Their first kiss is nothing like Mike expected it would be.
When he imagined it, and he did - a lot, so sue him - he always imagined it would come in an explosion of clashing teeth, in fingers and hands so desperate they stretch and grab and claw but never catch a hold of anything.
But that’s not how it goes.
Harvey is gentle, calm, sweet when he presses his lips to Mike’s for the first time. It isn’t some instantaneous, knee-jerk of a decision - Mike can see the resolved intent in Harvey’s eyes. This was a plan, one he didn’t involve Mike in. When their lips touch, it isn’t like fireworks explode - if anything it makes Mike feel warm and settled. It makes the world go a little quieter - like it’s stopped, just for them, just for this moment.
Which says a lot, actually, because when Harvey kisses him for the first time, he does it in a room full of their coworkers.
That’s another thing he never would have expected.
Lately, I’ve seen a lot of people show an interest in Maya’s character again and asking if she is alive, part of the A team or a victim of A.
I have been pretty dismissive of all Maya related posts because I just thought she’s dead, no point putting anymore thought into it, but you know what? I think maybe I’ve been wrong about Maya…
As I’ve been re-watching the show I’ve come across some things that have me looking at Maya in a new light, a shady, dodgy, finger pointing light.
The first thing I want to bring to everyone’s attention is the parallels between Ally’s disappearance and Maya’s disappearance.
- The newspaper article about Maya’s disappearance reflects Ally’s
- A takes a copy of the paper with Maya’s disappearance article in it. We’ve seen the A lairs full of Ally is missing articles, is A adding this to the collection?
- The girls go on a crusade to find out what happened to Maya, as they did with Ally
- Maya’s body is found at the Dilaurentis house
- The reveal of Maya’s body being found is the same as Ally’s
- We never actually see Maya’s body, just as they did with Ally and we later find out it was never actually Ally
- Emily received messages/emails from Maya even though she was meant to be dead, just as the girls received messages that sounded like they were from Ally when she was missing
- As the girls investigate Maya’s disappearance they begin to peel back more layers to Maya and uncover secrets, this is exactly what happened with Ally.
I think the fact the story of Maya’s disappearance/death mirroring what happened with Ally isn’t a coincidence. It could lead us to believe Maya’s disappearance was more planned than an accident. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I feel this definitely has a deeper meaning.
A plain and obvious point; Maya moves into Ally’s house. Why the Hell would you want to do that when you know someone died on that property?
Maya latches on to Emily right from the start.
We know Maya comes across a lot of Ally’s things while she is at the Dilaurentis house. A lot of the things she comes across are very personal and often relate to the relationship between Em and Ally. She could have picked up on the fact Emily had strong feelings for Alison and knowing this played at Emily’s confused sexuality and wormed her way into Emily’s heart. Did she really love Em? Or was Maya simply using her? We know Maya goes back and forward between guys and girls like its no big deal but when Emily brings Toby to the dance Maya flips her lid and tells Em to come to grips with who she is. So it’s a do as I say not as I do kinda situation is it Maya?
And just while we’re touching on the subject why does Maya keep finding things of Ally’s? We know Mrs. Dilaurentis kept all of Ally’s things and when she moved back into her house she put Ally’s bedroom back to the way it was like nothing had happened. So you’d think Mrs. Dilaurentis would have packed every last little thing up so why does Maya always seem to keep finding Ally’s things? It seems to me she’s making it her mission to find these things, she has easy access to the things the Dilaurentis’ packed up, or she took these things from Ally at an earlier point in time.
In the early epsiodes of season 1 Spencer sees a blonde girl in Maya’s bedroom. Is this Ally? Cece? Bethany? Sara Harvey? Another crazy blonde? Whoever it is she is in Maya’s bedroom, that is dodgy.
In another episode when Jason is played by the other guy, Spencer sees him in Maya’s bedroom as well. Jason popping over to his old house I could understand, but why he’s in Maya’s bedroom has me very suspicious.
Maya is sent to True North Camp, or is she?
When Maya has dinner with the Fields’ she talks about her family and portrays her parents as being pretty chilled out, casual, easy going sorta folks that get wedding bands tattooed on their fingers. But then these same parents send their daughter off to straight narrow camp the second they find out she has a joint in her school bag. Really? Her parents reaction just doesn’t gel with the parents she portrayed at dinner. Did she even go to this True North place or was this an elaborate lie?
When Maya is being sent away for the second time she tells Emily her parents found an old joint and she hasn’t touched any weed since she’s been back. She tells quite a tale full of tears and drama and says she is going to run away. Five seconds later she is outside smoking a joint. Guess that joint your parents found wasn’t so old, hey Maya? Lying to her parents I get, but why lie to Emily? Very untrustworthy behaviour Maya.
Earlier in the season Emily spots Maya talking and being friendly with Noel at a cafe right before they are about to have dinner with Em’s mum. When Emily asks about it Maya tells her he was helping her with her phone. At the time this seems believable. Later on Spencer confronts Noel about his relationship with Maya and he says it was a texting relationship (apparently he supplied her with weed).
So Maya and Noel are making it sound like they hardly know each other and we really have no reason to doubt them until we see photos of Maya staying at Noel’s and find out from Holden she’d been going to exclusive parties that Noel hosts/attends.
And just how long had Maya been staying at Noel’s? The photos she posts on her blog are of her in her pyjamas, so she’s been there for at least one night. At Noel’s Hanna and Em find a bag of Maya’s things and an empty bed that’s been slept in.
Maya is abducted the night she confides in Emily about her parents threatening to send her back to camp. So if she was taken that night that means she was already staying at Noel’s because we have seen the photos of her in her pyjamas at Noel’s. So, this throws into question Maya’s story about her parents sending her back to camp and it raises another question, how long had she been at Noel’s for?
All the while Maya has never mentioned she’s been going to parties with Noel and Holden and never invited her along, and she kept her online blog a secret from Emily.
When Em and Hanna are at the Khan’s and find Maya’s bag they find a pocket knife that belonged to Nate/Lindon and a birthday card Emily made for Ally when she was 14.
Why, oh why would Maya pack a card that belonged to Ally in her bag when she is planning to run away? I find this incredibly odd. Emily dismisses it and says Maya must have been planning to give it to her, but it just doesn’t make sense. There’s something very fishy about the way Maya always has all these Ally/Em things with her.
Why does she have Nate’s pocket knife? A knife for protection makes sense, but she has Nate’s? Is it a momento? Did Nate in fact give it to Maya for protection? I don’t know, but it’s definitely odd that she has his pocket knife.
We see on the surveillance tape from the Khan’s Maya is abducted. So if she is taken by Nate/Lindon here why does her body turn up at the Dilaurentis house? Those two places are not near each other so it’s not like she struggled and fought him down the street until she lost the battle and he killed her. So why is her body turning up at the Dilaurentis property?
Whether Maya is alive or not I’m not certain but this is a big point to consider before ruling out the possibility she is still alive or at the very least didn’t die when we thought she did.
Emily is with Nate at a secret little getaway cabin when she gets a phone call and is told she has one minute to get out. The person on the phone uses a voice changer thing so you don’t recognise them but think about it, who would want to warn Emily? Later on, after Emily killed Nate she gets another phone call and is thanked for getting Nate out of the way.
We know Nate was stalking Maya and obsessed with her, if anyone would be glad he’s gone it’d be Maya. Before you start saying it was A on the phone, A has never once called the girls, ever. A uses texts and written letters to get in contact with the girls, never a phone call.
So maybe Nate honestly believes he did kill Maya. He might have knocked her out or hurt her until she was an inch from death and then maybe someone comes along and saves her (like Grunwald did for Ally), or maybe she played dead and then got away, it’s possible.
As I delve further into Maya’s character and how dodgy she is I start to wonder if she isn’t more involved with the A story, Ally’s family and the mannequin family in A’s Dollhouse. Here’s a few points to consider:
The A team (Mona and Toby) had Maya’s mobile phone and were going to plant it on Paige. How did the A team get a hold of Maya’s phone? And why is it being planted on Paige? It seems like a pretty random choice until you think about the consequences. If Emily had found Maya’s phone with Paige there would be no more Paily. Sounds like something a jealous Maya would want doesn’t it?
We know Mona has spoken to Red coat (who they explain is in charge of the A team) but doesn’t know their identity. This is revealed in the episode where the girls are at Spencer’s lodge and it gets burned down. Mona admits she doesn’t know who red coat is even though they have spoken on the phone. So, could Red Coat be the one who called Emily and warned her to get out and then called her again to thank her for getting Nate out the way? Could Maya in fact be Red Coat?
I’ve had a lot of issues with identifying who the mannequin family in A’s Dollhouse is meant to represent. I don’t know if anyone else has put any thought into this but the father and son have darker skin than the mother and daughter. Then in A’s playroom we see two families at a train station, one is the mannequin family and the other is a family who too have darker skin.
We really never found out anything about Maya’s family so it could be that her family is a lot more involved in the A story than we realise.
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