It’s funny how it’s a TV show… Pretty Little Liars is a TV show and yet I sit here crying as I read the cast Instagram posts. I sit here crying because even though I know that I have a half of a season to look forward to, the idea that something that has been deeply rooted in my heart and taught me so much about fandom will be gone.
And selfishly, I am not ready. I am not ready to say goodbye.
I know that there comes a time in life where things end. You just have accept it, because nothing really lasts forever. But for me – Pretty Little Liars was something more. It was this journey into seeing characters I love each week. It was the same wave length for me as The Vampire Diaries. I grew with these characters. I watched them love and I watched them hate. I cheered for them and in a strange way some of the advice that they gave each other was the advice that I need for me.
Every time I was alone and I wanted to see someones life that was as crazy – well crazier than mine.
I hated the show at times. When I found out who A was and all the times that I missed the things that gave me the clues. I loved the show when I rooted for Aria and Ezra. I loved the ships and the moments where I saw me and my best friends – the loyalty, the love, and the madness.
Aria Montgomery taught me about following your heart and believing in your dreams. Hanna Marin taught me about finding who you are and always looking out for your friends. Emily Fields taught me about being true to yourself no matter what the cost. Spencer Hastings taught me about strength and being able to stand with your head held high no matter what. Mona – well, you taught me to seek help when I needed to and that people can change.
I’m not ready – but I thank you for letting us be a part of your world, liars. Thank you.
Today, we all series wrap on @prettylittleliars. This picture was my first ever episode as Mona, 7 years ago. I am so blown away by what an impact this show has had on my life since. We owe it all to you, #pllarmy. Don't ever stop watching and loving us. And I owe it to you @imarleneking. Thanks for trusting me and believing in me and giving me a family and role to love for 7 years. Let's do this.
Reflecting on these last seven years in my empty room I called home. I will never forget this experience. I was so lucky to work with such amazing people who have affected my life greatly. I am so happy to know they will be my family from here on out. To the fans…… what can I say other than I love you so much. Thank you for being on this journey with me and giving me so much support. I wouldn't be here without all of you. I'm sad to say bye to Hanna….. but I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm so happy to know that all of you will be by my side ❤️
I have kept so little in this room over the years, by Patti and Lo have been here through all of it. I guess I had hopes it would make it easy to pack up when the end came. Well, It took very little time but nothing about the packing was felt easy. Goodbye room (and my home for 7 years). Be good to the next girl. Whoever she is.
#Repost @cosmopolitan with @repostapp ・・・ @imarleneking opens up about the end of #prettylittleliars (grab a tissue, PLL fans ?): "Today marks the series wrap on 'Pretty Little Liars,' my home away from home for the last seven seasons. When I call 'cut' on the very last scene, all five PLLs will be in the shot. Tears will be spilled, gifts will be exchanged, and final memories will be made. The most meaningful gift, however, is that we call ourselves 'PLL Family' because that is how much we mean to each other. We have created a worldwide family of fans who have come together to watch and celebrate the show. Friendships have been made and sealed over the love our passionate fans have for 'PLL.' In an age where technology often separates people, we used social media to bring them together. In season six, Spencer quoted A. A. Milne, author of 'Winnie the Pooh': 'How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard.' And those words have never spoken to me so loudly. Thank you to the cast, the crew, and all the fans who have kept Rosewood alive; we would be nowhere without you. And as this chapter ends, to my 'PLL' family all over the world, I won’t say good-bye, I’ll say, 'See you soon, bitches.'" – I. Marlene King, #cosmoinstagramcolumnist #pll