Today, I’ve finally watched and rewatched and rewatched and rewatched Season 5. I also know that there’s quite a bit of theories opening up again regarding the twin theory. Some of you have even called a thought similar to mine. Here’s what I think…(for now)
Bethany Young WAS Alison’s twin. The question is, which is which. There might have been some sort of switcheroo at some point. One thing was made clear in the S5 Finale: Mrs. DiLaurentis had an affair with Bethany’s father (My, my, my Mrs. Di! Lascivious, are we?). So it could be that she split the girls (at birth) and kept it a secret.
Melissa had mistaken Bethany for Ali. Easily made between twins. She thought Spencer killed her and then she buried her. Alison was also buried that night. Again, we need timings to find out who was buried at what time. We know that one of them was rescued.
But, which one? Someone remind me how they identified Bethany’s body? Why haven’t they released a photo of her?
We know that Alison knew about Bethany, and vice-versa. My guess is, they or one of them was trying to see if they can get away being the other person.
Possible or not, I am pretty sure that the twin theory will come out in the end. It could be Bethany. It may be not. Either way, I think Alison has a twin. Just like in the books. Despite the writers and producers denying it.
Tammin says, “And then someone has a twin sister. I can’t give too much away, or then I’m going to have to kill you!”
They already killed Mona. I think they’re cleaning up the storyline.
Snowglobes? I miss Jenna. I’ll definitely miss Mona. But til then, two more seasons of cliffhangers. Popcorn, anyone?
bejustandfearnot2 said: Hey pll theories 😄 you saw the last pll episode right!! Don't you think the killer might be Jason? Because Mrs. Di laurentis is covering for someone she saw kill ally. And who else can it be other than Jason? But the fact that we have never seen ally's dad is pretty weird too what do you think?
Taking Mrs. D’s comment to heart, “never turn your back on a Hastings,” a lot of us have been leaning heavily toward the theory that the head basher is Jason (as we all know he is a Hastings in the sense that he is Peter’s son). Assuming that the head basher and the person on the rooftop who shot Ezra are one and the same, Jason seems the likely culprit. Especially with the four other Hastings’ being accounted for (Spencer being with the other liars, and Melissa, Peter, and Veronica being at the police department). He is the only one without an alibi. Other than Jason, we haven’t really thought of other possibilities. This theory, however, is interesting and seems a bit plausible as well.
As for Ali’s dad, we think he is MIA just because he doesn’t really need to be around for the unfolding events. Plus, he and Mrs. D were in the process of getting a divorce awhile back. So he just may be gone for good. Who knows. Except for the fact that Mr. D harbors ill-feelings towards Hanna (S3 E7), we really don’t know much about him.
With all the writers and producers claiming they are staying away from the “Ali has a twin” plot line, I still believe SOMEONE has to have a twin because of all the twin references and hidden images they’ve included in the show. So…I think that Jason has a twin. A twin SISTER, one who has been in Radley.
Jason’s twin would therefore be a Hastings, explaining Mrs. D’s comment about “You can never turn your back on a Hastings.” It would also explain Peter Hastings’ involvement with Radley and Mrs. D. I think the twin escaped the night that Ali was fake-murdered and that’s why Mrs. D was on the phone asking for an update…”Please send someone. I’m worried.” AKA send someone from the hospital to pick up my crazy daughter.
If Jason’s twin sister was the one who bashed Ali on the head, that would explain why Mrs. D was protecting the murderer by stashing Ali’s body in the ground. Maybe she knew she was still alive—she knew Ali could hold her breath for a long time—so maybe she wanted the twin to BELIEVE Ali was dead so she wouldn’t keep coming after her. Then Ali escaped and ran away before Mrs. D could get back to her. Mrs. D was not at all surprised when Det. Holbrook told her that he didn’t think the body in the grave was Ali’s—because she already knew that Ali wasn’t dead. However, Ali may not have realized what her mother was doing (remember, she didn’t see who hit her, so she wouldn’t necessarily know that her mom was trying to protect another one of her offspring) which is why she seemed hesitant to let her mom know that she was alive. If her mom was trying to find her, this would also explain why Ezra thought she might be A.
So now the twin believes that she’s killed Ali, and she disappears again/goes back to Radley. Mona continues her A game with the Liars, but all of “Mona/A“‘s threats are related to the girls’ secrets, NOT to finding Ali. At some point “the game was stolen” from Mona, and A began to give the Liars hints and clues, trying to help them find Ali—because *A* wanted to find Ali and needed the girls to help. This would fit perfectly with the timeline because Mona said that the game was taken from her when she went to Radley. Well, if she was at Radley with the twin, then maybe she confided in her or otherwise let it slip that Ali was alive, and THAT’S when the twin took on the role of A, so she could find her half-sister and kill her for real this time. (I don’t have a solid motive for the twin wanting Ali dead, except that there isn’t anyone in Rosewood who didn’t want Ali dead at some point so I think motive might be kind of moot.)
In the finale it was revealed that Ali hadn’t slept with Ezra OR Ian, so who was her pregnancy scare? Could it have been Wilden or someone else? We know that Wren has privileges at Radley, so perhaps he was the twin’s doctor and knew the family that way. Maybe Ali slept with him, the twin found out, and went bonkers because she loved him, or something. If Wren knew there was another sibling, maybe he told Melissa at some point—they were close enough that they got engaged so I don’t think it would be improbable that he told her. Melissa has always seemed to know more about what’s going on than Spencer, so this would make sense. Melissa was also involved with the NAT club—maybe she knew there was another sibling already through that, or her friendship with Jason. Maybe that’s why Melissa said she knew that Spencer didn’t kill “that girl”.
The question still remains, who is in Ali’s grave? There were very few people who knew that Ali wasn’t actually dead, so one of them had to have had a motive for making sure that everyone believed Ali was dead. Mainly, Mrs. D—she wouldn’t have wanted the twin to find out that Ali was still out there, so somehow she was able to replace the body in her backyard and put Ali’s clothes on it. She also would have been the one making the ID of the body and she could have lied to police (everyone else does!).
So that’s my twin theory. I can’t wait to see what happens in Season 5! Something else—since the writers showed Ali in a black hood during the Ian/bell tower scene, that leads me to believe that Ali has been lurking around in a black hoodie OTHER times, too. Just a thought!
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1. The actress who plays Jessica D used to have darker hair. Is it a coincidence that it is lighter now or is her similar resemblance to Veronica H by design? I found it odd that Jessica seemed to “morph” into Veronica through the use of shadows.
2. Was Byron really there with Aria?
3. The use of suspicious siblings seems to be a recurrent thread; Aria/Mike, Ali/Jason, Toby/Jenna, Spencer/Melissa, Byron has a mentally unstable brother, Hanna and her step-sister. The only one without a sibling presence seems to be Emily. Her lack of a sibling makes me suspicious. It probably shouldn’t but it does.
4. Could Aria have a twin that was in Iceland for 3 years while she was only there for 1 year?
5. Finally, I have always found the casting of HMC as Ella interesting. Aside from her resemblance to Aria, she seems like someone they might cast in order to mislead the viewers. I think viewers might be predisposed to trust her and overlook her as suspicious in any way.
Thank you, anon, for this post submission.
We love the “suspicious siblings” theme SO MUCH, you have no idea. We love parallels. And although the twin theme still holds a heavy presence in the show, the existence of suspicious siblings still complements that idea rather well.
Don’t you think its weird that Alison is some how involved with all the guys? She hooked up with Ian, Ezra, Wilden (supposedly?), almost kissed Toby and now she might have been involved with Wren as well? It’s rather weird right? How many guys has she been with? i am very confused :(
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Ali’s been “friends” with so many of the PLL guys that it’s gotten a bit difficult to keep track, but that’s just because she’s affected so many lives on the show. We’re not sure how she may have been involved with Wren, but we wouldn’t be surprised.
floralmermaidd said: So in 4x21 when Aria calls the company that is publishing Ezra's book, it stuck out to me that she chose the fake name Victoria Blackwell. It sounds pretty similar to Vivian Darkbloom? I'm not sure, it just stood out. I know that many people believe that Ali was actually pretending to be Aria because of the red coat and dark hair and now apparently writing stories? Maybe Vivian was Aria's alter-ego instead of Ali's and Ali was just trying to be like Aria?
What an intriguing theory. We like the idea that Aria is somehow hiding more things than what we already know.
Something just clicked in my mind when reading these theories. We all know that the writers and producers have brushed off the theory that the show will follow the book in terms of Ali having a twin…however…I think they are just postponing this by all these false leads. My theory is that Alison’s twin pushed Toby’s mom out the window at Radley….and I think that Mrs. DiLaurentis is covering up the twin thing. They have made too many links to the twin aspect (the poster, the scary Halloween story). I think they are just leading us on a wild goose chase….but I am keeping my fingers crossed that the show ends up surprising me in terms of who A is.
Thank you, Missy, for this post submission.
We want this, too! Definitely seems like they will go “the twin route” eventually. Too many details will be left unaccounted for if the writers/producers don’t include some sort of twin aspect having to do with either Ali or Cece, or both of them. And we, too, hope the show ends up surprising us (we loooong for this). Thinking back to S2, Mona as A was not so shocking. Recently dark!Ezra really got to us in terms of surprise, though insidiously. For the ultimate reveal, they’ll definitely have to step up the surprise factor. Here’s to hoping it’ll involve so much more than the existence of twins.
tictactho said: Okay so Ezra is not on the A team, but maybe he has some sort of deal. I mean with his cameras he probably knows who A is all the time. Cece was wearing a black hoodie, but also on Ezra's payroll. Maybe he paid her a hella lot for inside information. Now he tried getting information from Mona right? He started doing that when Cece was gone, so he needed a new insider to get information from. Mona has now stopped helping him, so the next person Ezra starts hanging around also is an -A? x
Could be. At this point we’re not completely sure how involved Ezra is with the A Team, if at all. It makes sense that he would know who is on the team though, based on his having all those cameras, as you mentioned (so creepy!).
I have a weird suspicion that Hanna could be A. There are certain scenes where she seems to stay quiet during conversations between the Liars. In 4X21, when Aria admits to the Liars that Ezra thinks one of them is responsible for Ali’s “death,” both Emily and Spencer are verbally confused and taken aback by the statement…Hanna remains quiet. I have noticed other situations where Hanna remains silent in past episodes, plus Season 4B Hanna has seemed to gain a sense of confidence with her sleuthing.
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Also the fact that Hanna has become obsessed with murder mystery novels as of late leaves us more suspicious than bewildered. If she is A, or part of the A Team, we have little evidence, as of now, to pin her as such. But maybe all the evidence is there, but simply misconstrued (or even just misplaced). Hanna “plays” ignorant a lot of the time, and has been a victim in countless situations (from being bullied for her “heaviness” in the past to Wilden blackmailing herself and her mom). But then again, sometimes victims end up on the list of “baddies” (because as we know, vengeance sort of does things to people).
This is not to say that we’re offering “a need for revenge” as the reason behind Hanna’s possible involvement with the A Team. But it’s a start. It would be exciting to see Hanna’s demeanor change, just as Ezra’s sort of has. But it may also exhaust us.
Let’s flash back to Season 3, Episode 12.
The girls suspect Paige to be A…and Spencer makes the following note as they are trying to figure out who drugged Emily:
“Drugging yourself is the best alibi ever — classic Sharon Stone move. Remember that movie Basic Instinct? She wrote a murder mystery novel about a crime she was about to commit.”
This stood out to me considering the super stalker author plot twist
With all of the twists & turns the writers throw at us, I could be reaching at straws here - but could this mean something?
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Interesting connection indeed. In a sense this premise seems to connect Spencer, Hanna, Emily, Paige, Aria, and Ezra together:
- We have Ezra, the murder mystery novel writer
- We have Emily, the drugged (x, x)
- We have Aria, another drugged (thanks to Meredith: x); also romantically involved with the “murder mystery novel writer”
- We have Hanna, the mystery novel enthusiast
- We have Spencer, the druggie
- And finally: We’re still not sure how Paige fits in exactly. But the fact that she was mentioned in such a way in the past, as a suspect to drugging Emily, connects her well enough. Oh. And the fact that she herself was looking for Ali behind Emily’s back in S4E21 is quite questionable. Sure, she could be trying to protect Em, but what if more things are happening here?