Monday, 21 March 2011

Hey Bitches, So Who D'ya Think A Is?


It's weird to think we're still on Season 1 of Pretty Little Liars: it feels like it's been on forever! But tonight we've finally reached the season finale and the big question is, will the big question get answered? The game playing, the creepy snidey text messages, the dealer of paranoia... who is A?

A few months ago Lucy Hale (the horrific Aria) accidentally slipped up in an interview and revealed who A was (yes, she must have been on limbus grass or something). "Oh no!" She cried, "I shouldn't have said that! Well, it's who A is in the books anyway..." Which led me to believe that the television Season 1 finale is going to follow the Book Four finale where 'A' reveals herself in a Lucy Hale type slip up to the girls and then is forced to go psycho and try and kill them all - well, Spencer at least. But of course this turns out to be 'fake A' with the actual A carrying on her crazy shenanigans for another four books before the curtain is pulled back at the end of Book 8 (there's apparently going to be a Book 9 now, so don't get comfy). So whether Lucy Hale meant this is going to be the 'fake A' reveal or the actual A reveal is up for grabs, and then again, who's to say the show's producers will be giving any answers at all - they have deviated from Sara Shepard's writing an awful lot.

If it's 'fake A' then I'll be intrigued to see what audiences think, as the character really hasn't been in the show enough. Yes you'll know who it is but I feel the reasoning will come across as weak as you don't know them very well/the background. If it's actual A then they've basically used all their source material up in the first season, and in the already confirmed Season 2 they're going to have to work from a blank canvas.

There's already been a lot of talk about the finale paying homage to an Alfred Hitchcock film (Vertigo is the current favourite) and a key scene taking place in a church, but if it's going to be a 'fake A' reveal then I'm surprised they don't stick with what happens in the book, as it's an extremely cinematic climax at an abandoned quarry. But I can't think of any Hitchcock films which match that description.

Of course I've read the books (and the spoilers, by mistake) so I know the various outcomes. But the benefit of my lovely readers, let's discuss the A possibilities, and try and work out who's been expertly texting whilst wearing those black leather gloves all this time... (NB: It's not Paige or Caleb - they don't even exist in the books!)

Ezra Fitz
More boring than actually creepy, the English teacher has been smooching up to the horrific Aria for the whole season (this doesn't happen in the books, I despair at the writers/producers) and appears to actually - gag - love her. So surely he can't be the face behind the mask? Aria has already revealed to him 'the Jenna thing', but what if he knew that already and it's all part of his deranged plan? Although we don't know of any connections with him and Alison, could he have been the 'older lover' and not Ian? All highly unlikely. Imagine if Ezra was A though: it would get rid of him and Aria would end up devastated! Hurrah! She's so emo.


Maya
Recently absent as she's in juve, but according to IMDB she is listed in the season finale credits. She must be so mad at Emily for the drugs incident which sent her away, plus without any official separation Emily's been hooking up with swimming bud/enemy Paige... Maya's been living in Alison's old house too, in her bedroom - perhaps she found some secret diary belonging to her and thus knows all the PLL secrets? Perhaps she's bored and lonely and wanted some fun? But, she is in juve...

Jenna
A prime suspect all season: the PLLs and Alison did blind her accidentally back in 8th grade, and Alison was also responsible for some pretty insufferable rumours about Jenna and her step-brother Toby. She's relentlessly creepy and the PLLs are terrified of her (save Hanna who slapped her in the face). She's played games with the foursome before, so why shouldn't she be A? Then again, it would be a little too obvious and convenient if it were her...


Toby
Already the police's main suspect he has been arrested and charged already, only to then be released after evidence against him was unsubstantiated. But he could still be A. He's always shown a soft side to the Liars, but hated Alison and the gossip she spread about him and Jenna (even though it turned out to be true) so that doesn't seem to make sense, but how do we know this isn't all an act? How do we know he's not in love with and working with Jenna in secret? It would be a big twist!

Mona
Hanna's BFF when the other three aren't around, she suffered the same fatty jibes from Alison that Hanna did, so there could be a lot of stored up hatred there. She knows plenty about Hanna, but how could she know the others secrets? And A has done some pretty unpleasant things to Hanna - including running her over - so surely it can't be her? She wouldn't be seen dead in black overalls and leather gloves, anyway.


Melissa
Spencer's big sister truly hates her sibling, and that could include the other PLLs too. She also has a strong loyalty to her husband and father of her unborn baby, Ian, who is the main suspect of the gang at the moment mainly because of his alleged relationship with Alison (the 'older lover' in the video tape). Because of this, perhaps she knows something she has sworn secrecy to and will do anything to help Ian keep his cover, including standing by whilst Spencer is branded a person of interest by the police? She has an awful lot to be angry about too - Spencer is always trying to out-do in her eyes, and more than once shared her boyfriend.

Ian
The biggest person of interest as far as the Liars are concerned: he was in a secret relationship with Alison, he saw her on the night she died, he wanted to end the affair but she didn't - what was the best way to keep her quiet? It could all make sense, especially if he's roped Melissa in to help cover the tracks, but whilst he has been an uncomfortable presence and expert at steering Spencer's paranoia, why would he be A? Why would he make Hanna eat a whole box of cupcakes, for example?

Sean
Hanna's ex-boyfriend - the break up wasn't particularly harmless, and he has a lot to be angry about: Hanna was spending more time with Lucas than she was with him, and now they've broken up she doesn't see him at all! It could definitely be possible he would want to hurt Hanna, and because of his friendship with Paige and Noel maybe he knows more secrets about the others, too? But again, there's no obvious link between him and Alison and no motive for her death. Not that we know, anyway...


Lucas
He's already confessed to smashing up Alison's memorial. He hated her for the false rumours she spread about him being a haemaphrodite. He hated her personality and existance in general. And Hanna has messed him around royally - although if he is A, he was making Hanna be nasty to himself... He's been out the picture of late but as with Maya he's credited on IMDB as being there in the final ep, so maybe he has more left to play. Plus, he's just the deadly and silent type, isn't he?

Noel
Hanna said he was A when she came round from the accident. They all believed he was A. He knew about Aria and Mr Fitz and was blackmailing the teacher for better grades. Also has anger issues - he was suspended from school for something he didn't do. But then again A did that, so he can't have done it to himself...can he?

A Parent
Intriguing (the books even play with this idea). But who would it be? Emily's parents are too neurotic and well, parental to be considered. But what about Hanna's mum? She's definitely got a manipulative, dangerous streak to her. But she wouldn't run down her own daughter. Could any of the parents run down a 16 year old girl, let alone kill another? Then again, Spencer's mother is ruthless. Is there a method in her madness? Aria's parents are practiced at sneaking around - perhaps they already know the relationship their daughter is having with her English teacher. But c'mon, it's all inplausible isn't it?

One of the PLL
They all know each other's secrets - what if one of the foursome is playing at being A? They all have motives for wanting to kill her, and if they're that unstable it would be easy to slip into the A persona. So could it be Emily, who dared to out herself? Aria who can freak herself out all she wants with the Mr Fitz secret safe in the knowledge it's herself that's doing it? Or Spencer - already an emerging suspect, she had a big row with Alison the night she died. Did she kill her? Is making herself look suspicious now a way to continue being A? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer... But someone locked her in the funhouse in the last episode. Maybe it's all four of them, unknowingly? (But clearly not Hanna, unless she astro projects or some shit)

Alison herself
Here's the far-fetched idea: Alison is still alive. They still haven't confirmed her death (how long do dental records take?) so technically the body could be someone else's. She could be playing with them all this time, but does she want to hurt them or is she trying to tell them something she couldn't do in person when she was 'alive'? Hanna did see her in the hospital room, but that was just an halluncination wasn't it, a drugged up dream? She couldn't really have been there in person could she? But if she was... then why has she faked her own death, where is she hiding, and what is she trying to do?

Things to deduce:
*A has got to be a girl. What boy would be so calculated and invest so much time in text revenge?
*A and Allison's killer could be two completely different people.
*A could be two or more people working together to bring down the PLLs...

The finale of Pretty Little Liars is on ABC Family tonight in America, and tomorrow for all you people everyone else. 

Who is A?

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