspect at some point, which makes the show fun… It will be one of those things where you kind of suspected that person, but you’re still shocked that’s where they went with it… This is the most shocking episode we’ve ever had. Each season, we up the ante just a little bit and it gets more and more shocking. We just started shooting Season 4 last week, and it’s even better than anything we’ve done before! Our writers are amazing and they just keep making it better and better.
TVLINE | Be honest: Do you really, truly ever know what Mona is up to? Because I never do — and still I love her!
I absolutely do not know everything at all! [Laughs] Our producers keep things close to the vest… But I have a pretty good idea of the master plan when it comes to Mona and the ‘A’ Team from bits and pieces that I’ve gathered and from hints that I’ve gotten from the writers… A lot of it is me creating, as Mona, what I think she’s done or what I think she feels, and then letting the producers guide me. But I have to make most of that myself, which is part of the fun of playing a character.