We knew that Rosewood was about to lose one more resident, but we still watched with horrified screams as Noel Kahn fell down on the blade of his ax and decapitated his own head. It was brutal, bloody and, by far, the most spectacular death in PLL's history!
To help you cope with Noel Kahn's cruel beheading, we asked actor Brant Daugherty to stop by the ET Live Studio and spill exclusive behind-the-scenes secrets about his excruciating exit from the show.
"Wasn’t it great?!" Daugherty exclaimed the instant we mentioned his character's death. "I mean, that was fantastic. When I read the script I was like, 'I'm not even mad at this!' I've never lost a job so well in my life. "
Daugherty confirmed that PLL executive producer Marlene King acts as the Grim Reaper of the series and delivers the dreaded phone call to the actors who will soon be killed onscreen.
"She gave me a call and said, 'We're going to bring you back. It's a short arc of about five episodes or so and we're going to kill you,'" the 31-year-old actor recalled. "And I thought, 'Yes! I love it! I love it that it's final, it's a conclusion, and it wraps it all up.'I mean, who knows if I'll be back on this show in any capacity, but, as far as deaths go, you can't argue with that."
While many fans (ourselves included!) thought that it was actually a prosthetic head bouncing down the stairs in that final scene, we discovered it was actually all small-screen magic.
"That is my real head rolling on the ground," Daugherty confessed. "The tricky part is they wanted the head to bounce down the stairs and I was like, 'I don’t see how that's going to happen. They didn’t teach me that in acting class.'"
So how exactly did the powers-that-be at PLL pull off that bouncing head if it was actually attached to Daugherty's body? "What we did was we put my head on the bottom stair and then I had to do a pushup, flip over, land on my back and then roll my head back. Then they CGI'ed my body out," he said before adding that it was one of the most "preposterous" things he's ever had to do on a show.
Earlier today, ET also spoke with King on a conference call and she spilled that Daugherty was full of laughs while filming those scenes. "When Jenna kicked his head, he was such a trouper and such a good sport," she said with a giggle. "We had so much fun with that."
King added that the "endgame" chapter of the series, which will premiere in April 2017, are the most "emotionally powerful" episodes of the entire series. "The actresses are having so much fun with how deep they get to go in these final 10 episodes and just having so much fun," she shared. "Their characters are so layered and we really put them through the ringer, as we do so well, and I think that we continue to be deadly and dangerous and uber romantic."
As for what's next for Daugherty? He's got a couple of projects in the works -- including a role in the third Fifty Shades of Grey movie due out 2018 -- and the actor revealed his motto for life after PLL: "I try to stay grounded and keep a good head on my shoulders."
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