Warning: Slight spoilers from episode 6 of Pretty Little Liars Original Sin ahead.
Two of the most outrageous teen dramas in television history are officially one. Type of.
The Thursday episode of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin sends some of its characters to Rosewood, the location of the original PLL, in their ongoing quest to unmask “A”. But their research inadvertently uncovers something arguably more earth-shattering: This show is set in the same universe as Riverdale.
Interrogating Eddie Lamb – the first character from the original PLL appearing in this new series, albeit played by a different actor – the Liars learn that several patients from Rosewood’s Radley Sanitarium were “sent to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy over in Riverdale” when the facility became a hotel. Anyone who watches The CW’s dark Archie drama should recognize the Sisters of Quiet Mercy as a home for “troubled youth” run by a group of corrupt nuns.
The question is: does it really mean that Pretty little liars and Riverdale share a universe? And the answer is…
“I think it does,” says executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also in charge Riverdale, tells TVLine. “We just wrote that line in. I assumed we weren’t allowed to refer to it Riverdale, since it’s in a completely different universe, but it stayed in there. So yes, I think it exists in the same universe. custodian [Madison] gives a great look when that is mentioned. That was obviously just a fun Easter egg in a episode with the biggest Easter egg ever going to Rosewood.”
If you’re longing for a more concrete transition between shows, you’re not alone.
“Alex [Aiono], who plays Shawn, is obsessed with the idea of a rivalry between the Millwood High Steppenwolfs and the Riverdale Bulldogs,” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “I would love if there was a football game between them. But who knows. If we took it further, I don’t even know how far we might take the shared universes. It would be great, but that’s for sure.”
And what about Lucy Hale you ask? In addition to starring in the original Pretty little liars As Aria Montgomery, she also played the title role in Katy Keenea direct fork from Riverdale. No promises, but EP Lindsay Calhoon Bring would “love a world where all the shows come together and Lucy Hale double cast as Katy Keene and Aria.”
But wait, there’s another hiccup: In the same episode, Tabby refers to Ash as “looking like a teenage Cole Sprouse,” meaning — you guessed it — “both Riverdale and Cole Sprouse exist in the Pretty little liars universe,” admits Aguirre-Sacasa. “It’s a multiverse!”
If you’re still with us, you’re probably just blown away. But given that Pretty little liars has already delved into the supernatural (via raven woodthat’s canon!), who says what’s too far anymore?
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https://tvline.com/2022/08/11/pretty-little-liars-riverdale-connection-explained-shared-universe/ Pretty Little Liars’ Riverdale Connection Explained – Shared Universe