It’s almost as if the young actresses know it’s coming. Sure, June will see the end of Pretty Little Liars, the impossibly juicy addictive (and beautiful) TV juggernaut that managed to stick around for seven seasons. (For perspective, Golden Age of Television staples Breaking Bad went five seasons, Mad Men equaled PLL at seven, and Lena Dunham’s Girls stopped after six.) But somehow one suspects this won’t be quite the end of PLL. Already two factors encourage thoughts of a reunion: PLL fans are insanely passionate and the Liars are not only young — they’ve managed to remain a team of sorts. Just check out the matching tattoos with their characters’ initials. Most long-running shows hit far more ego snags than PLL, especially shows with so much young beautiful talent looking for its next move. PLL stands out for the camaraderie and good will of its stars.
You remember how Gilmore Girls fans practically willed the show back into existence with internet campaigns that made its return irresistible to producers? As Lucy Hale, 27, told Bustle in what amounts to an exit interview, “It’s definitely bittersweet. The show’s been huge for all of us.” If there is a show on the air today that is more tailor-made for fan-demanded revival in the future, it’s hard to name it. A generation of Pretty Little Liars fans have grown up with the show and they will, as happens, want to revisit their youth in the future. Aria Montgomery (Hale) and company will be on that visit’s agenda. Take a look. You already want her back, don’t you?