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

Thu, October 25, 2012 5:18pm EDT by 5 Comments
Yani Gellman Pretty Little Liars
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Yani tells HollywoofLife.com 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. HollywoodLife.com 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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brandy

Posted at 3:47 PM on January 21, 2014  

I think Ezra did kill garrett even he seems to pop up in places. But garrett was not to bad I still liked
him as a officer when he was still alive.

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Mia

Posted at 6:46 AM on March 31, 2013  

I was really sad about his death too, because i think he wasn’t so bad and evil. he did some bad things, for example he was in the N.A.T. Club, but he wanted to help the Girls and I never trought he killed Alison and he didn’t. And I hope he will come back to rosewood i mean because of the flashback Scenes :D Iam a big Garrett fan <3

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sky

Posted at 9:45 AM on December 3, 2012  

I actually think aria mom killed Garrett.

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Madison

Posted at 2:40 PM on October 27, 2012  

I was very sad about his death. Although he did some bad things I don’t think he was all bad. Although I don’t know how they would do this exactly I feel and have from the beginning that Allison may still be alive.and when I read the books she actually was except with the twin thing which ruined it a bit for me. But with every thing that goes on in Rosewood the rest of the A Team / his killer could be anyone…….

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Hanna

Posted at 9:08 PM on October 25, 2012  

I really loved the character of Officer Garrett and will not lie, I teared up a bit seeing him dead. I didn’t think he killed Ali and I was right. He wasn’t an innocent man, he did some bad things because he got involved with the wrong people since he was so blinded by his love of Jenna. He paid the price. I knew A wanted him out of jail for a reason, but I didn’t think it was to kill him. I want to see someone pay the price for taking away one of my fave. characters. I want vengeance.

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