Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the showrunner behind HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, confirms A’s identity will be revealed by the end of season 1. After several failed spin-offs, the iconic YA franchise Pretty Little Liars, which started with Sara Shepard’s hit novels, has returned via a sequel series on HBO Max. Original Sin follows a new group of Little Liars in the town of Millwood as they unravel the misdeeds of their mothers and are targeted by a frightening new A. The show features a star-studded cast of new liars, including Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, and Mallory Bechtel.
In the original Pretty Little Liars, the identity of A was an aspect that was incredibly drawn out. Not only did it take some time to unveil the first A, the series introduced a number of villains who would claim that letter as their menacing moniker, with each one seemingly bigger than the last. Though this extended the central mystery quite a bit, it also caused problems for Pretty Little Liars. Several episodes were reduced to filler installments as a result, and critical response from audiences who wished for some answers became fairly negative. Furthermore, having such a strong buildup was known to cause the eventual A reveal to be quite anticlimactic, with many expecting much more. However, this appears to be something that Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin will improve upon.
In an interview with TV Insider, Aguirre-Sacasa and Original Sin co-creator Lindsay Calhoon Bring discuss season 1’s upcoming storylines and tease how the sequel series will handle its A. In what might be a huge relief for longtime fans, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin won’t drag out this mystery for too long. Read Aguirre-Sacasa’s comments below:
As previously mentioned, the identity of A is something of a hot button topic for Pretty Little Liars. Though the original series remains one of the most well-known teen shows of the past few decades, its reputation is somewhat marred by its handling of previous A-related mysteries. Clearly, Original Sin seeks to avoid this by taking a different approach with its anonymous villain. This also presents a unique opportunity for future seasons, as revealing A early on can allow Original Sin to go in different directions than Pretty Little Liars did.
With Original Sin now confirmed to be revealing A’s illusive identity in season 1, audiences can rest assured that they will leave the season feeling some sense of satisfaction that previous iterations have lacked. Furthermore, this will no doubt bring in more viewers each week with all of them anticipating the inevitable and shocking reveal. The confirmation that answers are coming helps to assuage the fears that Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin will fall into the same mistakes as its predecessor. Hopefully, this major A change will give the prequel series a new edge.
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Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin releases new episodes Thursdays on HBO Max.
Source: TV Insider