Pretty Little Liars returns for its sixth season with darker storylines and the promise of much awaited answers. The new season picks up right from where the season 5 finale left off with the girls trapped in A’s doll house. Considering all the twists and turns on this series, even the most devoted Pretty Little Liars fan could probably use a quick refresher before the season 6 premiere. Here’s what you need to know: 

Warning: This article may contain spoilers!

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Spencer Hastings

Last season Spencer struggled to accept her parents separation while her relationship with Toby hit a roadblock as he prioritized his duties as a cop. As if dealing with heartbreak wasn’t hard enough, Spencer was also arrested for Bethany Young’s murder though was later cleared of the charges when Alison was deemed responsible for Mona’s murder and Bethany’s as well. Unfortunately, she and her friends were later arrested as accessories to Mona’s murder. While being transported to prison, she, Emily, Hanna and Aria got abducted and arer now being held captive in A’s lair, where she has discovered A’s identity (Charles).

Emily Fields

Emily’s love life took a beating as she dealt with her breakup with Paige and started a relationship with new co-worker Talia only to discover that she’s married. At the same time, Emily also struggled with her feelings toward Alison. 

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Hanna Marin

Upon the return of Alison, Hanna started to have an identity crisis which only got worse when Caleb came back from Ravenswood. Significantly affected by Mona’s apparent death, she started drinking which caused tension between her and her friends. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as Hanna’s problems are concerned. She also had to look for college money, deal with her mother’s infidelity and was framed for Mona’s murder.

Aria Montgomery

Still carrying the weight of Shana’s death, Aria reunited with Ezra but eventually betrayed him by sending a fabricated story in a letter to Talmadge, saying that she regrets being in a relationship with him. After Ezra suggested that they part ways when Aria leaves for college, Aria hooked up with her tutor Andrew. She was determined to protect Mike from Alison’s trial even though he may be the key to clear Alison’s name but she ended up getting arrested as an accessory to Mona’s murder.

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Alison DiLaurentis

Alison was still very much under the grasp of A even though she wanted to end the game once and for all.  Forced to cook up a chain of lies, Alison found herself alone as her friends abandoned her thinking that she’s A while she grieved over her mother’s death. She was arrested for Mona’s “murder” with Aria, Spencer, and Emily arrested as accessories.

Mona Vanderwaal

Alison’s return prompted Mona to gather an army against Alison, consisting of people she previously bullied. She then convinced the Liars that Alison is A by ultimately faking her her death and framing Alison for her murder. She also planned to blackmail A but she ended up being abducted and held captive in Charles’ doll house where she is going under the name Alison. 

Check out the video below to get caught up on all of the drama from last season:

What to Expect in Season 6?

  • Aria, Emily, Hanna, Spencer and Mona are still trapped in Charles’ lair where they struggle with hunger and dehydration.
  • Alison has been cleared of her wrongful conviction. 
  • Andrew Campbell has been missing since the girls’ disappearance and is now the number one suspect.
  • “We start to find out things about Charles, and it just gets more disturbing and more disturbing and more disturbing,” reveals Sasha Pieterse.  “I can tell you that Charles is somehow related to the DiLaurentis family.” 
  • Alison is getting a new love interest. 
  • Season 6 is going to feature a big time jump.

Pretty Little Liars season 6 kicks off Tuesday, June 2 on ABC Family. You can catch an all-day marathon of past episodes starting at 12pm.

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV