Pretty Little Liars, the popular Freeform (formerly ABC Family) series, will end after the seventh season.

Pretty Little Liars Ending

Pretty Little Liars’ showrunner I. Marlene King announced the end of Pretty Little Liars during a Facebook Live broadcast with the actresses who play the five “liars” – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse. The group shared the news from the Pretty Little Liars set, where they are filming the show’s final episodes.

The second half of Pretty Little Liars‘ seventh season will premiere April 17 and will include 10 episodes. The series finale will be a two-hour special.

“It’s been an honor to work with such a talented cast and crew over the last seven years,” King said in a statement following the announcement. “We are a family, and it will be hard to say goodbye to a show that has made such an impact on young audiences and been a mouthpiece for cultural change. I’m excited for fans to finally have all of their questions answered, and I believe they will be satisfied with the wild ride that is our last ten episodes.”

Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of programing and development, has explained that King had planned on Pretty Little Liars exiting the network after its seventh season for years. Burke is glad to see the show end its run while still popular with audiences.

“It’s rare that you have a chance to send a series out on top, which the feeling very much was that this would achieve. It ultimately comes down to Marlene and her vision, and her sense of where the natural place for the narrative to end was, and this was that,” Burke told Variety. “Knowing that there was an ending point really gave her and [producers] Oliver [Goldstick] and Joe [Dougherty] and Charlie Craig creative license to build very carefully toward something. Rarely in television do you get the chance to do that. I think they did wonders with it.”

As for the the last batch of episodes, Burke believes that Pretty Little Liars fans will be more than sated.

“I think they will be glad that they stayed on the ride. It’s mind-blowing, it’s provocative, it’s everything the audience has come to expect from the show,” said Burke. “It’s unexpected, and completely and totally satisfying.”

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