Pretty Little Liars, the hit series on ABC Family/Freeform, will end with season 7. According to an announcement Monday afternoon on the series’ Facebook page, the current season will also be the last.
Based on a series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the show follows the lives of four teenage girls whose high school clique dissolves after their leader, Alison, disappears. Three years later, after the discovery of Alison’s body, they begin receiving text messages from an anonymous source called “A“. The source threatens to reveal all of their secrets, including ones they thought only Alison knew.
The final season has already begun, with the mid-season finale having premiered August 30. The second half of the season will begin in April 2017 and will feature 10 episodes. It will conclude with a two-hour series finale. The final season will continue to be centered around homecomings and reunions by bringing back old characters to wrap up their storylines. The first half of the season has already brought characters Wren Kingston (Julian Morris), Pastor Ted Wilson (Edward Kerr), Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok), Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) and Sydney Driscoll (Chloe Bridges) back to the series.
Pretty Little Liars has been popular over the years, though their viewership has dropped. The first season averaged 2.87 million viewers watching, while season 6 averaged only 1.72 million. Despite the ratings decrease, the fans are as rabid as ever and are sad to see their favorite show go. The Facebook Live video announcing the final season news had 876 thousand views within an hour of its airing.
Showrunner I. Marlene King won’t be going too far from Freeform. Her new series, Famous in Love, will debut immediately after the Pretty Little Liars series finale. Famous in Love is an hourlong soap-type drama that spotlights the dark side of fame.
Despite working on a new show, King is still sad to see PLL end.
““It’s been an honor to work with such a talented cast and crew over the last seven years. We are a family, and it will be hard to say goodbye to a show that has made such an impact on young audiences and been a mouthpiece for cultural change. I’m excited for fans to finally have all of their questions answered, and I believe they will be satisfied with the wild ride that is our last ten episodes,” King said.