This is my problem:
The reason Mona started sending A texts; it has to be because Maya’s family moved in and started tearing down the gazebo Bethany’s body was buried under, right? Mona knew the whole time that Alison was alive. If she didn’t know someone’s body had replaced Ali’s why would she start any games?
Also, remember that about 3 days before the body was found, Mona and Hanna used the ouija board and Mona basically told Hanna through the board that Alison was alive. The timing is right for Mona to have already found out that a new family had moved in and were tearing down the gazebo.
So it seems to me that Mona always knew someone else was buried. And it just so happens that Bethany’s cause of death was blunt force trauma + suffocation, which is exactly what supposedly happened to Alison, and we know for a fact that Mona knew that, the night that Alison was attacked.
It doesn’t make sense for Alison to have killed Bethany and used the story as her own, because 1) Grunwald’s account of pulling Alison out of the dirt, and 2) A or Charles or whoever sending Alison a text + video, “I buried your mom the same way I watched her bury you.” Both of these corroborate Alison’s story.
But it’s also true that Mona did not hit Alison, because Jessica Dilaurentis probably didn’t even know who Mona was at the time, there’s no way she would’ve covered for her.
But it’s also true that Bethany was dressed just like Alison, and we still have no idea why. If Mona knew Bethany was in the grave, then she knew Bethany was dressed like Alison; but why and how would she know that?
How exactly does Mona fit into the Alison-Charles-Bethany mix?
It makes sense to me that Mona wanted Alison gone but not necessarily dead, because she was completely obsessed with her. Mona could’ve killed Alison herself very easily, and we know she was crazy enough to be able to accomplish that. In order for her to have it both ways, it makes sense that she would help Alison fake her death + know that to do that, someone needed to take her place.
But that’s where I hit a brick wall, I can’t figure out how Mona knew about Bethany, how Bethany escaped and dressed up like Alison, and how Charles fits into that.
I would like to point out that in S1E2 Maya very casually mentions that someone left a teddy bear at the gazebo site in her yard, which could imply that Charles left it, which actually makes so much sense 😂
Someone please help me with this