Oliver Goldstick helps HollywoodLife.com make sense of last night’s twisted premiere. Spoilers ahead!
Like all great episodes of Pretty Little Liars, the Jan. 8 winter premiere answered some of our lingering questions from the Halloween special, while leaving us with a million new ones to contemplate throughout the rest of the season. Fortunately, HollywoodLife.com was able to catch up with Executive Producer Oliver Goldstick for the scoop on what’s to come in season 3B, including Jason’s (Drew Van Acker) involvement with Mona (Janel Parrish)!
Read on for my Q&A with Oliver:
1. Thank you for beefing up Jason’s storyline. I guess you can’t confirm whether or not he’s the one Aria stabbed?
“I can say we brought Jason back to explore whether he’s looking for answers, or if he’s using Mona to cover something up. And if you’re covering something up, Mona would certainly be a valuable ally to have.”
2. Lucas told Hanna he hurt himself skateboarding — so was he the one Toby was chasing at the beginning?
“I won’t confirm whether or not Lucas was on the skateboard, but I will say Lucas is in for a lot soon. We say he’s been playing on the wrong end of the sandbox. He’s been playing with sharp objects, and he will suffer.”
3. I loved Aria and Byron’s confrontation! Is it safe to say their relationship is going to get even rockier from here on out?
“This season’s about betrayal, that’s what we’re exploring. With a parent, it’s really devastating. This will create a wedge that’s almost unbreathable. We’ve never implicated a parent as a murder suspect. It’s dark, but it’s worth exploring, and you’ll see why. Chad Lowe is totally into it; he’s so excited. When he read the episode, he was like, ‘YES!'”
4. So we will find out who the murderer is? Eventually?
“It becomes shocking. It becomes ‘How do we deal with this, when we know this is the murderer?'”
5. Ella faked sick to avoid Meredith’s first day, but will we get to see Byron’s two women come face-to-face?
“I believe in the second or third episode, there’s a great Ella/Meredith moment. Mer’s going to return with a vengeance.”
6. We didn’t see whose bike ‘A’ messed with during the closing credits. Is that person’s identity important?
“It’s important because it helps Mona move into a new position at school that will put her eye to eye with one of the PLLs — and I should say claw to claw. It elevates Mona in a new way. This was a set-up moment.”
What do you make of Oliver’s answers? Do you think Jason is the one Aria stabbed, or could it have been Lucas? Drop me a comment with your thoughts and theories!
— Andy Swift
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