Pretty Little Liars (season 6)

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Pretty Little Liars (season 6)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network Freeform
Original release June 2, 2015 (2015-06-02) – March 15, 2016 (2016-03-15)
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The sixth season of the American mystery drama television series Pretty Little Liars, based on the books of the same name by Sara Shepard, was renewed on June 10, 2014 for two additional seasons, making the show ABC Family's longest running original series.[1]

The sixth and seventh seasons will consist of 20 episodes each.[2][3] It aired 10 episodes for the first half the season, which began airing on June 2, 2015.[4][5] Filming for the sixth season began on March 24, 2015, which was confirmed by showrunner I. Marlene King on Twitter.[6] The season premiere was written by I. Marlene King and Lijah J. Barasz and was directed by Chad Lowe. The title of the premiere, "Game On, Charles", was revealed by King after the fifth-season finale.[7] It was previously said that the sixth season will not include a special holiday-themed episode between the first and second half of the season, which is set to air on January 12, 2016, however on October 9, 2015 at New York Comic Con it was announced that there would be a behind-the-scenes special.[8] Previous holiday-themed episodes have been the thirteenth episode of each previous season excluding the first season.[9]

ABC Family promoted the sixth season by creating an online contest in which fans of the show could be a part of the marketing campaign to promote the show by sending in their art for consideration.[10][11] The promotional poster was released on May 21, 2015 which was included in the June/July cover of Seventeen.[12] For the second part of the season, ABC Family released a promotional poster on December 15, 2015, with the new-launched name for the network, "Freeform".[13]

Overview[edit]

After trying to escape the dollhouse in the season five finale, Charles punishes Emily, Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Mona, subjecting them to various types of torture while Alison, Ezra, Caleb, and Toby try to find a way to help find the girls. Andrew becomes a suspect after being reported missing. Realizing what Charles is planning to do with Alison, the Liars hatch a plan to get out of the dollhouse by setting his vault on fire. The plan worked successfully, and the girls get out of the dollhouse where they are met by Alison, Ezra, Caleb, Toby, and the police. Andrew is arrested and accused of kidnapping the girls. However, the girls are far from okay, as they all suffer from PTSD from their time in captivity. Another girl, Sara Harvey, who went missing the same time Ali did, is found in the dollhouse, reportedly having been held there for two years. Unable to deal with her home life, she runs away and stays with Emily for a while. Meanwhile, Ali tries to get answers out of her dad about Charles DiLaurentis, but he insists there is no one of that name in their family; however, Jason remembers Charles as his imaginary friend when he was a kid. Later, Andrew is released from police custody because of lack of evidence, and the Liars realize that he isn't Charles after all.

After discovering a photo of Mrs. DiLaurentis with Jason and another boy, Alison and Jason found out that they had an older brother that was, in fact, Charles. Kenneth explains that Charles tried to hurt Alison when she was a kid; he was subsequently admitted to Radley for diagnosis, and he died when he was 16. The Liars then searched Radley for answers, discovering that there was another person who visited Charles in Radley: Alison's great aunt Carol. Alison, Jason, Hanna, and Spencer later discover Charles' grave in her backyard. Meanwhile, Mona later returns to Rosewood, heavily questioned by the police about her actions while her friendship with Lesli is strained because of her involvement with Mona's actions. It is later revealed that Lesli was a former patient at Radley, and was roommates with Bethany Young, leading the girls to suspect that Lesli may be 'A'. Mona, however, tells them that Lesli is only pretending to be stable and that Charles faked his own death.

When the girls found out that Charles was coming to the DiLaurentis household (for his birthday), they plan on catching him as he is set to meet with Jason. However, the plan backfires when the police appeared. Rosewood High ultimately bans the girls from their prom and graduation after an incident at Aria's photo gallery contest. Hanna discovers that the company who gave her a scholarship is affiliated with Radley (and Mr. DiLaurentis). She and Spencer decided to return the money to the company, where they meet Rhys Matthews, whom they later suspected to be Charles. The girls also became suspicious of Aria's friend Clark, believing that he may be working for Charles when they saw him following Rhys into a warehouse. Despite being banned, the girls head over to the prom when they discover that Alison was meeting Charles there. Subsequently, Charles kidnaps Alison at the prom; the girls began searching for her, along with Ezra, Toby, Caleb, Sara, Mona, and Clark (who is revealed to be an undercover agent).

Working with Mona and Sara, the girls finally infiltrate A's lair, where they discover a live feed of Alison coming face to face with Charles, who is revealed to be CeCe Drake. CeCe then begins to explain her story and motives, revealing that she was born as Charles, but was not accepted by her father for believing she was a girl. She was sent to Radley, where she eventually transitioned into Charlotte. She also explains what led to Mrs. Cavanaugh's death at the hands of Bethany Young, her complicated relationship with Bethany and her subsequent death, the events regarding the night Alison disappeared, the deal she made with Mona, the events at the burning lodge, Wilden's death, the events in New York, and their mother's death. She explained that she did everything just to be closer to her family, and she became 'A' when she thought that the Liars were happy about Alison's 'death', so she wanted to make them suffer for it but couldn't stop the game because she grew obsessed with it. Cece also reveals that Sara is both the other Red Coat and The Black Widow, working under CeCe's orders, leaving Emily distraught. CeCe heads for the roof to commit suicide (after her bomb attempt fails and Emily subdues Sara), but Alison and the girls convince her to stop, saying they now understand why she became 'A'. CeCe then surrenders and declares the game over. On Labor Day weekend, the girls say goodbye as they are leaving for college except for Alison who stays in Rosewood.

Five years later, as the girls have each pursued their own path and have started adjusting to a life without 'A', they are once again called back to Rosewood when Alison asks for their help for her sister Charlotte to be released from the psychiatric hospital. While the girls agree to help, Aria is the only who tells the brutally honest truth: she is still scared of Charlotte and doesn't want her released. Eventually, she is, only for her to be murdered the same night and then thrown from the church's bell tower. At her funeral, the girls are stunned to see Sara show up and begin to question her sudden appearance.

Sara starts stalking Emily. It is later revealed that on the night 'A' was revealed, after Emily punched Sara, Sara tried to stand up and put her hands on an electrical block, severely injuring her hands and making it difficult for her to touch or hold things. Eventually, a new 'A' rises, sending threatening messages with creep emojis to the Liars, determined to get answers on the night Charlotte was murdered. Convinced that Sara is 'Uber A', the girls search for answers. Ali reveals that she and Charlotte's doctor, Elliott, are dating. Later they are married by Aria. The girls initially suspect Aria killed Charlotte. The suspicion shifts to Ezra and then Byron. Later, the suspicion shifts to Melissa when Spencer discovers Melissa's suitcase is broken with the missing part matching the description of the alleged murder weapon. Emily eventually finds it and is nearly run over by a truck and the driver steals the weapon. To save Ezra from losing his book deal with Aria's publishing company, she decides to write and submit some chapters for Ezra's new book. She's forced to tell him and they finish it together.

Emily is donating eggs to pay for school and loses her eggs when the clinic encounters a minor shutdown of its freezers; Aria gets burned by a fire caused by a malfunction at Hanna's bridal shower; and Alison falls down a flight of stairs. The girls build a plan of attack, which offers Hanna as bait. After Ali sees what appears to be her dead mother and Detective Wilden, she starts to question her sanity and checks herself into the same hospital Charlotte attended. Spencer, Toby and Mona work together to catch Sara, but instead they find old medical records for a woman named Mary Drake, and she was the one who gave birth to Charles while a patient at the Radley (now a hotel managed by Ashley Marin) 25 years ago, the DiLaurentis family adopted Charles as she was unable to take care of him.

The girls' plan is leave Hanna waiting for 'Uber A' to arrive at Lost Woods Resort, while Aria and the boys are out hiding, but when Hanna goes missing they find out that 'Uber A' used a secret passage and kidnapped her. Looking over footage from cameras outside, they all are shocked to see what looks to be Mrs. D, asking themselves how this is possible. At Alison's house, "Wilden" rips off his mask revealing himself to be Elliott, and Mary Drake, who is revealed to be Jessica's twin, joins him. They succeeded in committing Alison, and with Ali hospitalized, he has her money and the house as her husband, which is their revenge for what happened to Charlotte, as he was in love with her and Mary always felt an attachment as her birth mother. She glances at a photograph of Charlotte and says it is what she would've wanted. In the last scene, we see Hanna's unconscious body being dragged by 'Uber A' in the church's bell tower.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

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1211"Game On, Charles"Chad LoweStory by : I. Marlene King
Teleplay by : I. Marlene King & Lijah J. Barasz
June 2, 2015 (2015-06-02)2.38[14]
As Aria, Spencer, Hanna, Emily, and Mona try to escape 'A's dollhouse; they are seen by an unknown girl in a yellow top. As punishment for trying to escape, they are locked outside of the dollhouse for two days without food and water. Once Charles lets them back in, the Liars are drugged and put in a makeshift morgue. Once they are sent back to their rooms, they are subjected to more torture for the next three weeks at which time, Alison delivers a statement at a press conference, which turns out to be part of a plan to lure 'A' to her. After weeks of 'A's' torture, the Liars emerge from their rooms, traumatized at what they have endured and are instructed to prepare Ali's room for her "arrival." As they sort through the boxes, they discover that Charles is a DiLaurentis. 'A' leads Ali to Tyler State Park. Ezra and Caleb arrive shortly after and catch up to Ali. During the nightly power outage, the Liars sneak into Charles' vault and set it on fire. Charles pulls the fire alarm to extinguish it. Ali and the boys hear the bells of the alarm and spot trails of smoke coming from underground. The Liars race through the corridor and find a completely unravelled Mona trapped in a hole and rescue her. Ali, Ezra, and Caleb find a locked door and open it, revealing Mona and the Liars. The police arrive as the loved ones reunite. One of the cops finds the other girl in the dollhouse who says her name is Sara Harvey. Toby tells Spencer that Andrew is their tormentor as Emily approaches Ali and asks her who Charles DiLaurentis is.
1222"Songs of Innocence"Norman BuckleyJoseph DoughertyJune 9, 2015 (2015-06-09)2.13[15]
After getting out of Charles' dollhouse and after Andrew is arrested on the suspicion of kidnapping them, the girls still feel far from safe. Aria, unable to cope with the fact that Andrew may not be 'A' and whomever really kidnapped them is still out there, lies to the police by saying she saw Andrew's face while she was in the dollhouse. The girls are prescribed with different medications to help them deal with the aftermath of being held hostage by 'A'. Veronica convinces the hospital to not prescribe Spencer sleeping pills due to Spencer's past pill addiction which Spencer is not happy about and she steals one of Aria's pills from her room. Hanna decides to redecorate her bedroom to get rid of the bad memories from being held captive. Alison has to deal with her gaining notoriety around town, and meets Lorenzo, Toby's new partner at the police force. Sara runs away from home and comes to Emily's house, where Pam allows her to stay.
1233"Songs of Experience"Norman BuckleyJoseph DoughertyJune 16, 2015 (2015-06-16)1.74[16]
Still psychologically scarred, the girls plan to attend school, but only Hanna shows up. Instead of going to school, Aria focuses on Andrew by trying to figure out who he really is. Emily tries to connect with Sara, resulting in her staying home with her. Spencer confronts Alison about her conversation with her father as she believes he lied to Ali. She confronts Jason, who confirms to have had an imaginary friend named Charlie. Hanna, on the other hand, wants to bring the four friends back together so they can move past what has happened. She manages to convince them to a session with Dr. Sullivan, but at the office, 'A' sends a video threatening to stab Sara if the girls don't leave. After trying to talk to a furious Andrew, after he is released from custody, the girls realize that they didn't hurt each other in the dollhouse, as they had thought, but that Charles wanted to prove to them that they would hurt each other if it came down to it. Alison and Jason confront their father about Charles and he finally tells them the truth about the boy as 'A' is seen looking through the window to the DiLaurentis' living room.
1244"Don't Look Now"Arlene SanfordJonell LennonJune 23, 2015 (2015-06-23)1.84[17]

Mr. DiLaurentis comes clean to Alison and Jason about the family's connection to Charles DiLaurentis, revealing that Charles is actually their older brother who he and Jessica sent to Radley because of his troubled behavior, which led him to commit suicide at the age of sixteen. The Liars, Alison and Jason however, doubt that Charles is actually dead and goes to Radley to save Charles' files from being shredded. They find his file and are able to make a connection between Charles and Alison's deceased great-aunt Carol. When they arrive at Carol's old house, they discover a grave marked 'Charles' which they check is real. Meanwhile, Caleb's protective nature starts to pinch Hanna and confronts him after finding out he put a tracking device on her car. Spencer's PTSD worsens when she starts having flashbacks of waking up in her room in the dollhouse covered in blood with no memory of how it happened. She meets the new employer at the Brew, Sabrina, who takes medicinal drugs and, despite Ezra's warning, Spencer asks Sabrina for pot for her sleeping issues. Aria meets Clark, a photographer who wants to work for National Geographic, while Emily's mom begins to worry about Sara after finding her on the roof watching the sunset.


'Big A' ending: 'A' is seen on a computer looking at the location of the Liars (revealing they put trackers in them) and the Liars' houses.
1255"She's No Angel"Michael GrossmanOliver Goldstick & Maya GoldsmithJune 30, 2015 (2015-06-30)1.80[18]

Mona returns to Rosewood and is heavily questioned by police about faking her death, in addition to being terrified of Alison. She and Hanna are confronted by Lesli Stone about Lesli's involvement with Mona faking her death. Emily suggests to Sara about being emancipated from her family, which she manages and they celebrate by getting a tattoo. Alison and Lorenzo grow closer as she looks for support, but her dad disapproves. Spencer and Hanna break into Radley and discover Charles' files. They meet Mona there, who reveals that Lesli was a patient at Radley and was roommates with Bethany Young. Lesli becomes enraged when she learns what Mona told the girls. Aria finds out that Clark snapped a photo of 'A'. She steals the picture, analyzes it and discovers that 'A' is in fact a girl. After she texts the girls the news, Sara sees the text and admits to Emily of seeing a girl in a black hoodie before.


'Big A' ending: 'A' creates a doll-sized wig of Aria's hair with her pink highlights.
1266"No Stone Unturned"Chad LoweOliver Goldstick & Maya GoldsmithJuly 14, 2015 (2015-07-14)1.70[19]

The Liars look for clues that Lesli is their hooded tormentor. Mr. DiLaurentis receives a card from Charles where he announced he is coming home for his birthday, which horrifies him. Sara begins her new job at Caleb's web designer firm, and confides with him about being outside the Liars' trust. Dean (Spencer's old sobriety coach) helps Spencer with her valedictorian speech, and reveals that he has feelings for her. Hanna, determined to reveal Lesli, steals her car and takes her I.D., which she uses to break into the lab where Lesli works. While there, they discover that they have been implanted with microchips. Mona saves them from a raccoon, and campus police at the lab, and reveals that Bethany and Charles escaped from Radley, and Charles is alive. Meanwhile, Emily grows closer to Sara after Emily declines an offer from an old friend from her trip to Thailand, and the girls kiss.


'Big A' ending: 'A' is seen looking at Mr. DiLaurentis digging Charles' grave to see if he is really dead or not.
1277"O Brother, Where Art Thou"Bethany RooneyLijah J. BaraszJuly 21, 2015 (2015-07-21)1.77[20]

After Charles has declared he is coming home for his birthday, Kenneth DiLaurentis wants to take Jason and Alison out of town; except Jason wants to stay to finally justify his childhood memories that he has of "Charlie". Spencer and Hanna see this as an opportunity to trap Charles and get the answers they're looking for, while Aria and Emily want to keep him as far away from them as possible. Meanwhile, Mona and Mike's relationship is on rocky terms as Mike believes she is shutting him out, and Hanna receives an undesirable surprise. Charles attacks Toby at an arcade and injures him and Lorenzo. Jason and Alison hear Charles asking Jason to come to the attic, and they run upstairs to see an old video playing of Jason, Alison, and Charles when they were younger. It shows Mrs. DiLaurentis calling Freddie, who is Charles, and it shows Freddie talking to Mrs. DiLaurentis. The video shows Freddie aka Charles blowing out candles at his birthday. Alison reads a note that says "I wanted to trust you" which is from Charles. Jason and Alison are left haunted and confused by the video.


'Big A' ending: 'A' receives a present from their ally: a portrait of young Charles, young Jason and young Ali, at his birthday party.
1288"FrAmed"Larry ReibmanBryan M. HoldmanJuly 28, 2015 (2015-07-28)1.58[21]

Determined to give the unexpected scholarship money back, Hanna is willing to risk losing her chance at going to her school of choice. Alison learns more about her brother which, in turn, finds it difficult to connect a murderer to the little boy she has seen in photos and her memories. Meanwhile, Rosewood High is considering not letting the Liars attend their senior prom due to high risk security issues. Charles and Red Coat are seen in a room, watching the gallery display and plotting to sabotage Aria's work. They succeed, and humiliate Aria by displaying a gruesome picture of Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna in the morgue while they were trapped in the dollhouse. Aria is devastated and finds comfort from Ezra. Meanwhile, Hanna and Spencer visit a man named Rhys Matthews to inquire Hanna's scholarship money and are stunned to notice how similar Rhys is to Jason, as they believe Rhys to be Charles. The Liars, except Aria, follow Rhys to an abandoned dollhouse where they find him working with Clark. When they inform Aria about what they saw, she is disillusioned. Red Coat is seen eavesdropping on Ashley and Ella.


'Big A' ending: 'A' is putting 6 syringes in the trunk of their car, while Red Coat is seen in the driver's seat and hands Charles an envelope which contains 2 tickets to Rosewood High's prom.
1299"Last Dance"Janice CookeOliver Goldstick & Francesca RollinsAugust 4, 2015 (2015-08-04)2.03[22]
After Rosewood High bans the Liars and Alison from attending their prom and graduation, the girls' mothers offer to hold a substitute prom in Spencer's barn. Alison gets several messages from Charles telling her to meet him at the prom. Aria learns from her mom that she won the internship in L.A., and confronts Ezra about not wanting him to come with, but he reveals that he is actually going to Thailand to build houses. Spencer, after learning that Toby and Lorenzo has been fired from the police, convinces Lorenzo to attend the prom to meet Ali. The Liars head to their prom party in Spencer's barn while Alison goes to the official prom. She arrives at the party, but is stopped by the Liars, who left the barn to come and protect Alison. However, Spencer lets her go after Ali informs her of her desperation to understand Charles' actions. At the prom, Clark confesses that he is an undercover officer, whose job is to protect Aria, much to her surprise. Caleb reveals to Hanna that he is moving to New York and wants her with him. The Liars' moms get trapped in the DiLaurentis House basement after someone, whom they believe is Rhys, locks them inside. Alison is kidnapped by 'A', and the Liars figures out Alison is missing after finding her phone on the ground. After chasing Alison, 'A' takes off the mask while Alison looks at ‘A’ in shock.
13010"Game Over, Charles"I. Marlene KingI. Marlene KingAugust 11, 2015 (2015-08-11)3.09[23]
The Liars, Mona, and Sara discover a room in which 'A' is seen talking with Ali in Radley, with Jason and Mr. DiLaurentis lying unconscious. While the girls enter the room, Sara stays outside, just as the doors close. 'A' then reveals herself as CeCe Drake and begins to tell them her story and motives. She tells Ali that the main reason she tormented the girls is because they weren't really her friends and were happy with Ali's "death". In flashbacks, a young Charles wearing a dress, alongside Bethany Young, is standing on the roof of Radley when Toby's mother enters. Bethany pushes her off the roof in order to protect Charles' and his look only to blame him for her death instead. CeCe later reveals to Ali that she was the one who hit her with a stone in order to save her mother, who later buried Ali alive, as she mistook her for Bethany. Mona then realizes she didn't hit Ali, she hit Bethany. CeCe reveals that Sara helped her as the other "Red Coat" and "The Black Widow" in order to watch the Liars and their next move. In the end, CeCe is about to jump off the roof, but the Liars and Alison plead with her not to, saying that they understand everything. CeCe then surrenders, declaring the game over. The girls are then seen on Labor Day Weekend saying goodbye to each other as everyone except Ali, leaves for college, as she remains in Rosewood. The episode ends with a second time jump to five years in the future when the girls return to Rosewood High where Alison is a teacher they come to warn her, saying 'he' is coming for her, with Spencer remarking that it was already too late to flee.
13111"Of Late I Think of Rosewood"Ron LagomarsinoJoseph DoughertyJanuary 12, 2016 (2016-01-12)2.25[24]
Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer all return to Rosewood, after being five years away, when Alison reaches out to all of them and asks them to come back and give a statement of support on Charlotte's behalf to get her released from the psychiatric hospital. Aria is the only one of the four ladies that doesn't lie on Charlotte's behalf, but that does not play a factor, since the court decides to free a remorseful Charlotte, who was formerly known as 'A'. Aria meets with a devastated Ezra, who has returned from South America after Nicole's kidnapping, and Emily still struggles after her father's death. Spencer visits Toby, who seems to have moved on from their relationship, and also, Hanna meets with Caleb. After spending her first night back at home with Ali, Charlotte disappears, while Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer were meeting at Radley, which is now a fancy hotel, and ended up in Hanna's hotel room. The next morning, Charlotte's body is found and it's believed that she committed suicide. While at her funeral, the Liars are stunned to see Sara Harvey show up and begin to question her sudden appearance. As they are leaving the funeral, Lorenzo approaches them and informs them that Charlotte was actually murdered and her death was made to look a suicide and tells them to not leave town as some mysterious person watches them from a car before it drives off.
13212"Charlotte's Web"Joanna KernsJonell Lennon & Lijah J. BaraszJanuary 19, 2016 (2016-01-19)1.66[25]

The Liars start to look at one of their own as questions arise regarding Charlotte's murder. Aria quickly goes back to Boston, despite being told she shouldn't leave Rosewood quickly and that makes Alison uncomfortable, thinking she might be the suspect killer. Hanna is able to confront Aria about Charlotte's murder, knowing Aria left the hotel with Ezra for an hour during the time Charlotte was killed. When confronted by her friends, Aria reveals she couldn't sleep so she wanted to talk to Ezra and the two went outside; on the time she departed with Ezra, she and Ezra saw Charlotte enter the church before being killed. Knowing what happened, Hanna decides to erase The Radley's security footage that shows Aria leaving the hotel with Ezra and arriving after Charlotte's time of death. Spencer finds out that Charlotte was killed in a copycat manner off a murder she wrote an essay about in college. Emily, on the other hand, continues to lie about her life in California and still struggles with her father's death, while Alison keeps a close eye on her friends by thinking they have something to do with her sister's death.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A' puts flowers on the fresh grave next to Jessica DiLaurentis's, and walking over to a black car. Before stepping inside, their chauffeur says, "I’m sorry for your loss."
13313"The Gloves Are On"Kimberly McCulloughOliver Goldstick & Maya GoldsmithJanuary 26, 2016 (2016-01-26)1.65[26]

To save her mother's job, Hanna comes up with an alibi with the help of her old high school friend, Lucas. Aria sends the first two chapters of Ezra's new book to her boss without telling him. When she gets a positive response, she decides to start writing the rest of Ezra's book and pass it off as his own. Spencer reveals to Hanna that she has feelings for Caleb. Pam finds out the truth about Emily's school and work. Hanna sees Emily taking medicine and, after asking her, Emily comes clean, revealing that she's broke and is selling her eggs for money. It is revealed that the night 'A' was revealed, after Emily punched Sara, Sara tried to stand up and put her hands on an electrical block, severely injuring her hands and making it difficult for her to walk. Meanwhile, Melissa receives a message about a tape, and she begins to fear that the tape she sent Spencer talking about what happened to Bethany Young may have gotten into the wrong hands. As Spencer thinks the tape is The Radley's security footage the girls confront Ezra, but he refuses to talk. Spencer returns home and Caleb comforts her, revealing their feelings as they kiss. The Liars begin to receive threatening messages from the new stalker.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A' opens a tote with the signature 'A' black hoodie and gloves and dumps them into a garbage bin and then searches for "UNIFORMS" on the internet.
13414"New Guys, New Lies"Zetna FuentesKyle Bown & Kateland BrownFebruary 2, 2016 (2016-02-02)1.39[27]

Hanna comes clean about The Radley security footage. Ashley tells Hanna that all of The Radley's security footage is backed up by a hardware security drive at a place called The Farm and the police will find out sooner or later that Aria left the hotel. Hanna tells Jordan, who forgives her and enlists the help of a lawyer. When arriving at the police station, Lorenzo tells them that The Farm lost the backup security footage and it is shown that Ashley stole the footage. When the murder weapon is revealed to be a nine iron, Aria, with Emily's help, tries to find out if Ezra is guilty. Unable to get into Ezra's loft as he is out of town, Aria breaks in. In the loft, she finds Ezra's nine iron isn't missing, but then she hears a voicemail coming in from her dad and worries that Byron might have had something to do with Charlotte's murder. Later, Aria checks Byron's car to see his golf clubs and its nine iron is missing. Spencer meets Toby's new girlfriend, Yvonne, who is the daughter of Veronica's campaign rival.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A', dressed as a hotel concierge, who had previously been watching Emily from a window, is seen getting into a black car and takes off the glasses and rips off their "old man" mask.
13515"Do Not Disturb"Melanie MayronBryan M. HoldmanFebruary 9, 2016 (2016-02-09)1.68[28]

Byron tells Aria that he and Ella are engaged, and Ella tells Aria that they were together the night Charlotte was murdered. Spencer has a lunch meeting for her mother's campaign team, but Yvonne shows up instead. Hanna and Caleb devise a plan to recreate the backup hard drive and plant it in a garbage bin, making it look like they have given up the security footage. Meanwhile, Emily has the surgery to remove some of her eggs and donates them. Sara visits Alison at school, making Alison realize that Sara and Charlotte were closer than she thought. Team Sparia reunites to find evidence that Sara Harvey is behind the new threats by breaking into her hotel room. while there, they discover Sara is staying in what was Charlotte's Radley room. Aria goes investigating into the closet and when she doesn't return, Spencer goes after her and discovers a hole in the wall with a ladder leading down into darkness.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A' puts the hard drive into their laptop which plays a video of Caleb, saying that they can also change the rules and a virus is put onto the laptop.
13616"Where Somebody Waits for Me"Joseph DoughertyJoseph DoughertyFebruary 16, 2016 (2016-02-16)1.49[29]

Spencer is worried that her mother is keeping secrets from her, regarding her health which could jeopardize her campaign. Aria admits to Liam the truth about Ezra's new book after she confirms his suspicions. Ali explains to Spencer that she and Elliott are more than just friends and Mona shows where her allegiances lies. Meanwhile, Caleb, Spencer, and Hanna deal with the repercussions of their new relationships. Emily suspects the new stalker had something to do with her missing eggs as the clinic encountered a minor shutdown of its freezers. Detective Tanner suspects the girls were somehow involved in Charlotte's death. Hanna, Emily and Aria investigate the mysterious alleyway to which the ladder in Sara's room leads to and uncover a secret passage that leads to somewhere out the back of the hotel which they suspect is how Sara has been getting in and out of the hotel unseen. Spencer discovers that Melissa's suitcase is broken with the missing part matching the description of the alleged murder weapon.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A' cleans off an electric switchboard in The Radley secret basement listening to "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White.
13717"We've All Got Baggage"Paula HunzikerOliver GoldstickFebruary 23, 2016 (2016-02-23)1.55[30]

Aria tells Ezra the truth about his book, which he forgives her for. Ella enlists Hanna to style the wedding, and Hanna begins to wonder about where she and Jordan are in their relationship. Spencer convinces Veronica to come out about her prognosis, but a media leak concerning Yvonne threatens the Hasting's campaign. The IP is traced back to Spencer but Caleb takes the blame. Hanna relates how she had met Melissa in London years prior and how Melissa had been upset with Charlotte. Emily visits a closed-up diner and discovers the missing part from Melissa's suitcase, and is nearly run over by a car that steals the weapon. Ella and Byron are married by Aria, and later is asked by Ali and Elliott to marry them as well.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A' sits at a table with an instruction manual for a remote control while eating a piece of wedding cake.
13818"Burn This"Arthur AndersonMaya GoldsmithMarch 1, 2016 (2016-03-01)1.77[31]
Ezra asks Jillian to allow Aria to work with him as co-writer, and the two move forward with the book. Caleb must deal with the damage of taking the blame for the leak about Yvonne and refuses to tell Toby the truth about it which ultimately causes Toby to punch him out of anger. Spencer has a flashback to her sophomore year in college when she and Toby had a pregnancy scare and how their different views on how to handle it led to them drifting apart and eventually confesses the truth about Caleb as well as them being stalked by a new 'A'. Caleb goes to the Radley, but it is booked out; Ashley offers him to stay in their guest room, which he kindly refuses. At Hanna's bridal shower, Mona shows up and is invited in by Ashley. A malfunction in the apartment causes a fire, burning Aria. Emily spots a pink dice keychain on Mona's keys, the description that fits whomever called Charlotte the night she was killed.
13919"Did You Miss Me?"Roger KumbleJoseph DoughertyMarch 8, 2016 (2016-03-08)1.87[32]

Infuriated by the continual harassment, Hanna builds a plan to come face–to–face with the stalker as the rest of the group agrees on it. Emily and Spencer investigate Mona's involvement as well as Sara's plans regarding Radley. Aria and Ezra continue writing the book though it is more difficult than anticipated and Aria is forced to tell Ezra about Uber A so he can help in Hanna's plan. After an accident, Ali is placed in a hospital and receives a visit from her mother in what she believes is a dream. Her mother tells her that Elliott is a good man and loves her very much.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A' receives a text from Hanna "confessing" to killing Charlotte.
14020"Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars"Ron LagomarsinoI. Marlene KingMarch 15, 2016 (2016-03-15)2.19[33]

In a desperate attempt to discover Uber A's true identity, the Liars agree over Hanna's risky plan to go as a bait. Spencer and Toby work together to catch Sara Harvey and together, followed by Mona, they find a shocking discovery. Ezra gets comforted by Aria as he finishes the last chapter of his book about Nicole and the two also show their feelings to one another. While Caleb works to protect Hanna, they reflect on what could have been but at the end Hanna is captured by the stalker. After the "hallucinations" she has experienced, Ali decides to enter a psychiatric hold, as she questions her sanity. Elliott and Mrs. DiLaurentis's twin sister, Mary, are pictured, as Elliott takes off a mask that makes him look like Detective Wilden. It is revealed that Charlotte and Elliott were in a relationship, and that Charlotte was in fact Mary's daughter, and Ali's cousin.


'Uber A' ending: 'Uber A' drags Hanna's unconscious body to the bell tower with a bouquet in her hands.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The show was renewed for a sixth and seventh season on June 10, 2014, right before the season five premiere aired, making Pretty Little Liars ABC Family's longest running original series.[1] The sixth and the seventh season will consist of 20 episodes each.[2][3] Filming for season 6 began on March 24, 2015.[6] It aired 10 episodes for the first half the season, which began airing on June 2, 2015.[4] The table read for the premiere occurred on March 23, 2015,[34] King began writing the mid-season finale, the "summer finale", which was titled "Game Over, Charles", on May 12, 2015.[35]

Unlike previous seasons, the sixth season will not include a special holiday-themed episode between the first and second half of the season, just like the first season. Previous holiday-themed episodes have been the thirteenth episode of each previous season excluding the first.[9] The second half of the season will feature a new intro, after using the same intro in the previous seasons, and will feature the characters after the five-year time jump.[36]

Casting[edit]

Janel Parrish confirmed to return as a series regular after Mona was revealed to be alive.

Janel Parrish confirmed in an interview that she would be returning to the sixth season as a series regular after her character, Mona Vanderwaal, was supposedly killed in the mid-season finale of season 5. In the fifth-season finale, it was revealed that Mona was alive and had been held prisoner in 'A's dollhouse.[37] Rumer Willis was announced to be returning to the show as Zoe, Emily's coach when she was in Haiti building houses.[38] Rebecca Breeds however, playing another friend of Emily from Haiti named Nicole, replaced Willis' character. It was announced on March 25, 2015, that Project Runway alum Dre Davis was cast as Kimberly Brown.[39] However, it was revealed that Davis will instead be playing Sara Harvey, a girl who went missing the same time as Alison. It was announced on April 21, 2015, that Troian Bellisario's real life best friend Lulu Brud Zsebe would appear on the show as Sabrina, which Bellisario commented "It's a pinch me I'm dreaming scenario."[40]

On April 24, 2015, it was announced that actor Titus Makin Jr. had joined the cast, as his audition playing Lorenzo was leaked,[41] however on May 27, 2015, it was announced that Travis Winfrey will be the one playing Lorenzo, who will be a cop assigned to watch over Alison and also her new love interest.[42] On May 28, 2015, Titus revealed on Twitter that he is going to play Clark Wilkins.[43]

For the second half of the season, several castings was announced, and will appear after the five-year time jump. On June 24, 2015, it was announced that two male recurring characters will be introduced in the second half of the season. The description of the characters was a sophisticated-yet-approachable 27-year-old working in the fashion industry named Jordan, and Liam, a 24-year-old editorial assistant from Boston.[44] It was later announced that Roberto Aguire was cast as Liam Greene,[45] Aria's new boyfriend, and that Australian actor David Coussins will recur as Jordan, Hanna's fiancé.[46] On July 21, 2015, it was announced that one more recurring character will be introduced, the smart and sleek Yvonne, a politician's daughter who will cause some major drama for one of the Liars.[47] It was later announced that Kara Royster will play Yvonne Phillips, Toby's new love interest, first appearing in the fourteenth episode.[48] It was reported by TVLine on June 23, 2015, that Blake Berris will appear in one episode in the second half of the season.[49] Kara Royster was cast as Yvonne, a friend of the character Toby. She will play a recurring role and will appear in three episodes starting with the 14th episode.

Writing[edit]

Executive producer Oliver Goldstick revealed in an interview that the first half of the sixth season would contain 10 episodes instead of 12, like the previous seasons, and would deal almost exclusively with the mystery of Charles DiLaurentis and every unanswered "A" mystery question since the start of the show.[50] King said that "This is our chance to finally end this great and wonderful story."[51] In an interview I. Marlene King said that the sixth season will deal with the mystery of Charles DiLaurentis and the "A" mystery. She confirmed that a time jump to after college will be included, and will happen after the first ten episodes. King also confirmed that the sixth season will include the liars graduating from high school.[52]

In an interview with Entertainment Online, King said that the sixth season "is about answers and closure for all of them. It is an ending to the story that we started so long ago, but it's a very fast-paced ending to the story."[53] As a regard to the first 10 episodes of the season, executive producer Joseph Dougherty said that they "are going to be like nothing that's ever happened before on this series. It's an incredible amount of information in every episode, but if we've done the job completely right, you should be able to figure the mystery out just before you find out."[3]

Promotion[edit]

ABC Family promoted the sixth season by creating an online contest in which fans of the show could be a part of the marketing campaign to promote the show by sending in their art for consideration. After the fifth-season finale, fans could send their art to a website, where they would be given a chance to be used in ABC Family's summer ad and campaign.[10][11] More than 3,100 submissions was sent in, and the winner was picked out and was included in the cover of Seventeen on May 21, 2015.[12] ABC Family promoted the season by calling it "Summer of Answers".[54] For the second part of the season, ABC Family released a promotional poster on December 15, 2015, with the new-launched name for the network, "Freeform".[13]

Leaks[edit]

On July 18, 2015, a handful of information regarding the mid-season finale including the reveal of 'A' was allegedly leaked on Reddit. The person behind the account claimed to have been fired after being a PA at the set of Pretty Little Liars after failing a drug test, and could therefore reveal information about the show.[55] Showrunner I. Marlene King took to Instagram, where she posted a picture and reassured the audience that the claims were false and that the identity of 'A' had not been leaked.[56] ABC Family responded to the leaks, stating, "All of the info on the site is false. No crew member was fired from PLL and we believe it is just a fan spreading incorrect information to rile up the fan base."[55]

Reception[edit]

The sixth season was met with positive reviews from critics. The season premiere was down from the previous premiere and down from the season five finale, with a 1.1 at the target 18–49 demographic and 2.38 total viewers, making it the least watched season premiere in the show's history.[14]

Live + SD Ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) Rank (18-49)
121 1 "Game On, Charles" June 2, 2015 (2015-06-02) Tuesdays
8:00 p.m.
1.1[14] 2.38[14] 4[14]
122 2 "Songs of Innocence" June 9, 2015 (2015-06-09) 1.0[15] 2.13[15] 1[15]
123 3 "Songs of Experience" June 16, 2015 (2015-06-16) 0.7[16] 1.74[16] 6[16]
124 4 "Don't Look Now" June 23, 2015 (2015-06-23) 0.8[17] 1.84[17] 7[17]
125 5 "She's No Angel" June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30) 0.8[18] 1.80[18] 5[18]
126 6 "No Stone Unturned" July 14, 2015 (2015-07-14) 0.8[19] 1.70[19] 6[19]
127 7 "O Brother, Where Art Thou" July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) 0.8[20] 1.77[20] 6[20]
128 8 "FrAmed" July 28, 2015 (2015-07-28) 0.7[21] 1.58[21] 10[21]
129 9 "Last Dance" August 4, 2015 (2015-08-04) 0.8[22] 2.03[22] 7[22]
130 10 "Game Over, Charles" August 11, 2015 (2015-08-11) 1.4[23] 3.09[23] 1[23]
131 11 "Of Late I Think of Rosewood" January 12, 2016 (2016-01-12) 1.1[24] 2.25[24] 1[24]
132 12 "Charlotte's Web" January 19, 2016 (2016-01-19) 0.8[25] 1.66[25] 10[25]
133 13 "The Gloves Are On" January 26, 2016 (2016-01-26) 0.8[26] 1.65[26] 11[26]
134 14 "New Guys, New Lies" February 2, 2016 (2016-02-02) 0.6[27] 1.39[27] 19[27]
135 15 "Do Not Disturb" February 9, 2016 (2016-02-09) 0.6[28] 1.22[28] 26[28]
136 16 "Where Somebody Waits For Me" February 16, 2016 (2016-02-16) 0.7[29] 1.36[29] 15[29]
137 17 "We've All Got Baggage" February 23, 2016 (2016-02-23) 0.6[30] 1.27[30] 16[30]
138 18 "Burn This" March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) 0.6[31] 1.45[31] 12[31]
139 19 "Did You Miss Me?" March 8, 2016 (2016-03-08) 0.8[32] 1.76[32] 3[32]
140 20 "Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars" March 15, 2016 (2016-03-15) 1.0[33] 1.19[33] 1[33]

DVD release[edit]

The Complete Sixth Season
Set details[57] Special features[57]
  • 21 episodes (including the special "5 Years Forward")
  • 930 minutes (Region 1)
  • 5-disc set
  • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles:
    • English, French and Spanish (Region 1)
  • Deleted scenes
  • "We Heart the PLL Ships"
  • "A PLL Prom"
  • "Inside the 5 Years"
  • "A Homecoming: The PLLs Return"
Release dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia
April 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)[57] N/A N/A

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