Alex Drake Speaks! Troian Bellisario Dishes All Behind the 'Pretty Little Liars' 'A.D.' Reveal

Alex Drake Speaks! Troian Bellisario Dishes All Behind the 'Pretty Little Liars' 'A.D.' Reveal


Did anyone else let out a gigantic gasp when Uber A.D. was revealed on the series finale of Pretty Little Liars last night?! We know we did!

While we had heard the fan theories about “Twincer”, we left our minds open to whoever it might be — but that theory was right! Spencer Hastings’ British twin sis, Alex Drake, was indeed A.D. — and Troian Bellisario has to be just about the best secret keeper ever!

“I was first told in the beginning of season five,” Troian revealed in an interview with Elle. “Marlene took me aside and told me, ‘I have an idea, but I don’t know if the network will let me do it…’ Then she sat me down and explained this whole ending to me.”


Troian adds, “It took two hours to go through the entire pitch. There was so much for her to tell! I didn’t even know about Mary Drake — we hadn’t really introduced that character’s story yet. So I didn’t know about Spencer being adopted either. She had a lot to tell me.”

In fact, this whole storyline didn’t even come until after season four — because the show kept getting renewed.

“Originally, the show was only supposed to last five years,” she shared (that’s news to us!). “So she was going to take it through to Charlotte being revealed as A, and that was it.”

Troian adds, “But around season four, the network contacted her and said they really wanted to take the show through to seven seasons. That’s when she had to start creating this whole other world, with a new ultimate villain.”

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  • Soured

    She play the role with perfection like always!!

  • rrodriguez0309

    give me all those years i spent watching pretty little liars back please. worst ending ever.!

    • AsphodeleSauvage

      Let’s consider the fact that the show was supposed to come to an end after 5 seasons, and that Alex was supposed to be revealed in the 20th episode of season 5. I. Marlene King had to add two more seasons – so she make Alex’s story longer. I do think her original plan was better – seasons 6B and 7 were useless. The original final would have been greater. But considering the real story, I understand those weird stories better.