Nobody is going to read this and it’s super long but I need to put it here for my own sanity and so I can look back at it as things start to unravel in the next series. I’ve only ever posted a couple of theories & tbh what I’m about to post is an accumulation of things that I’ve read from other people’s posts so I’m not taking credit for any of these ideas I’m just lumping together all my favourite theories in one big splurge so shout outs to the people who came up with these different bits of info. Also I’m just ignoring Andrew Campbell rn because his character is frustrating me and I don’t want him to be important in the grand scheme so I’m keeping him out of this.
Umm K let’s start with twins. Jessica Di Laurentis & Marion Cavanaugh are twins, or at least sisters. They look so similar and this could be part of why Mrs D is so involved in Radley & covering up Marion’s suicide/murder/death. Marion is Bethany’s mum, so Bethany is Toby’s sister. When Jenna & her mum are moving in to Toby’s house in S2.13 one of the moving boxes says “Jenna’s Room” and then across from that on the same box says “Bethany”. If Bethany is Toby’s sister then presumably she & Jenna have never lived together so this could mean that Jenna’s stuff is going into Bethany’s old room which is why her name is also on the box, since Bethany is already in Radley. This also explains Mrs D’s involvement with Bethany & why she has Bethany call her Aunty Jess- she is Bethany’s aunty! I love this theory and credits to the different people who noticed all this shiz because it blew my mind.
But then we have Charles, who T F is Charles. People saying that Bethany and Charles are the same person are grasping at straws I think. Bethany has been confirmed as the person who was in Alison’s grave and SURELY is dead. We never met Bethany’s parents even though they were mentioned loads, we’ve also never met Toby’s dad (I’m pretty sure), so they can be the same person, we don’t really know much about Jenna & Toby’s family. So then we have the dress Mrs. D was hiding from Mr. D. Right now that could really have been for Bethany or equally could have been for Charles if we go with the transgender theory, which makes a lot of sense.
In the home video the boys are not identical but could still be twins, or just brothers (or even cousins but let’s not). One boy is wearing pink laces and the other is wearing blue, if Charles is the boy in pink laces this backs up the transgender theory (not that liking pink means you’re a girl, but just roll with it). The baby could be Alison and the two boys could be her two brothers: Jason and Charles. A few episodes back Jason makes a comment about how there are tonnes of albums of baby pictures of Alison but hardly any/none of him. Is this because their parents are hiding Charles’ existence from Ali? If he went to Radley while Ali was small she may not even know about him, which explains why she is so clueless about who has been terrorizing her and why Mrs. D was protecting the person she thought killed Ali, it was her son. This would make Bethany and Charles cousins, which they may or may not have known, and also means Bethany is a cousin of Ali and Jason which explains why she and Alison look so alike. If Jason and Charles are twins that means that their real father is Mr Hastings- so Charles is also brother to Spencer and Melissa. In the latest episode when Mrs Hastings says to her husband “no more secrets” and then tells Melissa “there’s something you need to know” could this be the secret??? This also explains all the shiftyness between Mr Hastings and Mrs D. So if Charles is Jason and Ali’s brother who wants to be a girl then that kind of explains his motives, he’s jealous of Alison’s life and thinks she’s lived her life badly and hasn’t appreciated how good she had it and so is punishing her. I’m not sure about this theory though, I’m not sure why this Charles would target the girls so much and what the tie in would be with Marion’s death exactly, but I’m not ruling it out.
OR. Toby is Charles. The two boys in the video are Toby and Jason, who are cousins. The little girl is Bethany and Mrs. D is telling Toby to kiss his little sister. Zip forward a couple of years and for reasons I haven’t thought of, probably to do with Mrs. D. Bethany & Marion are both in Radley. Mrs. D has something to do with Marion’s death & Bethany knows about it which is why she comes to hate Mrs. D and do those drawings etc. Bethany tells what she knows but only Toby (her brother) believes her. Thus A is born, he already hates Alison and the girls for a whole bunch of reasons which I won’t go into. In the episode where Spencer is dreaming in black and white Ezra seems like the bad guy then is knocked out by Toby who is apparently saving the day. In reality Ezra isn’t the bad guy, so does that mean Toby isn’t a hero? Dun dun dun. When has A ever used their real name anyway? I don’t think A would leave blocks which could spell out his name just lying where the liars could see. The note in Mona’s mirror that the girls found with anagrams for “Charles Di Laurentis” is also likely a red herring. If Mona had written that then when she first opened up to the girls in the dollhouse once the electricity is out then she would have said so, or would have had something to say when Spencer revealed Charles as the name. The note and blocks were probably planted by ‘Charles’ to distract the girls from figuring out the truth. Toby has plenty of motive to punish the girls, plus Marlene King has said that the truth to Marion’s death is linked to why A is A. Toby has done a lot of carpentry and other crafts which would come in handy with building traps, dolls houses, real houses etc etc. His house blew up with nobody inside. Why would A blow up Toby’s house if not to hurt anybody? Maybe to keep making it look like Toby is a target… Toby’s tattoo is super creepy, if he thought Ali was dead when he got it then that’s an explanation, so when he learned that Alison wasn’t actually dead (probably something gave this away to him when they found her body) he started targeting the girls. For that year he genuinely thought things were over. When Spencer saw the home video something definitely clicked with her, probably because she recognised both or one of the little boys in the video. If she only recognised one then that could be either Jason or Toby and presumably the other boy, Charles, is one she wouldn’t recognize. If the boys were Jason and Toby together that would explain why things seemed to click so quickly in Spencer’s head, she knew the boys immediately and didn’t need to question who they were. One boy in the video looks slightly older so this could be Jason and the other could be Toby. If Bethany is a year or two older than Ali and the girls then it would make sense that she is the baby. Neither of the boys looks 7 years old so to be Jason and Alison doesn’t really make sense since Jason is 7 years older than Ali, but this is just interpretation, we don’t know the ages of the boys.
There is so much more I could add to all of this but I cba right now so I’ll probably do a part 2 another time. If anybody actually reads this and has any opinions/mistakes/bits to add please message me. :-) So far Toby=Charles=A is my favourite theory, with Bethany being Toby’s sister. This show is ruining me.
Ps. For those saying this would make Toby and Spencer cousins and therefore incest. Toby would be related to Jason through Jessica Di Laurentis. Jason is related to Spencer& Melissa through Peter Hastings so this doesn’t make Spencer & Toby related. Also we were told we would see Big A without their mask, we never saw the A with the girls without his mask so who says that’s even Charles? Why can’t that be a member of the A Team and the real Charles/Toby/Jason/whoever is with Detective Tanner or anywhere else, unmasked… :-)