The CW's new drama begins at the end.
"Life Sentence," starring Lucy Hale, follows Stella Abbott, a young woman who has lived her life expecting to die from terminal cancer. She traveled and fell in love and married a stranger.
Then, suddenly, she's no longer dying.
"Stella has lived the majority of her life with the most devastating news you could receive," Hale, 28, told the Daily News. "She's a glass-half-full person. She lived in the moment. She's spontaneous. And she knew what kind of girl she was when she was dying. Now she has to refigure out who she is."
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A miraculous cure resets Stella's future and, for the second time, her life is turned upside down.
But, it turns out, Stella's happy existence was a lie, a rose-colored last few months on earth faked by a family (Dylan Walsh, Gillian Vigman, Jayson Blair and Brooke Lyons) falling apart at the seams.
And that's where "Life Sentence" finds it characters, in the flash between the happiest moments of their lives and figuring out what comes next.
"It really made me rethink what happily ever after is and what that means," Elliot Knight, who plays Stella's husband Wes, told The News.
"It doesn't follow the traditional path of a romance or living your life. It encourages people to ask questions of themselves, to figure out what the most important thing is."
For the 27-year-old British actor, his focus would be on simplifying.
"We can all tend to get caught up in the complications of life that we create; we live life for other people," he told The News. "It's a harrowing moment when you're confronted with an end and you have to make the choice to live your life for you."
He would travel, he said. Africa and Asia.
"I would learn and love and be as happy as possible and share that with people," Knight said.
Faced with an expiration date, Hale would have a simpler plan: Go home to Memphis and spend her last days with her family. Lots of Netflix and good food, too, she joked.
Hale didn't intend to sign on to a new show so quickly after the long-running "Pretty Little Liars" ended in June following seven seasons; in fact, she planned to take "a really long break." But "Life Sentence," she said, caught her eye.
"It's a really special show that needed to be made and needed to be heard. And I'm the only girl who could play it," she told The News. "We're all guilty of not living in the moment and taking things for granted. Life is really precious and there's so much to be grateful for. If we're alive and we're breathing, we should be fortunate."
"Life Sentence" debuted Wednesday on The CW.