Wren Was Almost A.D. On ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ I. Marlene King Reveals


Well, Pretty Little Liars fans, the moment has passed. We said goodbye to Rosewood on Tuesday night, and all of our questions were answered (for the most part) during the thrilling series finale to a show that's consumed us for seven years.

Perhaps the most anticipated and exciting part of the finale episode was when we finally found out who had been cryptically messaging the Liars for most of Season 6 and all of Season 7. That's right, to the surprise of some, the hooded tormentor was revealed to be Spencer's evil British twin, Alex Drake (A.D.).

Even though we didn't meet Alex Drake until the final episode of the series, her reveal as A.D. has been planned for quite some time. Troian Bellisario, who plays Spencer Hastings on the show, said in an interview with Elle,


What's even crazier than that is Bellisario had to keep it a secret for over A YEAR! She wasn't even allowed to share the top secret info with fellow cast mates because it was never a 100 percent guarantee. In fact, the mysterious UberA was almost someone entirely different (*GASP*).

Seriously?! ANOTHER surprise?! PLL showrunner I. Marlene King told Entertainment Weekly,

So, basically, Wren was the original idea for A.D., but the actor (Julian Morris) who played Wren's schedule made it too difficult to play out.

King went on to talk about how plenty of PLL fans wanted to see one of the Liars as A.D., she said,

All these possibilities are just way too much to digest right now. I mean, I'm still reeling over Spencer having a twin. Props to all the PLL fans out there who thought of every possible option for who A.D. would be before the season finale even aired, though. You guys are the real MVPs.