“Ezria” fans, avert your pretty little peepers: Pretty Little Liars executive producer Oliver Goldstick tells me that the ABC Family drama’s Monday-night finale is a game-changer in every sense of the word, starting with a major shift in Mr. Fitz’ future at Rosewood High School.
“Next season, we’re putting Ezra in a new place,” Goldstick reveals. “Mr. Fitz may be leaving Rosewood High, and we hint at that in Monday’s finale. It will definitely put ‘Ezria’s’ relationship in a new context.” Just to ease your minds, this does not mean the adorable Ian Harding is leaving PLL. Or even that Ezra and Aria are over. Rather, Mr. Fitz eventually swapping jobs could actually mean good things for the undercover couple.
“Ian’s very much a part of our series and part of the second season,” says Goldstick. “He’s very pivotal and does not go away. We’re going to play it very much as a relationship that has many obstacles — the teacher/student element may be lifted, and other [problems] present themselves next season.”
If you remember, last week’s PLL ended with the cops heading to Ezra’s apartment to discuss a matter relating to one of his students. While I can’t reveal the exact nature of the visit, I will say that it’s not what it seems.
What else can you expect from the Pretty Little Liars finale? The real question is what can’t you expect:
Finale Fodder | The liars are in for a rude awakening by the end of Monday’s episode, Goldstick reveals: “A lot of threads that have been woven into the fabric of this season create a picture, a really startling picture. It doesn’t answer every question, just some, and the final scene raises more questions. It’s really titillating.” The showrunner won’t spoil much, but says that whatever happens in the finale “certainly puts our four girls in a position that Toby was in for some time, as far as a cloud hanging over him in Rosewood. It makes their relationship that much more fraught because they’re all pariahs in Rosewood when we start the second season. All of the girls are in trouble.”
“A” Remains MIA | “As of now, we are sticking with ‘A’,” says Goldstick. “He or she may not be the ‘A’ from the books even though we adore and are paying allegiance to them. It’s not so strict that we’re following every plot point from here on out.” The EP tells me that there are no plans to solve the mystery that is “A” and move on to a new arc, either. “That was one thing that was discussed in the beginning,” he explains. “Rosewood is busy. There’s so much else going on that we can sustain not revealing the identity of Alison’s killer for some time. There are several engines in this show, and you’re not dependent on just this murder.”
Hanna & Caleb | Haleb fans, rejoice! “We will indeed see our Caleb again,” Goldstick assures. “He is Rosewood-bound, but I can’t tell you when. And there is hope for Caleb/Hanna fans when he returns. [Tyler Blackburn] has been cast in a pilot and is not a regular on the show, but we know he’ll be available to us until July, so we’re not that concerned.” Unfortunately, the couple’s reunion is not initially a happy one. “Hanna’s gonna be a little wiser this time because she’s been burned. She’s not going to be so open right away.”
Spencer & Toby | This troubled twosome’s budding romance continues to grow “very much in Season 2 and is more complicated because of what happens in the finale, which is shocking and a wonderful end to this first season.”
Emily & Maya | Guess what, Maya fans? Bianca Lawson will also be returning to PLL. “Maya went off because we had to shake it up a little bit,” Goldstick explains. “We all thought it was interesting to see what would happen if when Maya went away, Emily was put in the position where she was the one who became the teacher in the relationship. The Emily/Maya relationship had played itself out at that point and we wanted to give new drama and a new path for Emily. But there are plans for her to return. We adore her.”
Creepy Ian & Preggo Melissa | Although Goldstick is mostly mum on the topic of Ryan Merriman’s PLL future, he does share this: “The finale answers the Ian/Melissa/baby question in a big way. It offers a big, shocking turn of events.”
Supersecret Season 2 Scoop (Mild Spoiler Alert!) | “As a result of what happens in the finale, the girls’ status in Rosewood becomes very precarious, very shaky,” Goldstick offers. “If they weren’t thought of as liars before, they will certainly be thought of as that when we start the second season. They’ll be sent to a therapist who has some strong ideas about when these girls should interact again, if at all! And they’re going to have more obstacles to face being friends because of how the town and their parents now view them.
Don’t miss the Pretty Little Liars finale Monday night at 8/7c on ABC Family.