Ian Harding is apparently trying to prove to us that he as an actor is the same big thinker that his broody, statutory-rapey, bookish and devastatingly charming Ezra Fitz is on Pretty Little Liars. And he’s doing that by taking a lot of liberties with the nature of cause and effect. He recently participated with the rest of the core cast and creators in an elaborate interview for Cosmopolitan as a promo push for the last PLL premiere we’ll ever get.
That’s right; tonight’s Season 8 opener begins the final ride. This will be the blaze-of-glory ending season. The show over the next couple of months will either finally answer all of the giant questions, holes and mysteries (which last season took so far, the show started finally getting criticized for being so fucking confusing) — or maybe they’ll twist it all up even more, leaving us scratching our heads, wondering if we’re just as crazy as the show was.
The interview is a great read for any fan of the show. And I’ll admit I’ve blissfully been on the bizarre PLL train the whole... damn.... time. I couldn’t even drink alcohol when this surprising force of a show premiered — but that’s certainly not true for me or the Liars now, as the show has seen them from high school sleuths to cosmo-sipping, bed-hopping, career-having big girls. Tortured by A still, though, of course. The rolling Q&A gets into the inception of the show, from its modest beginning as a book to how it was cast to how they’ve managed to get away with so much dark and dreary on a Disney-owned network.
But the best tidbit came from a pontificating Ian Harding. The teacher-turned-love-interest (scan-da-lous!) on the show thinks in real life that PLL might have contributed to the Trump presidency. He said, “I wonder if we secretly paved the way for the Trump administration. Because it's just about what you want to believe at all times and ignoring the obvious truths, and people just go with you for seven years on that. There are so many times of, like, 'Go to the police! Don't make this more difficult than it needs to be!' It's all about misinformation and a complete lack of logic. We just saturated the United States with it. I think we're secretly to blame for the current president.”
It’s obvious he was being cheeky, but that’s a pretty big leap in logic. I guess we’re all looking for a reason behind the madness somewhere. Who knows though? PLL was responsible for me buying a really tacky statement blazer once; maybe it’s to blame for Trump too.
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