Spencer, I would never hurt you. I'm your mother.

The DArkest Knight
Season 7, Episode 10
Air Date August 30, 2016
Written by I. Marlene King & Maya Goldsmith
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Episode Guide
The Wrath of Kahn

The DArkest Knight is the tenth episode of Season 7 of Pretty Little Liars. This episode is the summer finale and aired on August 30, 2016. It also is the last episode airing this year, until it returns in April 2017 to air the midseason premiere, Playtime.[1]


The Liars face off with their enemies in a chaotic fight that ends fatally. One of the PLLs learns a secret about her past that changes everything while another Liar discovers something about her future that could alter her course forever.


  • This episode marks Sydney's first appearance since "How the 'A' Stole Christmas".
  • Along with calling this season "The deadliest season on PLL", on June 30th, Marlene King tweeted that "710 kills it. Literally". Thus, suggesting that somebody will die in this episode. It was confirmed on the official press release that the final death of 7A will take take place in this episode.[2]
  • On July 15th, Marlene King tweeted a Spoby line: "would it be okay if I kissed you?"[3]
  • In a facebook live broadcast on August 29, 2016, it was officially announced that Season 7 is the last of the series.[4] [5]
  • The table read for this episode occurred on June 22nd, 2016.[6]
  • Filming for this episode began on June 23rd, 2016[7] and wrapped on July 1st, 2016.

Title and Background

  • The title was revealed by I. Marlene King on Twitter, answering a question of a fan.[8]
  • The title is a pun on the nickname of DC Comics vigilante Batman, The Dark Knight, with the A appropriately capitalized.

Main Cast

Supporting Cast


  • Nicole Gordon was found alive in Colombia and reunited with Ezra.
  • Hanna and Caleb got back together.
  • Noel Kahn died by getting accidentally decapitated by an axe.
  • Spencer was revealed to be Mary's second child and was subsequently shot; with her fate being left unknown.
  • Jenna Marshall got abducted by AD.
  • Alison DiLaurentis is revealed to be pregnant with the baby possibly being Archer Dunhill's child.
  • Toby and Yvonne are discovered unconscious and bloody in a car crash.

Featured Music

  • "Waving Wild" by ARUM RAE- (Jenna makes a worried phone call to Noel about Hanna's kidnapping from The Radley lounge, which Mona eavesdrops into from her computer when Caleb joins her in the surveillance). 
  • "Paradise" by Clementine & the Galaxy- (Jenna puts on her signature red lips stick in The Radley elevator when Mona joins her).
  • "In the Light" by The Lumineers-(Aria makes dinner for Ezra's arrive then calls him)
  • "In Too Deep" by The Sweeplings-(Hanna and Caleb make love; Emily and Alison watch a movie when Emily notices Alison crying, she comforts her when Alison kisses her; Aria tries to get information Ezra's flight when she sees Nicole's rescue on the news).

Sneak Peeks


Behind the Scenes