It’s amazing how I’ve gotten eight years older (give or take) over the course of Pretty Little Liars, but the Liars have aged what? Like five years? Maybe six, including the flash forward of college (which is the best thing to do if you have a high school-set show. Thanks, One Tree Hill for starting that)? As Frank Sinatra said, the end is near, and Pretty Little Liars is about to face its final curtain. When is the Pretty Little Liars series finale?
The premiere of Season 7B is on April 18, 2017, at 8:00pm EDT, for those of you who missed it. There are ten episodes in the back half of the season, and if Pretty Little Liars Season 7B runs with no interruptions with one episode a week airing each week, the finale will end on or about June 20, 2017. June 20! Doesn’t that seem so soon? It was only yesterday that Ezra and Aria’s relationship was illegal and gross (now it’s just gross) and Emily had a boyfriend that literally no one remembers anymore. Ben? Was that it? Anyway, those were the days. We all (that includes the Liars and you and me) seemed so young and innocent then. That series finale is just speculation, by the way — the official Pretty Little Liars series finale air date hasn’t been officially announced just yet.
But a few things about the finale have been revealed, so let’s talk about those, shall we? Writer I. Marlene King loves to tweet little snippets of what she’s doing on the show, and back in September, she exposed that the series finale script is as long as a feature film and the episode will be two hours long. Hooray!
In fact, the whole thing is eight acts. To put it in perspective, a Shakespeare play is usually about five acts.
It's 8 acts. I just wrote FADE IN: on ACT 8. So almost there. @dilaufields— I. Marlene King (@imarleneking) September 25, 2016
This gives me hope that King knows she can’t disappoint in this storytelling. She knows that this is the end, and there are so many loose ends that need to be tied up after eight years of just plain crazy. When King was writing the beginning of the show, she would tweet lines from her scripts, and she is back to it, tweeting little snippets of what’s to come.
When I was writing the pilot I tweeted u lines along the way. So let's share the series finale 2gether pic.twitter.com/ZSK0bJGkT5— I. Marlene King (@imarleneking) September 23, 2016
The Liars are heading to the police! That always seems to go well! Maybe this time they'll find a detective who actually knows what he or she is doing and doesn't stalk Charlotte or Ashley Marin and doesn't become obsessed with Alison and has to be shipped away to his dad's country house. God, the police on this show are truly awful, aren't they?
In any case, the Pretty Little Liars series finale holds so much potential so many answers for us fans. I'm very happy to hear that the episode will basically be like a movie, because that's the perfect way to send off eight years of obsession and theories and all-out fandom. The biggest question for me is, what am I going to watch on Tuesday nights now?