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Pretty Little Liars - 4 Year Time Jump Confirmed + Big A's Last Name Confirmed + 3 People Were Considered For Big A

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Pretty Little Liars will be staging a major time-jump in its sixth season, E! News can exclusively reveal.

While the jump won't happen within the first 10 episodes of the ABC Family hit's next season, fans can expect to see Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) graduate from high school on-screen, but gain "the freshman 15" and attend college off-screen before the season ends.

"I did say we're going to do a four-year time jump and we will honor that before the end of season six," executive producer Marlene King tells us. "It's really exciting I can't wait to see the girls after they come back from college. It's going to be awesome."

So "A"'s name is Charles DiLaurentis. Was this always your plan, to have Charles be "A," or has it evolved as the show has gone on over the last first years?

I started dropped references in some of my earlier episodes, like if you go back to season three where the girls see the mime and the mime's name is Charlemagne, which is the root name for Charles. So we've been dropping little nuggets along the way. And those anagrams that came out a couple episodes ago—it means a lot of different things, but one of the six or seven things it means is Charles DiLaurentis. I want to say that I had this idea in the back of my mind and I played with it for a couple of months before I pitched it to the room, sort of saying, ‘Is this going to work?' And I didn't get one negative reaction. But we did not tell the studio or the network until not too long ago. [Laughs.]

Did you ever consider having someone else be "A" before landing on Charles DiLaurentis?

We did. When we decided that we were going to reveal that Mona was original "A," which was always our intention, we started to think, well, someone needs to steal the game from her. Who is Big "A"? And I had three people in mind, all of whom were great choices. But then I made this immediate shift and said, "Well, what do you think of this?" And everybody really liked it. Just by the looks on people's faces, we all knew it was just so exciting and interesting.

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