Is ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Over? I. Marlene King Clarifies Her Season 7 Bombshell

Although Pretty Little Liars didn't air a new episode on Tuesday, fans still received quite a bombshell. In an interview with Variety, it seemed as though showrunner I. Marlene King announced that PLL would end after Season 7. But before you ugly-cry like Aria when she found out that Ezra was writing a book, King took to Twitter to clear up the confusion. Despite what she said in that interview, Pretty Little Liars isn't ending after all — or at least not yet. Instead, King clarified that she just meant that the new Uber A plot would be ending in Season 7, not the series as a whole. Huh? As usual, this PLL news has me scratching my head. Let's try to make sense of the situation by looking back at King's original quote to Variety. The magazine wrote,

“I think that this story when we’re back will end next year at the at end of Season 7,” King told Variety this week when asked if the time jump gives the series more legs to continue. Then asked, “So you definitely want it to end at the end of Season 7, and don’t want it to go beyond that?” King replied: “Correct.”

Now, here's the series of tweets King posted in response, since fans were understandably upset about the possibility of their beloved show ending so soon.

I can see where the confusion came in. After all, King said she didn't want this story to go beyond season 7 — but she didn't specify which story. That easily could be mistaken to mean the entire series. Luckily, that wasn't the case!

Regardless, this whole situation is a lot to process, so I'll let the show's characters speak for me. Here are the eight stages of reacting to this PLL news.

Stage 1: Thinking The Show Is Ending Soon

Ending the show after Season 7 just feels so unfair. It's way too soon!

Stage 2: Reading King's Tweets

Does this mean what I think it means?!?!

Stage 3: Realizing PLL Isn't Over Yet

The excitement is so real. It was just a quote taken out of context — there's no end in sight. Now excuse me while I do a happy dance.

Stage 4: Regretting Overreacting To The Original News

OK, so maybe it was unnecessary to get so sad about the show ending, but that would have been devastating.

Stage 5: Rereading What King Said About Uber A

Wait a minute! This means that CeCe, aka Charlotte, is not the mastermind behind all of this. Are you kidding?!?! This means that big A reveal was just another red herring.

Stage 6: Realizing The Madness Never Ends

Uh-oh! I'm going to be emotionally invested in this show for however long it continues. Is that months? Years? The rest of my life?

Stage 7: Pondering What This All Means

Is Uber A going to be Wren? It has to be. Or maybe it's Jason? Also, does this mean there will be a brand-new villain after Season 7? All of these questions may make my head my explode.

Stage 8: Getting Excited Because It's Almost January

Luckily, answers to all those questions are on the way! Sure, it's still a few weeks away, but Season 6B premieres on Jan. 12.

Despite that emotional whirlwind, some good definitely came from the situation. Fans finally learned that the "he" who the girls fear in the time jump is the actual Uber A. The mystery will be over once and for all! (Or will it?)

To hold you over until then, check out Bustle's PLL podcast, Taking This One To The Grave.

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