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Warning! The following contains spoilers for Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists' episode "The Ghost Sonata." Read at your own risk!
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is an entirely new chapter in the Pretty Little Liars franchise, but it's definitely doing a lot to keep fans updated on the characters they know and love from the original series. Unfortunately, that's not always a good thing, as "The Ghost Sonata" revealed the fate of one couple fans may have been rooting for. Looks like it's curtains for Alison and Emily, as the episode revealed the two former lovers have officially gotten divorced.
Emily and Alison's relationship troubles have been pretty well-documented since the start of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, but the decline in their relationship really ramped up in intensity recently. Alison had been ignoring texts and calls from Emily, and received a package from the Rosewood Family Law Firm later on. Alison recalled later in the episode that she noticed new pictures of Emily and the girls on Instagram, and that Emily wasn't wearing her wedding ring.
It all was a slow build to a scene in which Allison was seen drinking a glass of wine in the distance. In the foreground of the shot was an email that was addressed to Emily. In the email Allison apologized and explained the last step of the process has been hard for her. With that said it's all over, and she's signed her side of the papers and essentially finalizing the two's divorce.
Allison is still upset about how things ended, but her signing the divorce papers may mean she's finally willing to accept there's no way of keeping her marriage together from a distance. Now Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists doesn't have to figure out how to keep that relationship interesting for the show without Emily, and is free to have Allison on the rebound and open to new relationships with characters that are a bit closer to her new home.
Those kinds of hookups along with the general sadness that comes along with the dissolving of her marriage could play against Allison of course, and lessen her ability to help the kids figure out the increasingly complicated mystery they're entwined in. There's really never going to be a good time to have Allison pre-occupied in other things, although it's probably better this band-aid was ripped in Season 1 before things get way deeper than they are now.
So, does this mean Shay Mitchell is never going to appear in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists? It doesn't seem like there's a reason for her to appear at the moment, although Emily could always guest-star in a future episode to let the kids see Allison or something of that nature. Original stars from PLL are planning to appear, so perhaps if fans make it clear it's something they want to happen I. Marlene King will make it so.
The drama is only getting started on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, so be sure to tune into Freeform Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET for all the action.