‘Pretty Little Liars’ Creator Reveals How Fan Theories Actually Influenced The Show
As Pretty Little Liars fans, we have seen a lot of sh*t go down in Rosewood over the past seven years.
I mean we basically know everything there is to know about the show's relationships, its biggest shocks, and all its friend group drama. And, as we inch closer and closer to the finale episode, we're about to find out the last piece of the PLL puzzle: Who A.D. is.
One thing many of us didn't know, though, was how heavily we as fans may have influenced the show's plot lines. Yea, you read that correctly. According to Marlene I. King, writer, producer, and director for Pretty Little Liars, fans played a part in determining which couples would end up together in the final season of the show.
In a recent interview with Vulture, King revealed exactly how fan theories and reactions on Twitter may have influenced the show. She told Vulture,
I would say Twitter is probably the most influential feedback that myself and most of the writers would get as well. Yes, I do think that when you see how passionate fans get about certain things or story lines and couples, it definitely influences how you tackle breaking the season, because you want to make sure that fans stay happy. It probably wouldn't change the outcome of the mystery, but it probably would change the outcome of a couple being endgame. I think the fans and I were pretty aligned with who we wanted as endgame couples.
It's cool to think that, in some minor way, our hopes for the show helped to shape its outcomes.
Vulture went on to ask King if there were any longstanding questions that wouldn't be answered in the finale, to which the showrunner responded,
I feel like there's just one outstanding question that we decided to let the fans ponder. And it's more tongue and cheek and fun, not really something that's like, 'Oh my god, we're never going to know this or that.'
Tongue-in-cheek or not, I'm already wondering where the show will leave us hanging. Maybe if I tweet who I think A.D. should be there'll be enough time for them to fix the finale? Idk, get back to me, Marlene.