I think about the Pretty Little Liars series finale every day. No joke. Show-runner I. Marlene King honestly outdid herself when she decided to make Spencer’s evil British twin “Alex” the mastermind behind the whole “A” operation. It was equal parts iconic and bonkers and, sure, didn’t make a ton of sense, but I lived for it nonetheless. Troian Bellisario’s “Ello gov’nah”-esque Liverpool accent would be my ringtone if this were 2007 and ringtones still existed.
But they don’t, sadly—and the PLL ended nearly a year ago, which is also pretty devastating. Thankfully, though, a show is on the horizon that will fill the Rosewood-shaped holes in our hearts. Freeform announced a while back that a PLL spinoff titled Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is in the works. It’s based on the novel The Perfectionists by PLL author Sara Shepard and centers on a new, seemingly pristine town, Beacon Heights, that’s rocked by a murder. Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish are reprising their roles of Alison and Mona for the show, which means the same campy, shady goodness that made Rosewood so intriguing is coming to Beacon Heights. Whether or not the other PLL women—or, ya know, “A”—make an appearance is still a mystery, but it’s safe to say fans are freaking out about this show. I certainly am.
We still don’t know officially when PLL: The Perfectionists will premiere, but the cast shared photos from their first day on set earlier this week, and I’m already hooked. Like, these photos alone prove this show will have the same blend of deranged drama and snappy one-liners that made PLL such a hit. My body is ready—and, frankly, anticipating—some A+ Mona Vanderwaal scheming. Here’s what we can ascertain about the new show from these new behind-the-scenes pics:
Mona’s absolutely going to kill someone—or, at the very least, read them for filth for declining her “glamping” invitation.
This new boy seems fine, but does he have Jesus-esque long hair like Caleb? Hard no. Sad!
OK, Mona’s definitely getting questioned by the police here. Once a doll-obsessed lunatic, always a doll-obsessed lunatic!
Alison’s shoes here definitely scream, “Just try to bury me alive again. I dare you.”
I. Marlene King’s like, “Y’all don’t know the fuckery I’m about to bring to this show.”
Lily van der Woodsen is quaking.
Alison’s obviously drinking this much coffee to stay alert for Grunwald.
All smiles because Alex Drake is locked away in that creepy dollhouse in France.
Who is that man behind Mona? Noel Kahn?! (J.K., he’s decapitated and that’s probably just a sound guy.)
Annnnd a group shot, because I.M.K. is all about her squad.