During the show’s first episode, Nolan is seen being pushed off a roof by a shadowy figure. His body is discovered impaled on a fence by Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse), who has left the PLL universe behind to become a teaching assistant at the university.
Viewers also learn that Nolan’s sister, Taylor, who was thought to have committed suicide, actually faked her own death. The former university staff member is not a character in the book series, so it’s possible that she could’ve had a hand in her brother’s murder since Julie is nonexistent in the adaptation.
In an interview with Us Weekly, showrunner I. Marlene King shut down theories that Nolan is still alive. “Oh yeah, he’s dead,” she confirmed. “There’s no coming back from that. Chris [who plays Nolan] won’t participate in every episode but I think he was in, like, seven out of ten. It’s not the last you’ve seen of Nolan even though he’s no longer currently living on this Earth.”
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