Caution: Possible spoilers and chit-chat about spoiler rumors below!
When Maya St. Germain walked into the Rosewood Grill near the end of Pretty Little Liars Season 2a, we all gasped out loud. But as surprised as we were to see her return from drug rehab, nothing could have prepared us for the fact that she actually stuck around. It’s not just that Emily has a way of blitzing through girlfriends; it’s that Bianca Lawson seems to guest star on every show we watch. (Where does she find the time? And why doesn’t she have her own show already?) During Season 2b, Maya and Emily have gotten even closer, confessing their love to one another and doing some pretty serious canoodling. So imagine our dismay when we heard a rumor that Maya was going to meet an untimely end during the season finale. I emailed Bianca in a panic and she agreed to chat with me about the rumors, about how much she loves Emaya, and about her growing army of lesbian fans.
AfterEllen.com: Bianca Lawson, what in the world are you up to these days? Every time I turn around, I see your name attached to a new project. Lately, it’s been Teen Wolf and The Secret Circle.
AE: Awesome. I recap that show for our brother site and I was so bummed out when they killed off the only badass woman at the end of last season. Are you taking up the mantle of badassery?
AE: That’s OK! I already know you’ll be my favorite part of the season! So, let’s talk about Pretty Little Liars. The first thing I’ve got to ask you about is the rumor that’s running around on Twitter and Tumblr that Maya is going to die in the finale. Tell me it’s not true!
AE: Well, that makes me feel marginally better. So, how was it for you to return to Rosewood? It was such a welcome surprise when Maya came back and actually stuck around.
AE: Shay told me she was so excited to see you when you came back. And [director] Norman Buckley has told me more than once on Twitter that you’re such a genuinely lovely person. So, I guess it was wonderful for them, too!
AE: Let’s talk about that romance. We’ve seen how much Emily has grown and changed since Maya left. But Maya has changed too; it just happened off-screen. Can you talk a little bit about that?
We’ve had lots of discussions about it, but you never really know how a storyline is going to go. But there’s definitely something specific Maya is struggling with. You’re just seeing it manifest itself in surface acting out and surface sensitivity and panic.