'Pretty Little Liars' season 7 spoilers: creator I. Marlene King teases more deaths


The seventh and final season of “Pretty Little Liars” will finally break ground tonight and fans can expect that the first thing in the line of unresolved situations would be to find Hanna (Ashley Benson).

By the end of season 6, the Freeform show left the usually in-control Liar fighting for her life as the group’s plans of offering her as a bait to uncover Uber A’s true identity backfired. The installment ended with her whereabouts unknown. Coming in to season 7, the rest of the group will devote all their time and resources to locate her before it is too late. However, show creator I. Marlene King pinpoints Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) to be very motivated in rescuing her before she gets to be part of the Rosewood body count.

“Everybody is really dedicated to finding her, but Caleb becomes incredibly single-focused. He feels the most responsible for A.D. abducting her.” King told The Hollywood Reporter.

Unfortunately, should Hanna be rescued early enough for her to be still alive, the risk of someone getting the axe does not stop there. The showrunner shares that the death toll this season will be terrifyingly high, which amplifies the stakes for the Liars. Aside from that, the group’s fear for the unknown murderer, and the reveal that Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) and Elliott Rollins (Huw Collins) had been working together also increases the danger for the characters.

Despite this, fans of the show need not to worry as King also made sure to balance the darker tone of season 7 with lighthearted ones, as it is dubbed to be the most romantic season in the whole series. A number of couples are still at a crossroads, including Aria and Ezra whose reunion is still undecided, and with complex love lines for Hanna, Caleb, Spencer (Troian Bellisario), and Toby (Keegan Allen).

The balance between good and bad will ultimately have one goal, and that is to tie all loose ends in the overall narrative of “Pretty Little Liars.”

“It’s such a full-circle season,” King spilled in a separate interview with TV Line. “We’re planting all these little Easter eggs that pay homage to Season 1, even to the pilot. In the summer finale, there’s a really fun moment that’s a callback to the pilot. We’ve been having fun doing that all season.”

“Pretty Little Liars” season 7 airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.