The actress, who plays Emily Fields, began to tearfully express she gratitude for the show that gave her a chance as an aspiring starlet:
"Sad, anxious, excited, terrified, inspired, gratified, nervous, unsure, proud, upset, accomplished, relieved, devastated, lucky: I didn't know it was possible to feel so much at once, yet I sit here with all my feelings. It feels like the last day of school with just an extra bit of emptiness."
"Our show ending is such a weird, unique thing that I have only experienced from where you all are sitting: the viewer's side. I remember shows I watched growing up ending and all that came along with a series finale, yet where I am seated now is so different. I don't know what my life would've looked like without Pretty Little Liars."
"We did it. We managed to stay close through seven years of high school. And that will always be what I'm most proud of. The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, we were always there for each other, and I feel so incredibly lucky to know you all, and I will never forget what we had these last seven years. It was rare and special and perfect. And I will miss you all madly."
"I'd like to think that somewhere in an alternate Rosewood universe, that these five women will always remain a constant in each others' lives, just as I hope we all do in our own reality."
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The final episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air in April 2017. Goodbye forever, A.