MelissA Hastings is and always has been ‘A’ and ‘A.D’ with the help of her little minions. Let’s get to the bottom of it once and for all.
This theory is a continuation of my first “Melissa is A” theory, here.
This ‘A’ game all started with Alison and Melissa.
(These anonymous texted were traced by a man that Alison hired before she ‘went missing’ and they were sent from one of Melissa’s old offices in Brookhaven)
Jessica DiLaurentis knew that Melissa was the one that Alison should be afraid of all along. She even tried to warn Ali about her the night that Alison was hit in the head mysteriously and buried alive.
Assuming that Jessica knew that Spencer was really her niece and her sister Mary’s daughter, she couldn’t have been warning Ali about her, right? She had to have been warning her about Melissa Hastings instead.
Melissa was looking for Ali ‘That Night’.
Melissa and the N.A.T club, to be exact. (Ian, Garrett, Jenna)
When Spencer confronts Melissa about being in Ali’s room ‘That Night’ the very first thing that Melissa does is deny it, and then blackmail Spencer to keep her quiet. A pretty suspicious reaction if she has nothing to hide….
This literally SCREAMS “I’ve been watching you” and “I’m in charge of the N.A.T club”.
Especially when we factor in what Jason had told Spencer about the club and basically admitted that he was just a pawn in a bigger and badder game.
Melissa had Ian film everyone. Melissa started it all. This is why she was so furious when she found out that Alison had stolen the N.A.T videos.
And remember what Cece had told Emily about ‘That Night’? She told us the truth for once and we should have listened. Cece was warning Emily about the real ‘A’, the real threat.
I think that Cece Drake was hired by Melissa in high school to set her friends up for the N.A.T club. Cece, being prom queen, surely had more friends than we think. She seemed pretty popular at Noel’s cabin, didn’t she? It started out innocent and fun but eventually Melissa’s hatred for Alison took over and the game got dark. Melissa wanted revenge but Cece really did love Alison, which started Cece’s own game of ultimate betrayal.
Cece began plotting against ‘A’ and I think she used decoys such as Mona and Toby to do so. She would get orders from Melissa and then pass them down to Mona that way she could sabotage the plan herself. Think about it, that’s what Red Coat always did. She showed up just in time to save the Liars and ruin whatever ‘A’ had been planning. Cece was protecting Ali and her friends, not the other way around. But Melissa found out around the time of the dollhouse about Cece’s true intentions and I think that’s what ruined everything. Melissa kidnapped the Liars and forced Cece to help her (blackmailing her with her past and Wilden’s murder) and then left clues about Cece’s identity for Spencer to riddle out.
Melissa wanted Cece to get caught as ‘A’ and to take the fall for her.
The only problem with her plan was that Cece knew about Melissa murdering Wren’s blood sister, Bethany Young. After Cece was arrested and put into Welby she couldn’t wait to tell Wren the truth and that is ultimately what lead to her demise. Melissa murdered Cece for telling Wren about her big secret and to keep her quiet about ‘A’.
It all sounds very similar to what happened to Officer Garrett Reynolds who was murdered after saying too much to Spencer. The same man who Melissa had confessed all of her secrets to. The QOHs on the ghost train are both responsible for Garrett’s murder and according to Mona, Melissa was one of them along with Darren Wilden.
Melissa either murdered Garrett to keep him quiet or she paid Wilden to do it.
It has been MelissA all along, hiding in plain sight and using everyone’s secrets to her own advantage.
Melissa's Amish Child - The reason for playing the game
Everyone is suggesting that the Amish little girl is Alison’s child she had during her missing years, and that’s who she is visiting during her frequent visits out of Rosewood.
But what if if’s Melissa’s child she had with Ian, Taylor? Maybe she had to put her in hiding after Ian died, because she knew it was no longer safe for her child. And what a better place to stash away a kid than a place with no technology, somewhere A could never reach, to spy?
I’m fuzzy on the PLL timeline, but the baby could also be Wren’s, and that’s why they wanted to get married. When Wren “betrayed” her by kissing Spencer, Melissa immediately jumped back on the Ian bandwagon to marry him, maybe tricking him into thinking the baby is his to gain immunity.
If Melissa knew about A way back then, maybe she decided to hide her pregnancy when she found out how dangerous it was. She played the game with A, she was on that train, for her sister and her child.
This could be a completely rubbish theory as I can’t remember the exact timeline, but it does seem like a Melissa thing to do. Remember, as Garrett said on the train, medical records don’t lie. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was under the impression that Melissa was out to hurt Spencer because she was playing the game, or maybe it was a Twincer clue all along? Maybe he thought Melissa was hunting down her sister?
I’ve said it time and time again, I firmly believe in Melissa being big ‘A’ with Wren, Cece Charlotte, and Toby’s aid, along with the fallen N.A.T members. I’ve written theories about Melissa and the others involvement ( x, x , x ,x ) but here is where I’m going to tangle all of my theories and thoughts together, like a bowl of spaghetti.
Let’s start with the events of “That Night” on Labor Day 2010.
Morning of Labor Day.
Alison is at the Hilton Head resort in South Carolina with Ian on a weekend reprieve (when she is supposed to be visiting her grandmother in Georgia) and Melissa appears at their hotel room. Melissa yells at Ian about Alison being there and demands that she puts an end to their affair but Ian calms her down, reassuring her that Alison means nothing and that he was just killing time. Melissa forgives him and then tells him that he can’t see her again, or else “somebody is going to get hurt.”
Alison hears this conversation from the bedroom and in spite, turns on Ian’s computer and copies all of his videos (N.A.T videos) onto a thumb drive and then she leaves Hilton Head. She goes to a small airport and has her friend Duncan fly her back home to Rosewood.
In episode 2x23 Aria meets up and flies around with Duncan to get some answers as to what or who Alison was looking for.
Aria: “So how often did you take her flying?”
Duncan: “On and off that summer. As often as I could.”
Aria: “Can I ask you something else?”
Duncan: “Was I in love with her? Could have been. If somebody hadn’t gotten in the way.”
Aria: “Another boy?”
Duncan: “Ah, that’s what I figured. At least I had her all to myself up here. It made her feel safe.”
Duncan: “Yeah. Nothing could get to her, and she had control. You want to try it?”
Aria: “Do I want to what?”
Duncan: “Take me up.”
Aria: “No. No, thanks.”
Duncan: “If you want to understand your friend, what she was looking for, take control. You got it? How does it feel?”
Aria: “I don’t know.”
Duncan: “She would sit in that seat and I would see her face just change. No masks. Nothing to hide from or be afraid of. They couldn’t get to her.”
Aria: “Who’s they?”
Duncan: “Maybe a stranger. Maybe some boy she knew.Maybe a friend.”
He stares at Aria for awhile and makes her nervous and then she loses control of the plane for a second but quickly gains it back.
Duncan: “I’ve done some reading since we’ve talked. The papers said that a man named Ian Thomas confessed to killing Alison before committing suicide. He left a note and everything.”
Aria: “The note was fake. We don’t think that he did it. We think.. we think that he was trying to protect somebody.”
And we know that somebody Ian was protecting was Melissa.
In 1x21 before Ian and Spencer get into the fight in the church he says to her, “your sister would want me to take care of this.” Then when Ian tries to push Spencer off the bell tower she says to him, “If you love my sister you wouldn’t do this.” to which Ian responds, “I’m doing it because I love her."
Afternoon of Labor Day.
When Alison returns home to Rosewood the very first thing she does is visit Jenna in the hospital and threatens her to stay away from Rosewood.
"Jenna, If you ever come back to Rosewood, I’ll bury you."
Alison explains in 4x24 that she was visiting everyone implicated on the videos she downloaded from Ian’s computer and was trying to scare 'A’ away from hurting her. Her and Jenna seem to come to some sort of understanding so Alison leaves, thinking that she’s won and that Jenna couldn’t be 'A’ until she receives an 'A’ text.
Then Alison took a taxi home/Spencer’s house to see the Liars. They talk about how exciting the last night of summer will be, partying in Spencer’s barn.
Later that afternoon Alison goes home and walks into her bedroom to get ready. She sees a note on her bed from her mom that read "Good color on you. -Mom” with a yellow top next to it. She put it on and turned around to look into the mirror and she see’s an 'A’ message waiting for her.
Terrified, Alison decides on a back-up plan. She paid for a storage unit and put the thumb drive of the videos inside of it.
She goes over to Emily’s house and gives her a present from her grandmothers house, a vintage snow-globe. Underneath the snow-globe she had taped a key that belongs to her storage unit containing the N.A.T videos.
Evening of Labor Day.
After Alison is ready for the night she goes downstairs to leave and she’s stopped by her mother, Mrs. D. Mrs D is on the phone and seems very worried saying, “How could this happen? I don’t understand.” Ali goes to leave the room but Mrs. D yells at her and tells her that she’s not going out, end of discussion. Then she returns back to her phone call and says, “You need to send somebody immediately.” (We speculate now that Mrs. DiLaurentis was on the phone with Radley about Bethany disappearing from the Sanitarium). Once Mrs. D hangs up she says to Alison about the Hastings, “You have to remember that you can never turn your back on a Hastings.”
Alison ignores her and takes a few of her pills when she’s not looking and escapes out the back door to go next door to Spencer’s.
She enters the barn and all the Liars and her hang out and drink a little, which is how Alison drugs the girls to get them to fall asleep. Once the girls fall asleep she leaves the barn to meet with Toby outside.
They talk for awhile and then Toby leaves, leaving his jacket behind on Alison. (What do they really talk about? We never see a flashback. In 4x24 Alison tells the Liars that Toby told her that night that he was grateful for her, that his time he had spent in juvie got him away from Jenna)
Alison then goes to meet up with Ian at the kissing rock but as she’s leaving her house she see’s a car parked outside and walks to it.
It’s Ezra Fitz and he’s very upset at her for lying about her real age. He tells her that their relationship is wrong and although he likes her, he can’t continue to see her, she’s too young. As she gets out of his car and is saying goodbye she says to him, “If you ever get your story published, you better spell my name right."
She then walks to the kissing rock and meets with Ian. They record a video, make out a little, and then Ali threatens she will show everyone his and his friends videos that she stole.
Alison: “Thanks for meeting me, that was some goodbye kiss.”
Ian: “No hard feelings, right?”
Alison: “Please. This is just me killing time before somebody better comes along..”
Ian: “Look, why don’t we just… end this on a positive note, okay?”
Alison: “You and Melissa deserve each other. She is such a bitch.”
Ian: “Hey, watch your mouth.”
Alison: “You’re going to jail.”
Ian: “We never had sex, Alison. So… I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Alison: “I saw your home movies, Ian. What does N.A.T stand for? Need A Therapist?”
Ian: “Listen, you are NOT going to blackmail me into staying with you.”
Alison: “That’s hilarious. Somebody is threatening me. And if it’s you or your crazy girlfriend then it stops tonight because I’ve made a copy of every single video on your laptop. And if I get one more text or a doll then you’re going to be buying your soap on a rope.”
Ian: “You have no idea how much troubleyou’re going to be in if you show these videos to anyone. Look at me. There are things on here that could bring everybody down, including your family.”
Ian broke his promise. He told Melissa he would never see Ali again just that same morning, didn’t he? Oops…
Now somebody is going to get hurt…
After Ian left Alison he went to meet with Garrett and Jenna in Alison’s bedroom to look for the videos and Ali went back home too. (Question: What happened to Toby’s cardigan? Where was she before she came home?) She was walking around in her backyard when she ran into Garrett and Jenna, who had just left her bedroom.
She makes a comment about telling Jenna earlier that she would bury her if she ever came back to Rosewood, which pisses Jenna off and they fight a bit. Garrett grabs Jenna’s walking stick and goes to swing at Ali but she drops to the ground and he hits the tree behind her instead. He pretends to beat her and then grabs Jenna and the two of them run away, leaving Jenna to believe that Garrett had just killed Alison. Which explains why Garrett gave Jenna page five of Bethany / Alison’s autopsy results in season two, Jenna thought that he had killed Alison with her walking stick and couldn’t let the police figure it out.
After Alison got up she met with Mr. Montgomery and she threatened him about his affair for some money. They had a heated discussion but eventually Byron refuses to give in to her blackmail and leaves.
When Alison retells this portion of the evening to the Liars in 4x24 she says that she met with Byron after her argument with Spencer that night, but Garrett tells Spencer in 3x13 that her overheard Ali and Byron’s conversation after he and Jenna left Alison in her backyard.
All the while this is taking place, Melissa is outside on the phone with someone (who I assume is Ian or Wilden) and she says, "what do I have to do, call 911 to get your attention?"
Next thing we know, Melissa and Cece Charlotte (dressed in the same yellow top as Alison) are in the DiLaurentis backyard talking/scheming.
After talking to Mr. Montgomery, Ali goes back to the barn to check on the Liars and finds an awake Spencer, high as a kite on adderall. Alison pushes Spencer’s buttons and they end up outside arguing.
At one point Alison says, "you’re way out of your league Spencer” which makes Spencer even more angry so she grabs a shovel and says, “are you sure about that?” Spencer’s pills fall out of her pocket when she goes to swing at Ali and Alison takes them and asks her if she’s speeding. They both promise to keep it a secret and Alison tells Spencer to go back to the barn and sleep the high off, so she does. Alison waits at the barn while the Liars sleep and waits for a text from “A”. After she didn’t, she thought it was over and she walked home.
While Alison and Spencer were fighting Melissa and Cece Charlotte must have still been in the DiLaurentis’ backyard together because they both have accounted for overhearing the argument between the girls.. I wonder if they were still there when Alison walked home shortly afterward?
After Ali had walked home and reached her front yard she was hit in the head from behind.
Somebody got hurt…
Who hit Alison?
As of 6x10 we know that it was really Cece Charlotte who hit Ali thinking she were Bethany, but Is it possible that Charlotte wanted to hit Ali all along for Melissa?
Melissa tells Spencer in 5x11 that she found Alison’s body (which was ID’d as Bethany) and had thought that Spencer killed her, so she proceeded to bury the body to protect her sister. Well, I think that’s a lie. I think Melissa saw Charlotte hit Alison in the head with a rock after Ali and Spencer parted ways. And THIS was part of the agreement between Mr. Hastings and Mrs. D. Melissa said “somebody is going to get hurt” and she meant it. It’s not possible for her to have committed this crime alone, though, so I think that Cece DrakeCharlotte helped her by doing the dirty work and has continued to help her since.
I suspect that Melissa and Cece Charlotte were friends before Charlotte and Alison were. Charlotte tells the Liars when she first meets them in 3x07, “you were friends of Ali’s.. me too, I’m Cece.” Spencer introduces herself and Cece goes, “ah. Melissa Hastings little sister. Ali talked about you, she talked about all of you, a lot.” Emily finally asks, “how do you know Ali?” to which Cece says, “before I moved to L.A. our families rented summer homes in Cape May, we went through an intense couple of weeks together. I dated her brother Jason, she never mentioned me to you guys? Well, it was intense for me.. she was going through such a hard time, like a broken doll.”
However, because of the photo that Emily and Jason found of Darren Wilden, Alison, and Cece taken by Melissa that summer in 2010, I think that this was Melissa’s group of friends (N.A.T club) at Cape May that Alison was with. Especially after learning that Cece was actually Prom Queen at Rosewood High the year of Melissa, Ian, Jason, and Garrett’s prom. Surely they must have known each other before Cape May…
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
If Melissa was telling the truth when she told Spencer that she only buried the body thinking that Spencer was a murderer then why did she ever say, “I’ve been protecting you since it started. Since before it started.” in episode 4x05? If the “it” is when Melissa buried the body then what is the before? Melissa was never protecting her sister, she was only protecting herself. Self-preservation. Spencer tells her mother in 2x03, “Mom, Melissa wouldn’t even tell me if my hair were on fire” so why would she cover up a murder for her?
Melissa also admits to Spencer in 2x22 that she is the one who sent Alison threatening texts ‘before she 'went missing’.
Remember the little boy from the doll shop in Brookhaven? He told the Liars that a man and a woman wanted to hurt Alison. A woman with dark hair, like Spencer’s. The Liars asked him if the woman was blind and the kid said, “No. She can see.”
A man and a woman,Ian and Melissa?
Melissa also had an office in Brookhaven at a law firm and the address to the firm happened to be the same address that the Liars got from one of Vivian’s friends who had tracked the location of these threatening texts…
Melissa: “One night before she disappeared, I came home early. Dad was up, something was bothering him but I didn’t notice at first, I was a wreck myself. I had caught Alison flirting with Ian and I, I sent texts to..”
Melissa: “Telling her to back the hell off. I told dad everything I didn’t know what else to do.”
Spencer: “Did you sign these texts?”
Melissa: “I didn’t have to. She knew who they were from.”
Spencer: “What did dad say?”
Melissa: “Nothing. He had this look like… like he supported me.”
Sounds familiar, right? Remember in 4x24 when Melissa revealed to her father that she had buried the body whom she believed to be Alison the night Ali disappeared?
Which brings us back to Peter Hastings and Jessica DiLaurentis “understanding”. I speculate that Peter blackmailed Jessica into keeping Melissa’s murder a secret with another secret, Bethany Charlotte. Only once Jessica discovered that Alison is alive and that her body wasn’t the one that was found in her backyard a year later, all bets were off. Which was what lead to Mrs. D’s demise. Peter couldn’t trust that Jessica would keep their secret any longer and that was a risk he wasn’t willing to take, so he had to put an end to it. He had to. He shut Jessica up in order to protect his family. And this is why Veronica Hastings had filed for a divorce after Jessica DiLaurentis’s body was found in their backyard. Veronica knew what her husband had done and couldn’t look at him the same. No other explanation would make sense.
It is one of the few theories that make sense through and through, in my opinion. Melissa and her family are all tangled in this.
Especially after the Lodge fire.
In 3x24 Spencer and Mona (as A-team) had orchestrated a meeting with them and the Liars at the Lodge for a supposed “Hastings party” to celebrate Spencer’s mental health. Spencer gave out fake invitations to the Liars and somehow, Melissa got a hold of one. Melissa visits Jenna and Shana at Jenna’s home at this is what Emily over hears them saying;
And then what happens later that evening? Someone sets fire to the Lodge while Mona, Hanna, Aria, and Emily are locked inside and someone leaves an “A” marked in the fire outside. An odd coincidence…
Melissa confirms in 4x04 to Spencer that Jenna, Shana, and herself WERE at the Lodge to see who the Liars and Mona were meeting, thinking it was Ali. However, she blamed Darren Wilden for the fire and played the victim card. The only problem with that though is that Darern Wilden was already dead. Plus, whoever set the fire to the Lodge used the same invitation to Spencer’s fake party that Melissa, Jenna, and Shana were seen with right before they went to the Lodge and we saw someone, particularly a female, knock Toby out cold after they set the place on fire and they even left him the lighter they used, which has a picture of a compass, and Toby recognizes it. Jenna’s?
We never saw Wilden or a hint of any male besides Toby so I don’t think Wilden was actually there or apart of the plan. He was already murdered by Cece.
During the lodge catastrophe we find out that Mona wasn’t in charge anymore.
Then as the fire gets worse Mona starts freaking out and says, “now I’m never going to know who she was.”
After all this time, Mona was working for someone as ‘A’. Somebody stole the “A” game from her while she was in Radley.
Melissa with the help of Wren, Melissa’s beau and Mona’s doctor, perhaps? These two conversations are very telling..
Spencer: “So all of this started when you were in Radley?”
Mona: “I made a deal with the devil and she gave me a way in and out of that place. At first it was fun, having a partner, but then the game changed. She stole you from me.”
And then there’s this between Mona and Doctor Wren in 4x11.
Wren: “I’d like to know how you feel.”
Mona: “About farm animals?”
Wren: “About what you say you’ve done.”
Mona: “Look, those girls used to make me feel bad but recently I realized we’re on the same side. I wanted to make up for the things that I’ve done and Wilden was bothering them. So I got rid of him.. and I’d do it again.”
Wren: “I don’t think you got rid of anybody. That’s my response. Let’s take a break.. I’d like you to think about being honest with me.”
Mona: “Why would I ever be honest with you?”
Wren: “You used to be.”
Mona: “Well, that’s before I realized where your loyalties were.”
Wren: “I’m not sure what that means but I thought that we had done a good job at establishing trust while you have been a patient here.”
Mona: “That was before I realized you were keeping secrets from me.”
Queen of Hearts.
After the Lodge fire we also learn from Mona that Melissa was on the Halloween Ghost Train back in 3x13 dressed as the Queen of Hearts. (Melissa alsoconfirms this in 4x05 when Spencer confronts her)
Then back in episode 3x01 (one of the episodes I.Marlene King said we should rewatch for clues) Spencer visits Garrett in jail for the first time.
Spencer: “You said that you would tell me the truth, so what is it?”
Garrett: “There’s a lot you don’t know, Spencer. Some of it you don’t want to know. And if there’s any chance of me getting a fair trial in this town…. everybody already thinks I’m guilty.. I don’t know anything about Maya but I might know who killed Alison.” (Melissa?)
And in episode 3x02 when Spencer visits Garrett in jail a second time he begs her to get her mom to be his lawyer but Spencer tells him no, she needs more information from him before she or anybody else can trust him. He finally says to her, “Spencer, someone that you know well has you completely fooled. People lie but… medical records don’t.”
And next thing we know, Veronica takes Garrett’s case pro bono, without pay, and ends up getting him off scotch-free. Until he gets murder in 3x13 on the Ghost Train. Why would Veronica take Garrett’s murder case? What did Garrett blackmail the Hastings family with? Did he see something else “That Night” that he didn’t share? Did he see Cece hit Ali and Melissa help cover it up?
Then flash forward to 4x04 when the Hanna finds this poster board of everyone in Rosewood in Holbrook’s office. Notice that it says “medical records” on Melissa’s photo. A little weird and suspicious…
Oh, and remember this? Melissa once said to Spencer, “I will never forgive you for this.” back in the second season.
I definitely don’t think she would have covered up a murder for as long as she did for her sister… she’s hiding protecting somebody else.
And Alison knew how Melissa felt about Spencer all along, she hinted at it in 2x23 when she visited Spencer for the first time since going ‘missing’.
The Liars also find the mask shop that made all of the famous Alison’s masks back in 4x04 after Hanna finds the police board. It turns out that Alison got paid to have her face masked by an artist named Hector.
Aria, Emily, and Hanna visit him at his shop and are asking him questions when Hanna finds another familiar face as a mask. Melissa Hastings.
Spencer takes the mask home and ponders it for awhile, and then Melissa knocks on her bedroom door. She comes inside Spencer’s room and they talk for awhile.
What does it all mean? Okay, ‘A’.
Then she says to Spencer, “you asked me a question once, if it came down to protecting you or somebody else, somebody I loved, who would I pick? Do you remember? What would your answer be if I asked you the same question? If you had to choose, what would you do?”
In 4x05 Spencer confronts Melissa about the masks.
Spencer: “You asked Shana about where somebody could get a mask like that? You wanted to know if Alison came here and ordered it?”
Melissa: “I wanted to know when it was made.”
Spencer: “Before or after Ali disappeared?”
Melissa: “Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it yourself.”
Spencer: “What? That Ali is still alive? I have but it’s crazy.”
Melissa: “Crazier than anything else that’s happened?”
All this time she had believed that she killed Alison and once she figured out that Alison was still alive she started getting worried. If she didn’t kill Ali, then who did she kill? Whose body did she bury? Where is Alison now? What does Ali know? Melissa did not tell Spencer that she knew Alison was alive because Melissa was still trying to track down Ali secretly. It was only once she realized that she needed the Liars to lead her to Alison that she told Spencer she suspected Ali was alive in 4x04.
And THIS is right around the same time that “A” starts taunting the Liars with messages about finding Alison… such as this from 4x15.
Hide and seek was Spencer’s favorite game to play with Melissa…
Then there’s this. In 5x09 Emily finds a recording and some photos in Noel’s car of one of Alison and Shana’s phone calls from the time Alison was missing. Spencer confronts Noel and he tells her that it’s his “insurance” just in case Alison decides to betray him. He asks for the recording and photos back but Spencer says no and that she promises she’ll keep it in a secret place and that the Liars need insurance against Ali too. Spencer then decides in 5x10 to hide the recording and pictures in her hiding spot which is underneath the cushions of her red chair in her bedroom and it turns out, isn’t so much of a secret place. It’s the same hiding spot that Spencer used to hide the recording of Alison’s medical exam that she gave to the Liars back in 5x03. And when Spencer goes to hide Noel’s things there, she notices that 'A’ stole Ali’s recording… and Melissa certainly had access to Spencer’s bedroom. In fact, right after Spencer discovers that Ali’s recording is gone, Melissa walks into her bedroom.
Melissa: “Need any help?”
Spencer: “I thought you left already.”
Melissa: “We forgot the grocery list. Looking for something or are you just redecorating?”
Two seconds later, Spencer’s phone rings and Melissa grabs it and hands it to her. When Spencer answers the phone all she hears is the missing Ali recording playing in her ear, teasing her. When Spencer finally hangs up the phone Melissa asks her, “Is something wrong?” Now, that’s only suspicious to me because during this entire scene with Spencer, Melissa is holding and playing with her own phone and the director focuses on it. Weird coincidence, if you ask me…
OH and let’s not forget when Spencer went to London on college interviews in 5x21 and somehow had a tube of blood break in her bag that she figured was planted by ‘A’. The only people we knew that were in London were Melissa and Wren and Spencer was staying at their apartment, after all.. Melissa certainly would have had access to her sisters bag.
Bottom line, Melissa is my prime ‘A’ suspect. She is the only constant character that’s tangled in everything. I’m sure there is much more evidence to prove my point but this is all I can fit into one post. Thank you to anyone who read this gigantic theory, hope I convinced you. xoxo
This show is famous for leaving fans with many unanswered questions so we thought we’d keep a list and update it regularly before the show ends.
1. Who is Uber A/AD?
2. What is their motive?
Alex’s motive was find out who killed her half-sister, Charlotte. Whilst playing the game to find out who killed Charlotte, Alex became jealous of the life Spencer had. She saw how happy Spencer was and how her friends would do anything for her. Her jealousy led to her threats escalating in order to break up the girls.
The threats only made the girls closer, so, Alex came up with a new plan. She decided that because she couldn’t break them up, she could just become Spencer. She slowly started insinuating herself into Spencer’s life (see a list of the scenes where Alex pretended to be Spencer here).
3. Who killed Charlotte?
4. Why was Charlotte killed?
Because Mona saw through Charlotte, she knew that over the five years Charlotte never got better. It was her plan to pretend to get better, get released and start playing the game again. Mona planned on scaring Charlotte so she couldn’t start playing the game again.
But, it was an accident. The two got into a physical fight and Mona threw Charlotte onto a steel pipe which accidentally killed her.
5. Who killed Jessica?
6. Why was Jessica killed?
Because of the lies and the way she treated her twin sister, Mary Drake. Jessica had taken Mary’s child from her, and when Mary pretended to be Jessica and was impregnated by Peter Hastings, Jessica organised for Mary to be sent to Radley Sanitarium, once again.
To top everything off, Mary found out that Jessica lied when she told her that her son Charles had died at age 16, when really Charles transitioned into Charlotte DiLaurentis/Cece Drake.
Peter and Jessica were also secretly working together, setting out on a plan to use Peter’s pills to kill Mary. This plan had backfired, with Mary learning of their plan. She intercepted, giving Jessica the pills which stopped her heart.
7. Who is the “he” the girls are running from in the 610 flash forward?
Archer Dunhill. Emily has a nightmare in 719 that plays out the flash forward scene, in which the “he” they are referring to is Archer who comes back from the dead to come after Ali.
8. Who killed Sara?
Noel Kahn (not stated specifically in the show).
9. Why was Sara killed?
Because she was suspicious of Noel and his motives after being asked to help him go on a “treasure hunt” to help find Charlotte’s money. Noel planned on killing Sara and Jenna at the end of the hunt so he could have all the money to himself, but he killed Sara earlier then planned to help prevent the possibility of her telling everyone about what she knows.
10. Who shot Spencer?
Alex Drake, her twin sister.
11. Why was Noel helping with the dollhouse?
Noel had secrets and Charlotte had used them against Noel as blackmail to help with the dollhouse.
12. What is Sara’s motive for helping Charlotte?
13. What really happened to Sara Harvey the night she “ran away” from home and what is Sara’s overall involvement with Charlotte?
This was never really answered but it is most likely that she just ran away because of the life she was living and the way she treated her friends. She was exactly like Alison DiLaurentis.
Sara and Charlotte meet after she starts playing the A game and Charlotte uses her as a decoy on the night of the Lodge Fire. Sara is also sent to Wilden’s funeral as the Black Widow to ensure that he is dead so he can no longer hurt Ali. Sara and Charlotte share some sort of bond, as Sara described they almost felt like sisters. This was most likely Charlotte using Sara as an Ali replacement.
14. Who killed Garrett Reynolds?
Darren Wilden did. He killed Garrett because he found out about Wilden being a dirty cop and was going to expose him.
15. Who killed Darren Wilden?
Charlotte did. He found out Ali was alive and wasn’t going to let her come home to tell her story. Charlotte killed him so that Ali could come home.
16. What is Wren Kingston's involvement?
He and Charlotte were friends whilst she was a patient in Radley. He was also in charge of helping Charlotte and Mona get in and out of Radley while they were playing the A game.
Wren also helped his girlfriend, Alex Drake, meet with her long lost sister Charlotte in London. The three all become close friends along with Archer.
17. Why was Wren colouring in a Red Coat?
18. Why did Wren give Cece a visitors pass to visit Mona in Radley when she was already a patient?
This was some sort of cover up in case the girls came close to figuring out that Cece Drake was actually a Radley patient by the name of Charlotte DiLaurentis.
19. Is Wren really a Doctor?
20. How many children does Mary Drake have?
Two: Spencer Hastings and Charlotte DiLaurentis.
21. Who is Spencer’s biological father?
Spencer’s biological father is Peter Hastings, who slept with Mary Drake thinking that she was her twin sister, Jessica DiLaurentis.
22. Who is Charlotte’s biological father?
Pastor Ted Wilson.
23. Why was Mary Drake in Radley?
Mary was admitted into Radley on several occasions throughout her life. The first time was because she switched places with her sister to help babysit Teddy Carver, and when his parents arrived home, they found Teddy dead. Jessica was most likely responsible for this, but Mary was babysitting and was given the punishment of being sent to Radley.
The second time was due to Mary pretending to be Jessica so that she could get with Peter Hastings. After this, Jessica signs the papers for Mary’s readmission into Radley Sanitarium.
24. Why did Jenna and Sara work together?
They were working together to find Charlotte’s killer, and according to Jenna they were working with Noel to find money that Charlotte had left for them.
25. Why was Rollins making Ali fall for him even before Charlotte was killed?
He needed to win her over so that she would believe his treatment was helping Charlotte get better, which would ultimately lead to her release from Welby. Charlotte even said herself, “Archie needs to win her trust. Convince her that I’m doing better.” “Alison is the only chance I have of getting out of here.”
26. When and how did Charlotte and Archer Dunhill (Rollins) meet?
They met on a flight to Paris (after Ali had given her the Vivian Darkbloom passport to leave the country as she was about to go down for murder).
27. Are Uber A and Amoji the same person?
Yes. They were both Alex Drake.
28. Are Toby and Yvonne really dead?
Toby survived but Yvonne sadly didn’t.
29. How was Eddie Lamb connected to the plot and what happened to him?
He was a good nurse at Radley who’s main role was to warn Spencer that Wren was doing some shady activity with Visitors Passes and was helping inmates escape Radley when they wanted to.
30. What is Bethany Young’s entire involvement in the overall storyline?
31. How did no one know about Mary Drake?
“Many families have secrets. Sometimes those secrets are actual people.”
She spent a lot of time in Radley Sanitarium and possibly impersonating her sister, Jessica DiLaurentis.
32. Mary Drake said she got a call from Rollins after Charlotte was killed which made her come back to avenge her daughter. Why did she lie, as we know she landed in Philly a week before Charlotte was killed?
33. Who is Beach Hottie?
Detective Darren Wilden.
34. Who gave Ali the bloody lip in Veronica Hasting’s flashback?
This wasn’t answered in the show but rather in an interview with Marlene on an ET Live chat. She said it was someone from the older group of college kids Ali was hanging around with.
35. Was Charlotte really in charge or was their someone higher calling all the shots?
Charlotte was in charge of the A game the entire time.
36. Why did Jessica have a lair devoted to finding out if Ali was alive when she was the one who buried her that night?
We think we may have solved this one ourselves! We posted here about Charlotte finding out Ali was alive in 3x24 and then telling Jessica about it in order to redeem herself. Jessica then returned to Rosewood in 4x01 and set up a secret lair at Aunt Carol’s to try and track Ali to bring her home. She even got Ali’s bedroom set up for her ready for her return!
37. Why was Aria’s file taken from Jessica’s lair?
To blackmail Aria to turn on her friends and join the A team.
38. What was in Aria’s folder?
A report that she had written about Ezra, in which she basically called him out on being a sexual predator and taking advantage of a 16 year old high school student.
39. What did Maya know? (Miss Aria You’re A Killer Not Ezra’s Wife)
Maya knew that her stalker from True North; Lyndon James, was in Rosewood.
40. Who hit Ali that night?
Charlotte, thinking she was Bethany.
41. Who killed Bethany?
Mona Vanderwaal hit Bethany thinking she was Ali and left her there. Melissa Hastings then found Bethany’s body, and thinking that Spencer had hit her with the shovel, she buried Bethany in order to “protect” her sister.
The autopsy had shown that Bethany’s cause of death was from suffocation due to dirt being found in her lungs.
42. Why was Mrs. D taking Bethany to the horse stables, and why did she give her a pony (Custard)?
Because she was having an affair with Bethany’s father, so by giving her things, she thought this would hide the affair.
43. Why did Eddie Lamb recognise Aria when he saw her at Radley?
Because he had seen her visiting Spencer when she was in Radley in S3.
44. Who was the mysterious fourth person who showed up at Jenna, Mona and Sydney’s meeting in 5x05?
Most likely Lucas, as they were all meeting up to plan the distraction on the other girls so Mona could get to Ali at the church. (Jenna distracted Aria, Sydney distracted Emily and Lucas distracted Hanna that night).
It could have also been Melissa, as she could have been the person who distracted Spencer.
45. Who pulled the girls out of the Thornhill Lodge Fire?
46. Who saved Hanna from the fire?
47. Who were the Queen of Hearts?
Melissa and Darren Wilden.
48. Why was Jessica in Spencer’s room in 4x22?
That was actually Mary Drake. She wanted to see her daughter.
49. Why did Bethany push Marion?
Because she had intermittent explosive disorder. This caused her to have aggressive outbursts. During one of these impulsive episodes Bethany pushed Marion off the roof.
50. Who was was the girl Melissa was talking to wearing the yellow top? Was this real or Jason’s imagination?
This was most likely Jason’s imagination, as he was on drugs that night.
51. Why did Mona look “dead” in the trunk at the end of 5x12?
Charlotte injected her with a “freezing serum” that made her appear dead.
52. What is the relevance of the “ghost girl” who appeared in 3x13?
We believe she was a representation of Mary Drake (read our post here)
53. How did Alison’s friendship bracelet end up on Bethany?
Charlotte had the exact same clothing and accessories as Alison. Bethany stole Charlotte’s clothing the night she escaped and must have taken liking to the friendship bracelet so she decided to wear it as well.
54. Who did Aria stab on the Halloween Train?
Jason DiLaurentis (who was being blackmailed to push the crate of the train).
55. Who was the Queen of Hearts on the Halloween Train?
Melissa Hastings and Darren Wilden.
56. What is the significance of September 7th? (the password to Charlotte’s lair at Carrisimi).
It is the day that Alison (Charlotte’s cousin) went missing.
57. Marlene said we had seen the twin (Mary Drake) once before. When was this?
We had seen Mary in 4x22; after Spencer had returned from rehab, Mary snuck into the Hastings house dressed as Jessica to catch a glimpse of her daughter.
58. Who turned Cece into the police at the end of 4x23?
59. Who is Arcturus and the little “Hero” boy in Lucas’ and Charles comic book?
Arcturus is Charles and the little boy is Lucas.
60. Who is the undisclosed buyer of Toby’s house?
61. Who kidnapped and tortured Hanna?
Alex Drake, who was trying to find out if Hanna really knew who killed her sister.
62. Who is the father of Ali and Emily’s baby?
63. Who is Board Shorts?
64. Why was Ali’s car at the Church the night Charlotte was killed?
I don’t think they’ll answer this in the show so I’m going to attempt to answer it. Charlotte ran off from the DiLaurentis house and probably stole Ali’s car and drove to the church to meet Mona. Ali probably borrowed Rollins car to go after Charlotte and when the two fought and Ali didn’t succeed at bringing Charlotte back home, she probably just returned home in Rollins car, leaving her car with Charlotte at the church.
65. What is Mona’s motive for being Original A?
After Aria returned from Iceland, she saw the possibility of the four girls reuniting and becoming a group again, which meant her only friend Hanna would leave her for her old friends. Mona used the girls secrets to try and turn the girls against each other. This backfired, only making the girls closer.
66. Does Spencer have a twin?
Yes, Alex Drake.
67. What is Melissa’s overall involvement?
She has been protecting her sister since day one.
68. Did Charlotte truly get better?
Charlotte never truly got better. She pretended to get better over the five years with the help of Archer Dunhill at Welby. Her ultimate endgame was to be released and start up the game again.
69. How are Sydney and Jenna involved with Uber A?
70. How does all the Patsy Cline songs tie into the mystery?
Charlotte grew up taking a liking to vintage things, Patsy Cline most likely being one of them. She also gave her sister, Alex, a Patsy record as her going away gift, something to remember her by because it was her favourite.
We’ll continue to add to this list as we can think of questions to add, and as the show goes on. We’ll also add the answers to these questions once they are revealed.
Jason DiLaurentis: We’ve already seen him in flashbacks when Alison was alive, and interacting with her. Charles + Jason are not twins, which has been proven to us without a doubt, through the release of the Dilaurentis home movies. They couldn’t have switched places. It’s not Jason.
Ezra Fitz: had a physically intimate relationship with Alison, we’ve learned about his upbringing + actually met his mother and brother, we’ve learned about his past with Maggie + Jackie, major betrayal and lies already found out by the girls
Toby Cavanaugh: almost had a physically intimate relationship with Alison, we’ve learned about his upbringing + actually met his mother and step-sister, we’ve learned about his past with Jenna + being locked up in reform school, major betrayal and lies already found out by the girls
Caleb Rivers: is disgusted by Alison and her damage, we’ve learned about his upbringing + actually met his father and learned about his Rivers family history through Ravenswood, we’ve learned about his past and all the places he’s lived + illegal things he’s done, he’s been the most involved in trying to expose A.
Bonus: Caleb is very obviously Native American, and this was supported in learning his family history in Ravenswood. He cannot be a Dilaurentis, he comes from a long line of Rivers’.
Lucas Gottesman: is disgusted by Alison and her damage, we know that Lucas has his own non-Dilaurentis parents through Caleb living with them for awhile and mentioning his parents a few times, A-Team involvement already found out by the girls, which has honestly always been shown/revealed to us
Bonus:Lucas is the absolute wrong build and structure to be Charles. He’s too small, too pale-skinned and his bone structure is way to different. Even if plastic surgery is an optional explanation, there should still be a hint of Dilaurentis in whoever Charles is. It’s not Lucas. Plus, can you imagine Alison’s disappointment if it were? I’m pretty sure she’d throw him off the roof at Radley herself, let’s be real here.
Noel Kahn: is afraid of Alison turning on him, to the point that he was prepared to blackmail her with proof she was never kidnapped; that doesn’t even sound like Charles at all. We know Noel has his own non-Dilaurentis family + actually met his brother, we know that Alison is holding Noel’s own secrets over him, his shady involvement has mostly been found out by the girls
Bonus: see Bonus for Lucas above; Noel is physically nothing like a Dilaurentis.
Ian Thomas: had a physically intimate relationship with Alison, Veronica Hastings talked to some of Ian’s non-Dilaurentis family after he died, shady background has already been found out by the girls + mostly explained/revealed to us
Garrett Reynolds: the girls know his non-Dilaurentis family, already revealed to have pretended to hit Alison + NAT club involvement, he was used + abused by Jenna, arrested for murder and then murdered himself; Charles is much better than that.
Bonus: see Bonus’ above for Noel and Lucas; Garrett is physically nothing like a Dilaurentis.
Minor Characters: such as Travis Hobbs, Johnny Raymond, Alex Santiago, Nigel Wright, Ted Wilson, Sean Ackard; these characters never served the main plot, but rather the filler story lines.
New Characters: Dominic from Prom, Rhys Matthews; Marlene has promised Charles is someone we’ve already met and know pretty well.
Characters of Color: Nate/Lyndon James, Caleb Rivers, Clark Wilkins, Garrett Reynolds; for hopefully extremely obvious reasons.
Bonus: This goes for Redcoat + Black Widow as well. We’ve already seen the promo for the finale, and Redcoat’s skin is very pale. We’ve seen Black widow at Wilden’s funeral, and her neck + legs were pale. Neither one is Maya.
Extra Bonus: Black Widow is not Jenna, because Black Widow sat right behind Jenna + Nigel Wright at Wilden’s funeral.
Female Characters: Bethany Young, Sara Harvey, CeCe Drake, Lesli Stone; Marlene has already promised that Charles is a guy, and that the show will not be touching on Trans issues. Not to mention, ignorantly associating trans issues + serious mental instability seems pretty offensive, in my opinion.
Who still could be Charles, but it’s a stretch:
Andrew Campbell: We know he was adopted, and that mention hasn’t been explained; Alison and Spencer made a connection to this + Bethany’s drawing of a boy potentially being “switched by a Goblin”. He’s obviously connected to the old Campbell Farm. He’s gotten close to Spencer + Aria. He physically perfectly fits the Dilaurentis look, he actually looks a bit like Alison. However, I don’t think the ages match up + he’s already been found out by the girls and somewhat explained to us. There just isn’t a lot to go on for Andrew right now.
Darren Wilden: We think the ages match, he physically looks quite a bit like Charles as a kid, he was at Noel Kahn’s Halloween party in The First Secret, he got close to Hanna’s mom. However, we also know from The First Secret that Wilden was already a police officer before Alison even started getting A threats. Wilden being Charles doesn’t make sense because Jessica would be out of her everloving mind to allow Charles to have a gun; it doesn’t seem plausible that she would allow that to happen. Also, we were led to believe that Wilden was Alison’s “Beach Hottie”, but in all fairness, that is purely speculation. We do know that CeCe dated Wilden, and later allegedly killed him.
Who could easily be Charles, and why it works:
Wren Kingston: no known connection to being Alison’s love interest, no known family connections, no known friend connections, and no known connections to A. All we know about Wren is what he’s told and shown us: he has family problems and a family history of mental illness; he was working at Radley as part of some kind of deal, “Quid Pro Quo”, and this deal likely involved Mona + Redcoat. Speaking of Mona, she also “made a deal with the Devil, and she gave me a way in and out of Radley”. We also know that Wren’s deal involved tricking Veronica into getting herself dismissed from Ashley Marin’s case. This showed us that he is manipulative, yet charming. We know that his being a “Doctor” has been called into question by Mona + the police. His shadiness has never been explained, and that’s important. It means Wren is not a Red Herring. Everyone else mentioned in this post has been at least mostly revealed/explained, except for Wren. The show has never even touched on this. All we know for sure is that Wren + Mona each made a deal with someone during the same time, Mona said “it was fun for awhile, having a partner”, Wren was revealed as being shady, and then he was gone + Mona was kicked to the curb by the new A. Those last two things happened simultaneously. There are no coincidences in Rosewood.
Wren would be the most shocking to the girls because they have never had reason to suspect him, and Mona has never said a word to them about her secret relationship with him, whatever it was. He has never been implicated as being involved with A activities, except to the viewers.
These are the facts, based on logic and process of elimination. This post isn’t trying to explain everything, but to recap what we know for sure.
Personally, I’m placing my bets on Andrew or Wren, but I think almost all of the viewers will be badly disappointed if Andrew is Charles, and it’s not what I’m hoping for. I’m not even entirely convinced it could even work.
With the nature of Marlene’s story lines, I haven’t made theories for a long time, but something sparked my attention. These photos (which are not mine - @opheliathefluffyunicorn has taken and edited these pictures to depict another suspiciously Spencer-like character standing in the room with Troian) ignited my attention to the fact that while this intentional Spencer look-a-like may be a body double, they are not wearing the same clothes, hence suggesting that they may be playing different characters. What’s the point of having a body double if they aren’t dressed the same? To contradict this, however, the extent to which the hairstyles are similar do make it seem as though the woman is in fact a body double. Similar hairstyles would be too much of a coincidence for both twins whom have never met each other to have.
Furthermore, Garret said medical records don’t lie, and while we all assumed it was for Melissa Hastings, recent episodes suggest that it may in fact be Veronica Hastings hiding medical records. Is there a secret daughter involved, a twin perhaps?
A fake-baby would not have spurred the urgency in Garret’s demeanour the way Spencer’s secret twin would.
2006-2007 Toby’s mom, Marion Cavanaugh began to show symptoms of some sort of illness or depression.
October 30, 2008 Aria and Alison catches Byron Montgomery (Aria’s dad) kissing Meredith Sorenson in a back alley.
Sometime between 2008-2009 Alison comforts Hanna when her father leaves them for another woman.
Sometime between 2008-2009 Alison tricks Aria into thinking that her father, Byron lied about breaking it off with Meredith and the two destroy his office. Byron assumes this was the act of Meredith herself, Aria finally tells him the truth in 3.02.
2009 Jenna begins to have relations with Toby.
Early in the summer of 2009 Ali spots Ian kissing Spencer
July 2009 Alison swears she sees Toby staring at her outside of Emily’s window.
July 2009 Ali convinces the girls that the person watching them was Toby and that they should teach him a lesson. She lights the stink bomb setting the the shed on fire and blinding Jenna.
Somewhere between July and August 2009, one of the NAT members managed to get photos of Spencer and Hanna’s laptop.
Jenna wrote something very important while at the Blind Center Philadelphia. So important that Garrett felt the need to give to the NAT club. Sometime in August 2009.
August 2009 Ali was spotted by Mona Vanderwaal at a boutique in Brookhaven.