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August 31st, 2012
Pretty Little Liars’ Executive Producer I. Marlene King has a secret and thankfully can’t keep it. While being interviewed by TV Guide about the second half of Season 3, which returns with a special Halloween episode on October 23rd at 8 pm ET on MUCH and with full episodes in January, King gave away all the goodies. Halloween has come early this year.
Check out part of the interview below (zomg at Toby’s intentions and a definitive answer on Nate’s involvement with Maya) and don’t forget to tune into the Viewer’s Choice Marathon of Pretty Little Liars beginning today at 11 am ET. Watch for Toby turning evil. RIP Spoby.
Did you always know Toby would be involved?
Marlene King: No. I did know Mona (Janel Parrish) would be, but not with Toby until early on when we decided to not kill him, as in the books. The theme we explore all the time on the show is “what appears to be isn’t.” So it was really fun to develop a character who really was the moral compass of the show. There were points at the end of Season 1 where we said that Toby is the only character in Rosewood who had never lied, and that was a truth to that point.
Did Toby ever really have feelings for Spencer (Troian Bellisario)?
King: That’s the story we’re going to tell [in the next part of the season] and you’ll get a better sense of it.
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What was the motivation behind their big sex scene?
King: It helped to keep the surprise, but also I feel that, for Spencer, it was the right time. Toby had been gone for several weeks and she was the one who wanted to wait. And for her character, not knowing he’s on the A Team, it made sense for her to want to consummate the relationship. She thought she might’ve lost him forever until he showed back up in town.
Will we ever see the scene where Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) ends up shot play out?
King: Maybe. We’re still talking about it.
Why didn’t Emily console Paige (Lindsey Shaw) after the shooting?
King: Paige knows these girls are four best friends and the show is really about the friendship and their unconditional bond. So, Paige made the sacrifice in that moment. She saw Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Hanna (Ashley Benson) really needed each other, so her doing the body block and getting the police’s attention was her way of saying, “I get it, I understand,” And Spencer’s look in subtext was, “We’re so sorry.”
So to clarify, Nate (Sterling Suliemon) was Maya’s killer and he’s dead.
King: He’s definitely dead and yes he is definitely Maya’s killer.
Regarding Ezra (Ian Harding) and Aria (Lucy Hale), how long before he finds out he has a child that Aria knows about?
King: Even though there wasn’t resolution there, it opened up and fuels ourstory. What I thought to be interesting was that the “Ezria” shippers felt like, ‘Oh no, Maggie is nice.” They were expecting her to be a bi— like Jackie, and here she shows up seemingly very nice with a secret of her own and asking Aria for help.
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