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'Pretty Little Liars' Season 3: Emily & Maya's Cousin Have A 'Connection'

Thu, May 24, 2012 3:38pm EDT by Andy Swift 45 Comments
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Shay Mitchell addresses all the rumors about what’s to come for Emily in season three, including several potential new love interest — both male and female!

Pretty Little Liars fans were devastated when Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) girlfriend Maya (Bianca Lawson) was found dead on the second season finale, and it looks like season three will tackle that mystery right away June 5 with the introduction of Maya’s cousin Nathan (Sterling Sulieman). “He’s a great character,” Shay told and other reporters May 23 on the Rosewood set. “I think for Emily, in some way, [he’s] a reminder of Maya, and it brings a closeness to her.”

“It really does help in that grief period because he understands kind of what she feels, too,” Shay added. “There’s a different kind of connection when it’s family or someone that you love in that sort of way.”

Though it will be hard, Shay said Emily will have to come to terms with Maya’s death this season.

“Emily will eventually have to move on,” Shay said. “That is life. It’s unfortunate, and yes, she is mourning the loss of Maya, as is everybody. But at the same time, I think it’s also important to show that life does go on. So they have to understand that as well, but Maya is definitely a very special character.”

But before you freak out too much, Shay clarified that “as far as right now is concerned,” there are no plans for Emily to dip her toe back into the man pool in season three. Despite misleading photos fans may think they saw online, Emily is not bisexual.

So does that mean Emily will leap into the waiting arms of ex-girlfriend Paige (Lindsey Shaw)? Not so fast!

“Emily isn’t really wanting to jump right back into that whole dating thing again,” Shay revealed. “She and Paige had something before and they were dating for a little bit, but she’s lost her girlfriend, so what I think she needs is just emotional support from a friend more so than from a girlfriend.”

How do you feel about Maya’s death? Are you still hoping that, somehow, she’ll turn out to be alive? If not, who do you think killed her? Drop a comment with your thoughts and theories!

— Andy Swift

Reporting by Russ Weakland