It is bittersweet that I present to you my last ever theory for Pretty Little Liars. I apologise in advance for the insane length, but this is covering all those frustrating loose ends across the entire series. I hope you can make it to the end so we can discuss. My only fear for this theory is that it is too daring and gutsy; it would re-define the show we thought we knew. Are the writers willing to ‘go there’ in just 10 episodes? I don’t know! Regardless if this is all right, partially right, or so damn wrong, I hope you have as much fun reading this as I did putting this together the past two months! For the last time before the show ends… I hope you enjoy!
This theory is going to work against most of my ‘A’ or ‘A.D’ theories but…. I think that Alison Lauren DiLaurentis might be ‘A’ this time. (or ‘A’ all of the time)
Since the summer finale I can’t stop thinking about how Spencer literally risked her life for Ali and how she has ALWAYS protected her. In every scene that ‘A’ has targeted Ali and the Liars together, Spencer stands in front with her arms and body shielding Alison. It’s her natural instinct.
Funny enough, it’s actually all of the Liars natural instinct, to protect Ali before themselves. Why is that? Because Alison conditioned them to protect her at all costs.
She knew that if she was ever in danger and asked for their help that they would run to her rescue. Even if she were crying wolf… even if she were lying…
And ever since then (with the exception of when they let her get arrested for Mona’s murder) they have never once let Ali down. She ensured that. She played them like they were dolls… or puppets. Just like ‘A’.
Why didn’t ‘A’ capture Alison if she is their favorite doll? Is Alison the ultimate puppet-master?
Jenna even gives the audience a little foreshadowing before the doll house and reminds us all that the Liars have always been Alison’s puppets.
“Like they were her dolls…”
“We’re coming full-circle on this show.” -Marlene King
Back in the pilot episode after Aria gets the very first ‘A’ message she automatically assumes it’s Ali. And she’s not the only one..
In fact, Emily and Aria both admit to each other that they think ‘A’ is Ali. How could it be anybody else, right? Alison is the only one they told their secrets to. “Friends share secrets, it’s what keeps us close.”
It’s been right in front of us this whole time and we chose to not see it. We chose to see Alison as a victim based off of what we have learned about her and her family, but that doesn’t excuse her actions. It doesn’t change her past.
The Liars only dismissed Alison as an ‘A’ suspect after the police found her “remains” buried in her backyard. It was a perfectly well thought out plan, don’t you think? ‘A’ sends the Liars their first message and then Alison’s body is mysteriously found and she’s declared dead, making her appear as a victim rather than a suspect. Classic ‘A’ move. Classic chess move. Check.
Alison being ‘A’ would make things come full-circle.
It would tie the Liars into the plot and it would explain how ‘A’ has always been one step ahead. Alison knows the Liars better than they know themselves and it wouldn’t have been hard for her to anticipate their next move. She is who the Liars thought was ‘A’ in the very beginning and how ironic that ‘A’ now goes by ‘A.D’, Alison’s initials.
Haters gonna hate.
And @taylorswift you look amazing, breathtaking, just wonderful in both pictures.
I have been body shamed multiple times because I was too skinny as well (for natural reasons, I’ve always eaten enough) and now that I gained weight I was concerned I was fat, but looking at this picture since my body looks a lot like Taylor’s in the lwymmd picture, I told myself “hey, you can look good as well even if you’re not that skinny anymore, look at Taylor”.
She just taught me a lesson without talking, like, is there anyone more inspiring? @taylornation
How Wren is still Charles, why he’s A.D. Who ‘Charlotte’ really is and how almost every plothole is fixed:
Before I start this theory, please read my “Jason Killed Charlotte” theory and feel free to check out my other thoughts, theories and feelings I’ve had about Pretty Little Liars by clicking here.
I also updated my icon and header (mobile) for the end of the show we all love/hate.
*Disclaimer, 99% of this is my own theory, with a couple small details thrown in from other peoples posts that make sense to me.
THEORY; STARTING FROM THE BEGINNING OF CHARLES’ DOWNFALL:
Charles Drake is sent to Radley for giving his cousin Alison a bath in too hot water, almost burning her and drowning her. This was an accident but Kenneth DiLaurentis did not want his mentally insane sister in-law’s child living with his wife, himself and his two children. Charles is sent to Radley Sanitarium, where his Mother resides, or used to. (I can’t remember.) He slowly begins to grow up, missing who he believed was his Mother, Father and two siblings, Alison and Jason. He makes friends with some of the other children in the children’s ward.
Here he meets a young girl named Cecilia who was in Radley for brutally attacking and killing her twin sister with a knife over stealing her doll.
Cecilia became infatuated with Charles and fell ‘in love’ with him very quickly. He would tell her stories about his baby sister and younger brother. She would let him play with her dolls, even calling one of the blonde ones “Alison.”
Their (twin’s) parents were very hurt by their situation, their mother, maiden name Young, committed suicide and their father, Scott Montgomery quickly became suicidal himself, and started to lose his sanity.
There was Charles and Cecilia, and then Bethany showed up. Bethany and Charles became friends very quickly and Cecilia begins to get jealous. In the night, when it’s dark she grabs a knife, needle, scalple, something, when the nurses and doctors aren’t looking and hides it under her mattress. Then, when Bethany is sleeping her ‘friend’ and roommate Cecilia goes over to her bed and begins to cut and slice her face. This way, Charles can’t find her pretty, right? She makes sure to not get any blood on herself, wipes her prints from the blade and places the makeshift blade into Bethany’s hand as she is screaming and crying, Cecilia also begins to scream and cry, running back to her own bed. She tells the doctors she was sound asleep and she hears Bethany screaming and she rolls over to see Bethany harming herself. Nobody knows who to believe and Bethany and Cecilia have now switched rooms. (Bethany is now with Rhonda or Lelsi at this point.) Bethany is growing up and is traumatized with her face severely scarred. She has no idea what she is supposed to look like as a growing tween/teen.
But Charles still thinks she is beautiful and begins to spend more time with Bethany while she recovers, not taking sides against his two best friends. He still spends time with Cecilia but never the two at the same time, as they hate each other. Bethany hating Cecilia for what she did to her face, and Cecilia hating Bethany for ‘lying about her accident’ (stealing Charles from her) Charles and Bethany are in love and Cecilia has no idea. Until… (Wait for it.)
At the age of 16, Jessica comes back for Charles and helps him fake a suicide so he can get out. He gets a fake I.D., travels and leaves the Country. Going to the U.K., where his favorite Doctor and Father-Figure with rapidly approaching dementia was from.
Charles keeps in touch with Cecilia and Bethany in his journey across sea. He is unrecognizable to everyone except Cecilia, who gets out and goes to UPen under the name Cece Drake. Cece is a nickname from Cecilia and Drake is from Charles’ mother’s maiden name. She needed something to go by to try and live a new life.
Bethany on the other hand, is not doing too well. Her ex-boyfriend’s (ended on good terms, she knows he needed to get out) Mother is dating her Father and this upsets her. Cece had told Jessica that she was Charles’ girlfriend, and Bethany seemed crazy. Jessica liked Cece and wanted to protect her from her true identity getting out. Jessica believed that Cece’s mental illness had been ‘cured’ and she began taking care of her, even setting her up with her son.
Now, Charles had been coming around Rosewood for awhile watching his sister and her friends interact. He wasn’t sure how he would get back into their lives just yet, but he was having a good time observing.
(Wren, just to the left of Ali’s head. I took this screenshot from a youtube video, but someone had another picture where it’s clearly Wren.)
But before he can get his family back together, it’s Labor Day. Cece finds out that Charles has kept in touch with Bethany and is seeing her again. She lures Bethany out from Radley to meet her as “Alison.” Tells her she’s her boyfriends sister and she wants to meet her, that she will be wearing a yellow top (and a purple bracelet?) and she’s sending her one just like it. She talks to a college friend and is seen by Jason.
Bethany finds Cece in the top and excitedly tries to introduce herself as Charles’ girlfriend. But Cece turns around and reveals herself and Bethany screams (Spencer hears this) when she recognizes her former roommate and attacker. Cece hits Bethany and leaves her to suffer. This is when Melissa sees Bethany whose scarred face is covered by her blonde hair and she rolls her into an open makeshift grave from the construction of the Gazebo and fills it in. Cece confesses to Charles what she’s done and Charles is pissed. Cece runs off and as he finds ‘her’ again, he makes eye contact with his ‘Mother’, signalling for her to look away as he bashes the rock into ‘Cece’s’ skull. But when she falls, Charles sees this is his little sister Alison. He is distraught and leaves as Jessica buries Alison in another open plot due to construction.
Within the next year, Charles forgives himself for ‘killing’ Ali and decides to get revenge on Cece. But he can’t find her. So he begins dating the last person he knew she was with. Melissa Hastings. Who even lives right next to his parents. Bethany’s body as Alison is found and Charles attends his ‘sister’s’ funeral.
He immediately cheats on Melissa with her sister, Alison’s friend Spencer. This is to get closer to having a brother sister relationship with his dead sister, since he never had the chance. In the UK he had weaseled his way into a Doctor’s degree for whatever he needed to become a Doctor, but cheated his way through college.
Years go by and he begins to give up on finding Cece, almost settles down with Melissa again in the UK. But Cece turns up. He has forgiven her for killing Bethany and has been working on his mental health. She tells him she’d done the same. But she wants his help playing a game. He agrees, but she’s obviously not healthy yet. He still works with her for a bit to finish up what she had been working on, convincing him that his sister Alison was still alive and that coincidentally she had been her friend, without knowing that was his sister.
They don’t find her right away, or at least this is what Charles/Wren thinks. (He just misses her as Cece pulls her away after her dance with Spencer) He moves on and decides to try and fix his familial problems in a healthy way, but it’s too late. Cece has become obsessed with him all over again. She builds a life-sized ‘dollhouse’ and kidnaps the girl who had been torturing his sister and her friends. (Mona sent Ali A messages before she went missing)
She gives him Mona and Alison’s friends as a bunch of dolls (entirely because of her obsession with dolls) and even set up a room dedicated to him as Charles and not Wren, so that he can tell his story and get his life back. He begins to play along, even going as far as to try and meet up with Jason.
But to Charles’ knowledge, Jason ‘calls the cops’ on him at the arcade. Charles runs, and gives up once again on the family that “never wanted him”.
He tells Cece to let everything go, and set the girls free. He doesn’t want anyone to know that he is Charles DiLaurentis anymore. He goes back to the UK. Again. But Cece still loves him, and demands that his story is told. So, she takes on the identity as Charles and had already killed the only person that could 100% identify that she is not Charles. (Jessica.) She killed her because she found out that she wasn’t Charles’ biological Mother and that Mary was.
It is only AFTER Jason’s failed meeting with Charles that it is revealed that maybe A is a female?
This is also even better for Cece, who wants to punish Jason for ‘not giving Charles a chance to explain himself’ and pretends that since she and Jason dated, he dated his transgender brother. This makes Jason sick- BUT (Insert the whole plot of my “Jason killed Charlotte” theory here)
So ‘Charlotte’ calls Charles from Welby, and promises him that this time, she is really getting better and she asks for his forgiveness. Even proving that she has a boyfriend (still british, but this time its Rollins) and won’t become obsessed with Charles again. And she mentions that, Oh, she only hit Bethany with the rock, but his girlfriend, Melissa buried her alive and she is the one who truly killed her. Charles breaks up with Melissa for good this time, but they remain roommates because he is now A.D. and is blackmailing Melissa. Then Charlotte ends up dead (Hi, Jason.) and Charles feels responsible, since she was probably killed for ‘being Charles’. He becomes to learn things as A.D. Awful things. He only wanted to find out who killed Charlotte, but he finds out that he isn’t Charles DiLaurentis, but Charles Drake (Father unknown to him at this point.) And to make things worse, he finds out that he has a sister that was adopted by the Hastings. It was Spencer, but that didn’t matter at first because he understands that no matter who it was, he had been in an incestual (is that a word?) relationship with his sister. He begins to take things easy on Spencer, only making her go visit Toby for the letter from their Mother, Mary.
(Puzzle piece next to picture of Charles in the soul room)
And he’s still A.D. and hates Hanna for rejecting him that one time, invites his ex-girlfriend’s cousin Aria to join the A-team and is torturing his cousin Alison and Emily because Cece had told him that Alison had ‘known’ about Charles and didn’t give a shit about him, and that she only wanted to be close to Cece.
But wait! If Charles and Lucas so obviously came up with the A game….how did it get to Mona, who really started things?
Alison bullied both of them. Lucas showed it to Mona before she got popular and ditched him for Hanna.
Charles is finishing the game and ending things once and for all.
Melissa was Black Widow, Cece Redcoat, and Wren/Charles as the man in the black hoodie.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.
I’LL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THIS WITH MORE ANSWERED PLOT HOLES AND STUFF IF YOU POINT THINGS OUT TO ME.
EDIT #1: prettylittlequeenie pointed out to me that Mona has already confessed to being the one who hit Bethany. I believe (Since my theory involves Red Coat being Cece;) Charlotte enjoyed Mona’s work and when she went to visit her in Radley, as red coat and not a patient, she either convinced Mona to work with her to continue to bring down the liars or blackmailed her into it. This is proved multiple times (and doesn’t contradict what I was saying earlier about why Cece kidnapped Mona. She was playing Mona and still took her (it was all staged) and gave her to Charles as a ‘peace offering’)
Mona knew it was Cece in the Red Coat and even though she says “I didn’t know it was Cece, I was so drugged up blah blah blah.” It only makes sense that she was still working with her when…
She was drawing and storing all of her blood to splash around the house when Cece “kidnapped her”. It also explains why Mona did not go with the liars to Radley when she wanted “To hear how the story ends.” The truth is is that she knew Sara and Cece were going to blow up the whole building or wing with themselves and the girls inside of it. Mona didn’t go to avoid her own death.
Mona said she hit Bethany to help Charlotte finish the game (Even the liars notice the shows plotholes, lol), and knew that the only ones able to confirm she said that would be dead.
I hope that’s cleared up now, and thanks for pointing that out. I was going to put that in there but I completely forgot.
Drabble scenario: What could’ve happened between Emily’s “Just because you had a bad night, doesn’t mean we can’t have a good morning” line and Emison making their way into the bedroom before finding that dreaded board game in 7x18.
Drabble: Emily and Alison going to there first ultrasound together? It doesn’t really have to be base on the baby. You can just write about how they feel while they wait to be seen? And how anxious they are.
How about the ultrasound’s aftermath? I think that’s a good place to start, mixed in with a little Netflix and “chill” (mhm, right):
I have spent an obscene amount of time trying to think of a drabble that has not yet been done lol so I hope this is one lol. Emily finds herself in an embarrassing / compromising position and Alison has to help her while trying not to make her feel worse about the situation .
So you had a difficult time coming up with a unique drabble, and this idea actually caused me to spend an entire day, simply thinking of something that’d be embarrassing yet not too bad because I’d get secondhand embarrassment and that would not be a good time. Nevertheless, I got this idea and I think I at least somewhat managed to stay within your guidelines. Either way, I had a blast writing this, so thank you:
Like omg wow I am so heartbroken about MK because she was one of my favorites and I definitely wanted more for her. But I mean as a plot device it makes sense because a) it raises the stakes quite a bit and I personally could not deal with them killing off one of the main five b) its probably necessary to get rid of MK because she was actually too smart and would have been an easy way out of all of this so with her out the clones are really exposed now c) it shows how Kira can feel the clones and how this definitely affects her a lot more than anyone else d) I honestly can’t see MK with a happy ending. Sarah’s story is about fighting, Cosima’s about getting better and having control over her body, Alison wants to get back to her life, Helena wants a chance at a normal life. MK’s story has always been about trauma and loss. It makes sense for Alison to get a happy ending, but for MK, it wouldn’t. Especially because all the clones fight, and MK has been broken to the point where she is too scared to fight. In my opinion, her death works really well.
Now, for anyone saying its bad to kill off an autistic character, I won’t argue, because I personally did not relate to MK so I don’t feel the same way you do. But I personally don’t feel like her storyline was just to get autistic representation bonus points. Although I think her manner of death was maybe a bit much and probably was there for thrill factor, i don’t think her character or her death should be interpreted as anything sinister on the writers parts. I personally don’t understand the outrage at killing off an autistic character and I don’t think it should be any different from killing off a neurotypical character, because it wasn’t as if MK was there as a token representation and then gone. But I won’t say that I am right about this, and if anyone feels otherwise, then that’s fine.
GUYS I HAVE FIGURED OUT THE WHOLE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have developed a
theory that stemmed from looking carefully at Bethany’s drawings from Radley. It’s
pretty crazy, and very long and detailed. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!! I sincerely believe I figured out EVERYTHING.
Sit back, relax, and ENJOY! XOX
This next part I
briefly posted about the other day, but now I’m going to build on it in a MAJOR way, so continue reading!!
Bethany drew this
picture in Radley:
building in the background looks like the front of the Blind School at 1465 Elm
Street that we saw for the first time in, “The Darkest Knight.”
The moment they lingered on the front of the Blind School in the
finale, ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT was how it looked so similar to Bethany’s
Let’s analyze Bethany’s drawing. It seems to be a little boy
being taken away from the school by a masked figure, and a little girl (probably
herself) chasing after them.
Before this episode, there have been a few mentions of other Blind Schools. In 2x16, Let the Water Hold Me Down, Spencer finds the rehab center for the blind that Jenna went to after she was blinded by the Liars and Alison.
Spencer goes in but the women at the front desk says she cant divulge any patient information. As Spencer turns to leave, another patient tells her that he knows Jenna, and that she was really motivated during her rehab stay. Spencer steals the sign-in book on her way out and shows the girls. They see that Garrett signed Jenna out the day Ali was ‘murdered.’
In 3x3, “Kingdom of the Blind,’ Aria and Jenna play “In the Eye Abides the Heart,” and Aria steals a post-it from Jenna’s house. The girls follow Jenna to a gun store called H.COBB GUNS-N-AMMO. She then leaves and proceeds to drive her car. Hanna confronts her. Jenna tells the girls she’s been able to see from the first operation. She didn’t tell anyone because it was her “only protection.”
Side note: It is interesting to note that Jenna has almost been murdered twice throughout the series: Once in 2x23, “Eye of the Beholder,” by being lured by A into Jason’s house that was set on fire (Hanna saves her). And in 4x9 “Into the Deep,” after being knocked unconscious and left in a lake to drown by supposedly Charlotte.
Before the A ending of this episode, Mona is shown in a hospital bed in Radley singing “In the Eye Abides the Heart.” There is a queen of hearts in her right hand. Could this signify that Aria or Jenna is the QoH? Remember who we KNOW was dressed as the QoH on the Halloween Train- WILDEN.
In the eye abides the heart. Every pure and tender feeling, All emotions worth revealing, Through the eyes their charm impart. Words are often clothed in guile; For the lips with fear my falter: E'en confiding smiles may alter Oh! believe not in a smile! ‘Tis the eye unveils the heart. Every pure and tender feeling, All emotions worth revealing, To the eyes their glow impart. If thy bosom heaves a sigh For a fair and cherished maiden, Though her voice with love be laden, Mark the language of her eye There each impulse of her soul Beams for thee in truth and candor; There her secret passions wander, There remain beyond control.
The episode ends with A pouring a glass of vodka while making a necklace with ‘Alison's’ teeth. A body bag is shown in the freezer. A is seen unzipping the bag before the screen cuts to black. I believe this is when A manipulates the dental records to make it seem like the body is Bethany Young’s. I think the body is the real Sara Harvey’s and the character we know as Sara Harvey is really Bethany Young.
So as you can see, the PLL story has revolved around eyes, vision and blindness.
‘I SEE YOU’ has been written on their cars twice
There was the ‘eyes’ billboard
A has been referred to as “Pretty Eyes” multiple times
An eye was the symbol that was stamped on the wrist of anyone who attended the Kahn’s parties, and was on the box that the girls found the flashdrive of the Dollhouse in “The Wrath of Kahn.”
We have frequently seen an eyeball looking out of a hole
A see’s EVERYTHING, watches everything.
And many titles of the episodes are related to eyes, blindness, etc.
So what is with all of these vision references?????
After I realized that the first photo Bethany drew could be of the Blind School that the girls went to at the end of the summer finale, I decided to look further into her other drawings.
This next one is of Jessica, notice that her EYES are scratched out.
The eyes are completely black in this strange painting as well.
So what is the deal here? Do Bethany’s drawings point to the fact the the Blind School is more important than we originally believed it to be?
Lets go back to that original drawing again:
I think that the boy being taken away from the Blind School is Charles Drake, and the girl chasing after them is Bethany Young. In ‘The Darkest Knight’ when the girls go into the room with all the baby dolls in the cribs, a crazy thought came to me. What if the Blind School is
in fact a front for the illegal selling of children. I know this is nuts, but stay with me.
Why on earth would a Blind School have rows and rows of cribs/incubators? I do not think they were using that room to only teach blind people how to take care of children. Let’s remember that Dr. Cochran hinted that he did some shady things with the babies that were born in Radley. Things he wasn’t proud of, to the extend that he is estranged from his daughter, lives in hiding, and is an alcoholic.
Let’s assume Dr. Cochran is the liaison between the babies born in Radley, and the illegal adoption of children out of the Blind School. Mary gave birth to Charles in Radley, and taken to the Blind School by Dr.
Cochran to be put up for adoption. One day, Charles is adopted and taken out of the School. Bethany had become
very close him, considered him a brother because they grew up together, and was
heartbroken when they were separated. Time passes and Bethany is never adopted.
She develops a mental illness, and is put into Radley. Mary also gave
birth Charlotte in Radley (who has always been a girl). Lastly, she gave birth to Spencer while in Radley, and Spencer was illegally sold to the
Hastings through the Blind School. I think the dream Spencer had dancing around the bath tubs, was actually
in the Blind School, not Radley.
***I believe the character that we know as Sara Harvey, is NOT the real Sara Harvey. She is actually Bethany Young. So anytime I mention Bethany for now on- she is the infamous Shower queen:
Jessica DiLaurentis marries Kenneth, but has an affair with Mr.
Hastings and gives birth to Jason. She adopts Mary’s first child that was born in Radley, Charles from the Blind School. Like I said, Dr. Cochran was the liaison between
the children born in Radley, and the Blind School that sells babies. We know
Noel Kahn’s father was the “judge” that signed off on the adoptions, so that
may be how the Kahn’s made all their money, selling babies on the black market,
AND would explain why Noel is wrapped up in all of it. AND would explain why an EYE is the symbol on his party stamps.
Mary gives birth to Charlotte in Radley, she is never adopted in the Blind School, shows signs of mental illness and is put into Radley. A few years later, Ali was born.
This video, shown in the dollhouse, is of Jessica with her new baby Alison, and Charles and Jason.
A few months later, little Charles puts Ali in
the bathtub one day to try to get her to stop crying. Kenneth freaks out, and
demands that he be put into Radley. Jessica is heart broken, but agrees and decides to get on the
board of Radley so she can watch over him. Bethany and Charles are
Around the same time Ali is born, Mary gives birth to her THIRD child in Radley, Spencer. Mary either had an affair with Mr. Hastings OR
Jessica suggested that Mr. Hastings should adopt Spencer.
Jessica feels terrible that she had to put Charles into Radley, and decides to find another family to adopt him.
Originally when I was
coming up with this theory, I thought Charles was either Ezra Fitz or Wren Kingston. But it cannot be either of them because Ezra hooked up with Alison
which would be his first cousin, and Wren hooked up with Spencer and that would
be his sister. So for the sake of this theory making sense and not including
incest, I think the only person A.D. could be is Officer Darren Wilden.
So now for the second time, Charles is taken away from Bethany
and she is ENRAGED. She drew the picture of Jessica with her eyes scratched out that we spoke about before, with LIAR written all over it:
Bethany HATES Jessica. She took Charles away from her
in the Blind School, and then again by getting him adopted into another family.
Jessica is aware that Bethany knows about the illegal selling of children
at the Blind School, so Bethany blackmails her. In order to keep Bethany quiet,
Jessica buys her clothes (that’s who the second yellow dress hidden in the
piano is for), takes her to the horse stables, and has Bethany call her Aunt
Jessie. Bethany and Charles sister, Charlotte, grew up in Radley together and become best friends. They both become insanely jealous of Alison over the years, for
getting to live a normal life while they spent their childhood in the Blind School
and then grew up in Radley.
Jessica still keeps in touch with the family that adopted Charles because she loves him like a son. She even brings her children, Ali and Jason, to his birthday party, saying it is for their cousin “Freddy.”
This video is of Jason - Charles (Wilden) - Alison
CHARLES– looks SO MUCH like Wilden.
Even their hair is parted in the same exact way.
Many years go by and Charles eventually finds out who he really is. He reconnects with Bethany, and meets Charlotte- eventually finding out (through his job as a police officer) that she is his sister. They decide they need to get revenge on the entire DiLaurentis family.
Charlotte is also blackmailing Jessica, and uses her to get out-privileges to go to classes at UPenn and get dirt on Alison and the DiLaurentis family. She even goes as far as becoming Jason’s ‘girlfriend,’ and Alison’s best friend.
In a crazy twist of fate, around the same time, the Liars & Alison blind Jenna by throwing the stink bomb into the garage. Jenna starts going to the Blind Rehab Center, becomes close with Noel Kahn, and finds out the truth about the sordid past at the school on Elm Street.
Wilden became a cop because he will have access to everyone and everything. He has been
sending Ali the A texts for awhile now.
On “that night” he helped Bethany and Charlotte escape and
they plan to kill Ali in front of Jessica in revenge. Ali turned into a
spoiled, bitchy girl, when she grew up with all the luxury in the world. That,
coupled with their jealousy, makes them want to kill her. They also know this
would cause Jessica the most possible pain.
Since Jessica is still buying Bethany clothes, (probably the
same clothes she buys Ali) Bethany happens to be wearing the same yellow top as
Alison that night.
Jessica gets a call from
Radley that Bethany has escaped, which is why she didn’t want Ali to go out
that night. Bethany hits Ali with the rock, which Jessica sees through the
window. Jessica buries Alison, thinking she is dead. She knows she cannot tell
the police what happened because of the blackmail Bethany has been holding over
Grunwald pulls Ali out of the ground and Ali flees.
This same night, a girl named Sara Harvey ran away from home.
She was also blonde and similar in stature to Ali. Mona, who has been bullied by Ali for years, hit Sara over the head with a shovel, thinking she is Alison. Melissa comes across Sara’s dead body (who she also thinks is Alison),
and thinking Spencer killed her, buried her in the grave Ali was in earlier
Charles, Bethany, and Charlotte believe that Ali is dead in the grave under the gazebo on the DiLaurentis property. They don’t know
that she escaped and went into hiding.
Everyone, including the Liars, think Alison is a missing person.
Melissa, Charles, Charlotte, Bethany, and Jessica all think she is DEAD.
When Maya’s family moves into
the DiLaurentis house and decide to do some remodeling, they discover the dead body buried under the gazebo. The police are called in.
Charles (WILDEN) is a cop and has access to the body. He see’s through dental records, that the body is of a girl named Sara Harvey, the dead body is NOT Ali. He decides to switch the dental records with Ali’s so it looked like
Ali was dead, and no one would go looking for her. NOW WHO WOULD BE THE ONLY ONE ABLE TO DO THAT? A cop!!!!
Jessica is brought in to identify the body, and she either pretends it’s Ali’s out of fear and confusion, OR because Charles forces her to.
Charles also forces her to dig a grave and to tell Kenneth, and his biological mother Mary, that he has died. He doesn’t want anyone to find out his true identity.
But now clues start coming that Ali is alive. Charles
(Wilden) aggressively tries to find her. He is always accusing the Liars,
hoping he will scare them into spilling anything they know. That’s why he
started sending the Liars the A texts, to try to blackmail/torture/scare them into giving
him information. He belibes they know where Ali is, and are helping her stay hidden, and develops a deep hatred for them. He enlists help from people that hate Ali, like Mona, who give him info on the girls and Ali.
When the cops are forced to reexamine the corpse, they find that
it is Bethany Young. ONCE AGAIN Wilden messed with the dental
records. The dead girl who was killed that night was the REAL Sara Harvey. She
has been dead the whole entire time. Wilden switched it so it would look like
Bethany Young was dead (just like he did with his true identity), so she could be freed from Radley and that he could protect
her and no one would look for them or suspect them. They are the king and queen of the A Team.
Charles/Wilden is Black Hoodie
Bethany/Sara is Red Coat
Charlotte/CeCe is Black Veil
They had many plans set in case they got caught. The first being that Mona would take the fall for being A. She would be in Radley with CeCe to protect her. Remember what she said was she was brought into Radley?
What WE want. Meaning her, Charles, Bethany, and CeCe.
So quick recap before we continue:
Charles Drake is the character we know as Darren Wilden
Bethany Young is the character we know as Sara Harvey
Charlotte Drake is Charles younger sister (she was NEVER a boy)
Now that it has been discovered that Ali is not dead, the police start to look for her. Noel is helping Ali stay hidden at this time because she was blackmailing him. But as we know, eventually Noel AND Jenna, are on the A team working against Ali and the Liars.
Charlotte eventually finds out where Ali is, and that she is planning to come back to Rosewood. Charlotte, Bethany and Charles devise a plan: They don’t know if Ali saw them the night they tried to kill her, and they can’t risk her coming back and telling the cops on them.
First, Charles instructs Charlotte to go see Ali, and then to use her Vivian Darkbloom identity to get out of the country so she will be safe.
He tells Bethany to murder Jessica DiLaurentis, because she is the only one who knows the truth about all of them, and they all hate her. Bethany is safe because the world thinks she is dead.
Finally, Charles decides to fake his own (Wilden’s) death so he will be safe as well. He killed a man with a similar body type to himself, and put the Wilden mask on his face. First of all we know that there are insanely real looking masks in play in this show. We later see Rollins was wearing a WILDEN mask. We know it was a PERFECT mask of his face.
WHY WAS ROLLINS WEARING THE MASK OF WILDEN OF ALL PEOPLE? Because Wilden is Uber A. Rollins is another one of his minions (will get back to that later).
This is the dead body of a man Wilden murdered. He just put a mask of his own face on the body.
Charlotte is waiting out her time in London, while Charles and Bethany continue to monitor the girls in Rosewood.
This is Charles and Bethany (Characters we know as Wilden & Sara)
Time goes by and Charles (with the help of Charlotte and Bethany) continue to torture the girls and Ali. They try to kill her countless times but fail. They decide the ultimate revenge would be for Ali to get convicted of murder, and spend her life in jail. They set the plan to make it look like Mona was murdered. Mona is in on this whole thing.
Their plan works, and Ali goes to jail on a murder charge.
They decide to build a Dollhouse they will use to torture the remaining Liars for the rest of their lives. (They hate the girls so much because of their loyalty to Alison). Noel and Jenna help.
They devise a plan just in case anything goes wrong. Charlotte would pretend to be Charles DiLaurentis (the transgender son of JESSICA), and tell the crazy story to gain sympathy and avoid jail time. The only person who could prove this was a lie is dead (Jessica). Bethany would pretend to be Sara Harvey, a runaway girl who was kept prisoner there. Mona will pretend that she was brainwashed into believing she was Ali, & drugged and tortured in the Dollhouse. And she should act like she is trying to help the girls, so if anything goes wrong they don’t suspect she was part of it.
And Charles would escape without anyone knowing.
They successfully kidnap the girls and bring them to the Dollhouse. Charles decides that he wants the girls to organize a prom for him as their last act. He plans on killing them with poisonous gas afterwards. He gives Mona a gas mask so that she will survive. If all goes well this will be the end of their revenge. All the girls will die in the Dollhouse, and Ali will spend the rest of her life in prison.
As we know, none of this goes as plan, and the girls escape and Mona, Charlotte and Bethany are forced to stick to the plan they devised as a fail-safe. Bethany pretends shes Sara, and Mona pretends she was abducted, brainwashed, and held captive.
Bethany pretends to have a crush on Emily to stay close to the girls, and Charles, Bethany and Charlotte try one more time to end it all. Charlotte abducts Ali from the Ice Ball, taking along Kenneth and Jason to make her fake story seem legitimate. Mona and Bethany lure the girls to the Carassimi Group Lair, and they plan to blow them all up.
Bethany burns her hands and this plan fails as well. Charlotte is forced to pretends she is Charles and that the game is over.
Ali is released from prison, Charlotte is admitted to Welby, and the game stops for 5 years.
Over this time, Charles reconnects with his birth mother, Mary. He finds out that Spencer is his other sister. Mary is now helping Charles, Bethany and Charlotte with everything.
Charles arranges fake doctor ID for Charlotte’s boyfriend, Archer Dunhill (Elliot Rollins) and instructs him to take care of Charlotte in Welby. Charles instructs Archer to make Ali fall in love with him as well, so they can plan their ultimate revenge. They have to put the game on hold for the 5 years that Charlotte is in Welby.
The girls all come back to Rosewood and Charlotte is released. Archer succeeds in making Ali fall in love with him, and they marry.
Then something goes VERY WRONG. Someone murders Charlotte. Charles is devastated and ENRAGED. He vows to find out who killed his beloved sister.
He starts to use the name ‘A.D’ instead of ‘A’, which stands for AFTER DEATH, in honor of his dead sister.
Bethany Young moves into the Radley, which is now a hotel, to be close to the action.
He thinks one of the girls killed Charlotte, and starts to send them messages again.
Meanwhile, Mary and Archer dress up as Jessica and Wilden to make Alison think she is going crazy. Their plan works and she admits herself into Welby.
Hanna pretends it was her, and goes to the Lost Woods to turn herself in (but her and the other Liars are just trying to catch A.D). Their plan goes arry (BECAUSE MONA TELLS A.D. WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING) and is abducted by A.D. A.D tortures her in the cabin trying to get information out of her.
The Liars start to believe that Ali killed Charlotte, and use the sweater as evidence to get Hanna back.
Charles uses police tools he still has at his disposal to check the sweater for evidence that Ali killed Charlotte. But he doesn’t find anything.
Isn’t it interesting that when Charles sends the sweater back to Ali he writes “I couldn’t find A SHRED OF EVIDENCE.”
Who talks like this? A POLICE OFFICER!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, When Hanna escapes from the cabin, Mary Drake picks her up. Although she understands her sons need for revenge, she truly feels bad for what he put Hanna through. She also wants to be around her other daughter-Spencer.
Charles instructs Archer to drug and torture Ali in Welby, so everyone thinks she is insane and she can never escape.
After Charles realizes that the girls know what Archer is doing, he tells her to take her out of Welby and murder her in the woods. Obviously this goes wrong as well, an Archer is killed.
Now Ali is back home one again. Charles tells Mary to move into the house to watch her.
Isn’t it SO INTERESTING that that A.D dressed up as a COP when he went into the house and tried to kill Ali??? Wilden is 10000% A.D and Charles.
He has Bethany call Jenna and Noel to help them with their mission. The only people who know A.D’s true identity are Bethany and Charlotte. All the rest are helpers, but have NEVER seen his face.
Something goes really wrong AGAIN when Bethany is murdered in the bathtub.
I think their are two teams at work here. One is trying to protect the girls (whoever killed Charlotte and Bethany) and then the other is torturing them.
Now A.D has lost Red Coat AND Black Veil. He is all alone.
He instructs Noel to find out for sure if Spencer is his other sister. That’s why Noel had Mary’s DNA and was trying to contact Dr. Cochran, who helped sell Spencer.
The girls end up at Aunt Carol’s WHERE THE EMPTY GRAVE OF CHARLES WAS, and goes into the Lair. That lair was NOT Jessica’s. It was his.
He blows it up so they cannot find any evidence. He threatens that if they find out who he is before he finds out who killed Charlotte, he will kill them all.
Then disaster strikes when the girls find the USB of footage from the Dollhouse in Noel’s things. He has Noel break into Spencer’s house and take it back.
But then Hanna abducts Noel. Charles is relieved when Hanna calls Mona for help. He instructs Mona to retrieve the USB. Mona isn’t able to do that without Hanna realizing she is on the A team, so she convinces Hanna to go back to Rosewood. When Hanna leaves, she lets Noel go, and gives the video of what Hanna did to Noel to Charles. Charles blackmails them into bringing the USB to the Blind School-WHERE IT ALL STARTED. Where they were sold as babies!!!
The girls put the USB on the table, and A.D takes it right away. He instructs Noel and Jenna to kill them all because he doesn’t know what they saw. Mary is there as well. But then Noel is decapitated when he is trying to kill them. Jenna blindly tries to kill them, but ends up shooting Spencer.
Mary intervenes at this point, because she cannot bare to watch her daughter die.
A.D pulls Jenna out of the house. Once again, the girls have escaped, and he needs to make a new plan.
The HUGE missing question: Who is Charles, Charlotte and Spencer’s biological father?
I can’t wait to see what happens next! 7 more months!!!
It has taken me forever to write this theory, I know it’s crazy but I really think this could be it. Please let me know what you think.