Have you always intended for Alicia to find out about Eli deleting the voicemail from Will? What makes the timing right to reveal the truth now?
"Yes, the writers have been thinking about how to pay-off Eli's deletion of Will's e-mail for the last five years. The key for us was always finding the moment when Eli might be tempted to unburden himself. Eli wants to come clean now because for the first time he knows what a broken heart feels like and regrets that he might have caused Alicia similar pain. He's sorry that he kept Alicia away from Will and doesn't want her to lose a second chance at love with Jason."