Just yesterday, PLL aired one of its biggest story arcs to date. Ezra (Ian Harding) and Aria’s (Lucy Hale) relationship hit a dead end when Aria found out that Ezra has been lying to her throughout their whole relationship about knowing Ali. Ian, Lucy and writer Marlene King talked to Buzzfeed about the future of the show and Ezria’s relationship.
On the Feb 18 episode we found out Ezra isn’t A. His interest in Ali and the girls stems from his true crime novel, which involved detective work to get to the bottom of what really happened to Alison DiLaurentis. Well that’s a relief… I guess.
But how did this storyline even get created?? “We play ‘What If?’ a lot in the writers room. I always thought it was fascinating that when Ezra meets Aria in the pilot, she’s staring at Ali’s missing poster. That became the perfect opportunity to explore the questions: What if Ezra knew about Alison? What if Ezra knew Aria was friends with Alison? What if that’s why Ezra started talking to Aria?” executive producer Marlene King explained to Buzzfeed.
But before going through with the story, King admits they had to answer one huge question. Can Ezra’s character be redeemed after this revelation? Honestly. Why not?!? This is Rosewood for crying out loud. We’ve dealt with crazier things. Like Mona. And Toby. And Jenna. And Garett. And Melissa. And CeCe. And Detective Wilden. I mean, I think we can handle it. Although the relationship might never be the same between the two ex-lovers.
“I don’t see that their relationship could be what it was before, but then again, with every true love relationship, you experience extreme pain and hardship that come from the other person. If you look at it through that lens, this has the potential to make them stronger, make them into something entirely different and, perhaps, more unstoppable,” Harding admits.
While the duo might not be in a romantic relationship on the show anytime soon, King admits that their relationship is fundamental to the show. “By the end of this season, there’s a whole other set emotions that tip their relationship in yet another direction,” warned King. Ummmm, so there’s really more coming? How much more? I’m not sure I can really take this. Although there are many unanswered questions about Ezra now that we know his real motives.
Hale admits that when she first read the script she felt pretty confused, curious and relieved. “She’s confused about how she missed the signs and how she could fall for someone who was hiding a whole other life,” said Hale. “She feels used.” Aria definitely wont be the same after this heart breaking experience.
The feedback was definitely better from Harding who has played a very likeable character for four seasons despite being a teacher whose having a relationship with a student. Throughout the seasons he was never directly involved with the Ali/A drama until now.
“There’s this phrase I’ve heard: ‘You don’t truly know somebody until you know what they want.’ Over the last few years I’ve come up with my own justifications for scenes, but now knowing what Ezra wants, and has wanted, kick-started the character for me again. I like the fact he’s had this skeleton in his closet the whole time. So it changes a lot about how I perceive him and how I play him,” said Harding.
Most of this season we were led to believe that Ezra was A. We believed the same about Mona and Toby once before. You know what they say ‘fool me once, shame on you, but fool me three times, shame on me!’ Well, we’ve been fooled. But if Ezra isn’t A, than who the hell is?!?!
“Aria finding out about Ezra is a huge, dramatic moment. Our hearts will break for her, but at the same time, the end result is a new ‘A’ suspect and the mission to figure out if this person really is ‘A’ propels us toward the end of the season,” King admits. The next couple of episodes will be really important as they set the scene asking bigger questions than ‘who is A’ and offering even bigger answers. (We’re holding you to this statement Marlene!)
And you can bet that Ian Harding is now one of the only main male characters on PLL. “Ezra knows so much and that information can help the girls. I think he holds the key to bringing this journey to a close. In what capacity he’s going to help the girls next season is up for grabs, because some things happen at the end of this season that throw that possibility into question. But I’m personally excited to see if he becomes part of the investigation team,” teased Harding.
King justified his answer by teasing that Ezra holds the key to helping the girls un-mask A. While they’ve been on A’s radar, Ezra’s been able to do a lot of research that the girls will need to piece the puzzle together. Maybe that will be redemption for their relationship?? Although as much as I believe Ezra will help the girls, I think its at the cost of the relationship. In order to get info, you need to be in the loop. A.k.a on the A team. Ah, this mystery will never end.
Credit to Buzzfeed for the quotes.
Photos: ABC Family/ Pretty Little Liars
‘Virgin River’ Announces Season 2 Premiere Date Just in Time for the Holidays!
Season 2 of Virgin River officially has a premiere date!
The Netflix drama will return less than a year after the first season debuted on Dec 6, 2019.
Fans can catch up with Mel, Doc, and Jack Sheridan on Friday, November 27th! If you think about it, it’s the perfect day for a feel-good show to premiere as everyone will be sitting at home stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner. And since Black Friday sales are going virtual to tame the spread of COVID, less shopping gives everyone ample time to kick up their feet and binge-watch!
Virgin River season 1 focused on Mel (played by This Is Us‘ Alexandra Breckenridge), a nurse practitioner who moved from LA to a remote Northern California town who was forced to face her past and grieve before being able to call Virgin River home.
Season 2 teases: “Engagement. Babies. Heartbreak. Murder. For a small town, Virgin River has its fair share of drama — and Mel Monroe is often in the middle of it.”
Yep, we can’t wait.
Also returning for season 2 are Annette O’Toole, Lauren Hammersley, Colin Lawrence, and Grayson Gurnsey. Sarah Dugdale will join the cast as Lizzie.
While there isn’t a full trailer of the upcoming season, the Netflix November lineup video shows some great snippets:
‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Trailer Teases New Beginnings, Kevin & Randall’s Fallout, Kevin’s Fiancee, and Face Masks
The 2-hour premiere of This Is Us is closer than ever!
Just a few days after NBC revealed the first trailer for the drama that reunites us with the Pearson family, they’ve given us a second, longer trailer that is more focused on the fallout between Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley) following their blow-out confrontation.
Will they find their way back? Will Kevin attempt to become a better brother? It may be a long road ahead, but it sure seems like it.
While there’s minimal new footage since the series just began shooting a few weeks ago due to COVID delays, it teases “a new chapter” for the family.
We see Randall celebrate his 40th birthday with wife Beth estranged from the rest of his siblings, who are celebrating together at the family cabin.
Kevin is seen walking to his car wearing a mask, which reveals that the series will be embracing the real-life coronavirus pandemic. It’s unclear how it’ll affect the family, but considering there’s a scene showing Kevin caressing Madison’s (Caitlin Thompson) growing baby bump, maybe the series will navigate pregnancy in a COVID-19 world. It’s likely easier to film certain scenes with more cast members if mask-wearing is permitted and deemed normal.
In a shocking twist, Kevin also calls her his “fiancee,” which prompts Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz) to inform him that he needs to explain to use of the word fiancee.
Everything We Already Know About ‘YOU’ Season 3 on Netflix Including New Cast Members
Joe Goldberg, Will Bettelheim, or whatever we’re calling him these days, is only just getting started with you.
WARNING: stop reading if you don’t want spoilers for YOU Season 1 and Season 2!
The second season of the Lifetime-turned-Netflix series left on a pretty major cliffhanger: Joe is expecting a child with Love. Oh, and despite being confronted by someone equally as insane that made him realize his behavior and actions are completely unacceptable, he cannot help himself when he notices his new neighbor and his stalker-senses start tingling again.
Given all of that, it’s no surprise that the upcoming third season (which was renewed in early January) is highly-anticipated. It’s shaping up to be even more intense than the first two seasons combined.
The stakes are much higher now that a child is involved, Joe is being held accountable for his actions by Love, and much to his dismay, he’s stuck in a relationship with someone he’s not even in love with.
So, here’s what we know about the third season of YOU.
- You’re going to binge-watch it – HA, okay, that was just a joke to see if you were paying attention. Of course, you’re going to binge-watch it.
- It will premiere in 2021 – Netflix has confirmed that. In other words, you have about a year to recover from the insanity that was season 2.
- Production has already kicked off – Showrunner Sera Gamble took to Twitter to share that “We’ve started work on season 3. Just thought you’d want to know.” And yes, we did want to know, so thank you, Sera.
— Sera Gamble (@serathegamble) February 7, 2020
- It will be 10 episodes – Both seasons have consisted of 10 episodes so why fix something that isn’t broken, am I right?
- You’ll see some familiar faces – Badgley will obviously reprise his character as stalker Joe, while Victoria Pedretti will return as his psycho baby momma Love Quinn.
- Who are the new cast members? – Shalita Grant joins as Sherry, a “Mom-fluencer” who appears down to earth but is really a mean girl pretending to invite Love into her circle. Travis Van Winkle will play Cary, a wealthy guy who invites Joe into his circle. Sounds ominous. And if we know anything about Joe and Love, this isn’t going to end well for either Sherry or Travis.
- Will Ellie be back? It’s not confirmed, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll also see Jenna Ortega return because we need a wellness check on that girl!
- The dream team is returning – Not Joe and Love… never Joe and Love. We’re talking about Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti who delivered some twisted television magic.
- Can I crush on Joe? – Seriously, no. He’s a narcissistic murder no matter how great his jawline is. You all saw what happened to Delilah.
- The neighbor will be explored – Not much is known about the plot of season 3, but I reckon the object of Joe’s attention in those final moments is going to play a vital role. Even the season 3 announcement teased “see you soon, neighbor.” There are plenty of theories about who the mystery woman could be (Badgley debunked that it’s his mother, but do we believe him?), but I really want it to be Candace again. She can be like “hey, I’m still not dead.” Or maybe it’s Beck’s sister? Whoever it is, I don’t think it’s going to be anyone random.
See you soon, neighbor. YOU S3 is coming. pic.twitter.com/rCJx7K9v0P
— YOU (@YouNetflix) January 14, 2020
- Is it based on a book? Maybe. The first two seasons were based on novels by Caroline Kepnes, although, the plot did stray from the book ever so slightly. Kepnes is currently writing her third book and close to being finished, but there’s no word if it will inspire the third season.
- Will Joe finally get what’s coming to him? I mean, I hope so. Whatever happened to the pee cup? How can no one tie any of these murders to him? Why does he keep getting away?
As you wait for the new season, you can binge-watch season 1 and 2 on Netflix.
And don’t forget to check out the funniest memes inspired by our dear Joe and his murderous tendencies.
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