The season five finale of Pretty Little Liars ended with the girls trapped in Charles DiLaurenti’s eerie dollhouse, but despite their latest predicament, there might be a silver lining in store for the group of friends in the future.
That future is something the hit ABC Family drama is set to delve into soon, when the show returns for its sixth season and propels its leading ladies four years ahead.
“For the first time, we get to venture out of high school, we get to grow up a little bit,” Hale said. “We haven’t shot these episodes yet, but we’re doing hopefully a significant time jump.”
News of a time jump isn’t necessarily new knowledge to fans of the show. Executive producer Joseph Dogherty previously confirmed to MTV News that the show would indeed leap ahead sometime during the sixth season.
“We always knew that we were going to reach a point where we finish the story and then we’re going to catch our breath and take this opportunity to move forward– literally,” Dougherty told MTV News.
Hale, for her part, said she’s curious to see how much each girl has grown up over the course of four years and if “A” is still around.
“It’s just cool to see how they’ve evolved,” Hale told PEOPLE. “From my knowledge, they’re going to go their own separate ways for a little bit. We still have a season and a half to go, so I’m sure there’s going to be more turmoil and craziness and everything.”
As for what the future has in store for Aria? If it’s up to Hale, hopefully a puppy.
“I’m curious to see how Aria is going to dress, what her job is, does she have pets? I want her to have a pet really bad!” said Hale.
Pretty Little Liars returns for season 6 on June 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.