PLL s05e14: Recap and Review (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**originally published January 7, 2015. Republished March 2, 2021. Yes, a Tuesday, in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**


Tonight, the second half of Pretty Little Liars’ fifth season premiered. The episode takes place three months after Mona Vanderwaal was allegedly murdered. All eyes are turned suspiciously at Alison DiLaurentis. Even her four closest friends, or maybe ex-friends, suspect that Alison killed Mona. No one can prove it though. Both Alison’s dad, Kenneth, and her brother, Jason, swear she was with them at the time of the crime.

Rosewood’s four little liars refuse to believe Alison’s alibi. So Emily and Spencer decide to do whatever it takes to prove Alison’s guilt. They drop in at the DiLaurentis home where they find and confront Jason. At first, he refuses to admit he wasn’t with Alison, but then Spencer plays the “I’m your sister too” card. Jason’s silence says everything. After Emily and Spencer leave, Jason confronts Alison about where she was. Alison swears she is being framed for Mona’s murder but doesn’t answer otherwise.
Later, Emily and Spencer go to Mona’s house and plant false evidence against Alison. While looking for a place to leave strands of hair from Ali’s hairbrush, Spencer finds a hidden camera in the air vents. She suspects Mona set it up for evidence and safety.

After the girls tell Hanna and Aria about their find, Hanna goes to Mona’s mom and suggests that she ask the police to search her home one more time. She claims Mona had mentioned to her that she had wanted to set up hidden cameras around the house. Mrs. Vanderwaal follows Hanna’s advice and the police do find the hidden camera. On the camera, they see that Mona was dragged down the stairs and around the house by a blonde that looks suspiciously like Alison. The police decide the video is proof enough that Alison was the murderer and call Jason in for more questioning. This time, Jason admits that he lied about Alison being with him and that the person in the video does look like it could be Alison.

In the last few minutes of the episode, we see the police pull up at the DiLaurentis home while Alison is inside. Scared, she tries to run away, but the other four liars stop her in the yard and don’t let her pass. She argues that they are wrong. She did not kill Mona and that by letting the police arrest her, they are giving A exactly what (s)he wants. The girls don’t listen though and Alison is arrested. The final scene with the girls shows fireworks that leave a giant “A” in the sky to scare them. The doubt is obvious in the girls’ eyes; they seem to second guess their decision to believe that Alison is “A.”

Also throughout the episode, Aria worries about her future. None of the schools she’s applied to have accepted her. Suspected that “A” is the reason she’s not getting into the schools, she goes to Caleb for help. She wants him to hack into the school systems to see why exactly she was rejected.

We see Mike react, or not react, to Mona’s alleged death. For the most part, he seems stone-cold, almost as if he doesn’t care, but then he has a talk with Aria and admits that he is hurting. He hates seeing the whole town, including Aria and the girls, pretending that they liked and knew Mona. They didn’t know her at all. Aria asks Mike to tell her about the real Mona one day and Mike stares blankly at her before starting to cry. As Aria walks away, she hears Mike’s sobs for Mona and stops at the exit of the living room to cry with and for him.

Finally, we see the Young family has decided to revoke their decision to let Spencer go free for Bethany Young’s murderer. However, Alison’s alleged murdering of Mona causes the police to believe she also killed Bethany. So Spencer is set free, while Alison is locked up in a prison cell.

**2021 Thoughts** Was Pretty Little Liars as ridiculous as this post makes it seem? Like this particular episode sounds pretty interesting, but my goodness the drama! A fake death? An alleged death? And a proven death? Or wait… now I’m confused… Am I remembering correctly that Bethany Young wasn’t killed? She was actually kept in the dollhouse? Or was that a third suspiciously similar-looking blonde chick? OMGosh. What was wrong with this show? How did we all get sucked in? This is ridiculous! The things I’m remembering while reading these posts are ridiculous and hilarious!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you need anything! Like seriously. I’m here for you!

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Who Isn’t “A?” (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**Originally posted December 28, 2014. Republished February 23, 2021. Yes, a Tuesday, in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**


“Who is “A?” That is what every person in the PLL Army is asking. I suggest we stop asking, “Who is ‘A,’ and start asking, “Who isn’t ‘A?’” Everyone has a theory about who might be “A.” Many think it is Aria or Alison, maybe Ezra, or possibly someone’s secret twin. (Worst reveal ever! I can’t believe I put so much time and energy into PLL only to be let down like that.) I highly doubt it’s any of them though. (Boy was I wrong. Ugh.)

I. Marlene King is a BRILLIANT writer. (Or so I thought before the big reveal that left many questions unanswered.) She is smart, incredibly clever, and extremely sneaky! I doubt that she would ever make any of the five girls be “A.” (Technically true, but not entirely.) Smart writers never have their sleuths double as the villain. The whole reason people read and watch mysteries, like Pretty Little Liars, is to figure out “Who-dun-it.” Stalker/Murder mysteries are supposed to be as realistic as possible. (The first reveal was decently realistic. Having had my own stalker, many of the first two season issues felt relatable. Even the second reveal was somewhat realistic, if not infuriating. The final reveal? Terrible.)

If any of the girls are “A,” then it would mean that they have tortured themselves for the past two years. And it was for no other reason than to make friends, family, and fans alike believe that it couldn’t be them. Realistically, no one would torture themselves the way “A” has tortured them. Spencer has also technically already been a part of the “A TEAM.” She is also suspect number one on the Rosewood Police’s suspect list. We can pretty much rule her out as being “A.” Alison couldn’t possibly be “A” because we’ve all kind of been suspecting it the whole time. That would be a terrible reveal. Even I suspected she was back when I was only watching the previews for four seasons. A great writer wouldn’t allow her viewers to discover the criminal right away. For the other girls, most of the “clues” gathered against them can be picked apart so fast it’ll leave your head spinning.

Other popular theories try to prove that one of the “bed buddies” is “A,” which is absurd! Ezra, Toby, and possibly Caleb each have alibis as to why they couldn’t be “A.” Maya was murdered, and Paige… well, Paige could still possibly be “A,” but I highly doubt it. (I never did like Paige, which is a bummer because I wanted to. Only because she was played by Jennifer Mosley. Aka Lindsay Shaw.) As we all know, Ezra’s alibi is that he was writing a true crime novel about Alison’s disappearance. So, at first, he only talked to Aria because he knew she was one of Ali’s closest friends. Upon finding that he was attracted to Aria, he stopped writing the book. Then, he picked it up again when everything in his life was upside down. Toby’s alibi was that he was on the “A TEAM,” but only because he wanted to protect Spencer. Finally, Caleb’s alibi is that he worked with Jenna, before falling for Hanna. Also, that he faced a lot of crazy crap in Ravenswood that now makes him wary and skeptical of everything else. (I never finished Ravenswood, but that show was crazy!) That said, he and Alison always seem to share strange glances now that she’s back in Rosewood. So, until we find out if he and Alison are connected in any way we can’t completely rule him out as a suspect. (Did we ever learn if they were connected? Or did he just hate her? And vise versa? I really can’t remember.)
We also can’t claim that Melissa could be “A” anymore. She revealed the reason she was being so sketchy was that she buried Bethany Young to protect Spencer, whom she thought had killed Bethany in the first place. (Why don’t any of these twenty-somethings ever call the police? I know she was protecting her sister, but come on!)

So, we can also potentially rule out Peter Hastings, whom we know knew the truth about Melissa. We may also be able to rule out Peter as a suspect because his secret was that he is Jason’s biological father. However, we can’t know for sure if that’s a reliable alibi or not, because Peter is such a shady guy. So, he may have very well attempted to kill Alison for blackmailing him. Then, killed Jessica DeLaurentis for saying that she couldn’t protect him anymore.

It’s liable that we can rule out Noel Kahn and Cece Drake as suspects as well. (Boy was I wrong. I liked Cece! I wish things had worked out with her, or that she had just been CeCe. She had more than enough reason to be A without the convoluted Charles plotline.) It seems, their sketchiness has been based on the fact that they knew Alison was still alive. And that they have been and probably still are helping Alison escape the evil clutches of “A.”

Other than that, we can’t for sure rule out anyone except for those characters that have been killed. There are a few characters that we can possibly rule out, based on certain evidence. But it’s not proven evidence, so I’ll give them their own post instead of including them here.

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The Truth about Ezra Fitz (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**originally published November 19, 2014. Republished February 16, 2021. Yes, a Tuesday, in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**

In season four of Pretty Little Liars, the girls found out about Ezra’s book, and Emily asked what was on everyone’s mind.
“If he’s been watching us, then he has to know about “A.” How could he just sit back all this time and not do anything to help you?”
Aria answered, “It’s simple. He never really loved me.”
After I cried my eyes dry (not really; being dramatic is sort of my thing) because of the empty look on Aria’s face when she said that, I started thinking. Look at Ezra from the subjective view of Aria and the other girls who have been in close contact with Ezra. It makes sense that Ezra was just a sketchy writer. Now, look at it from the somewhat unattached slightly objective view of an outsider. You can see that Ezra really does love Aria and he was protecting her from “A” all along. Throughout each season, Ezra shows his feelings for Aria in different ways.

Season one shows how conflicted Ezra feels about his relationship with Aria. Sure, the beginning makes Ezra look like a perverted jerk. He knew how young Aria was and made out with her in the bathroom of a bar anyway. After watching every other Ezria scene after that, I kind of want to cut him some slack though. In reality, if she was already out of high school, the age gap wouldn’t be considered that big of a deal. (I was twenty-three when I wrote this. I can’t believe I shipped 23-year-old Ezra with 16-year-old Aria so hard. Or at all. Never in a million years would I have been okay with a 23-year-old dating at 16-year-old in real life. Why was I so blinded by this show to think it was okay even in fiction? It wasn’t and it isn’t.) And honestly, there are so many scenes throughout the rest of the series in which Ezra talks about how he only talked to her for research. Then, as he talked to her, he couldn’t help falling for her on the spot. (Yes, he could. And if he couldn’t, then he should’ve moved.) I can’t help but love him. (Ugh. What was wrong with me? Ezra was and is so problematic.)

Aria and Ezra spend the first half of season one on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Almost every other scene with them has one of them trying to convince the other they shouldn’t be together. (Darn right, they shouldn’t be!) That is until episode nine when Ezra shows up after spending three and a half episodes in New York.

Here’s how I picture Ezra in New York. He was sitting in his room at his parents’ place thinking, “I can’t do this. I need to end things with Aria before things get even more complicated. But wait, how will I write my book? Never mind. Who cares about the book? I’m in love with Aria. But what about her parents, other teachers, and the school board? I can’t put her through that. What if I just leave Aria and Rosewood all together? No. I can’t leave Aria.” So, he cancels his book deal and goes back to Rosewood where he sees Aria almost kiss Noel. “Okay, I need to end things with Aria. She needs a normal relationship.” But then she reads his poem and he can no longer deny his feelings for her. So he asks her to meet him and they makeup and make out…again. (I will give Ezra credit for allegedly canceling his book deal. At least he was mature enough to do that. Though, he definitely should’ve been mature enough to end things with Aria. Sure, we could reason the brain doesn’t fully mature until 27, but he should’ve known better. We all should’ve known better.)

Then Aria found out about Ezra’s ex-fiance, Jackie, and “Bam!” Everything exploded and didn’t slow down until the end of season two. First, it was Jackie, then it was Jason, next it was Jackie again, and finally, it was Aria’s parents. Ezria spent the entire second season fighting outside forces and trying to make things work. (Why? Why fight that hard? So inappropriate. Even Aria should’ve known better.) If that’s not enough to make you believe Ezra truly loves Aria, then remember what he said in the finale. “No matter how hard I try. I can’t stay away from you.” (Yes, yes he could have. It might have been hard, but he could’ve stayed away from her.) Let me also point out that this is one of the many scenes in which Aria was with Ezra while something huge was going down with “A.” I used to think it was kind of sketchy that Ezra was often with Aria the moment of or immediately after an “A moment,” but not anymore. Now I find it sweet and charming. He was watching “A” so he always knew when Aria needed him and he was almost always there for her! (I do commend him for being with her in these moments, but he was 23 and she was 16. He should’ve notified proper authorities about A, especially since he was no longer writing his book.)

In the season three premiere, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer were called down to the police station and Ezra showed up to take Aria to dinner. I’m sure Ezra knew how risky it would be for him to show up where the police and one or both of Aria’s parents would be, but he didn’t care. He wanted to see for himself that Aria was okay. (Okay, that is kind of sweet. Still inappropriate, but sweet.)

In the Halloween episode when Ezra had to cancel his plans with Aria but then showed up anyway, that was sketchy. Now I know it was Ezra being Aria’s knight in shining armor. He knew about “A” and he knew that Aria was in trouble, so he showed up to make sure she was safe. (Again, he should’ve called the police.)

Finally, in the season finale, when Aria wanted to break things off with Ezra, he unhappily obliged because all he wants for her is safety and happiness. (That’s sweet too, but he should’ve been the one to break things off a long time ago.)

Season four was awkward for Aria and Ezra. Aria was dating a guy named Jake and Ezra was acting super sketchy. Even that didn’t stop them from caring for each other. They shared a secret cabin and Ezra even set the passcode to “B-26” (the number of their song from the bar). While Ezra was acting sketchy, Aria found out why. Ezra knew and dated Alison, before knowing Aria. In fact, Alison was the reason he knew Aria. He only ever talked to Aria, because he was writing a true crime novel about Alison. Because of this, Aria assumed that Ezra never loved her. We know that can’t be true. Even when Aria tried to hate Ezra, he did everything he could to protect her and win her back. First, he gave her the space she asked for; then, he took a bullet for her and her friends. (He deserved that bullet.)

In season five, he’s kind of like a wounded puppy. He’s afraid to move or make noise because he knows that he doesn’t deserve Aria’s forgiveness, but he wants it anyway. So, he follows her moves. When she’s cautious with him, he’s cautious too. And when she throws caution to the wind, of course, he does too! He wants her to know that his love for her is, was, and always will be real, but he doesn’t want to push her. That’s how you know Ezra loves Aria. He waits for her and he’ll continue to wait if he has to. (If Aria was 26 and Ezra was 32, or even if Aria was 18 and Ezra was 24, this would’ve been a good example of what love looks like. Since Aria’s 16 and Ezra is 22 or something like that. It’s just wrong. That said, once he’s no longer her teacher and Ella is sort of okay with the relationship, I don’t think it’s wrong. Still weird, but not necessarily wrong.)

If he knew about “A” all along and if he does love Aria, why didn’t he do more to protect the girls from “A?” It doesn’t seem like “A” knew he was onto him/her. The answer is simple. He was afraid. He didn’t want to lose Aria and he knew that by going after “A” he would have to tell Aria how he knew about him/her. And he knew that doing so would be risking losing her. (He also knew if he went to the police, he’d have to give himself up for dating a student and stalking teenagers.)

So, even though it kind of makes him seem like a wimp because he lied to Aria, he’s just a lovesick fool. (More like just a fool.) And in the end, he was able to use his lie to protect Aria and her friends from being shot by “A.” (Yeah, that did end up being a good thing. But he was still basically stalking them.)

Who can blame him for keeping the book a secret anyway? (I can. I blame him. 23 year old me was a bit of an idiot if she didn’t blame him. He lied. And lying is wrong. He also stalked them and fully knew who Aria was when he made out with her. Creep.) Not only did it reveal that his original meeting with Aria was a lie, but it also showed that he dated one of her best friends. (Also inappropriate. Though, to be fair, Allison did trick him into thinking she was 18. Was it at all possible he thought Aria was 18 too and his shock of seeing her in class was genuine? I don’t remember if that’s addressed, but I guess it’s slightly less creepy if he did think she was 18.) Would you want the love of your life to know that about you? I doubt it! So leave poor Ezra alone! (Again. What was wrong with me? Ezra was a creep. This was written at the beginning of season 5. While I think Ezra did redeem himself some in the end, he had come nowhere close to redeeming himself when I wrote this.)

Forever Team Ezria (Wrong. Not team Ezria anymore.)

P.S. Let’s talk about Ella Montgomery for a minute. In one of the season 5 episodes, Aria is talking to Emily on the phone and Ella overhears her. “I’m the one confusing things, Em. I can’t trust Ezra, I don’t. People don’t change just because you want them to.” We all know only one person is less of a fan of Ezra than Ella and that’s Byron. So, I think it’s safe to say that if Ella is willing to talk to Aria about Ezra and even go as far as to say, “Aria, listen to me. I don’t know what exactly happened with Ezra, but Zach is not going to be the one to write the book on relationships in this family. Not if I have anything to say about it,” then I think it’s safe to assume Aria and Ezra should indeed be together. (Should they though? I mean… she’s still in high school at this point…) Sure, Ella doesn’t know what Ezra did, but who cares? Clearly, Ella knows how much Aria and Ezra love each other. And with that look in her eyes when she’s talking to Aria, it’s clear that she thinks they belong together. She may not want them to be together, but she clearly thinks they belong together.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you need anything! Like seriously. I’m here for you!

Find me on Twitter and Instagram – @ogbrittanyalex

Find my podcasts “The Mask; Her Aid” and “Obsessive Girl Podcast.”

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The Truth about Mona Vanderwaal (2021 Thoughts Added)

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Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

Originally, this post was published on November 19, 2014. It’s being republished on February 9, 2021. Yes, a Tuesday, in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.

Picture an uber nerdy, pretty much friendless girl who is one of the main targets for the school mean girl. What if that mean girl disappeared? Would you blame the nerdy girl if she took her chance to become the new “it girl?” Would you blame her if she took the “weakest link” in the original “it girl’s” clique and became her best friend? I can’t imagine anyone would say anything to her for either of those things. But what if, after all her hard work, the nerdy girl felt like she was losing her new best friend to the original group? And what if she felt like the only way to get her back was by torturing the girls in an attempt to break them up again? Now, that is something to talk about! So, let’s talk about Mona Vanderwaal, but first let’s talk about Alison DeLaurentis, the “it girl” who picked on Mona.

Hanna Marin described Alison DeLaurentis as the girl who can be both your best friend and your worst enemy. She knows exactly how to make you feel like a precious diamond, even when she’s treating you like a piece of trash. No one knew why she wanted to be Alison’s friend, but every girl did, especially Mona Vanderwaal. Before Mona could join Alison’s team of “it girls” though, Alison was murdered. At least, that’s what the police led everyone to believe. The truth is, Alison DeLaurentis faked her death and Mona Vanderwaal helped her do it. Why? Because if you can’t join them, beat them.

When Alison left Rosewood, PA the polar opposite girls from her clique fell out of touch and Mona made her move. She befriended “Hefty Hanna” Marin, the “weakest link” from Alison’s clique. Together, they turned themselves into the school’s new “it girls.” More than that, they became best friends. After a year apart, Hanna and her old friends started to reconnect and Mona feeling left out again. Afraid of being friendless and unpopular again, Mona decided to do whatever she had to do to keep Hanna as a friend. Every Pretty Little Liars fan knows what Mona did to the girls. But in case you’ve forgotten or you’d rather read about it than watch it, let me tell you what happened. Let me also share what I noticed when re-watching the first two seasons of PLL in 2014.

Season One In season one, there were five major clues I noticed that helped me realize how obvious it was that Mona was A. I’ll call these clues “Shoplifting,” “Camp Mona,” “Welcome Home Hanna,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Heartbroken.”

The pilot episode introduces Hanna and Mona as shopping buddies who walk straight past a security camera while wearing stolen merchandise. Somehow, Hanna is the only one caught and charged for the crime. That never made sense to me. Why on earth would Hanna be the only one caught? Surely, “A” was not above going after a close friend. Why should (s)he be? After watching it with a new perspective, I understood. Mona was A! “A” wouldn’t let herself get caught for something so trivial.

One of the most obvious “Mona is A” clues was “Camp Mona.” First, we see Mona invite “Hanna and her clanna” to go “glamping” with her. When she walks away and the girls start looking for reasons why they can’t go with Hanna. Then, “A” sends them a text saying (s)he would be there. The next day, Mona claims she received a text from someone called “A” and uninvites Hanna from her party. At “Camp Mona,” we hardly ever see Mona. Why not? It’s her party. Naturally, it’s because “A” is busy sending the girls on a wild goose chase.

Less obviously, Mona also gave us a clue at Hanna’s house right before the surprise “welcome home” party. She said, “Whoa, what was that? I just saw a shadow at your door.” As I’m sure Mona intended, Hanna started freaking out. There were many other ways that Mona could have set Hanna up for the surprise, but she chose the creepiest way. Why? Because Mona is “A!”

Also less obviously, we were given a clue that maybe “Mona is A” when Hanna was told to break Lucas’ heart at the dance. Who, other than maybe Alison, would care enough to make Hanna break Lucas’s heart? Mona, that’s who!

Finally, when Caleb left a letter for Hanna with Mona, she ripped it up and threw it away. When questioned, she claimed that it was to protect Hanna. That was a lie. We know that in those episodes, “A’s” main goal was to break Hanna’s heart. As Hanna’s best friend, Mona, aka “A,” knew that the best way to break Hanna’s heart. She had to make her believe Caleb left without saying goodbye. It worked.

Season Two “Mona is A” clues from season two that led up to the big reveal. “The Cafeteria Scene,” “Truth-Up Day,” “The Cellphone,” and “Never Around.”

After Dr. Sullivan suggests that the girls spend time apart, we see the girls at four different tables for lunch. We also see a shot of Mona with the hint of an evil smirk on her face before the camera moves away from her. Next thing we know, the girls receive a text from “A.” “Look at you. All alone in a crowd. I win! Xoxo – A.” How the heck did we miss that obvious hint?

Mona spends most of season two trying to be friends with Aria Montgomery, Emily Fields, and Spencer Hastings, aka Hanna’s other friends. In the “Truth-Up Day” episode, Mona goes as far as to hack into the school computer, collect classified information, and get out without being caught, all to help Emily get back on to the swim team. This should have been a dead giveaway for us all. Mona is supposed to be clueless and Caleb is supposed to be the only tech-savvy person in school. Clearly, that was not true.
At one point, Ashley Marin and Ella Montgomery, Hanna and Aria’s moms, get closer and closer to finding out about “A.” So, Hanna destroys her phone so that no one can see her texts from “A.” And from whom did she get a new phone? Mona Vanderwaal. That’s who. A herself.

Finally, did you ever notice who was never around when the girls got “A” messages? That’s right. Mona! Haven’t noticed? Go back and watch. It’s so obvious it’s painful.

Mona was “A” and it all makes sense now! Mona had moments when it was so easy to believe she was too clueless to be “A.” There were even moments when she was downright likable. And that is what made her the perfect suspect! In the end, (yes, even in 2021) she will always be one of my favorite characters. Sure, she was manipulative, sinister, and a bit psychotic, but she was not heartless. In fact, I believe she had one of the biggest hearts in Rosewood. She was just a broken-hearted girl who never fully recovered from being bullied as a kid. All she wanted was to be loved and accepted by “it girl” Alison DeLaurentis, “cute boy” Noel Kahn, the other girls, and most importantly her best friend—Hanna Marin.

**2021 Thoughts** It’s been over five years since I wrote the bulk of this post. Honestly, it’s not some of my best writing, but it wasn’t really about the writing. It was about Mona Vanderwaal and how obvious it was she was “A.” It was also an appreciation post of sorts. I loved and still love Mona. Maybe I’m biased since I’ve loved Janel Parrish since she starred in Bratz (2007). That’s possible. Or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for outcasts and psychology. Mona was the ultimate outsider in Pretty Little Liars. And the psychology of her character is fascinating. But whatever the reason, I do love Mona. Even though Pretty Little Liars was ultimately not worth the time and energy I put into it, I do still love Mona. And, I still stand by my belief that Mona being AD in the series finale would’ve been the ultimate twist. She was already A and she did so much to make people believe she had turned over a new leaf. I think it would’ve been brilliant if she had been A. It certainly would’ve been better than the real reveal. Yuck.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you need anything! Like seriously. I’m here for you!

Find me on Twitter and Instagram – @ogbrittanyalex

Find my podcasts “The Mask; Her Aid” and “Obsessive Girl Podcast.”

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PLL – Final Theory

Here’s my list of who will be declared as Uber A in tonight’s final episode of Pretty Little Liars. This is in no particular order.

1. Wilden – Because, who in Rosewood has ever hated the Liars as much as he did?

2. Toby (or a Toby Twin) – Of all the significant others, he’s the only one who hasn’t been around much this season and who has not had his story wrapped up yet.

3. Twincer – Because the last time I refused to include the theory I didn’t want to be true, it was true.

4. Mona – Just because I still think it’d be brilliant, especially now that she’s broken down.

5. Jason – His story still hasn’t been really wrapped up either.

6. Wren – Why was he so prominent all the time only to be swept under the rug never to return?

7. Melissa – Only because, her motive could be that since she knew about Spencer being a product of Peter’s infidelity, she wanted to get revenge on her.

Only 2 PLL Episodes Left!

We only have two episodes left until PLL is over forever! When Mona was revealed as A, I thought it was brilliant. Pretty much everything after that has been exactly the opposite of what I want to happen, especially the whole CeCe/Charles/Charolette plot. Keeping that in mind, I’m going to predict the possible end of Pretty Little Liars based on what seems plausible even though I really don’t want it to happen! These next theories are based on posts found and thoughts shared by my roommate and our friend.

Wilden is still alive. Wilden played a very important role in Charolette’s confession to the Lairs. Wilden’s face was also used as a mask. Is that relavent to the truth? Or was it just a scare tactic to throw off the Liars? It seems that no one in the history of Rosewood has hated the Lairs as much as Wilden did/does. Therefore, it could make a lot of sense if he were Uber A.

Spencer has a twin. How often do things happen with Spencer that don’t entirely make sense? Or that are just kind of weird? Hanna thought she dreamt of Spencer helping her. Why did Spencer care so much if Ezra said anything about her being seen with Wren? Why would anyone care if she was seen with him? It doesn’t seem to add up. Spencer’s scene with Toby, though it breaks my heart to say it, seemed a little too much like it could have been a copycat of Jessica, Peter, and Mary. Also, Marlene said she didn’t plan on the show ending like the series. All that means is that Ali doesn’t have a twin. That doesn’t mean another Liar can’t have one.
Mona is going to die. We all know this show is big on death, but not redemptive death, because everyone on this show has pretty much deserved to die or just got way too close to the truth. Mona on the other hand has done everything she can to redeem herself and also seems to be getting incredibly close to the truth! As far as redemptive deaths go, you really can’t get someone better or more fitting than Mona!
Here are my personal thoughts on Mona though: I want to say Mona is just trying to redeem herself by figuring out the game, because the girls don’t trust her, so she had to go behind their back. At the same time though, I still think it would be brilliant if it’s her as Uber A! She’s in our face! She was in our face the first time and and CeCe was in our face too! That or maybe, if there is a second set of twins, it could be Mona? Hanna did say she seems different… though that could just be the crazy shining through….?

Miss Aria You’re a Killer; Not Ezra’s Wife

What do we know about Aria?
2×22 – She’s good at keeping secrets.


3×07 – We’re pretty sure this was not only an acronym.


5×07 – Eddie Lamb recognized her and she freaked out.

7×15 – A has something BIG on Aria!



Based on the above information, let’s assume the following: Ezra Fitz got his under aged girlfriend, Aria Montgomery, pregnant, but she didn’t tell him, because she got an abortion. She got an abortion, because Ezra was under enough heat just for dating her, let alone getting her pregnant. To get the abortion, Aria went to Radley, because it’s basically a don’t ask, don’t tell kind of place where she knew secrets could be kept. Of course, she wouldn’t know for a while how many and dark of secrets Radley could keep, but she knew Radley could keep secrets. After her abortion, Mona found out; or CeCe found out and told Mona, because well they were both A at one point. Mona used this information as a scare tactic for Aria. A few months later, Eddie Lamb noticed Aria at Radley and she pretty much immediately freaked out. Let’s assume Eddie Lamb, who was a nurse at Radley, was there when Aria got her abortion. As Aria and Ezra started to work closer with Eddie, he disappeared. Let’s assume that’s for two reasons. 1) CeCe didn’t want him telling her secrets. 2) Uber A was saving Aria’s dirty little secret for a special occasion. Now, of course, we know that that special occasion was to get Aria to work with him/her. Maybe Uber A would have drawn Aria in sooner, but didn’t have the necessary evidence to reel her in? Idk, but he/she did wait. Of course, because Aria is the liar with the biggest heart–Emily is the most loyal, but Aria feels most deeply–A knew that with the right evidence, he/she could get Aria to do almost anything.

Or, we can get even darker…. what if Aria and Ezra really did kill someone? What if Eddie knew and she killed him too? Probably not, but you know… it is Rosewood!

CeCe Drake…Charolette DiLaurentis… Whatever her name is!

I haven’t watched the episode from 5/30 yet, so Idk what happens in it, but I just have to say that I still think that even though she was Big A, that CeCe was just trying to protect Ali and probably her friends too! She lived in Radley for years, so of course she was psychotic and misguided, but I still think her ultimate goal was to protect the girls from Uber A…

These Boots Were Made for Stalking – Recap and Review

Okay, I finally watched Pretty Little Liars. I must admit, it’s getting better. I mean, it’s not as great as I once thought it was, but it is getting better. So, let me recap and review!

The episode starts with Emily and Hanna discussing how tired they are of playing A’s games, while Aria and Alison are still in it to win, and Spencer just feels super guilty for playing the board game in the first place. After explaining that this is all so ridiculous because they’re not in high school anymore, Emily storms out of the barn. Hanna complains that they’re all supposed to be in this together and Spencer assures her that they are.

Throughout the episode, Emily and Paige are hit with one dramatic play after another as if they were still high school students instead of teachers. While Emily and Paige are discussing Paige’s Alison drama, a young trouble student named, Addison, overhears them. After Paige leaves, Emily finds Addison and confronts her about skipping swim practice the day before. Addison just mouths off at Emily. Later, Emily confronts Addison again in Ali’s classroom and threatens that she will be out of the competition on Friday. Addison mouths off again and leaves Emily and Alison alone. They discuss the A drama, baby drama, and how much worse Addison is than Ali was in high school, not knowing that Addison is listening to them from the hallway and taking pictures of Emily giving Ali a comforting hug. She uses this picture to try to get Paige to believe Emily has been being really inappropriate with her and the other students. Of course, Paige smells the BS from a mile away and takes the info to Emily, telling her that she’ll take care of it. She does this by forwarding “an email from Addison to a friend” to the principal and her parents. Addison 0 Emily and Paige 1.

While leaving Ezra’s apartment above the Brew, Aria is stopped by a journalist asking about Ezra and his reunion with his long lost fiance, Nicole. Furious, Aria sets the record straight and informs the journalist that she is Ezra’s fiance before storming off. “I didn’t realize there were two of you,” the dude shouts after her. Aria meets with Holden to discuss wedding menu plans for her wedding, but instead helps him with a meal that was doubled at the last minute for another wedding. While she helps him, she vents about Nicole and later receives a notification on her phone with pictures and a news article for Ezra and Nicole’s reunion. She plans to confront Nicole, but Holden stops her just in time and they go to eat together.

In the family home, Spencer confronts Veronica again about Mary Drake and Peter Hastings. She mentions how ironic it was that she was placed in Radley so many years after she was born there and asks if Melissa knew. Veronica seems to inform her that Melissa didn’t know enough to know. Later, Spencer tells Veronica that she’s not going to be working with her anymore and she tells Spencer that they’ll be selling the house as soon as possible, because it will be healthy for all of them to sever ties with Rosewood. The following, rather heartbreaking conversation took place next.

With a sad fury in her voice, Spencer said, “Fine. Sell it. It’s just a house.”

“No, it’s not,” Veronica replied. “It’s a home. It’s your home. It’s the only home you’ve ever known.”

To which Spencer says, “It feels different now.”

“Not to me it doesn’t,” Veronica disagreed with a voice full of feeling. “Spencer, it’s not about walls, and a roof, and a staircase. It’s about a family that lived here. A family that I tried to keep together despite all of the lies and losses and the crap that life’s thrown at us. My children made even the worst moments bearable. We got through them together. Not because we have the same blood flowing through our veins, but because we’re a family. All I wanted to do was to make you feel safe and nurtured and… and loved. That’s what made it a home for me.”

Spencer cried, while turned away from Veronica, but quickly wiped her tears and said, “We should go. We’re gonna be late.”

When Mona showed up at Hanna’s place giddy with excitement because Katie really loves all of her work, but really, really loves one dress in particular, Hanna reacts defensively and says that Katie can’t wear that dress. In typical Mona fashion, she won’t take no for an answer and tries to encourage Hanna to reconsider. Later, when Caleb reluctantly admits that he agrees with Mona, Hanna informs him that it’s not only her design, because she took tips and pointers from her former dragon lady of an employer. Caleb tries to remind Hanna how terrible she was and that she had taken enough from Hanna, including their relationship. While discussing the matter with Mona at The Radley, they find Jenna wearing the exact design that they’re discussing. When Mona confronts her about it, Jenna refuses to answer where she got the design.

Spencer calls Marco to come over and he shows up, in his running outfit no less, as soon as he finds her message. After some cooing from Marco, Spencer gets to the point of her call and shows him the letter from Mary, asking him to make finding her his top priority. Of course, he does and she goes down to the station with him. While there, Jenna shows up with a sob story about how Noel told her that CeCe had left a large sum of money for her to get another surgery on her eyes. She claims that Sara was Noel’s first victim and that she was next, so she played along with his game to find the money CeCe left her, so that he wouldn’t kill her. He wanted the money for himself, because his parents cut him off, so he was poor.

Hanna and Emily both receive messages from Spencer about Jenna showing up at the station, while Aria gets some quality Team Sparia time as Spencer recaps in person while Holden is off getting tomatoes for his dish. The two girls discuss the possibility of Spencer getting to know Mary about maybe forgiving her. Unable to get a hold of Spencer, Hanna calls Emily and they discuss the message from Spencer.

While on the phone with Hanna at the Brew, Jenna walks behind Emily with a couple of body guards, so Emily hangs up the phone, telling Hanna she has to go. As Jenna is leaving, Emily catches Jenna sending a message that she hears Addison receive nearby. Tripping over that sketchiness of Addison receiving a message from Jenna, Emily goes to Alison to beg for her spare key to Spencer’s barn so she can try to get answers from A. A makes Emily blackmail Addison with security footage of Addison in a car with her boyfriend behind the Brew when she should have been at practice. After she confronts Addison, Emily receives a text message from A saying to “confront your darkness” and another puzzle piece in her teacher’s mailbox.

Caleb goes with Hanna to spy on Jenna who ends up going to the same place where Hanna is having shoes fixed for Katie to wear with her dress. Hanna wants to confront Jenna, but Caleb does it instead and she basically tells him that her sob story about Noel was a lie. While Caleb is confronting Jenna, Hanna sneaks behind them to go inside the shoe store and of course, she ends up locked in a cage thing that nearly takes her out all thanks to A. Caleb finds her having a panic attack in the cage. Why is that she’s always the one to get trapped, tortured, and threatened nowadays?

When Emily tells the other Liars about her turn with the game and place her puzzle piece where it belongs, Spencer discovers that it’s a map and they realize A is trying to lead them right to him/her. “Game Over.”

Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen–PLL Characters

 

Once upon a time, Aria Montgomery was my favorite of the Liars. Now, I know that’s probably because I just really liked Lucy Hale and because I am pretty much always immediately drawn to the characters with tragic back stories and or love stories. Now though, Aria is my least favorite of the Liars. In fact, she and Ezra are now my least favorite characters, period. I may even like Jackie and Meredith more than Aria and Ezra, which is saying something because Jackie and Meredith were awful. Through seasons one, two, and parts of three, Ezria was my favorite and they were my favorite characters. Through seasons three and four, they started to lose their appeal, but I longed for they days of season one and two. Plus, if there’s anything I had learned from my original binge-watching obsession, Heartland, it’s that some relationships are worth shipping even if they break up, fight, and or face ridiculous obstacles in nearly every other episode. Obviously, I was hoping Ezria would be one of those couples. Unfortunately, seasons four and five showed me they weren’t one of those couples. Still though, I kept on holding onto hope that maybe true love would prevail for Aria and Ezra. When seasons six and seven came around, they put nails in the coffin of my love for Ezria. I tried to keep hoping, but all hope has been lost. I don’t really care if they end up together or not. In fact, I really don’t care what happens to either of them. They both annoy me now.

Emily and Alison are close seconds on my list of least favorite Liars. They’re just kind of boring. Throughout the whole series, I have felt little to know emotion for Emily. Actually, the only times I’ve ever felt anything for Emily were in the moments with her dad. I didn’t even care when Maya died. I am just completely unaffected by anything in PLL related to Emily Fields. As for Alison, I liked her more when she was dead and missing. I’ve tried to empathize and sympathize with Alison and I do feel for her, but I just don’t like her as a character. She has as a character has added nothing to the show. She couldn’t have stayed dead or missing and it would have been fine with me. Let Charles DiLaurentis be Spencer’s secret brother/sister earlier than the season 7B premiere and let someone else fall in love with a doctor who isn’t really a doctor. That’d’ve been fine with me. at least I would have had stronger feelings about it as time passed. Sure, in the moment, I totally felt for Alison in every one of her tragic reveals, but now that time has passed, I just don’t care.

After Emily, Alison, and Aria, I find it hard to choose my favorite Liars. Even though Mona isn’t included on the official list of Liars, anyone who has read previous PLL posts knows that she’s on my list of Liars right beside Spencer and Hanna. I suppose, these three are my favorites because they are the most relatable, even if I did used to say Aria was the most relatable. They’ve all three felt what it’s like to be rejected. They know how it feels to feel unloved and unaccepted. They know what it’s like to find that one person who looks past all the negative and loves you for the positive anyway.

Even though Mona hit Hanna with a car and tortured her and her friends for years, Hanna has still always loved and mostly accepted her. Does she trust Mona? “Sometimes.” She always loves her though. Even when Mona was in Radley right after confessing to being A, Hanna went and visited her, despite Caleb and the other’s wishes that she not. That’s true friendship. That’s what I want in a best friend—someone who loves me no matter how crazy I am. Thankfully, that’s exactly the kind of best friend I do have. I know good and well that my obsessive tendencies sometimes border, if not cross the line of crazy. And yet, my best friend loves me anyway. She lets me send her excess amounts of posts about my obsessions, she has long, detailed conversations with about my obsessions, and she even joins in on many of my obsessions, sometimes before I’m supposed, sometimes without knowing I’m obsessed, and sometimes after I’m obsessed. That’s true friendship—loving your best friend even if they’re insane. Hanna loves Mona even though she was clinically insane. And Mona? Well, Mona—I think—has and is doing everything she possibly can to prove to Hanna that she loves her too. She’s trying very hard to atone for the sins she committed as A and just as a mean girl in general. Anyway, I love a character who is the redemption character—someone who spends the majority of their time in the story becoming better than they were before and if she does end up being on the A Team or evening being Uber A herself, then that’s even better, because as a story arch, I just thing that would be absolutely brilliant.

As for Hanna, she’s the realest character of all. She doesn’t have any deep dark secrets. Her skeletons are those of a broken family and a broken self-image. She acted out because her parents had marital issues and thus she had daddy issues. She developed an eating disorder because the popular girl told her too. She became the popular and kind of mean girl, because she was bullied and all the other things she has done have either been on accident or with an accomplice. To quote the song “Nervous Girls” by Lucy Hale, “Hanna in her skinny jeans is too damn scared to eat.” That was Hanna Marin for several seasons and long before we even met her. All she cared about was looking good, being popular, and getting the guy, because those were the things she thought she needed to be loved and accepted. Then, Caleb came to town and slowly showed her that none of that stuff was when made her beautiful, loved, or accepted. Of course, she didn’t actually believe that until he left for Ravenswood and came back, but she is finally too that point where she knows Hanna Marin is all she needs to be. Of course, she still struggles, but that’s why she’s such a great character, so yeah, actually, Hanna may be my favorite character of them all. One thing is for sure though, Haleb is definitely my favorite couple!

Finally, there’s Spencer Hastings. She has been rejected time and time again by her various family members. She just learned she was adopted by her mother (which by the way makes all of the other Spencer and Veronica scenes make so much more sense) because her biological mother was in a mental institute. Throughout the series, she has discovered that her father cheated on her adoptive mother not once, but twice and got both women pregnant. Her half-sister Melissa and half-brother/cousin Jason are two of the sketchiest people ever to live in Rosewood. Her ex-boyfriend once made her believe he was working with A and made her believe he was killed in a motorcycle accident. She’s been being stalked for a decade. One of her best friends made her believe she died, then that she was kidnapped, only to confess that she really just ran away. She was placed in the same mental hospital that she would later find out is the same place where she was born because it’s the same place her biological mother and half-sister, or brother, I’m still not too clear on that, was locked up for who knows how long. Spencer Hastings has been a mess throughout the whole series and it’s only becoming more and more clear with every episode as to why it’s totally okay that she’s a hot mess 98% of the time. In fact, it’s basically a miracle she’s not truly insane by now. Actually, at this point, Spencer could end up being A and I wouldn’t blame her in the slightest, because half of Rosewood is related to her and has done tragic things to her anyway, so why not? Then of course, there’s Spoby, who just needs to get back together already, because they’re breaking my heart and I don’t even care half as much about the show anymore as much as I once did.

Anyway, this post was written mostly just because I was reading some of my old posts and couldn’t help but laugh at myself for how much I loved Ezria only to get to a point where they are my least favorite characters! Then, I decided I might as well write about how I feel about the other Liars too while I’m at it.

PLL 7×11 Recap/Tiny Theory Session

Okay, so I watched Pretty Little Liars today! As I stated, I’m going to try to write at least one blog post a week for the rest of the series, since this is what really got me into blogging and since it’s going to be really the last chance I get to theorize while PLL is still airing new episodes. Who knows, maybe I’ll come back and write more once we know who Uber A is so I can try to fit all the pieces together. That’s what my best friend and I joked I would do before the show started its downhill spiral. Anyway, I must admit, I did like today’s episode! It wasn’t one of my favorites of the series, but it wasn’t a bad episode necessarily either. I took notes while watching it, and basically, I’m just gonna share my thoughts of the episode today with a little bit of theorizing as I go.

Ezra’s back. We knew he would be from commercials and teasers, but I do have a few thoughts about him. Does anyone else think he might just be back because Nicole didn’t want him? Or simply because he doesn’t know what he wants? I got that vibe in his first scene with Aria and I got that vibe again when he told her had to go to New York because Nicole’s parents asked him to go. I also get a super weird vibe from him and the fact that he’s always conveniently not around when Uber A stuff goes down. I mean, we know he’s got the tech savvy to potentially build a high-tech board game. Could he be Uber A? Or A.D.? Whatever we’re calling our torturous stalker these days? I would say I think not, since there’s supposed to be a wedding this season and that a little birdy (IMDB) told me his mom is supposed to be another episode, but I just don’t know. I don’t know who to trust anymore! At this point, of the regular characters, Ezra is definitely up there on the “Do not trust” list! Maybe it’s just his acting, I don’t know. I’m just saying, he always seems super sketch.

HALEB! Let me repeat, HALEB! ❤ I know we didn’t get a lot from them, but I don’t really care! I’m rooting for them! Not only because at this point they’re the only couple not having issues, but also just because I love them! That being said, I still haven’t completely ruled out Caleb in the “potential A” department, but that’s mostly just because A is a techy and so is Caleb. Other than that, I don’t really get any sketchy vibes from him, but I could be wrong. After my strong desire to rule out CeCe as A was crushed—even though I did mention she could be a hardcore suspect in past posts—I refuse to even think about not wanting someone to be A.

I do NOT like Paige! She gives me the wiggins (Yeah, clearly, I’ve been watching way too much BtVS, which as you can tell from other posts is my newest obsession)! I don’t know what it is about her, but she does! Again, maybe it’s just her acting—the acting from PLL isn’t as good as I thought it was eight months ago; maybe it’s just that they play better teenagers or something? I don’t know, but Paige just creeps me out! And what’s the deal with her and Alison? Like, I get that Ali was super horrible before disappearing, but once she came back she was fairly decent—at least, as decent as anyone in Rosewood is. Besides, Alison has been through A LOT! Give her a break if she is plays the victim a lot, it’s not like she’s faking—I mean, unless of course she is, but that’s a different story. Alison was forced into hiding by someone trying to kill her and her friends. She found out she had a sister who was originally her brother who was the one tormenting her and her friends and said sister ended up murdered after mending a relationship between herself and Alison. Then, Alison fell in love with and married a man who claimed to be a doctor but whom is really just someone entirely different! Speaking of, is Alison really pregnant? Is her baby really the “baby of a perfect stranger?” Or is the baby Emily’s? And Emily’s right. Why does she and the other Liars have to keep proving their love and loyalty for Alison? They’re only in this stalking/murder mystery mess because of her in the first place.

To be honest, I’m kind of digging this new board game A has for the Liars. I mean, it’s totally creepy, but it’s kind of cool too. Speaking of the board game, now we know Spencer is really Mary Drake’s daughter. That means Peter Hastings has three kids—Melissa, Jason, and Spencer, who are all half siblings, because Melissa is Veronica Hastings’ daughter, Jason is Jessica Hastings’ son and Alison’s half-brother, and Spencer is Mary Drake’s daughter and CeCe Drake’s half-sister. So in total that’s five siblings with Spencer coming in with the biggest family since she has three half-siblings, a biological mom and dad and an adoptive mom. Which, btw, answers question number thirteen of my twenty-one listed questions in first blog post of the season, so YAY! Maybe that’s what Maya knew? Maybe, after living in the DiLaurentis house, she learned that Spencer is half-Drake. Idk, but at least that’s one question answered. Oh, and btw, that letter from Mary to Spencer! ❤ 💔 I totally feel for Spencer and her anger toward Veronica for staying in a relationship with Peter after he cheated on her not once, but twice with two different women! And produced a child each time! Kudos to Veronica though for taking Spencer in! Knowing Radley, they probably would have done much worse than just give her up for adoption! Maybe that’s why she felt familiar in Radley? Maybe she visited Mary a bit before growing old enough to remember? I doubt it, since Veronica and Mary seem to hate each other so much, but maybe. Or, maybe it’s just another one of Peter’s lies? Maybe he secretly took Spencer to visit her birth mother?

Okay, and let’s talk about Mona and Hanna! I just LOVE them! And they’re chat totally summed up basically every relationship in Rosewood. Mona: “Do you trust me?” Hanna: “Sometimes.” Mona: “Make this one of those times.” That’s the show right there! They summed it up perfectly! haha. Anyway, I just love them. They are the ultimate screw up best friends! haha.

Spoby! ❤ 💔 We didn’t much from them either, but what we did get was just… ugh! Why didn’t she talk to him about Mary? I know they’re not together anymore and that she’s trying to be the noble ex-girlfriend, but dang it! He was always the one person there for her! I need him to be here for her now and vice versa! Maybe Spoby doesn’t end up together, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be best friends! I see nothing wrong with that as long as they’re not like locked up in a room or the woods somewhere by themselves, because stuff, both A stay and love stuff, happens when couples are alone together! Also, they totally summed up the whole show with that conversation! Spencer: “The world doesn’t work like that.” Toby: “Maybe not the rest of the world, but this is Rosewood.”

Finally, what is up with Jenna in that dark room with A? Is she really on the A team? Or has she been captured by the A team? Or do they have something on her? She smiled pretty hugely after she said, “You said you’d tell me today about the game” and then read that it said, “End game.” Maybe it was a sadistic smile, or maybe it was just a smile of relief. Maybe she’s tired of being one of A’s chess pieces. Only time will tell.

The Beginning of the End: PLL

I guess, since I’ve spent so much time blogging about Pretty Little Liars, I should post something about the beginning of the end. The first of the last ten episodes will be airing later this evening. I wish I could say I’m excited, but I’m really not. Do I want to know what happened to Spencer and Toby? Of course I do! By the end of the last episode, I was still shipping Spoby and Haleb, but now I couldn’t care less if Ezria ends up together or not. Ezria was my ship in seasons 1-3 and I still held out hope for them through seasons 4-6, but in 7 I realized they’re a lost cause. Not because they won’t end up together, but because they don’t have the same chemistry they had in the first few seasons. Honestly, I think I’d rather see one or both of them be Uber A than see them end up together at this point. That or Aria can just end up with Jason (assuming he’s sane and not A or a minion, of course) because as twisted as it may be, I always liked them together too. I mean, part of me will still be happy if in the end all three main ships sail off into the sunset (I don’t particularly like Emily or Alison with anyone. I kind of them like them both single), but I won’t be super duper excited like I once would have been.

As for Uber A, at this point I don’t really care who it is. They screwed up everything so much with the CeCe Drake is really Charles DiLaurentis thing that I don’t see how they’re going to be able to save themselves. For a stalker show, PLL had been fairly realistic in most aspects up until the Charles Reveal (except for the whole Ezra writing a book thing, but that’s whatever).  As much as I really didn’t want CeCe to be A, it would have been an EXCELLENT reveal if she had been–not as Charles, but as CeCe, the big bad older college girl that kind of dated Jason and got kicked out of school by Alison. That would have been GREAT! Combine the facts that the CeCe is Charles reveal was a huge let down for a lot of fans, that they jumped five years into the future, and dragged the wait time between 7A and 7B out eight months and you’ve got a huge mess of a series finale that even the most obsessive of girls is really only going to watch so that she can see the end results of a show that up to this point seems to have just wasted a bunch of time and energy.

Don’t get me wrong y’all. I may still theorize and get excited over certain events, especially if they make up for the past season and a half, but no matter how obsessed I may seem, I’ll likely still just be watching to get it over with. That being said, there are still some things that I fully expect to see and get answers for.

  1. Who or what the hell is in the barrel!?
  2. What’s the real story for Toby’s mom?
  3. Why is Wren so relevant sometimes and so irrelevant other times?
  4. ^^ Ditto for the entire Hastings and DiLaurentis family.
  5. Is Mona on the A Team still or is she really one of the Liars?
  6. What happened to Eddie Lamb!?
  7. Why has Bethany been so freaking important throughout this series!?
  8. Will Spencer, Toby, and Yvonne come out of their gun shot and car accident without too much damage?
  9. Will we ever find out exactly what happened that night when Alison disappeared?
  10. Will we ever find out exactly who Wilden is/was?
  11. Who is Lesli Stone?
  12. Why have the parents always been so close to the mysteries and yet so far away at the same time?
  13. What was in A’s secret files for Mr. and Mrs. Hastings?
  14. Why have Noel, Jenna, Andrew, and Lucas been so close to the mystery of A all the time?
  15. What’s the deal with the NAT club?
  16. “Miss Aria You’re A Killer, Not Ezra’s Wife” needs to be answered! What did Maya know!? And what really happened to her?
  17. What really happened to Holbrook?
  18. What happened to that Sydney chick who was close to Jenna?
  19. Is Spencer really Mary’s daughter?
  20. Who has a twin?
  21. What was Ali really up to all those years between her “death and resurrection?”

And that’s really all I can think of right now, but I’m sure there’s other stuff too.

 

At this point, here’s what would have to happen for PLL to redeem itself for me:

  1. Mona was Uber A all along! She only revealed herself in season 2 so that she wouldn’t be expected later on.
  2. One of the boyfriends or Melissa is Uber A. Maybe even one of the dads? Byron, Peter, or Kenneth could make sense if the story is spun just right.
  3. Neither Jason, nor Wren are Uber A, because at this point whether I always assumed they were or not, I’d hate to see either Jason or Wren be Uber A. If either of them is, then there needs to be this really intricate story that makes everything make sense. Even then though so many people have suspected them at this point that it’d be kind of lame.
  4. There was never anyone named Charles DiLaurentis and if there was, then it wasn’t CeCe. She just pretended because of x, y, and z reasons.
  5. The expected second twin is Spencer’s and not Alison’s. Or really anyone’s as long as it’s not Alison’s, because the show is supposed to be different than the book, meaning Alison can’t have a secret twin.

Fangirl Feels: Pretty Little Liars

If you haven’t been catching a case of the feels the past few weeks, then you must not have social media, or you at least must not follow any of the cast from Pretty Little Liars. If this is the case, then let me let you in on what’s been happening. It’s been a very bittersweet time for the cast, crew, and fans of Pretty Little Liars. Lucy Hale, Keegan Allen, Janel Parrish, and other such stars have been filming the last ever scenes of the show, which means their jobs of playing our beloved people of Rosewood, Pennsylvania are coming to an end. If that doesn’t hit you in the feels, then I’m not really sure why you’re reading this post or following this blog. While I write about many things, Pretty Little Liars has been the primary source of inspiration for this Obsessive Girl in blog’s past and now the PLL era is coming to an end. Sure, we still have until April before the final episodes start rolling out, but the goodbyes start now as the stars film their last scenes as characters they’ve played since many of them were teenagers themselves. In fact, when the pilot was first filmed, Sasha Pieterse aka Alison DiLaurentis was only twelve years old. That was eight years ago. Depending on the time of year when they starting filming, Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), and Keegan Allen (Toby Cavanagh) were likely 18 going on 19, Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal) was likely 19, Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), and Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers) were likely 21, and Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings) was likely 22. Now their ages range from 20 to 30 years old. That’s a lot of time dedicated to a show, a character, and fans. It only makes sense that they’ve been posting incredibly emotional posts on Twitter and Instagram the past few weeks. Still, even though we’re expecting it and even though we still have 8 or so months until we have to watch the series finale, it’s been an emotional time for PLL cast, crew, and fans alike.

As fans, we know these stars about as well as we know most of our social media friends (I mean, seriously, we probably like, reply to, and keep up with more of these stars’ posts than we do the people we’ve actually met and spoken with in real life). They’ve become like extended family to us. We were their faces on our couple shirts (I own all three because at times each couple is my favorite), we hang their calendars on our walls, and faithfully watch their show at least every week if not every day (or every hour). We even spend hours upon hours reading, writing, and thinking about theories for who might be A, who might be working for A, who might be a double agent, and who might truly be on the Liars’ side. I personally have spent more time and put more effort into theorizing than I’m even willing to admit to myself. *hides face behind hands* I’ve even become known as the girl obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. I kid you not anytime anything even potentially related to Pretty Little Liars or obsessions is mentioned at work, someone points their finger at me. I can’t blame them honestly, I am “Obsessive Girl” after all.

I’ve got to be honest though, when Pretty Little Liars first came out, I wasn’t in the least bit interested in watching it. Granted, I thought it was just a show about a bunch of girls with names starting with “A” (Aria, Alison, Ashley–I didn’t know who was who at the time) who had killed or done something to a friend who wasn’t really a friend and someone had found out so they were afraid. I distinctly remember watching a preview of the scene from the pilot when Aria and Emily were walking into the school and Emily said, “We all know she’s dead” and Aria stops before saying, “I hadn’t heard anyone say it yet.” Then the preview showed the girls getting a text message from “A” and that’s what made me think it was just a bunch of friends who killed/hurt someone. When I eventually learned what the show was really about I spent a week catching up on four seasons only to realize the season four finale was coming out that week. Yeah, so I rushed and spent 23 hours straight one day watching it because I wanted to catch up with the series only to learn I had to wait three months until the next episode came out. I wouldn’t have rushed so much if I knew I would have to wait.

Now, we’re half-way through the seventh and final season and I kind of feel like crying. This is the first show since Lizzie McGuire that I’ve consistently watched as it aired until the finale. I kid you not, every other show I’ve ever watched I’ve either binge-watched or didn’t finish until well after it was over. I was ten when Lizzie McGuire ended. That means, by the time Pretty Little Liar ends, it will have been thirteen years since I had to endure the series finale of a show that I sincerely loved. Actually, now that I think about it, I watched the series finale of Ned’s Declassified in 2007 too, so if I consider that, then it will have really only been ten years, but still! That’s a whole decade in which I haven’t had to say goodbye to a beloved show and even more beloved characters that I have lived alongside for many years. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve binge-watched many, many shows in the past few years that I endured the series finale for, but I that wasn’t the same kind of commitment. It still hurts, hurts real bad, to say goodbye to shows I’ve binge watched, but it’s like the goodbye of a summer fling, whereas the goodbye I will endure for PLL will be the goodbye of a truly committed relationship.

I’m not quite sure I’m ready to say goodbye yet, y’all! I mean, I’ve definitely had a few fights with PLL and been fed up with the secrets and lies, almost to the point that I was done with the show, but I haven’t given up! I’ve endured the heartache and stress that comes with committing to a show like PLL. This show has made me sad, angry, anxious, and happy on many different occasions, sometimes at the same time, and it really is about time we know who Uber A is so that the Liars and their SO’s can finally live in peace, but I just… I’m not ready to say goodbye! I am ready to see the stars in new projects though, especially if that means we get more Lucy Hale music and maybe another Keegan Allen book! That I am incredibly excited for, but I’m certainly not excited about saying goodbye! While I’m incredibly bummed that we have to wait until April for the rest of season 7 to premiere, I’m also kind of grateful, because that means we have a little bit more time before we have to say goodbye!

Anyway, I just needed to vent to some people who understand what I’m going through. I’m gonna go back to binge watching my new obsession (Chicago Fire, PD, and Med–seriously, they’re amazing!), then I’m going to binge watch Gilmore Girls again before Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes out on Netflix next month and once I’m done watching Gilmore Girls, I’ll probably watch Pretty Little Liars again, because it’s been a while and I really want to figure out who A is before it’s finally revealed for real!

Kisses,

O.G.

MY FAVORITE PLL THEORY EVER

Okay, so, it’s been a while since I’ve posted about Pretty Little Liars and that’s because it’s broken me. I don’t even know how to theorize about PLL anymore! After the dollhouse… I don’t know man…. I guess I just feel like I was in the dollhouse with them and didn’t come out of it very well! But Y’ALL! I have a group chat with three friends and my roommate, Anicka Deese, came up with my favorite theory EVER! She gave me permission to copy and paste her theory and post it here. I’m also gonna post screen shots of our reactions to it, because we piece a few other things together, too!
“Theory… Very patchy! Just thoughts I came up with. Not fully convinced of it either but this is my first big theory so don’t be too hard on me lol.
I dig Courts Wilden theory. Them bringing back Wilden as the masked persons gotta mean something. Street Cred to you on the Wilden portion Courtney.
Mary has three kids: Spencer, Bethany and Wilden.
Spencer’s dad is her biological father and since Mary is seen as unstable, Peter Hastings got full custody of Spencer. This is whySpencer had that weird dream about being in Radly. She was born there.
The blond girl in Spencer’s baby book is Bethany.
Cece is actually a Dilarentis. When her parents put her in Radly,Mary Drake looked out for her which is why she called herself Cece Drake.she didn’t want the Dilarentis name anymore and took on Mary’s who was actually there for her.
It all started “That Night” when Bethany was killed. This made Mary Drake furious. On top of that, her daughter was dead and she was locked up in Radly while Mrs. Dilarentises daughter Ally got to live the perfect life. Mary wanted revenge and manipulated Mona into being her first A. Mona was so insecure and mentally unstable due to Alys bullying she was convinced. Mary invited her to be on the A team.
After Mona was locked up, Mary needed a new A. She had already had an A that bullied the girls, but she was wanting more. So she got Cece to start torturing the girls. Cece was easy to convince to be on the team. Cece felt like Mary took care of her and wanted to repay her for that. Cece always looked after Allison because even though she had so much anger toward her family, Aly was still her little sister. So as much as she tortured her, she also cared about her well being.
Wilden was so protective of Cece because that’s his cousin. So caught up in Alliso s disappearance because she’s his cousin and dead Bethany’s his sister. He was after the girls the whole time because Mary insisted they were guilty.
Cece was so emotional when she found Mrs D dead because she was her mom and she still loved her
Mary has always hated Mrs D because Mrs D wrongfully he her put in Radly after she was the one that let the baby die back in the day
Mrs D took everything from her. Her life when she put her in Radly, her kids because of it. And now Bethany is dead
Wren was hired by Mary Drake to be a spy and get info on her daughter Spencer. That’s why he met Melissa in the first place
Mary also created NAT as part of her A team to spy on the girls. Ian went rogue and tried to kill Mary’s daughter Spencer and in turn, she killed him.
Melissa knows more than she’s ever said but is being on the A Team to be a spy and protect Spencer. Wren let her in on everything after Ian’s death. Wren may or may not be on Melissa’s side and secretly working with Mary too. She cannot tell anyone what is actually going on at risk of being killed or framed.
Spence has mental issues from Mary.

“Maya Knew” maya found something in the house about Mary

Garrett was on the A Team but after giving Spencer a clue when she visited him in Jail, Mary wanted him dead too.
Eddie Lamb was at Radly all along and knows everything. Mary had him killed after he gave them the sketch book
Everyone that knows Mary, is scared of Mary
A Team is real, and Mary is the leader
People who got in the way – Ian, Eddie, Maya, Mrs. D., Garrett – They’re all dead.”

AND FOR YOU VIEWING PLEASURE–Something that very much seems to prove Melissa is not a villain but is DEFINITELY connected!

Tick-Tock, [Liars]–PLL Season 7

**Disclaimer** Pardon the “French” you’ll read throughout this post. I decided to keep it real today and post exactly what I was thinking as each major thing went down.

 

I’ll be honest. I was not super excited about the final season premiere of Pretty Little Liars after last season. I’m still not a fan of the Charles to Charlotte storyline, but whatever. I’ll live with it IF season seven continues to be as intense as the first episode was! I don’t think I’ll ever be as obsessed with PLL as I was when I first watched it, re-watched it, and then watched it again. After this premiere though, it just may have me hooked again! This premiere was so intense it had me on the edge of my seat the WHOLE time I was watching! They didn’t even show her that much, but I think this episode proved me to me that Hanna is my favorite Liar! I always thought it was Aria and or Spencer. I was wrong though. There’s something about this episode that has me thinking Hanna is my favorite Liar now. Let me just walk you through my thought process as we progressed through this first episode.

We run into the clock tower at the church with the Liars and Lovers. All we see is Hanna hanging from the ropes the same way Ian was so many seasons ago. (Side Note: We never did learn the actual truth about what happened to Ian. Do you think we will this season? All loose ends have to be tied up right? Including the grand mystery of whatever the hell was/is in the barrel!? NO! I haven’t let that go and I won’t until we learn the truth!) All I could think was “NO! NOT HANNAH! NO!” Then, when we figured out it was just a mask on a dummy I thought, yelled, and tweeted, “Screw you, PPL! How DARE YOU make me think that!!!!!” (Fun fact: My uncle actually read my tweet and asked, “Are you okay?”) Like FOR REAL! I was so pissed I didn’t even feel relieved at first! The relief finally set in though after moment when I realized the body being a dummy meant Hanna was alive!

EVERY TIME Elliot showed up on the screen all I could think was, “Damn you, Elliot!!!!” Why can’t Ali have just ONE PERSON who doesn’t betray her or give up on her even for a moment? Even Emily has had a few moments when she gave up on her, until she believed in her again.

I may or may not have gotten irrationally excited when they mentioned Snookers at Hollis! Then when Spencer asked Aria, “Do you know where that is?” or whatever it was that she asked. I just laughed. Does she know where it is? Is she familiar with it? DUH! That’s where she met and made out with Ezra for the first time! It’s also where he first started to lie to and betray her, but that’s in the past now… right? I don’t know. To be honest, I have a hard time with that. In real life, if I found out someone was lying like that to someone I loved, I wouldn’t be too quick to forget. Sure, I’d forgive, but I would not want her with him. We love the Liars right? They’re like our friends, or maybe even like our family. We’ve spent years of our lives with them! We’ve put just as much, if not more, energy into helping them solve the mystery that is “A” as they have. To quote Dumbledore from Harry Potter, “Of course it’s all in your head, but who’s to say it isn’t real?” That’s not an exact quote, but it’s close enough. The Liars and Lovers are our friends and family just as much as our nonfiction friends and family are. Anyway, on with the post.

When “Spencer” was with Hanna in the dungeon, all I could think was, “Be careful Hanna! That’s not Spencer! It’s them! They’re in a mask! It’s not her! Don’t tell them anything!” I also thought maybe it was a good thing Hanna thought it was Spencer. If it really was someone pretended to be Spencer, then they would know that Hanna would tell her the truth. That would be she was telling the truth when she said she didn’t know who killed Charlotte.

When “B-26” started playing, it pissed me off! I thought it was A at first. I thought, “What!? No! Not B-26! Why!?” Then they showed it was just some random kid and I was even more aggravated! Our emotions are already working overtime right now; we do NOT need to be tricked! Then when Aria went back to Ezra’s and said, “I don’t need to know what we are tonight. I just need to be with you.” My heart melted a little bit. I may not know exactly how I feel about Ezra and Aria being together, but I do believe in first love. Sometimes first love makes you do irrational things. I also believe people can change, so maybe, I hope, Ezra has changed and is here for Aria 100% no questions asked. They never really discussed that issue. They just kind of let it go, which really annoys me.

DUDE! Haleb flames were sparking all over the place tonight! Poor Spencer can see it and Caleb is probably just confused. Yes, he does have feelings for Spencer. He is in love with Hanna though and he just found out that she tried to come back for him, but it was too late. He had already left. He has to be feeling some kind of way about that! If he had just stayed maybe half an hour longer, they would still be together! Besides, Spencer needs to get over Caleb! I was a fan of Spaleb for a little while, because it’s always a little fun to have drama like that every now and then. It’s Haleb and Spoby time now though! I NEED a Spoby moment! We all do!

Mary Drake was first a patient at Radley for the death of a child in her care. What child? We need to think about this. I have a feeling it will come back and we’ll find out that this child was a relative of one of our own Rosewood residents. Do you think we might find out that Charlotte was never Charles? Maybe Charles was the kid that died under Mary’s care. Could Charlotte be Mary’s kid who they just claim was Charles? Maybe Charlotte was the true name of the kid who died and Charles took her name when he changed. The Hasting’s still have a big secret we briefly learned about in the season five finale when the Lovers were looking through A’s files. Who knows who the kid was. We’ll find out soon I’m sure.

Did Ali kill Charlotte? Ali is a lot of things. I don’t think she’s a murderer though. I mean, maybe it’s like with Spencer and Melissa with Alison and Bethany. Maybe it was out of self-defense. Alison loved CeCe and she loved Charlotte. She wouldn’t hurt her, not without being provoked. Who knows?

Caleb ran off with the jacket? What a moron! Caleb! If you would have just waited you might have been able to find Hanna and save her! You moron! You sick in love moron!

“Run, Hanna! Run!” I was quite impressed with Hanna’s escape. I mean, by now, you’d think she’d know a thing or two about being able to escape the evil clutches of A, but still! She impressed me. Then of course freaking Mary had to show up and OH MY GOSH! Just look at that face! THAT was the face I’m pretty sure I made too! Though, I was a little more angry-shocked than terrified-shocked!

                  

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Mary isn’t Uber A! She was driving when the dude dressed in black picked up the jacket. It could have been Elliott; I don’t know if I believe it was though. He had been asleep at Alison’s when Emily was there not too long prior to this event. It’s definitely a man. I truly believe it is a man. At this point what woman could it even be? All the women are spoken for in one way or another. At first thought I’m thinking it could be the following suspects. Wren Kingston–because I won’t let that go until the series is over. Jason DiLaurentis–when I first binge-watched PLL Wren and Jason were my first suspects. Peter Hastings. Kenneth DiLaurentis. Byron Montgomery–all the dads have always just creeped me out, well, except Emily’s dad. May he rest in peace.

Also on the list, though not so seriously: Lucas Gottesman–he’s kind of creepy too. Though, he may just be super socially awkward; he has been referred to as “Boo Radley.” Noel Kahn–he’s gotta come back some time, right? Andrew Campbell—he creeps me out too, though idk if it’s because of PLL or if it’s because of his role in The Foster’s. Either way, I’m not crossing him off my list quite yet.

When Elliott went to see Alison, my thoughts went something like this: “Stupid Elliott!!!! No! Damn you!!!!!!!” I HATE him so much! I don’t hate many people, fiction or nonfiction, it’s just not in me to hate someone. I hate, nay, I loathe Elliott with an absolute passion! Nobody claims to love one of my Liars and even marries her only to betray her the way he has! Ugh! I hate him! Then, to make it worse, he had to go and say, “I’ll make sure live a long life. Rotting away in here…. I know you killed Charlotte.” I do have to admit a small part of me is holding onto the hope that maybe, just maybe, whoever is behind all this is wearing an Elliott mask too.

This is going to be a VERY GOOD and EMOTIONALLY TAXING season y’all! They may need to reopen Radley as a mental institute again just so that we can all check in as patients. In a really weird, totally creepy, and absolutely unstable way, it just may be comforting for us to be patients at such a familiar place. We’ll spend all of our time their trying to piece together all the pieces to the puzzle once we have our answers anyway, so we might as well do it where all roads end—Radley Sanitarium. Anyway, I’m actually super excited about this season and I can’t wait to see what happens next! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to turn out my lights and attempt to sleep. I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to sleep after everything that has happened in two of my three favorite Freeform shows though, but I’ll try. Pray for me y’all! Send positive vibes! Do whatever it is you do for people who need a good experience in their life! I’ll be praying for myself and all of you to be able to shut down your brains and sleep. It may not be possible this season though. It’s like the final minutes in a really intense sports game. It’s crunch time! It’s now or never for our plotting, scheming, and theorizing minds to figure out the truth of Pretty Little Liars before all is revealed in the next year!

~~~ O.G. ~~~


P.S. I just looked through an episode guide and  one episode is called “The Wrath of Kahn!” What do you think tha means? 🙊😰

Finally Caught Up on Pretty Little Liars

            So, I kind of fell three weeks behind on Pretty Little Liars, because my TV stopped working during the episode in which Byron and Ella announced they’re back together. Then, after that, I kind of just had one thing after another getting in the way of my regularly scheduled PLL time. Let me tell you though, I’m almost glad I waited, because I could not have chosen a better week to get caught up! I mean, gosh! Them Spoby feels got me making the Toby face again. Sad TobyWhy!? Why do they have to put us through this? As much as I love Ezria, Spoby actually hits me with the most feels! I think, at this point, my heart might actually break more if they don’t end up being end game than it will if Ezria don’t end up being end game. Ugh! And that Haleb scene from whichever episode it was (I binged all four episodes in a row, so they kind of ran together.) Honestly, I do really like Jordan and I wouldn’t be totally bummed if Hannah ended up marrying him in the end as they plan to, but I would have a little piece of my heart permanently lamenting the loss of our beloved Haleb. And don’t even get me started on Ezria! Gosh! Those two are ridiculous, and I mean, come on, there is no way Ezra did not intentionally break the news to lover boy Liam about his relationship with Aria being much more than platonic! Clearly, he’s still got some major feelings for Aria and she obviously still has feelings for him! How could they not? They became a couple in the very first episode and have been through EVERYTHING together!

            So, let’s discuss all of our relationships (platonic, romantic, and friends) in a little more depth here. Hannah is trying so hard not to care about Rosewood’s hottest new couple Spaleb, because she does love and Jordan and they are engaged. However, she also still loves Caleb—he is her first love and all—and she wants to see him happy, even if it is with one of her best friends, her maybe especially because it’s one of her best friends. If it were me, I’d be grateful to know my first love was with one of my closest friends if he wasn’t with me. To me that’s the best way of knowing that he’s with someone really great and you also don’t have to say goodbye to being in each other’s lives just because you said goodbye to the relationship. I for one sometimes wish that I could still of my first love in my life, though, it’d probably be easier if we were both in relationships, which I’m not, and who knows if he is. Anyway, so there’s that Haleb vs Spaleb thing. I think Spaleb, though, they are kind of starting to get on my nerves the more I think about Spaleb means Spoby isn’t a thing.

            Then there’s Ezria vs Ariam (idk if they have a couple name, but I like the sound of Ariam for Aria and Liam, so I’m sticking to it.) These three are a HOT MESS! They’re coworkers, Liam is dating Ezra’s ex, and now Aria is working very closely with Ezra to work on their book. Add in the fact that Liam showed up to find Ezra waiting with Aria at the hospital after she was burned, things really are heating up (sorry, couldn’t pass up that pun!) Liam is cute and if Ezria wasn’t a thing, I’d honestly really like him with Aria, but I still feel like Aria (and Emily) has had the worst time getting over the whole ‘A’ thing and now that there’s a new ‘A,’ Ezra is clearly the only one she can go to with her fears, because he was there for her the first time. Sure, she could go to Liam, but it’d be entirely new territory for him, and I don’t know, I just don’t think he’d be okay with not going to the police quite yet. Liam isn’t like Ezra, Caleb, and Toby; he doesn’t know how many times the Rosewood police have turned on the girls no matter how solid their evidence has been. I just, I really think Aria needs to be with Ezra. He’s the only one who understands her. He’s a writer, a friend, a lover, and a Rosewood resident, so he gets it, whereas, Liam would never be able to understand.

            Spoby! The last scene with them and the flashbacks of them… I was crying literal tears! How could you not get teary-eyed for that? Team Spoby or not, that scene really hit me in the feels! Then, when Spencer went and called Yvonne to tell her she was there for her if she needed to talk, I was just… very impressed, especially since we know Spencer obviously still has feelings for Toby.

            Finally, can we talk about the girls and Mona? Did I miss something? What happened between the Dollhouse and now that made the girls suddenly turn on Mona again? She is one of them, and honestly, it really bothers me that she’s not considered one of the Liars! She may not be in every episode, but she’s just as much a Liar as Alison, Aria, Emily, Hannah, and Spencer are! In fact, she might as well be considered the biggest victim, given what she went through to try to redeem herself after Radley and considering the fact that she was in the dollhouse longer than the other girls! That’s just my humble opinion though, I guess.

            In regards to theories, I really don’t have any formed yet. It’s like I have a bunch of thoughts in my head, but they’re all just tiny elements swirling together in a pool of unformed theories. Here’s what I sent my “Partners in Theorizing” though. I’ll even include the typos for the sake of keeping it real:

I’m against this… But… That face mask looks eerily like Mona! I mean… I still think it’d be great for Mona to be again, since she already was, but I also just really want her to be good! Haha. Part of me thinks they’re pulling a CeCe and it’s going to be Leslie, since she was bey prominent for a few episodes and suddenly went away… But, I also feel like that’s what they want us to think…. Tbh, I’m not sure if I trust Liam or Jordan either though… Liam especially! He always seems like he knows more than he’s letting on. Then of course, there’s always the usual suspects named Melissa and Wren… Though, the flashback of their breakup seems like it could have been a clean break for him not to be in the show anymore… Or… His strong reaction to finding out about Melissa’s secret about Bethany could be a clue that he had something to with it too…. Idk? I’m not striking anyone off the suspect list, but I’m also not really adding anyone either… The creepy reported guy is rather suspicious too!

My Final List of Top Suspects

With only 4 hours left until we learn the truth, I’ve decided to write a short list of my top ten suspects.

Andrew Campbell (12 episodes) because I have always thought he was oddly sketchy… He may have a cover story, what with having a thing for Aria and wanting to protect her, but maybe that was just a cover story?

Caleb Rivers (104 episodes) because he’s a tech genius whose back story nobody knows. He’s one of the few characters the liars met after it all started. His and Hanna’s relationship is pretty much perfect compared to every other relationship in PLL, so it would make sense.

Detective Darren Wilden (21 episodes) because, even though he is dead and we did see his body in a casket at the funeral, since when is death the final factor in PLL? How perfect of a cover story would it be that Charles pretended to be a detective, who never liked the girls in the first place, and never was able to figure out who “killed” Alison. Like, Wilden’s life goal was to pin everything on the Liars! Who else is that bent on the Liars destruction?

Ezra Fitz (139 episodes) because he’s lied once, what’s to keep him from lying again? He did seem to go a bit overboard with his desire to write his book. Do we really believe he would go to such extremes as to secretly watch the girls, just to get material for his book? Or was he really watching them because he’s A?

Jake (9 episodes) because it never made sense that the last scene of him was him punching his punching bag that was full of knives… Maybe he’s not A, but idk that we’ve seen the last of him…?

Jason DiLaurentis (32 episodes) because he has personal connections to every dead character and to each of the six liars as well (but I also think he might be dead because, as my roommate pointed out, Charles’ last scene next to Alison said something like “It’s just you and me now at the end.)

Lucas Gottesman (29 episodes) because the anagram for Charles DiLaurentis is also “Nerd Lucas Is A Liar.” In season three, there were many Boo Radley references directed at Lucas which could mean he is not as sketchy as we think he is, or it could be something trying to throw us off.

Noel Kahn (22 episodes) because he is super sketch and the reasons behind his sketchiness never really were explained! Also, the cast and crew of PLL have been wearing shirts that say, “It’s No Lie.” Marlene King loves anagrams and “It’s No Lie” could be an anagram for “It Is Noel.”

Toby Cavanaugh (80 episodes) because if any character in this show has reason enough to hate the liars it is Toby for what they did to him and Jenna. He’s also super sketchy. He and Spencer also have a lot of issues. Maybe it’s he’s not who anyone thinks he is.

Wren Kingston (20 Episodes) because my gut instinct has said it his him since the beginning and because we were told between season five and six that we would have enough clues at this point that we should be able to figure out who A is. At this point, everyone seems to think Wren is A.

 

If Charles/A is someone the liars didn’t know before the first episode my top suspects are:

1.      Wren Kingston

2.      Caleb Rivers

3.      Ezra Fitz

4.      Jake

If Charles/A is someone older than the liars and the same age as Jason:

1.      Wren Kingston

2.      Jason DiLaurentis

3.      Detective Darren Wilden

4.      Ezra Fitz

If Charles/A is someone the girls have thought is their age:

1.      Noel Kahn

2.      Lucas Gottesman

3.      Andrew Campbell

4.      Caleb Rivers

5.      Toby Cavanaugh

And just in general, my top 5 are:

1.      Wren Kingston

2.      Jason DiLaurentis

3.      Noel Kahn

4.      Lucas Gottesman

5.      Detective Darren Wilden

6×01 Recap – Game On, Charles

I write recaps because everything makes more sense when I write it down and share it! 🙂 Actual theories to come shortly!

The very first scene of season six episode one shows a mysterious blonde watching the Liars run through the Doll House in an attempt to escape. When they run out of the doll house, they find themselves outside with a fence surrounding them. Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Mona all start running toward the fence to climb it until Spencer yells at them to stop because it’s an electric fence. Then the door slams shut behind them. They spend a number of days outside without food or water because Charles is angry with them. Eventually he opens the doors for them again and summons them all to follow the lighted passage way. After they enter the dollhouse again, Charles sets off a gas bomb and drags Mona away from the Liars. When they wake up, each of them is naked under white sheets lying on medical tables as if in a representation of being dead in a morgue. Mona walks into the Morgue dressed as Alison in a candy stripper’s outfit. Acting as Alison, she answers the Liars as quickly, but honestly as possible. Then A’s female voice speaks up over the speaker ordering each girl to go to their rooms. At first, Mona tries to defy A’s orders, but then she and the others follow the paths to their rooms. As quickly as their doors close behind them, we hear each Liar scream in horror from what sounds like unseen torture.

Eventually the mysterious blonde girl takes food to the Liars. At the bottom of the door, we see Spencer’s agonized eyes peek through the food slot and she starts screaming Mona’s name. Spencer’s tormented screams trigger those of the other liars and they are soon all calling Mona’s name. The blonde, who we know is not Mona, covers her ears as if to push away the desire to get the girls out. Whoever this girl is (Bethany Young? Sara Harvey?) fans know that she has likely been in the dollhouse since “that night” when one blonde was killed and another blonde, Alison DiLaurentis, went missing—almost three years.

Eventually the Liars’ bedroom doors come open and each girl is prompted to come out. Each of them is dressed in the same kind of clothing that they wore almost three years ago when the “A” torture all began; Aria even has a pink stripe in her hair. They all look as if they just faced the worse kind of torture they have yet to have been put through. This is seemingly proven by the fact that none of them wants to talk about what happened. The female voice directs them to go to Alison’s room where they must prepare for her arrival. They find boxes full of Alison’s things. They also find a newspaper declaring Alison’s innocence in Mona’s murder case, but Hanna believes it’s probably fake. One of the liars asks, “If A brings Ali here, does that mean he won’t need Mona anymore?” As if in answer to this question, fans are shown a desperate shot of Mona trapped in a pit where she is begging Charles to pull her out so that she can prove she will follow through with being Alison this time.

While the Liars are unpacking Alison’s bedroom, Spencer finds a toy in Alison’s box with the initials “C.D.” and Aria finds a message written on the closet wall that says, “He’s going to kill me. – M”

Each girl discovers things in their rooms that prove A has been planning to capture them and trap them in the dollhouse for a very long time—things that they believe have been missing for a very long time. Hanna reads a newspaper that says her mom has been taken to the hospital due to the stress and terror of the Liars being missing. Aria begins to threaten A after talking about how it must be for their families to know they are missing. Spencer begs her to stop though and she does. Spencer says, “A is making this house our home” and tells them that Charles is a DiLaurentis.

Mona sits curled up, rocking back and forth, singing “Hush Little Baby” while in the pit.

The generator shuts off and the Liars try to find their way to Charles’ vault where they will attempt to bargain with him. Spencer leads them to a room where she believes a secret passageway will lead them to Charles’ vault. She is right, because Emily finds a secret door that leads them into the room where Spencer saw the video of Charles, Jason, and Alison with Mrs. DiLaurentis at the Campbell apple farm. In the first room, each of the liars begin to realize that Alison and Charles would have grown up together. As they make their way into Charles’ room, Emily says, “A does have a soul.” The video begins to play again. When it stops playing, Spencer looks directly into A’s camera and says, “Game on, Charles.” She threatens to burn the film for Charles’ video and everything else that is his. When he doesn’t react she sets fire to the film and other things in the room.

Outside of the dollhouse, we see a band of reporters outside the DiLaurentis house waiting for Alison to come out and speak about her friends now that her conviction for Mona’s murder has been overturned. Before Alison comes out of the house, the main reporter talks about how the police and other Rosewood residents assume Andrew Campbell is the mastermind behind all that is going on because he seems to have gone missing at the same time as the Liars. After Alison comes out of her house, she talks about how the liars have been her rock through of the horrible things that she has been through. She begs Andrew not to hurt the liars as Caleb and Ezra collectively listen to Alison speak and then turn away as she finishes her pleading. In the end, Alison begs that no more reporters or police bother her and then turns around to go back inside. Inside her house, she talks with the police and her dad about how calling Andrew out on the video was to make him believe she was alone and hope that he would come try to capture her.

Ali gets a blocked call. Tanner orders her team of officers to be quiet and prompts Alison to answer the phone. When she answers, all they hear is the lyrics to a song called, “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” Believing that this call will lead Andrew to come capture Ali, Tanner leads Ali downstairs, locks her in a room, and leaves an officer to watch after her for safety.

Upstairs in Ali’s bedroom, Toby finds a black hoodie sitting in a rocking chair. When he turns the chair around, he and Tanner see that it’s just a dummy with a pig mask with a cell phone ringing in its pocket. Tanner assumes that Alison escaped to go meet Andrew, when in reality, she actually meets up with Caleb and Ezra. The boys assure Alison that Toby is on their team and will always know where they are just in case something bad happens. They also give Alison high heel shoes that have a tracking device in the heel so that they could keep track of her while she went to meet A.

While one of the officers is watching a news video, the reporter was standing outside Radley with words flashing across the screen saying, “Radley Sanitarium’s doors are closed on the heels of unexpected sale” and the doors have a giant sign saying “Permanently Closed.” Also in the video, they see someone in a hat while behind the reporter outside the DiLaurentis house. They assume it’s Andrew, but could it be Jason? Or Charles?

After Caleb and Ezra drop Alison off in the woods, Ali waits. Then she hears the song “Walking After Midnight” by Patsy Cline playing in the distance. She follows the music and finds a deserted car with the radio playing. She opens the door, sits in the driver’s seat, and starts the ignition. A GPS starts talking and directs her to Tyler State Park, Pennsylvania. There the car stops working, her phone has no service, and the Road Side Assistance button doesn’t connect to anyone, but is instead a recording of a male’s voice (which sounds strangely like Peter Hasting’s voice). The male’s voice directs Alison to go to the back of the car, and open the trunk. There she finds a note that says, “Put on the clothes and start walking. Leave everything else behind or they die.”

With a box of things labeled as “Andrew’s” next to her, Tanner reads a journal with a page that says, “It’s people like them, people like Aria with her aloof, doe eyes, and Spencer, that smug over achieving know nothing know it all, and Hanna and Emily that are the root cause of all that is bad in this world. They like games? Well so do I. I fantasize about watching them scream, about watching what it takes to make them turn on each other. It’s not that I hate them, I don’t. They aren’t evil. They just play everyone like they’re game pieces. Like pawns. I’m no pawn, and they can’t play me.” While she’s reading this, Toby comes into the office, explaining that they found a lead on the car that they found in the video with the guy in the ball cap. Toby’s lead is at the same park where Caleb, Ezra, and Alison are.

After a while, when Caleb and Ezra realize that Alison hasn’t moved, they stop driving, get out of the car, and find the car empty. They find the letter for Alison and find that she took off her shoes, but pointed them in the direction in which she went.

While the liars are setting Charles’s room on fire, he is watching them but also watching Alison and trying to decide what is more important to him—the room that seems to have his only personal belongs in it or meeting Alison and bringing her to the dollhouse. While he’s trying to decide, we see another black hooded character watching the liars burn the room. Then A sets off a fire alarm and the girls start running.

At this point, Caleb and Ezra have found Alison wearing the yellow shirt she wore “that night.” They start walking away. Then they hear the fire alarm, go back to where Alison was, and find smoke coming up from the ground. They start digging but then find something in the distance and run toward it.

The liars run away and start searching for Mona. When they find her, she is hysterically happy and begs them to get her out. They find a rope and throw it down to her. When they get her out, they start running until they find a way out of dollhouse.

As Caleb, Ezra, and Alison try to bust the door open to the basement cellar that they find, the girls bust out of the dollhouse through the same door as the smoke from the fire follows them. Hanna runs straight into Caleb’s arms, Alison and Emily run into each other’s arms, Spencer and Mona hug each other, and Aria throws herself into the arms of Ezra who tells her, “I thought I lost you!”

When the police arrive they check Mona’s vital signs. Some of the officers run into the dollhouse and one of them yells, “There’s another girl down here.” A female officer talks to the mysterious blonde girl in the same yellow shirt Bethany and Alison wore and asks her name. “Sara Harvey,” she answers.

One of the girls says, “We met Sara’s friends remember. They’re from Courtland. She went missing when Ali did.” Last, but not least, Emily asks, “Ali, who is Charles DiLaurentis?”

The NAT Club and Charles

In season 3, Jason and Spencer talk about the NAT club. Jason talks about being the one who came up with the idea and Ian being the one to video everything. He said, “Sometimes, I thought he might have been doing it for someone else.”

Could someone else be Charles (Jason’s probable twin)? Aka, A, just like we always thought?

The Couples (again)

Let me get a few thoughts out about the couples,

SPOBY: First of all, prior to the last few minutes of last weeks’ episode, I have been really mad at Spencer! She knows that anything Toby does is for her safety (even if he does go a bit overboard sometimes) and yet she goes and kisses not one, but two, other guys! Geez, Spence! You’re dating Toby Cavanaugh and he even told you he was only avoiding you to keep Tanner’s suspicions off of you as much as possible, and you still go and kiss two others! YAY, though! Toby FINALLY confronted Spencer and told her that he refuses to choose between her and his job and then they kissed—it was sweet, romantic, passionate, and everything we haven’t seen from them, or really any couple, throughout most of the season!

EZRIA: I am so over the Ezria drama! If by the end they aren’t happily together with at least one more of those “kissing in the high school parking lot” level of epicness scenes, then I’m going to be so mad! Despite the fact that their relationship was initially entirely unethical, they are still my favorite TV couple EVER! I NEED them to be together by the end of this! If they aren’t, I’m probably going to crawl up into a ball and cry more dramatically than is dramatically necessary! Like, this show has my brain and heart on overdrive and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need several years of psychoanalysis after it’s over! Aria needs to get over her fling with Andrew, which Spencer totally called, and go back to Ezra! She’s broken, yes! He’s part of the reason she’s broken, yeah! BUT, he has still been with her through this whole mess of drama—her family drama, her drama with A, her drama with Alison—all of it! Anyway, I was SO happy during the scene when the love interests were together and Ezra slammed his hand against the wall! It was really his first scene of real and genuine concern about Aria in a VERY LONG time! Ever since they started showing him as sketchy season four, he’s been so worried about her finding out his secret, her not forgiving him for it, and now for her missing life because of him and ultimately that it would cause him to lose her for real that he hasn’t done anything to keep her! Even in the first three seasons, he was almost sitting in the back seat and letting Aria control the direction of their relationship! It’s kind of pathetic really. He needs to step up and be the man in the relationship, and now, for the first time he did it! He slammed his hand against the wall, declined an offer of ice for his probably swelling hand and said in a very aggressive and desperate way, “I don’t need ice! I need to find Aria!” Way to go Ezra! Now just keep that resolve when you actually find Aria and tell her how much you care!

HALEB: There’s not really a lot to say about Caleb and Hanna, and that’s because they’re basically the perfect couple, at least in regards to Rosewood couples, and most couples in general! Caleb will do ANYTHING for Hanna, expect leave her as she asked him to, and that’s what makes him so great! Even Spencer said it; Caleb is the essence of a perfect boyfriend! Everything he does for Hanna is AMAZING!

The Many Names of A

We’ve heard several names to describe “A”–Original A, Big, and Uber A.

Original A – Mona

Big A – Charles DiLaurentis

Uber A – ???

 

I have a feeling the A game won’t be over until Charles is unmasked, AND Uber A is given a face and name!

Ted

From here on out, I’m going to post my theories as I think of them… Even the ridiculous ones, because at this point…. My brain is pretty much fried and anything could be true, so why not post about anything?

One of my roommates likes to read random PLL theories and many of the goofy ones she sends are about Pastor Ted. So…

Just for a minute, let’s role with this “Ted isn’t who he says he is” theory. Mrs. D was having an affair with Bethany’s dad…. Suppose Ted is Bethany’s dad. Assuming all these “Charles is a girl” theories are wrong, that will still leave us with questions about Bethany. If she’s not the twin, then she has to have a dad who isn’t Peter. It could be Ted…. He’s the only character so far without any secrets…. And we all know “Rosewood is held together by secrets.”

“Kisses,”

OG

“A” for Aria?

“I’m ‘A;’ ‘A’ for Aria, ‘A’ for Anonymous.” These are the words that have come directly out of Aria Montgomery’s mouth. “Hey, Big A, wait up,” is what Mona Vanderwaal, aka the original “A” once said to Aria. We all know that of all the Liars, Aria is repeatedly referred to as “the best at lying.” As a theorist, I consider myself to be one of Aria’s most faithful supporters, but even I must admit that there is staggeringly substantial evidence to lead one to believe that Aria could be “A” or at the very least that she could be on the “A team.” However, because I really don’t think Marlene King would make one of the Liars be “A,” I have not and will not look for any evidence against any of them. All the same though, I would like to share a few theories by other people who have done the work to show that “Aria is A.”

The Mirror Theory

70 Reasons in 15 Minutes (Keep in Mind, I don’t agree with the whole video, but most of it is pretty convincing.)

Now, if the above theories were true, then Aria would need to have reason(s) for being “A.” In season five, when Mona labeled the Liars with words describing why Alison chose each of them to be in her group, she labeled Aria as “caring/compassionate.” Generally speaking, most people who care a lot tend to go to extremes to prove they care and sometimes the line between right and wrong is blurred for these people and their big hearts. I suspect that if Aria is “A,” it is because she literally cares too much for her own good. Despite the dysfunctions of the group, Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer were best friends before Alison disappeared. While they were best friends, it was painfully obvious to Aria’s caring heart that they were incredibly mean to Mona, whose desperate desire was to be a part of their tight-knit group.

After Aria and her family left for Iceland and as she and the other Liars began to drift away from each other, I suspect that Aria and Mona began to form a long distance friendship. I suspect that Aria and Mona might have even already had some kind of a friendship. Because the “A” text messages started up again when Aria and her family returned to Rosewood after being gone for a year, I suspect that Aria and Mona might have had some kind of an arrangement planned so that the Liars would be friends again and include Mona in their friendship. When things didn’t go as planned, I suspect that is when Mona took her “A game” against the Liars to a whole new level.

After Mona revealed herself as “A” to Spencer and was locked up in Radley because of it, I suspect that the irrational side of Aria’s caring tendencies took over and led to her doing incredibly psychotic things for the sake of keeping her friendship with the other Liars intact. Things with Aria’s life, “A’s” behavior, and the Liars’ friendship tend to exist in parallel. When Aria’s life seems to be in a downward spiral, the Liars’ friendship tends to  become stronger and stronger, and then when the Liars’ friendship is strong, “A” tends to do the most damage. If my fellow theorists are correct, then these parallels are not coincidences, but proof that “Aria is A.” For me, the one thing that might convince me that “Aria is A” is that even Ezra, a man who credits love at first sight (despite his originally impure motives) for his relationship, suspected Aria of being “A” as seen in the picture below.

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In conclusion, it is completely plausible that “Aria is A;” however, I do not believe she is “A.” If I am wrong, and she is “A,” then I believe it will be because compassionate people like her thrive off of the confirmation of genuine relationships. Therefore, in her desperation to know that she will not be abandoned (as she likely felt when she found out her dad was cheating and probably how she felt when Alison disappeared) she went to psychotic extremes to make everything work with her friends, her family, and with Ezra.

Ezra Fitz & Mona Vanderwaal – Partners in Crime

It is a proven fact that Ezra and Mona worked together, for some unknown reason, for at least one period of time as shown in episodes 14, 17, and 20 of season 4. From these episodes, we know that Mona seemed to feel very intimidated by Ezra, while he seemed to feel very threatened when she tried to back out of their partnership. With four episodes left until we get our biggest and most important clue about “Big A” and only two seasons of the show left, I’m sure the question of “What the heck were Ezra and Mona doing working together!?” will be answered. Until then though, I’d like to present my theories about them: Ezra’s Book, Working as “A,” and Working against “A.”

Ezra’s Book

Being the boyfriend of Aria, who was one of Mona’s five victims when she was “A,” Ezra knew about everything Mona did to torture the girls; he also knew that “A” knows everything. Therefore, Ezra’s “get the story at all costs” mind, probably thought that asking Mona for help would give him an inside look that not even being Aria’s boyfriend could give him. Second hand knowledge can only get a writer so far. To get the full story, one must go undercover and actually witness the story as it happens. Thus, Ezra recruited Mona to watch the girls for a different reason than torture. He wanted her to watch them for information to add to his story. I think that is why Mona initially started to date Mike. I think she was using him to get closer to Aria, because Ezra, having broken up with Aria, couldn’t be as close as he once was. Then things got complicated though, she actually started to fall for him (what is it about the Montgomery’s? Anyone of the opposite sex who starts to get to know them seems to fall for them almost immediately). Mona even told Ezra that things were getting complicated, and Ezra seemed to know it was about Mike, but his response was, “It’s always been complicated,” because he was in love with Aria, the same way Mona was falling in love with Mike.

Working as “A”

Many people theorize that Ezra has been excessively sketchy throughout the whole serious to have simply been writing a book. Mona has been proven to be psychotic and mentally unstable. They both knew Alison before she disappeared. They are also both the only people that Ali talked to “that night” whom she did not threaten and question about sending the “A” messages. They are the only people, other than the Liars and Toby, who have been in every mid-finale and season finale, as well. They both have tendencies of seeming extremely suspicious. Because we know that they have both done seemingly unforgivable things and been forgiven by Aria and Hanna anyway, it would seem that they would be the perfect culprits to continue the “A game.” Few people would suspect either of them of being “A,” now that they both have pretty evidence laden cover stories. That would be why they were working together in season four. Mona and Ezra were working together as “A” for a while, but then Ezra stole the game from her. (Marlene has tweeted that there is only ONE “A”) Mona could have thrown a fight, but she didn’t want to, because it would mean hurting Hanna again and hurting Mike by hurting Aria. Hanna was finally reconnecting with Mona in such a way that they had the potential of becoming best friends again and she and Mike were getting pretty intense in their relationship together. The last thing Mona wanted to do was ruin her friendship with Hanna again and ruin her relationship with Mike as well. Therefore, she didn’t initially fight when Ezra stole the game from her.

As things continued to heat up with her and Mike though, and as Alison reappeared to potentially steal Hanna away again, Mona started to look for “A” again. She wanted to prove to herself, the Liars, and most importantly Mike, that she really had changed and that’s why she was acting so sketchy. She was working with “A/Ezra” as a double agent in order to try to stop him.

Working Against “A”

Ezra is in love with Aria, Mona is not only in love with Mike, but also best friends with Hanna, and both Ezra and Mona have begun to grow pretty close to each of the other girls. Video and camera equipment is not cheap, and Ezra and Mona both had their own impressive collections of equipment. After giving up their original uses for their equipment, Mona and Ezra decided to join forces to protect the girls from “A.” As omnipresent as “A” is, I imagine that it would be impossible for Mona and Ezra to watch them so closely for their own reasons without also catching glimpses of “A” as well. “A” is clever, virtually undiscoverable, and incredibly sneaky, but no one is invisible to cameras and video cameras. At the very least, Ezra and Mona must be able to watch the videos back and trace “A’s” every move, thus being able to plot and plan ways to capture “A” in his/her tracks eventually. When Mona felt like she and Ezra had enough evidence on “A,” she decided to pretend to be on “A’s” side so that she could unmask him/her and gain the love and respect from the girls that she so desperately wants after turning their lives into living nightmares for two years. Both Mona and Ezra still feel guilty about what they did to the girls and feel as if, even though they’ve been told they’re forgiven, they’ll never fully redeem themselves unless they can capture “A,” reveal his/her true identity, and get him/her locked up forever.

Mike and Mona

Okay, so, I have a friend named, Courtney, and we are basically the walls on which we bounce our theories off. I share my theories with her and she shares hers with me. When we see each other, we seriously skip right over small talk and shoot straight into talking about our theories. We are very serious theorists. This morning, because I went to bed fairly early last night, I woke up to ten text messages from her where she was brainstorming and came up with a brilliant theory about Mike and Mona. I am going to share her theory here, but I’m going to share it more elaborately than her text messages could (due to space) and I am going to combine them with the theories that I have already shared, including the one that my best friend, Shelby, thought up. There’s basically two sides of the equation: 1) Mike knows Mona is alive. 2) Mike knows/thinks Mona is dead. And each of these sides have two or three of their own facets.

Mike knows Mona is Alive.

He is working with Alison.

He knew Mona is “A” before they started dating. Therefore, he was either playing her to make her think that he really cared about her, when in fact he did not. Or, he had an Ezra moment, when he started out just using Mona to find out her secrets, only to find that he was truly falling for her, thus making everything a million times more difficult. Should this be the case, it would explain why he always gets defensive over Mona, while still saying, “She wasn’t a kind person” and basically saying she was an awful person. Because despite it all, he loves her anyway.

He dated Mona before finding out she is “A.” It’s kind of like Aria in the “Ezra’s writing a book and he’s been using me since the very beginning” scenario. Mike is blinded by love. Despite the fact that it hurts and sucks that Mona only started to date him because she was using him, he really does love her and he dares to believe that she loves him too.

He’s working with Mona.

Mona is (still) “A” (again) because in the beginning, her original intentions were simply to get rid of Alison and recruit Hanna. However, when Aria came back to Rosewood, Mona knew that her return would likely mean that she and Hanna would reconnect with the other girls, thus leaving her in the background. She couldn’t handle the idea of losing her best friend, so Mona decided she would do whatever it takes to keep Hanna as a friend. Somewhere along the way, her desperate need for a friend has driven her to do things she would have never imagined herself doing. Now it’s too late though, she’s too far into the game to change now. She must succeed in what she originally planned to do. Thus, she recruited Mike to be on her team. While in the process of recruiting him, she started to fall for him, and she knew that wasn’t good, because Aria wouldn’t stand for it. So, she plotted to convince Mike that his sister and her friends were the bad guys. Then, when she disappeared, it was an act to make Mike truly believe that the girls were evil. Therefore, Mike is now working to find Mona’s body and pin everything on the girls, because that’s what his lovesick heart believes is the right thing to do.

He is blinded by love. Enough said.

Mike knows/thinks Mona is dead.

“A” has convinced Mike of numerous things.

“Miss Aria You’re a Killer, Not Ezra’s Wife.” Is it just me or did it sound like some kind of a double forewarning when Mona said that to the girls? I never thought it meant that Mona was on the “A Team.” Now, I think it meant that Mona would eventually try to pin things on Aria and her friends. This could be what the forewarning was. Mona, or “A”, is trying to pin her alleged murder and everything else on Hanna and the other girls.

Where’s the body? “A” obviously knows where Mona, or her body, is. There’s no way “A” doesn’t know, especially since it seems incredibly likely that Mona is “A.” “A,” or Mona, wants Mike to find her/body. I don’t know why, but it is possible.

Mike is working with Alison. Assuming Mona is dead, Mike would be working with Alison for one of two probable reasons. Alison is the killer and she is trying to keep Mike as far away from the trail of evidence as possible, thus keeping the liars as far away as possible while they are on a wild goose chase to follow Mike and keep him out of trouble. OR, Alison knows who did kill Mona, whether she knows who “A” is or who “A’s” helpers are, Alison certainly knows something. AND/OR, Mike is in reality in love with/secretly dating Alison, and was simply using Mona to find answers about “A” or to keep Alison out of trouble because of the answers or “answers” Mona found.

Finally, Mona prepared him for her death. Mona knew that the closer she got to sniffing out “A,” the more likely she was to be number one on the hit list, so she found answers, has a bunch of clues, and left some not only for the liars, but also for Mike, because she does/did love him and wanted to make sure he was safe and happy with her gone.

Expansion on Previous Posts Based on New Evidence

Okay, so now that we’ve been given a few more clues and since a lot of the cast and crew for PLL are talking, I’ve got to reevaluate some of the potential scenarios for future PLL episodes. We’ve gotta talk a little bit more about the barrel. Then we’ve gotta talk a little bit about some of the characters who are becoming a lot more developed right now. And, later we’ll talk about the characters most likely, or most suspected, of being “A.”

First, let’s talk about the barrel. In two previous posts, I talked about how Mona, Holbrook, Melissa, Jenna, Paige, and Sarah (Ali’s alleged lookalike) could possibly be in the barrel. However, after recent developments, I must contract some of my previous mentions. Holbrook is definitely not in the barrel. He is alive and probably not well. He seems like he’s gone crazy or something. I don’t know what Alison, or maybe “A,” did to him, but he is not the man he once was. He’s actually kind of psycho, not a “This guy is definitely “A”’ kind of psycho, but “this guy belongs in Radley,” psycho. Jenna is also probably not in the barrel, because in an interview, Keegan Allen (Toby) said that he doesn’t think there will be a scene with him and Jenna any time soon because Tammin is spending a lot of time with her daughter. Tammin has been posting a lot of pictures of herself and her daughter in Australia (their homeland) the last few months, so maybe it’s true. Maybe Jenna just isn’t around right now. At this moment in time, I think it’s most likely Mona or Paige in the barrel, but who knows?

Now, what the heck is going on with Mike? He’s been acting a little psycho too. Maybe he’s just angry that Mona is dead, or missing, or whatever. Or, maybe he’s working with or for “A.” Whatever he’s doing, he’s certainly hiding something, and I don’t know about you, but I’m dying to figure out what is going on! Then there are Ezra and Toby who are like totally not acting like the amazing boyfriends we know they can be! They both seem to be pushing their girlfriends away and I just can’t figure out why! Toby joined the police force so that he could help Spencer and the girls, but he seems to be doing nothing but pushing them away. Now, there could be a perfectly logical reason for this. He could know a lot more than he’s leading on to, because he is a police officer, and he just doesn’t want to drag the girls into it. That’s perfectly logical, and quite frankly, I hope it’s true! The girls are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves, but it is still totally romantic for the boyfriend to swoop in and save the day! Then there’s Ezra. Sure, his reasoning for suggesting he and Aria break up is perfectly reasonable, because he doesn’t want to stand in her way for new and exciting experiences, especially after she missed out on so much during high school, but haven’t we already been here and done that? I mean, gosh! He definitely already played the “Why don’t you try to be interested in your peers” card! I can understand why he thinks Aria meant at least a little bit of what she told Jackie, and it’s probably true that she does realize she missed out on a lot for Ezra, but I don’t think she ultimately cares! She had chance after chance, especially after finding out about the book, to cut herself loose from her relationship with Ezra, but she has chosen him EVERY TIME! I wouldn’t at all be surprised if they do legitimately break up again this season, but we all know they’ll back together again. If they don’t there will be a LOT of upset fans and I don’t think the creators of PLL are the kind of people to willingly leave their fans angry and broken.

Finally, who is most likely and most suspected of being “A?” Mike, Jason, Mona (assuming she’s still alive), and Alison are the most likely to be “A.” Toby, Ezra, and Caleb are the ones who know the most about the girls, and they could very likely be “A.” And the girls are each the most suspected of being “A.” However, Noel Kahn, CeCe Drake, Jenna Marshall, Melissa Hastings, Lucas G., Wren Kingston, and the Hastings parents are still super sketchy and unexplained as well. Who’s to know? I don’t know… Right now though, if I had to pick my top 3 suspects, I would pick Jason, Mike, and Mona (not necessarily in that order) for my most suspected. I’m trying to keep my theories open-ended for now though. That way, at the end of season 5 when we have all of our important clues, I won’t be close minded to any of the possibilities.

“Kisses,”

OG

P.S. As of two seconds ago, I just watched a new promo for next week’s episode and saw that Andrew (the brainy kid who seemed to like Spencer) is back and probably tutoring Aria. To be honest, I always thought he was kind of strange too…. He also keeps coming back at random times…. Maybe “A” has just trained me not to trust anyone, or maybe I’m onto something… I don’t know, but I’m sure his reappearance has to mean something…. Maybe Aria will date him for a while? She’s already dated the popular bad boy (Noel), an older college guy (Jake) and had a fling with that other guy (Riley), and she’s had a LOT of history with her “bad teacher,” she might as well date the brainy guy, right?

P.P.S My brother just watched last night’s episode of PLL and suggested that Holbrook could have possibly been the angry guy talking to Mona the night before she was murdered while she was talking to Leslie… SO, that’s a theory! Especially since we now know that Holbrook is kind of crazzy and super psucho!

Ezra, Toby, and Caleb :)

This week, instead of writing about the new episode, I’m going to write about the three male leads—Ezra, Toby, and Caleb—and their relationships with the girls.

EZRA FITZ: Ezra, Ezra, Ezra… He’s been quite the naughty boy! First, he illegally dates his student. Then, he secretly dates her behind her parents’ backs, even though they know and don’t approve. Not only does he secretly date her, but he also sleeps with her. Next, his girlfriend who is in high school learns that he got his high school girlfriend pregnant (but thank God, we find out that that was a lie). Later, Aria finds out that Ezra initially only spoke to her because he knew that she was a best friend of Alison DiLaurentis, a girl who was the subject of a book he was writing. Finally, he serves alcohol to five more of his underage students for Christmas dinner and later appears in front of them in only his boxers. Needless to say, Ezra may teach very well, but that doesn’t stop him from being a very bad teacher.

Regardless of his immoral tendencies as a teacher though, (almost) all of us still love and adore him. And it’s because of the way he treats all of his students, but especially Aria (I mean, aside from the whole “lying about the way they met” thing, but whatever). He treats them all like friends and helps them out whenever he gets a chance, like when Emily needed a tutor, he helped her out, and even gave her a make-up test of sorts when she failed, but still passed (thanks to Aria’s Mom), an English test. For more on Ezra go to the blog post I wrote about him called The Truth About Ezra Fitz.

TOBY CAVANAUGH: He’s the misunderstood troubled guy that every girl wants to love because the nurturing female instinct we have comes out at full strength when we see a guy like him. With his messy hair, black leather jacket, and constant run-ins with the law, he can’t help but wear an uneasy, brooding look on his face at all times. Behind his tough guy exterior though, we see a soft and warm heart of gold. He wants and tries to see the good in everyone, even though it’s sometimes very difficult for him, due to the fact that he’s been burned by just about every person who’s ever crossed his path. He’s sweet and he’s charming, and everything he does is in order to protect Spencer first, Emily second, and then, if he has time, himself. Even his darkest moment of all, the moment when he sold himself to the devil, aka “A,” as a minion, he was doing it because he was hoping it would keep Spencer safe.

CALEB RIVERS: Like the relationship of Ezria, the relationship of Haleb also started based on a lie. Jenna paid Caleb to get close to Hanna so that he could find a key that would lead Jenna to a USB stick that held her deepest, darkest, most regretted secret. When he realized he and Hanna actually had something going for them, though, he called things off with Jenna. Hanna found out though and ended things with him, for the first of many times. Eventually he came back though and made things right. They started dating again and everything was going fairly smoothly, until he broke up with her again because of what he learned in Ravenswood. (I’m not too sure what he learned, because I can’t find anywhere to watch Ravenswood, but it has something to do with that other girl dying and turning into a ghost) Finally, as of right now, Caleb and Hanna are happily dating again.

ARIA MONTGOMERY: Aria is the seventeen-year-old student of Ezra Fitz, the man who is not only her teacher, but also her twenty-five-year-old boyfriend (he was eighteen when he allegedly got Maggie pregnant, and Malcolm was mentioned to be seven years old in the episodes shortly following Ezra’s birthday.) Even though she has lied to everyone she knows because of her relationship with Ezra, their relationship has done a lot of good for her. In the beginning, it was a pleasant muse to distract her from her family drama and the drama that came with Alison DiLaurentis. Soon, it became a full-fledged relationship that has tested her in every way imaginable, though it has lead her to lie to everyone she’s ever known, it has also shown her how much she is willing to give for something or someone that she loves. She said it herself, “When you love someone, it’s worth fighting for no matter what the odds.” Furthermore, it has helped her grow up in ways that not even “A” could push her to grow up.

SPENCER HASTINGS: In the beginning, she was Toby’s biggest opponent, few people wanted him locked up more than she did, but then things changed. She watched him walk through the city as little boys crossed the street, just so they wouldn’t cross his path. She followed him into an alley and watched him lean against a wall, slide down it, and cry. Watching this softened her heart toward him and they eventually started working together to find out more about Jenna. As they worked together, they started to fall for each other, until they were eventually head over heels for each other. It got to a point that they were so in love with each other that Spencer put herself in Radley because she thought he was dead. Though it is still debatable whether she purposely landed in Radley or whether she was legitimately mental over Toby, we do know that she was willing to sell her soul to “A” in order to find him, and that in itself is enough to consider her crazy.

HANNA MARIN: She’s the peasant who turned into the princess and fell in love with a frog. A blonde with blue eyes who used to have money, Hanna Marin is the kind of girl who, based on stereotypes, is more fitted to be dating someone like Noel Kahn. Instead she dates Caleb Rivers, a long-haired boy with a dark past, unpredictable present and future, and the brain of a CIA agent who can hack into just about anything you want him to hack into. Their rollercoaster relationship is as typical as a high school relationship can get. They have broken up numerous times, fight about everything, and make up as if nothing happened, even if it’s been months since they were last happy together. They try to keep each other safe by lying to each other about what they’re doing sometimes, but everything they do is for the safety of the other.

In conclusion, Ezria has the unhealthiest relationship of all, based on the fact that everything has revolved around lying to each other and the people around them. In the end though, they are my favorite, because even though they have been toxic for each other, they’ve been able to filter out the things in their relationship that suffocate them and find the things that give them life. Spoby has the most passionate relationship. Of all the characters (other than Alison DiLaurentis), Toby is probably the most misunderstood character of all. Spencer is the only person in Rosewood who truly loves and understands him despite his tough exterior. She’s the only one who is willing to give up everything just to be with him. Toby understands Spencer in ways that no one else does; he’s completely and totally willing to drop everything and do anything for her, even if it means running away with nothing but her hand in his. Finally, Haleb has the most normal and healthiest relationship. They fight and break up, kiss and make up, and give each other all the space in the world to figure life out. They keep secrets from each other, hide things about their lives, and still trust each other with every ounce of trust they have.

Ezria: “It feels so good, but you’re so bad for me.” – Bad for Me by Megan and Liz

Spoby: “I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep—slowly, then all at once.” – Hazel Grace from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Haleb: “If you love something, set it free. If it was meant to be, it will come back to you.” ― Meg Cabot

“Kisses,”

O.G.

Emily Fields: She has an interesting relationship with both Ezra and Toby. Her simple relationship with Ezra is that he tutored her and now they’re somewhat friends. Her complicated relationship with Toby is that of a homosexual girl who is lost and confused and might be falling for a guy, but learns that she isn’t, he’s just a very good friend who becomes the first person to really accept her for who she is and not who she pretends to be. In a way, Emily and Toby understand each other in a few ways that not even the girls understand Emily and not even Spencer understands Toby, but that’s what makes them a great pair of friends. They’re always there for each other, even though we rarely see them together.

Who Killed Mona Vanderwall and is She Really Dead?

Spencer Hastings is no longer on trial for the death of Bethany Young. Mona Vanderwaal was allegedly murdered in her home by a blonde haired woman. Alison DiLaurentis is now in jail for the death of both Mona and Bethany. All seems to be going well for four of the six liars, but is all as it seems? Just before being arrested, a very scared Alison told her long lost friends that she was not “A” and that by allowing her to be arrested, they were giving the real “A” exactly what (s)he wanted. Not one Rosewood resident seems to believe her though, and with good reason, all the evidence points to Alison as the one who murdered Mona, and possibly Bethany, too. This is Rosewood though; you can’t take evidence as it comes. You have to dissect it once, twice, and a dozen more times before you have the real answer.

Based on this truth, there is little to no reason to believe that Alison killed Mona. It is also perfectly reasonable to doubt that Mona is truly dead. Yes, the girl in the video looks suspiciously like Alison, but no one can prove that it is her, at least not right now. For all we know, “A” really is framing Alison. Or maybe, Mona faked her death so that she could leave Rosewood. She is the one who helped Alison fake her own death for two years, who’s to say she isn’t doing it for herself as well?

Theory One: The video is the first honest piece of evidence the Rosewood police have ever found. The video has not been tampered with, Alison did show up at Mona’s house on Thanksgiving Day, and she did drag Mona from her bedroom, down the stairs, into the living room, and outside the house in a fit of murderous rage.

Theory Two: “A” wore a blonde wig to look like Alison, went to Mona’s house, confronted her in her bedroom, and murdered her because she knew too much.

Theory Three: “A” is a blonde (CeCe Drake, Meredith Sorenson, Hanna Marin, Hanna’s step-sister Kate) who is not Alison. That blonde went into Mona’s home and murdered her.

Theory Four: “A” has a blonde minion (see before mentioned blondes) and the minion killed Mona.

Theory Five: Mona staged her death. She got someone to wear a blonde wig, come into her house, pretend to drag her down the stairs, and make it look like she was being murdered.

Theory Six: Mona and Alison realized that “A” was bigger than their hatred for each other decided to work together. Alison really did go into Mona’s house, which is why she won’t tell anyone where she was, and helped Mona fake her own death the way Mona helped her two years ago.

Theory Seven: Alison has a twin who has been traumatizing her for years and decided to frame Alison for the murder of Bethany and Mona.

Theory Eight: Bethany is Alison’ twin, Bethany is not dead, and Bethany killed Mona.

Theory Nine: That blonde girl who was friends with that other random group of five that showed up in one episode is somehow apart of everything and she is the one framing Alison or is the one who was really murdered “that night.”

What do you think? Which is your favorite theory? Do you have a different theory? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments! 🙂

“Kisses”

-OG

Alison DiLaurentis: Malicious or Just Misunderstood

In life, there is always a mean girl. She’s the girl whom everyone hates to love. There’s just something about her that makes you want to be her best friend, even though you know she’s one of the cruelest and most manipulative people around. She’s a bully and she doesn’t seem to be happy unless someone is whimpering for mercy at her feet. Deep down though, you know there’s a loving and caring person hidden inside that cold, black heart of hers. That sweet and innocent person doesn’t want to come out though, because she’s been hurt and tormented by someone else, someone who made her believe that having a vulnerable and sensitive side makes you weak. In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, that girl is Alison DiLaurentis.

Alison DiLaurentis is a beautiful girl with a rich daddy and a quick wit that can get her just about anything that money can’t. She used to be the ring leader at Rosewood High School, where all the guys wanted to date her and all the girls wanted to be her best friend. Just before her sophomore year though, she disappeared and didn’t comeback for over two years. Now that she is back, almost everyone hates her and her previously known as best friends think she is “A,” a psychotic murderer who has been stalking and tormenting them since the beginning of their junior year of high school. if you look at the evidence though, it just doesn’t make sense that Alison is “A.” Sure, there’s a possibility that she might have worked with “A” at some point, but she is not “A.”

In the first few episodes of season 5, all Ali can seem to think about is staying safe and possibly getting Aria and Ezra back together. Not only does her fear of being found by “A” seem genuine, but her concern for Aria and Ezra does also.

In 5×03,  Peter Hastings finds Alison walking the Rosewood streets alone at night. When she recognizes him, Alison seems afraid and on edge. It seems to me, that if either of these two are “A,” then it would be Peter and not Alison. (More on my Peter suspicions in a later post)

In 5×05, on her first day back to school, the background song is “Begin Again” by Rachel Platten. The lyrics to this song talk about wiping away the past, erasing your mistakes, and cleaning up all the messes you’ve made. It’s sung from an almost timid and shy point of view. I think it’s important to pay attention to the theme of this song when judging Alison, because if you do, her actions leading to this moment and following really seem to line up with the song.

     In 5×04, she looks at her social media profile and finds hateful comments after hateful comment. While she is looking at the page she seems genuinely sad and hurt over the comments, as if she truly regrets her actions toward everyone before she left. Then, before meeting up with her friends in front of the school, she apologizes to two of the girls she used to bully. Later, in 5×05, she apologizes to Paige and Emily for the way she treated them as well.

Also in 5×05, when Mona confronts Alison at the church, Ali seems to try to start off by being nice to Mona, but Mona doesn’t have it. She antagonizes Ali until she puts up her wall once more and starts talking smack back to Mona. Then, after she slaps Ali, she slaps her back. As if realizing that she is slipping into her old mold and giving Mona what she wants in the process, Ali walks away. The next day at school, Mona shows everyone the secret video she took of her confrontation with Alison the night before. It’s edited though. It neither shows Mona’s initial antagonistic comments, nor that she slapped Alison before Alison slapped her. The few people who were rooting for Alison to be a different and kinder person turn on her at this moment.

The last scene in 5×05 shows the girls and their boyfriends sitting in Emily’s living room watching a news report about the body found in Alison’s grave. When the name “Bethany Young” is announced, you can see a glimmer of recognition in Alison’s eyes. Stronger than recognition though is a look of mixture, shock, and fear. Skipping ahead to 5×13, we see that Alison did in fact know who Bethany was, that she might be afraid of her (based on the way she asked about her to Mona), and that she allegedly invited Bethany to Rosewood the very weekend she was murdered (I say “allegedly,” because in Rosewood, you never take “evidence” at face value). Finally, when she is talking to Mrs. Fields in 5×07, she repeatedly says, “I was ashamed.” I don’t think she said this for show. I think she really meant it. I think one of the reasons she was gone so long was because she was ashamed of the girl she was–the girl everyone in Rosewood knew to be malicious and manipulative– the girl who let everyone believe was dead.

Several episodes later, after the girls have shown that they don’t trust Alison, Ali puts up another wall and acts as if she neither wants, nor needs the girls to help her make it through “A’s” torment. She even enters the Ice Ball to another song by Rachel Platten called “Fight Song.” The lyrics to this song are similar to those of “Begin Again” but are sung in a more upbeat and empowered manner. The lyrics also speak of how she’s going to prove to everyone that she’s okay, she can take care of herself, and she doesn’t need anyone else to believe in her. However, while the girls and their significant others eat Christmas dinner together at Spencer’s house, Alison peeks inside the window to see them having fun without her. The look on her face when she turns away from the window is absolutely heartbreaking. It seems that in that moment, she realizes that she has completely blown her chances of making amends with them, at least while “A” is still out there tormenting them.

    I do not believe Alison is, was, or ever will be “A.” I think she is simply a girl who was raised in a household of deceit that made her put up walls to protect her from being hurt by other people. I believe that in season 7, after “A” is revealed in season 6 (according to Marlene King), that Alison will be able to reconcile with the other girls and that, among other things, the whole season will show the Liars trying to make things right with everyone, particularly Alison, and that Alison will spend the season genuinely trying to gain back everyone’s trust.

“Kisses,”

O.G.