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‘Pretty Little Liars’: Yani Gellman Says Garrett Could Return To Rosewood

Thu, October 25, 2012 5:18pm EDT by Andy Swift 8 Comments
Yani Gellman Pretty Little Liars
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Yani tells we may see Garrett pop up in flashbacks: ‘There’s still a lot of back story that needs to be explained.’

We knew we’d be saying goodbye to a Rosewood resident on the Oct. 23 Halloween special of Pretty Little Liars, but that didn’t make the death of Officer Garrett Reynolds any easier to swallow. caught up with Yani Gellman for the inside scoop on how creator Marlene King broke the news to him; what it was like playing dead in a box with Lucy Hale; and when we might see Garrett, in some form, again. (Spoiler: It could be soon!)

Read on for my full interview with Yani…

First of all, sorry you had to die. I miss Garrett already.

Thanks. It’s weird to be talking from beyond the grave.

When did you first find out Garrett was dying? Some of the actors told us they didn’t know until they read the script.

I found out the week before. Marlene pulled me aside before the scripts came out and talked to me about how this all fit in with the larger story. She said how much she appreciated my work on the show, and how sorry she was that it was my character’s time to go. But it was important to move the story forward.

Have you made peace with her decision?

I’ve always sensed my character was going to have an untimely end. He was always playing with fire, and on the wrong side of the fence. Garrett’s always been a bit of a ghost, always lurking in the background, and going in and out of people’s lives. He finally paid the ultimate price.

OK, you’re fine with it now — but what about your initial reaction?

When I first signed on to be on the show, I didn’t know how long I would be on — and I ended up lasting the better part of three seasons. So it was a really great run for me. It was a magical experience, I really loved it. … But we all know what the show is, and this is the kind of thing that makes the show. So I’m really excited to have been a part of the very thing that makes this show so fun to watch. Our job is to be the best storytellers we can, and sometimes that means knowing when to exit the stage.

Thankfully, we didn’t just hear about your death; we got to see you dead. What was that like?

It was awesome. They crammed me in there with Lucy. I had to be totally motionless, with my eyes and mouth open; there’s dust falling into the crate; Lucy’s screaming in my ear; and it’s super dark. It was a surreal experience.

The viewers, myself included, don’t know who killed Garrett. Do you?

The writers and producers on the show play their cards pretty close to their chest. With big things like this, they don’t really tell us. I do have a sense, based on the conversation I had with Marlene about how my death factored into the story line, but I really don’t know. On this show, it’s better not to know, because you’re being asked all the time. I don’t want to spill the beans.

I suppose I understand…

One thing I will say is that I went to jail for a crime I didn’t committ, so someone better darn well go down for killing me.

Given the track record of the Rosewood Police Dept., I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Hopefully someone will pay.

Now, here’s the other question I’m dying — sorry, bad choice of words — to know: Will we see Garrett again in flashbacks?

I think so. Marlene talked to me about that. One of their ongoing lines is that they have a series regular in Sasha, who’s been dead since the beginning. There’s still a lot of back story that needs to be explained, so she said, ‘Don’t be surprised if you end up being a part of that.’ I could see a lot of room for something like that.

How do you feel about Garrett’s death? Do you have any clue who may have killed him? Drop a comment below!

— Andy Swift

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