“Pretty Little Liars” was recently picked up by ABC Family for a fifth season, plus another announcement followed that a spinoff show titled “Ravenswood” is also on the way. While this is great news for the most dedicated fans, it also brings up some questions — most especially, how long can the show really go on?
The premise of “Pretty Little Liars” began with four girls trying to rebuild their lives after their friend’s murder, trying to work out who killed her, and trying to figure out who was tormenting them by messing with their lives under the name of “A.” In Season 1 alone, many people were suspected of killing Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse), and that number got higher and higher with each new season. At the end of Season 3, we still don’t know the answer. We do have some answers about “A,” but not nearly enough to be satisfied.
Although there are a lot of excellent side stories running through the show, it doesn’t distract from the fact that we still don’t know the truth behind the biggest questions. Questions that were set out in the pilot episode. When you throw in the fact that even more questions have cropped up since then, it’s hard to keep up with everything.
The brilliance of the show hasn’t diminished for every fan, but some are already starting to turn. When Mona (Janel Parrish) was revealed as “A,” a lot of people were disappointed that the story so closely followed the storyline of the books the show is based on. Even more were turned off when Toby (Keegan Allen) was shown as being Mona’s helper.
Season 4 hasn’t even started yet, but Season 5 has already been agreed. This means we have two more seasons, translating to at least two years, of trying to find answers, and with some viewers already losing patience, how much longer can the show really be dragged out for?
Inconsistencies are likely after such a long time. Characters who seemed important at the start, such as Noel (Brant Daugherty), and Lucas (Brendan Robinson), have disappeared and been replaced by Shana (Aerial Miranda), who appeared out of nowhere, and that is difficult for the hardcore fans to understand.
It’s not about wanting “Pretty Little Liars” to end, it’s about wanting the show to bow out on a high. If Season 5 isn’t the last, there should at least be a definitive answer about who killed Ali, and who the girl in the red coat is. Without this information, it means fans have had the same question for five years, and in TV world, that is an eternity.