Check out my newest Pretty Little Liars Suspect List for the premier of season 3B on January 8th 2013!
Who is A?
This is the burning question fans of Pretty Little Liars have pondered for the last few years. I created a Pretty Little Liars suspect list for season one, but after another game-changing finale, now seems like the perfect time to re-evaluate all of the major players in Rosewood.
The Pretty Little Liars: Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna
While it certainly would be a twist I don’t think that it’s the road Pretty Little Liars is going to go down. All of the girls have been pretty terrorized by “A” so it’s highly unlikely that any one of them is really two-faced enough to pull it off, even if they have gotten really good at lying.
N.A.T Club – Garrett, Melissa, Ian, Jenna, Jason
A fake club referring to a Latin phrase meaning “Seeing All” is already rather suspicious but we also know that Garrett, Ian, Jason, Mellissa, and maybe even Jenna were up in Alison’s room the day she went missing so they top the guilty party list for now. While its possible they may have played a part in torturing Alison with threatening texts or blackmails, there has also been plenty of dissention and distrust within the group.
After all, Ian was once upon a time involved with Alison and ultimately framed for her murder and killed. Garrett and Jenna were dating only for that to end, and now Melissa and Garrett definitely have something going on. Also, Jenna was almost killed in a fire in “Eye of the Beholder” (2×22) and in the following episode “If These Dolls Could Talk” (2×24) she turned over Page 5 of the autopsy report to the police, landing Garret behind bars and charged with the murder of both Alison and Maya.
Jason has also been a shady character since his introduction and its convenient that he has no memory of that night. But as we recently found out he is Melissa and Spencer’s half-brother so is he playing nice or covering for someone else (like Melissa)?
Update: Besides Ian, because he’s dead, Jenna is the only other one that seems to be not-guilty in this group. She was already blind when Alison was killed and a video of her and Noel Kahn exonerate her from in the case of Maya’s murder. Melissa however not only faked her pregnancy but was also the black swan so she’s still sketchy despite being MIA for most of this season.
Garrett was on trial for the murder of Maya and Alison but when Cousin Nate was revealed to be not-Maya’s cousin but actually her killer, he was released from prison and charges were presumably dropped but we also know that the A-Team was working on getting him off the hook.
Suspicious But Too Obvious? Mona, Toby, Lucas, Noel, & Paige
Each one has had their “maybe they are A” moment, but ultimately they all seem to suffer from the wrong place, wrong time scenario. I still think Mona is pretty suspicious and only rule her out because of the book series and what has been said online about “A” in the TV series versus “A” in the books.
Lucas was clearly tortured and bullied by Alison but as he got closer to Hanna the “A” harassment only intensified and if he were “A” I think it would have tapered off not increased. Noel Kahn looks good and suspicious, but he isn’t around all that often so I’m thinking he doesn’t have anything to do with the texts or Alison’s death. Although both Noel and Lucas had on that creepy mask in the Halloween flashback episode, so maybe they haven’t been around for a reason.
I love Toby so it’s hard for me to be objective, but after all of the red herrings in season one I think the show has ruled him out as “A” and so have I.
Update: At the end of the second season finale, “unmAsked” (2×25), it was revealed that A was Mona (damn those misleading clues – I was so on to her). However, it quickly became clear that someone else was pulling the strings and that Mona is only one part in the entire thing.
Noel continues to be a shady character but a surveillance video of him and Jenna at his family’s cabin let’s him off the hook for Maya’s murder at the very least. We also now know that Paige had a volatile past with Alison and has a bit of an anger issue – so the question is – would her infatuation with Emily cause her to kill?
And I am 0 for 2. In the episode “Lady Killer” (3×12) we learn that Toby is working with Mona on the A-Team! Paige on the other hand is seeming more like a pawn in all of this – she was kidnapped by not-cousin Nate and apparently Maya’s phone has been planted in her purse.
New To Town: Maya, Caleb, Holden, Kate, Cece, & Nate
In the Halloween flashback episode “The First Secret” (2×13), we learned that Alison was being harassed by “A” prior to her death so that pretty much eliminates everyone new to town no matter how secretive, sketchy, or bitchy they may be.
Update: Maya’s dead so like Ian, she’s can’t be A. CeCe may be the exception to the rationalization for this list since she knew Alison. Is it coincidence that she’s showing up in Rosewood now and seems to know everyone and everything?
In the episode “Lady Killer” (3×12) Nate was revealed to be Maya’s stalker not cousin. So he killed her but seemingly has nothing to do with A’s game besides inadvertently getting Garrett out of jail.
The Parents – Hastings, Montgomery, Marin, Fields
Emily’s parents have been in Texas and overseas so I would say they are innocent. Hanna’s mom Ashley and Aria’s mom Ella have started to become truly worried about this “A” character and don’t seem to be behind the madness. While I wouldn’t give Aria’s dad a parenting award, “A” did threaten to expose his cheating ways so it stands to reason it’s not him either. Spencer’s parents on the other hand are either ‘out of town on business’ or speaking in riddles. Also a lot of “A” related events have gone down on the Hastings property or inside of their house.
Also on a side note, where the hell are Jenna and Toby’s parents?
Others: Wren, Ezra, and Mike
Not everyone in town can look guilty; I guess that is what these characters are for. Also with the exception of Mike, they have all been on and off again love interests which are not atypical for a teen show.
This is my far-fetched guess and crazy theory but in “The First Secret”, the episode opens with Alison telling the story of a pair of twins, one of which who was locked in a mental institution until she escaped and started killing. Now this could obviously be a story or even a metaphor for Alison’s alter-ego Vivian who lived almost a completely different life but in that episode there is a picture hanging on the wall of Alison’s bed room that shows two girls and Jason.
While the picture isn’t as convincing as I imaged when I first learned of its existence, the inscription below the photo roughly says double the laughter and double the trouble with twins – that is if you trust my friend’s French translation abilities, which I can’t vouch for.
So what are your thoughts? Besides having pretty eyes and an affinity for black hoodies we still don’t know many other descriptive details. Male or female, don’t know, but “A” sure seems to have a lot of money at their disposal. It also stands to reason that “A” is more than one person because it would be pretty hard to know that much on your own.
Update: At the end of “Single Fright Female” (3×11), the penultimate episode before the BetrAyal, the tag confirmed the existence of more than one black-hoodie-wearing “A”. In the following episode “Lady Killer” (3×12), we learn that, that person is Toby.
So catch up or rewatch some Pretty Little Liars until the next “A” reveal.