Pretty Little Liars Boss I. Marlene King Answers a Few Lingering Finale Questions – E! Online
In case you missed it, last night’s finale revealed that Spencer (Troian Bellisario) had a secret identical British twin named Alex who had taken up the mantle of A.D. to avenge her sister Charlotte’s death.
After a life of being abandoned by her adoptive parents and running away from the orphanage, Alex had planned to steal Spencer’s identity from her completely, but thanks to Toby knowing the difference between Spencer and not Spencer (this time), she lost, and ended up in France in a dollhouse built by Mona (Janel Parrish).
King: Well I knew all along how I wanted Wren to be tied into the mythology of Charlotte and A.D., and Wren’s british, and we knew about the twin theory and that we were going to make her the twin, and then I really worked with Troian on the character and how that character was going to be so different from Spencer. I would say that’s sort of the genesis of the creation of having her be British, but not upper class like Wren. She’s much less polished, Alex Drake.
No, she started working on that a year ago. She’s been really working hard on that. She was amazing, by the way. We were all just blown away by her every day.
I was impressed that going back and looking at the scenes where it was Alex, you could tell. It was Spencer, but it wasn’t.
She was so nuanced, Troian. I bow down to her. Big kudos.
It’s the last one. We had to go big or go home, I’d say.
Anything that didn’t make it in?
No, I think having that two hours was really helpful, really helpful. There’s nothing that we wanted to see that we didn’t get to tell, storywise.
Anyone you wanted to come back that you couldn’t get?
Well we really wanted Jason [Drew Van Acker] to come back, but he was busy on Training Day. And we really wanted Aria’s brother Mike [Cody Christian] at the wedding, but he was busy on Teen Wolf. Those were the two characters we really hoped could come back, but they didn’t get to visit us.
We literally had a line of dialogue in there that said something about how Mike had just made a toast, but I was like, take that out, that’s too cutesy. Sometimes when you lose characters, you lose them. I think there was a line where they said Mike was away at some school or something like that last season, and we just went with that.
I think she’s twisted, you know, and just took advantage of every possible scenario to torture the girls, but she was also fascinated. She loved Wren, you know, and so I think she was fascinated by this idea of Wren making a baby.