So much crazy happens on Pretty Little Liars that it’s hard to remember the show’s point. In case you forgot, it’s friendship—more specifically, strong female friendship. At the center of all the “As” (Uber, Emoji, etc.), love triangles, and bizarre face masks are five friends who are basically family. Aria, Hanna, Spencer, Alison, and Emily can weather the worst situations—like being set on fire and murder—because they love, respect, and empower each other. That’s pretty great to see, especially in a pop-culture landscape that loves a good catfight and pitting women against each other. Of course, the girls do argue—a lot—but they ultimately remember they’re on the same side and focus their attention on real problems. Like dealing with Noel Kahn’s decapitated head. (Remember when that happened?)
Pretty Little Liars may have lost sight of its roots for a hot second (read: five seasons), but if fans are correct about this latest promo, we’re ending things the way we started. Some PLL diehards on Reddit are convinced the promo that premiered on March 13 actually features the final shot of the show. Like, the final final shot. And what happens in this scene, you ask? No decapitations. No face masks. No fire. It’s just the core five girls smiling and hugging each other triumphantly as if they defeated Uber A/A Emoji for good. Sweet, right? Watch it for yourself, below (around the 24-second mark):
The evidence that this is the final scene is pretty convincing. One Reddit user points out that the girls’ Snapchats prove they only wore these particular outfits for one scene—which must make them pretty special. Plus, PLL creator I. Marlene King wrote on Cosmopolitan‘s Instagram in October that “all five PLLs will be in the shot” when she yells “cut” for the last time. And that’s exactly what happens here.
If this holds water, then fans can kiss any hope of a bonkers ending—like one of the liars being Uber A—goodbye. Truthfully, this doesn’t make sense, anyway; it would betray the show’s DNA. Pretty Little Liars reminds women in every episode that they shouldn’t be enemies because there are enough bad guys in the world. If one of the liars turns out to be the ultimate big bad, it would invalidate this message entirely. It’s very fitting that a show all about girl power ends with some girl power.
And Aria and the gang deserve to be happy! They’ve been cyber-stalked for the past decade. Let them hug it out.