It has been a banner year for Marlene King. The Pretty Little Liars boss shepherded her show through a whole host of awards nominations — NewNowNext, GLAAD, People’s Choice, Mashable, and Teen Choice — as well as a 25-episode second season pick-up. She also led the charge that secured Pretty Little Liars a place atop the Twitter podium. It was the most tweeted about television show in 2011. Stellar ratings, industry accolades, social media prowess: It’s no surprise that ABC Family has already ordered a full third season.
Pretty Little Liars wrapped season two last Friday, and even though Marlene confessed to me that she’s been working so ceaselessly since season one that her family has almost forgotten what she looks like, she took a few minutes out of her holiday schedule to chat with me about what we can expect this winter when our favorite murder mystery returns.
AfterEllen.com: It’s less that two weeks before you unleash the wrath of “A” on us again. How are you feeling? Nervous? Excited?
AE: So we’re going to get to see those trinkets and rats and blood samples and therapy files and things the gloved hand has been collecting at the end of every episode?
AE: Is the second half of the season even more sinister than the first? How does it compare tonally?
AE: What’s in store for Emily on this freight train ride. “A” was coming at her from every direction in the first half of the season.
AE: Any time for love while she’s saving the world?