‘Pretty Little Liars Original Sin’: Easter Eggs and ‘PLL’ References

Unwavering gore, occasional nudity, and even the occasional C-bomb? Yes, there are definitely moments in HBO Max Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin it would have caused the old “A’s” to drop their knife just to grab their pearls.

While the original series “got away with it a lot on Freeform,” this new iteration — which launches its first three episodes on Thursday — exists essentially without restrictions, creating a “creatively freeing” environment for its cast and crew.

“I love it when teenagers talk the way teenagers talk,” executive producer Lindsay Calhoon Bring told TVLine, adding that doing a show for a streaming service “broadened the playing field and made things more It also gave us more freedom to push the violence, push the horror.

In other words, while an episode of the original series could have been dubbed a creepy shampoo commercial (that show had a few great Hair), Original sin not afraid to have a little less, well, pretty.

Even the character stories are messier than ever. Sure, no one is making out with their teacher in a bar bathroom, but these girls have lived colorful lives before. Just ask Imogen (Bailee Madison), the pregnant high school outcast, or Noa (Maia Reficco), fresh out of jail with the ankle monitor to prove it.

But even though Original Sin is a naughtier entity, he is also an integral part of the original Pretty Little Liars universe. It even takes place in a quaint town in Pennsylvania, not much different (or even far from) Rosewood and Ravenswood.

“Lindsay and I, as writers and creators, are fans [of the franchise]says executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “We are fanboys and fangirls. We love this stuff. We love when the characters [from other shows] come in, we love crossover episodes. At least initially, however, the team “really wanted to establish our city and our girls without being in the shadow of this original and iconic franchise”.

So when should we expect to start seeing callbacks and easter eggs from the original show? According to Aguirre-Sacasa, “Once you reach Episode 6, the Easter Eggs – and After that the Easter eggs – are starting to arrive fast and furiously. Even better, he teases that these references seemingly continue “until the last moment of the final episode.”

Adds Bring, “Knowing that the fanbase of the original Pretty little Liars is so strong that we wanted to make sure we gave them fan service. But we’re also our own story and our own thing, so hopefully it’ll be exciting for them.

Are you hoping for legit crosses between the OG PLL and Original sin? Drop a comment with your thoughts on HBO Max’s new series below.

Alicia R. Rucker