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.
Inspired by the original post above by Tumblr user: plltheorygang, I would like to elaborate:
Something has stuck out to me since the premier of 4x01, and it’s been bugging me for a long time now. This something (or someone, rather) is Nigel Wright.
If you set your memory back to Season 4, you may remember that for a brief moment during Wilden’s funeral, we see Jenna show up on the arm of an unknown, yet quite handsome, 20-something year old man. We hadn’t been officially introduced to him yet, so if you blink, you might miss him…. but it is definitely Nigel Wright.
…or maybe you missed him because you were distracted by the fact that the Black Widow sat directly behind them.
[Just a quick side note on this scene: Jessica DiLaurentis was sitting with the Liars when the Black Widow walked in, so this cancels out any suspicion that Jessica could have been the woman in the black veil. She can’t very well be in two places at the same time… unless she is the one with the twin.]
Now back to Nigel & Jenna…
We didn’t officially meet Nigel until episode 4x07 (listed as 4x08 on Netflix), so this 7-episode gap between seeing him at the church in 4x01 & getting officially introduced to him at Hallowed Acres in 4x07 may have been just enough time to make us forget about him. (Out of sight, out of mind, am I right?)
But if you binge watch PLL on Netflix (like I’ve done more times than I’d like to admit), it’s easier to recognize him as being Jenna’s “date” to Wilden’s funeral.
In episode 4x07
“Crash and Burn Girl”, we see Nigel serving Lady Grey tea (Jenna loves tea) to a woman who wears black shades (Jenna wears black shades) and is in possession of a folded up walking stick (and we know that Jenna lost her eyesight again during the beginning of Season 4.)
Although we never see her face, the fact that there is a walking stick on the table alone, gives us a major clue that Nigel is probably talking to Jenna here. But if you need even further proof, pay attention to the particular color of the walking stick on the table…. does it look familiar?
That’s what I thought :)
Jenna had a lot of people do her dirty work over the years, and Shana doesn’t seem to be the only one who thought she was involved with her at the time. The proof is in the pudding when Nigel calls her “babe”.
So all of these clues make me think that Nigel was definitely talking to Jenna during the scene in 4x07 and that he was probably a lot more involved than we may realize. (That goes for Jenna, too).
After analyzing this particular scene, I began to wonder about Nigel’s involvement in other things.
It seems he would have done anything for Jenna (like most people she successfully manipulates) because earlier on in the episode, he lied to Caleb & Toby when they tracked him down at Hallowed Acres Landing Strip. After his first encounter with them, he calls a mystery woman to report to her that they had arrived asking questions about the night of the lodge fire & the plane that landed there.
The second time the boys come back, Nigel tries to run. When they temporarily corner him, he continues his lies by telling them that CeCe Drake was the one who paid him off to spin a lie if anyone came asking about the plane used by Red Coat (Ali). But if I am right, he was working for Jenna, not CeCe.
Now my biggest question remains: If I am right and Nigel was actually talking to Jenna on the phone, not CeCe, then why would she ask Nigel to lie in order to protect Alison and the details of her flight plan the night of the fire? It is a question I have been wondering myself for 2 seasons now.
[I must add that I am convinced Alison was the only Red Coat present during the fire. If there were 2 Red Coats present, then I think that Alison was definitely the Red Coat that flew in on the plane. I also think that Mona was actually talking to Alison on the phone before her arrival. Remember that Mona was fully aware at the time that Ali was still alive, due to the fact that she’s the one who helped her escape Rosewood after Jessica buried her, but the Liars still didn’t know. I think Mona either continued to lie about it so that Alison would stay gone & the Liars didn’t find out she was alive, or maybe there really is another Red Coat still out there… what the fuck do I know? lol there is definitely another Red Coat out there.]
Anyways, we know Jenna accepted Alison’s friendship offer the second time around (after Ali had already returned to Rosewood High in season 5), but that didn’t happen until Ali threw the Ice Ball during the Christmas Episode (5x13). The lodge fire happened way before that (3x24), so maybe Jenna had already known Alison was alive before she returned and was helping her? (Idk, just blurting out theories here… I am grasping at straws to try and tie in all of the tiny details we have been given since the premier of the show. There are so many!) I just don’t get why the woman Nigel was talking to on the phone would want to protect Alison & the details about her flight if it really was Jenna… so that definitely creates a hole in my theory.
Another factor that plays into all of this is that immediately before Toby was knocked out in the woods near the lodge, we saw a shadowy figure in front of him. This shadow looked a lot like Jenna (but could have also been Shana). You judge for yourself:
(I think its Jenna).
We know that Emily saw Melissa, Shana & Jenna meeting to discuss the lodge:
Then later, Melissa admitted to sending them out there to spy and see if they could spot Alison alive… so we know that Shana & Jenna were definitely both present… & according to all these clues, Nigel could have been as well.
(It has also been claimed that Wilden was there during the night of the fire, but at this point we have zero proof to back that up.)
The final clue hinting towards Nigel being involved (and I think this might be the biggest clue of all) is the lighter that was thrown at Toby’s unconscious body the night of the fire. Remember that it had the initials “NW” inscribed on it.
Hmmm… NW as in Nigel Wright? And the compass on the lighter could be symbolism for “pilot” which would work out since we know that Nigel works at a landing strip.
I do have a theory as to how Nigel’s lighter might have ended up at the scene of the fire.
Earlier on in episode 3x24, Jenna, who still had her eyesight at the time, meets up with Shana right beforehand to tell her this:
In regards to the actual fire, Shana already admitted to burning down the lodge herself (in episode 5x01 before Aria kills her)… so maybe Jenna was in possession of Nigel’s lighter and gave it to Shana to use during this meeting? Or maybe Nigel was actually there too, and he was the one to knock out Toby? But if he wasn’t there at all, Shana could have been the one to knock him out and she was just in possession of Nigel’s lighter somehow.
None of this really adds up though, since Shana adamantly confessed in 5x01 that Jenna had absolutely no knowledge that she was seeking revenge on Ali & the Liars for “The Jenna Thing”. So if Jenna didn’t know Shana was trying to hurt the Liars, then why would she have helped her set the fire? Shana said she was acting alone because she was in love with Jenna, which is quite possible… but seriously guys, wtf actually happened that night?
With all of that being said, I think Nigel definitely had some involvement (although he may not factor into it anymore at this point, which could be why we haven’t seen him since). Nigel is most likely not endgame, but it still doesn’t affect the fact that I’ve been going crazy over his involvement since Season 4!
Moving on from Nigel, I have yet another theory about little Miss Jenna:
plltheorygang thinks that all of this could mean Jenna is possibly A, or maybe the other Red Coat… but what I think it means is that Jenna was the one to pull the other Liars out of the fire.
The main clue that led me to this theory is that when Jenna leaves town in 4x01, which is only about a day after the lodge fire in Rosewood time, Emily notices that she has a burn on her arm.
This has to mean that Jenna was definitely there at the lodge and she came close enough to the fire to get burned.
As far as we know, Red Coat (Alison) saved Hanna from the lodge after she landed in the plane… but Ali later says that the other girls were already pulled out by someone else. Maybe this person was Jenna, and she didn’t have enough time to save Hanna because she got scared & ran off when she saw Alison approaching (we all know how terrified Jenna was of Alison).
If you were to ask me, I think that my namesake, Ms. Jenna Marshall, has some serious explaining to do. Her involvement in all of this is definitely apparent, but I don’t know if I would go so far as to call her “A” (although anything is possible at this point).
But I really do think that Jenna (although she is a manipulative bitch) is a victim in all of this. Remember that “A” has tried to kill her twice (first by locking her in the DiLaurentis house & setting it on fire, then second by knocking her in the back of the head and leaving her to drown in the lake near Paige’s aunt’s lake house.)
I am just trying to put all the pieces together here, so maybe there is another explanation for what happened that night.
Ugh questions, questions, questions!!! I wholeheartedly hope that this season we receive all the answers we are looking for. But like Spence says, “Hope breeds eternal misery.” so I’m not counting on it.
Maybe they will use Season 6B & Season 7 to do all of the explaining. I just pray that the answers will come somehow, someway.
Most of us were rooting for Sara to be irrelevant. But now that they gave her two of the biggest roles on the show, let’s hope she’s relevant as hell. This theory will also cover some CeCe unanswered questions.
I’ve been rewatching and taking mental notes since Sara’s reveal, so I have a lot of thoughts so I’m going to try to remember all and organize as best as possible.
In ‘Crash and Burn, Girl!’ Caleb and Toby pay Nigel a visit. At first he doesn’t give out any information. When they leave, he makes a phone call. And upon Caleb and Toby’s second visit, he gives them CeCe’s name, easily. Why would CeCe be dumb enough to give Nigel her name? My theory is that she isn’t. Nigel spoke to Sara and she gave the name to Nigel to get Toby/Caleb on CeCe’s trail. But how did Toby/Caleb even suspect Nigel had info? The lighter that Shana put on Toby after she knocked him out. This leads me to believe Sara is the one who was working with Jenna and Shana in 3x24. They were all in on it. Remember Shana told us Jenna is afraid of CeCe Drake? They were all working together to bring CeCe down.
Back to the episode, Caleb stole Nigel’s phone and tracked a number to 3 different addresses. One of them leads to CeCe’s “roommate” at UPenn. Could Sara have hired her to make CeCe look suspicious? Wren also told this story about CeCe getting kicked out of UPenn because of Alison to Hanna, but I think that was Wren’s “end” (I take care of my end you take care of yours)
When Travis was bribed so he could keep quiet about the blonde he saw in the woods, the money was in a ‘Diva Dish’ envelope. That’s the name of CeCe’s boutique. Again, is CeCe that dumb? No. But Sara (I know this is difficult to picture but try to visualize Sara as an Alison-esque queen bee throughout this post) is that smart.
So in the above scene Sara sounds almost annoyed at CeCe when she tells her that Wilden’s dead. This was after Wilden’s funeral (thanks to melisssanicole for reminding me of this) and when someone put Ashley’s phone in his casket. (I have a theory of why Sara could have something against the Marins here) CeCe makes no mention of the phone. CeCe only sent her there to check if Wilden was dead. Sara planted the phone on Wilden’s casket on her own. Sara has her own agenda.
At the end of 4x23 we see a black hoodie(We did see Sara buying hoodies in season 3 so I believe she occasionally wore one as well. Also let’s not forget Sara has left an A message to Bethany’s parents when she was dressed as black widow, so some actions “A” did could have been Sara) call the police to turn CeCe in for Wilden’s murder. Ashley was off the hook at this point so Sara decided to pin it on CeCe. I believe this was Sara and that’s why CeCe was so frustrated and asking if they got lucky or if someone turned her in. This could be one of the reasons Sara is punished. Which leads to my next point:
Why betray CeCe?
This looks a little too real:
Remember Mona was starved in the hole when she disobeyed CeCe? I think Sara also was punished whenever she misbehaved. She looks legitimately frightened when giving the food to the liars. She wasn’t putting up an act for anyone since the police wasn’t even there at that point.. (I don’t think Sara was actually there all those days marked with chalk however.) Mona also said it was fun having a partner to play the game with at first, but then CeCe stole the liars from her. CeCe isn’t good with allies.
These BetrAyals not only happened in season 3 and 4, but even this season. Sara was going against CeCe’s wishes and tried to keep the liars safe in 6x10. I think Sara felt attached to Emily, and that’s why she tried to help them. But I also believe her motives are against Hanna, but this wasn’t like the lodge fire, Sara had to save all of them or none of them.
Sara isn’t on CeCe’s side nor on the liars’ side. She has an agenda of her own and has attempted to expose CeCe in the past and tried to get the liars on her trail. Which is the reason Sara was punished in the dollhouse.
(The image above is not mine, so all credit goes to it’s original owner/maker)
After last nights episode, I IMMEDIATELY thought back to Jenna’s odd alliance with Nigel Wright upon watching the final scene with “Dr. Rollins,” a.k.a. ‘Archer Dunhill’ receiving a phone call from Jenna.