Turns out, the addictive ABC Family drama plans to stick with (to some degree) the shocking notion that — SPOILER ALERT – Ezra is ‘A’!
“I assure you that there is something going on here with Ezra,” Liars executive producer Oliver Goldstick tells TVLine exclusively.
But that’s only just the tip of the iceberg. Here, Goldstick discusses surprising details about the Rosewood fave’s “double life,” how this twist will put Aria (among others) in danger and much, much more.
TVLINE | I’ve got to be honest with you, I feel like this is the same situation I was in a year ago with you right after the big “Toby is ‘A’” reveal…
You’re not. I promise you you’re not. I assure you that there is something going on here with Ezra. There is something very real going on here. I can’t give you too much information, but I can tell you it plays out quite beautifully in Season 4B. And Aria’s in danger — well, they all are, but Aria in particular.
TVLINE | So, are you confirming that this is not a red herring?
Yes, there is something that is about to be exposed and revealed in 4B. I guess what I’m saying is that this is going to escalate and be more explosive and mind-blowing.
TVLINE | And this all begins in Season 4B or before that in the Halloween special?
Because of the nature of the Halloween episode, the mystery of [Ezra] doesn’t move forward that much; it’s a standalone episode… As far as the explosive revelation of last night, it builds on that without giving you explanations. It builds on Ezra’s culpability of being ‘A,’ but it doesn’t explain a lot of questions you’ll have as an audience. You have to wait for 4B for that.
TVLINE | Should we have come away from the finale with the idea that Ezra is ‘A’ or is on Team ‘A’?
I can’t give that away, I will just say you’re really in hot territory and very close.
TVLINE | For me, this all could make sense because ‘A’ began his or her torment once Ezra came to Rosewood. What doesn’t make sense though is how decent he’s been and how much he’s loved Aria.
I hear you and we can answer that in an emotionally satisfying way. Everybody here is very aware of that, too, because this is a relationship that’s deeply romantic. They’re soulmates, and we’ve invested so much into them. We’re going to be able to explain some things to you.
TVLINE | ‘Ezria’ has been touted as “endgame” since Day 1, so what can you say about that now? It seems this will definitely impact that–
Oh, it impacts it — in a big way! [Laughs] Not right away, but you’ll stand by and say, “Gee golly, gee whiz, what is going on?! How can this person be living a double life?” What you’re really going to find out is this whole Jekyll-and-Hyde factor about Ezra — it’s going to blow your mind.
TVLINE | Talk about the evolution of the idea to go in this direction with Ezra.
We knew from the beginning of this season. When Ezra and Aria weren’t together, we sort of tracked and mapped them as a couple — he’s basically microchipped like a dog! He’s had it since we started the show. So, we know where he’s been, and it’s not always a good place. Sometimes he’s eaten out of a dumpster! [Laughs] We really have tracked this.
TVLINE | Are the fans who have gone back and tracked why Ezra is ‘A’ onto something?
That I can emphatically answer: Yes! That is not bull; those things have been planted. We were subtly putting things in and you can track them, and hopefully in 4B you’ll be able to help us solve this puzzle.
TVLINE | Since Aria won’t be in on Ezra’s secret immediately, what does this mean for them as a couple in 4B? Also, what does this mean for Jake?
Jake is returning, and it’ll be very complicated. We know he cares for her and she cares for him, and more than anything, he’s concerned for her welfare because when they met, she was under duress… So her duress escalates in 4B, and he wants desperately to protect her, but she won’t let him — because she’s got Ezra, right?! [Laughs]
TVLINE | According to Mrs. Grunwald, Alison is alive. Was that meant to be a definitive reveal to the audience?
Not definitive, just a suggestion from someone who had dealings with her on that night…
TVLINE | Will the girls be on a mission to find Ali moving forward?
TVLINE | What can you say about the identity of a second Red Coat?
That is indeed still an issue. People have come to the conclusion that there has to be more than one person; there has to be an ‘A’ team, ultimately. But we’re not saying that’s necessarily true either, it’s just a very valid theory.
TVLINE | Talk a little about what happens, once Caleb is in Ravenswood, to keep him there permanently.
At the end of the Halloween episode, there’s a twist that provides a compelling reason for Caleb to at least stay there temporarily to explore what the hell something is. It pertains to him; it’s not about Alison or Hanna.
TVLINE | What else can you tease about the Halloween special?
It’s really fun and it’s juicy. you’ll get more episodes regarding Mrs. Grunwald and Alison — some great answers. You’ll get some escalation of whether you suspect Ezra of being The Devious One! [Laughs] There’s a really good pursuit of Alison because the Liars have every reason to believe now that she’s still with us. If she’s going to be in this town on this holiday, they’re not leaving here until we find her.
How can you tell if someone is a sociopath?
It’s an intriguing yet terrifying question that many of us have never had to consider. However, after tuning all season to ABC Family’s addictive summer hit Twisted, we now find ourselves giving the suspicious side-eye to our family and friends.
To get you even more excited for tonight’s summer finale (that’s right, the show will be returning in January!) we chatted with stars Avan Jogia and Kylie Bunbury about what’s coming up for our favorite Green Grove threesome in “Out with the In-Crown.” From a new danger for Danny, to shocking revelations in Regina’s murder, you won’t believe the all twisted secrets they shared!
Thrills and Chills: Jogia, who plays Danny Desai, says that will are going to see even more problems arise for our smooth-talking potential socio in tonight’s episode.
“With the finale is it’s completely different than what we have done previously. It makes all these episodes that we have done up until now look like nothing,” the actor reveals. “At the end of the finale, Danny is at his lowest point, beyond just getting expelled, he’s got bigger problems than that.” Yikes!
So what kind of problems will our teenage antihero be facing? Jogia explains, “This new development in this last episode is going to change the way he interacts with everyone for a very long time. It really makes it complicated for what we’re going to do for the back eight [episodes].” Bunbury adds, “It’s a great episode and it has a very shocking ending but I think the ending only makes more questions.”
Trouble in Lovers Lane: Note to all the guys out there: Don’t lie to your lady! Especially if she’s trying to help prove your innocence in a murder investigation. (Ahem, yes we’re talking to you Mr. Desai!) Unfortunately, it looks like Danny’s lies are too much for Lacey and their kinda-sorta relationship is put on pause tonight.
“It definitely wasn’t Danny and Lacey deciding it, it was Lacey. And it was Lacey deciding that they’re not together because of the lies,” Bunbury spills. “Do they have feelings for each other? Yes, of course. But the fact that he lied to them about the necklace, and especially to her since they had an intimate relationship, that really hurt her and she felt betrayed and so her decision is they have nothing going on.”
Not to worry Dacey shippers! This change-of-heart seems to be temporary and the good news is it helps push Danny and Lacey to making amends with Jo (Maddie Hasson). Bunbury explains, “As of right now, Jo is very upset with Lacey and rightfully so. Lacey kept that relationship from Jo. But at that one point when Danny confronts Lacey and says we do need to talk with her, they do go and talk to her and that’s a really great scene.”
Out with the In-Crowd: With the video of Danny and Lacey hooking up spreading through the school like wildfire, Lacey’s former queen-bee status plummets to rock bottom. Bunbury explains that fans will see Lacey at rock bottom in tonight’s episode. “She goes to school and she faces a lot of criticism and a lot of hostility and mean looks and all of that. It’s with everyone. It’s with her friends, it’s with her ex-boyfriend, it’s with Jo, it’s with everyone.”
Regina Returns: Get excited mystery lovers, because we’re getting a couple flashbacks starring the one-and-only Regina Crane (Karyn Moore). In addition to seeing Regina, we’re also going to learn new details from her murder investigation. Jogia confirms, “I think we get closer. There will be some evidence that comes to light that has something to do with that murder, but I don’t think we’ll have an answer.” Nooo! We don’t want to wait until January!
Don’t miss the summer finale of Twisted, Tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC Family!
TVLine has learned exclusively that the NYPD Blue and Numb3rs vets, respectively, have landed recurring roles on the upcoming Pretty Little Liars spin-off.
Simmons and Brown, who wed in 2010, join as Simon and Terry Beaumont, the parents of Ravenswood regular Remy (American Horror Story‘s Britne Oldford).
Simon, who runs the local paper, is described as being distrustful of out-of-towners (watch out, Caleb!), while Terry, having recently returned home from serving in the military, is struggling with survivor’s guilt.
Simmons’ most recent TV credits include Bones, Common Law and Man Up. Brown, meanwhile, has enjoyed guest spots on NCIS, Bones and The Good Wife.
Ravenswood bows this October, following Liars‘ annual Halloween special.