The “Pretty Little Liars” producers have said it over and over again, but the Season 4 finale, “A is for Answers,” really is going to lay rest to a lot of the questions lingering regarding Alison DiLaurentis’ disappearance — and reappearance.
What will we learn? “Not everything,” producer Oliver Goldstick tells Zap2it on the red carpet at the show’s Paleyfest panel. “We’ve got to leave something for Season 5,” he jokes, “but you’ll get some very nice answers you’ve waited a long time for. You’ve waited 95 episodes to hear what happened that night and you’ll get some real definitive answers.”
But, as creator I. Marlene King points out, “As ‘PLL’ does so well, answers bring up new questions.”
For starters: Once we learn the identity of the person who buried Ali — who is not the one who hit Ali — we’re going to wonder a lot about said person’s motivations. “The person who does bury Ali alive, it is a shocking twist,” King says, “and that’s what the girls start spinning their wheels about immediately is why would this person do this?”
Adds producer Joseph Dougherty of the mystery person, “They are taking action which they believe is protecting someone.”
He continues, “The information about the night that Ali disappeared is really thick. You’ll know more about that night than you thought was possible to know, and yet there are still so many things unknown about it.”
You’ll also learn about where Ali’s been since then. “There’s a very surprise twist of where Ali has been,” King teases, “and I know everybody’s dying to know were some of those dream sequences real? Did Ali come visit Hanna at the hospital? Was Ali the one who really did save Emily from the barn? We’ll find out those answers in this episode too.”
Additionally, Goldstick and Daugherty both tease familial ties. “Family has a whole new definition,” Goldstick says. “ABC Family, oh dear. They’re going to be sorry they called the network that because this might redefine family in a very different way.” And Daugherty says there will be “a revelation about a parent.”
To reiterate, we’re getting a lot of answers. “I would suggest taking notes,” Dougherty says.
“Pretty Little Liars” airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.