When ABC Family announced that they would be renewing hit TV show Pretty Little Liars for two additional seasons – the network’s first ever multi-season pickup – I think it’s safe to say that we all screamed in delight. And anger. And happiness. And rage. Regardless of the emotional rollercoaster you may or may not have experienced upon the release of this shocking news, it’s important for us to weigh the pros and cons of Pretty Little Liars’ extended lifeline.
Due to the show’s high viewership numbers and top rankings, ABC Family only stands to gain from additional seasons of Pretty Little Liars. These two extra years (at least) also open up more room for spinoff shows such as the one-season-wonder Ravenswood, which starred Pretty Little Liars’ very own Tyler Blackburn. But all profit and publicity stunts aside, what does this renewal mean for the show’s storyline and fan base?
Let’s start with the negatives. Tacking at least two more years onto the series means that it’s going to take even longer than expected to find out who “A” really is (ugh). While it sometimes seems like the girls could solve the mystery in a heartbeat, pretty much every episode adds unexpected twists that make it feel like the series could last forever – and two years of that seems like an eternity.
Announcing a two-season pickup also takes out some of the mystery and suspense behind the story, because we now know for sure that the show will at least play out through 2016. Even still, that probably won’t stop us from watching it until the end.
Despite all of that, I’m willing to bet that most of us are also thrilled and excited about two more years of obsessing over our favorite Liars. Even though the show can be super stressful at times, it’s also kind of relieving to know that we won’t have to say goodbye to Rosewood just yet.
What’s more, although the TV series is only loosely based on the original Pretty Little Liars books written by Sara Shepard, the show now has even more time to follow along with them (the next book is scheduled to be released in December of this year). After all, the story’s intricate plot, characters and relationships are the reason we all fell in love with the series in the first place, and those things take time to resolve.
Whether Pretty Little Liars will continue after this two-year renewal or not is still unclear, and while executive producer Marlene King wants to see the show stick around for as long as possible, she’s going to help make sure that it isn’t overdone. “It’s very important for me that this show ends when it should end and not go on beyond,” King said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t want to beat a dead horse. I don’t want to linger. We’ve got a story we know we want to tell. When it feels like we don’t want to tell that story anymore, it’s time for it to end.”
What’s your take on this record-breaking renewal? Are you glad to see the Liars stick around, or do you just wish they’d hurry up and figure everything out already? Let us know in the comments!