An End To An Era: Pretty Little Liars Says Goodbye After Seven Thrilling Seasons

An End To An Era: Pretty Little Liars Says Goodbye After Seven Thrilling Seasons

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Freeform’s wildly popular teen drama Pretty Little Liars aired its final episode this week after seven amazing seasons filled with countless mysteries and plot twists that kept fans on their toes.

Pretty Little Liars was about a group of friends who are stuck in an ongoing battle with an unidentifiable villain, “A”, who is determined to destroy their lives at a deadly cost. This show, while extremely fictional, also carries important life lessons that revolve around many important issues like bullying, drugs both prescription and illegal, and sexuality just to name a few.

Part of what made this show wildly popular was not just the fact that many people could relate to the characters, but also that there were so many plot twists and mysteries that kept fans guessing what would happen next. Everyone I know who watched the show, myself included, had theories about what was going to happen next and who “A” was. Thanks to the fabulous writing of the show and amazing acting by the cast, it was almost impossible for anyone to know what was going to happen in the next episode because there were endless possibilities.

Pretty Little Liars was a show that was able to touch the lives of many and that is why the end is very heartbreaking and emotional for many of its fans. As a huge fan of the show myself, watching the very last episode brought on the waterworks – especially when everything came full circle.

Without giving away any spoilers I can say that the final episode was able to answer every major question and the characters all ended up where they were meant to be. There was closure.

After the two-hour-long finale there was an after show featuring interviews with Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, as well as executive producer Marlene King. These interviews are filled with tearful goodbyes to the “PLL family” this thrilling drama created these past eight years.

In an Instagram post, Marlene King wrote that on the last day of filming when she called “cut” on the very last scene, all the Liars were in the shot. During the interviews that took place on the after show each cast member touched on how important that final moment was for them. This show wasn’t just important to the fans but the cast members as well. As Shay Mitchell has said over and over again, “The streets of Rosewood will always feel like home.”

In season six and again during the finale, Pretty Little Liar Spencer quoted A. A. Milne, author of ‘Winnie the Pooh’: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard.” Towards the end of the after show some fans sent in videos about what Pretty Little Liars meant to them and this quote came up multiple times because Pretty Little Liars had the ability to make an impact on everyone.

The ending of this iconic show was heartbreaking and knowing that there will be no more #PLLDay (Tuesdays) is even more devastating. But the ending also offered closure not just for the characters as I had mentioned above but for the fans too. Many fans watched from the very beginning and it feels great to feel as if you were a part of the story and the family that Pretty Little Liars created.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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