In a phone interview with Starcasm, Executive Producer Marlene King revealed some news over the next season.
"Maya was; it was just tragic for us, and so I think that was definitely a very difficult decision to make and really hard to film those scenes too. When the character of Emily realizes that Maya is dead that was just—it was such a powerful evening on set for Shay Mitchell and for Leslie Glatter who was directing that episode and for myself. We were all just in tears that day."
"Well, we really respect all the fans, and I understand how tragic that loss was to a big group of our fan base, but what I found is that a lot of those people have really embraced now the Emily/Paige storyline. Paige has earned their trust and I’m really proud of that part of our show," she said.
She added that "no one escapes the drama in Season 3B". To watch on Tuesday, January 8 at 8/7c.