Last night Pretty Little Liars Director, Norman Buckley tweeted and re-blogged some Aria is -A theory on his Tumblr blog last night! Hmm….very interesting! LINK to Norman Buckley’s Tumblr “A is for Aria” Blog: tmblr.co/ZpRVdx1QgDhJp
This idea that Aria might have Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a theory that has been talked about a lot when discussing the possibility of “Aria is –A” but I have never actually written a theory based on this idea before so better late than never right?
We know that Aria is no stranger to her own reflection. We see many mirrored reflections on the show but it seems we see Aria’s reflection in mirrors more than anyone else in Rosewood.
One of the show producers tweeted the cartoon photo of the brunette girl holding taking off a mask and looking into a mirror. Could this be a clue that -A is a brunette? Like Aria? Who also is seen so often looking into mirrors? And possibly “masking” her true identity?
Dr. Allen Dye says that “mirror gazing” can be a sign of mental illness. Looking at your reflection in the mirror is noted as a side effect of MPD. When one with this disorder looks in the mirror they often report seeing a different person than they imagine themselves to be. Showing the reflection in the mirror could be very symbolic that a person has two personalities.
We do know that mental illness runs in Aria’s family.
1. Uncle Scott- Had some kind of mental illness that appears to ended in suicide. (2x09)
2. Aunt Ruth- Obsessed with her cat, had it stuffed when it died and had her dead cat hanging around while having conversations with it. (1x04) Can you say Psycho?
3. Mike Montgomery- Has shown some mental instability, irritability and rage.
So it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Aria could also be a victim of her genetics. If she does have a personality disorder it would make sense that the reason she suffers from nightmares, panic attacks, hallucinations, angry outbursts, and is highly emotional is because those are side effects of her struggling with a mental illness.
In the Pretty Little Liars BOOK series it says about Aria:
“Trouble was Aria wasn’t sure who Aria was. Since turning eleven, she’d tried out punk Aria, artsy Aria, documentary film Aria, and right before they moved, she’d even tried ideal Rosewood girl Aria. The horse-riding, polo-shirt-wearing girl who was everything Rosewood boys loved but everything Aria wasn’t.”
In the TV show, Aria has made references about struggling with her identity when she is talking with Emily in the pilot episode (1x01):
Aria: Yeah well, when your parents want you to be yourself and you don’t know who you are?
As Aria is saying this to Emily she is making the universal hand and eye signals for CRAZY in reference to herself.
Aria is BEST Liar as pointed out by all three of her best friends in (2x22). Maybe that is because she is really does have two personalities. One that is “compassionate” and one that is highly manipulative and calculating?
"Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the naughtiest of them all?" -Sara Shepard. (Unbelievable)
In Season 4, Episode 19 “Shadow Play” we see Aria sitting at the diner playing with toothpicks while deep in thought. She has made a very distinct octagon shape with the toothpicks, that looks like she is replicating the shape of the Gazebo on Alison’s property where Bethany was buried by Melissa Hastings. But, we still have yet to find out who actually hit her.
The fact that they chose Aria to be replicating the shape of the Gazebo where the crime takes place is very suspicious. Perhaps, a clue that she knows more about what actually happened “That Night” than we know, or that she was involved in the crime itself?
We know that “Shadow Play” did take place inside Spencer’s mind. Which could also be a clue that Spencer knows about Aria’s connection to what happened “That Night.” Maybe it is buried deep in her subconscious because she was taking those meds “That Night”
There have been experiments done by organizations such as NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) and other healthcare professionals to help people understand what it is like to live with a mental illness. One of the exercises that participants do in these experiments is arrange toothpicks into shapes.
Could this be another clue that Aria does suffer from a mental illness?
Oh, Aria you’re looking pretty guilty in those black and white stripes!
We are introduced to the now infamous CeCe Drake. Now, I’ve known since we first laid eyes on this Ali Look-A-Like that she had some secrets of her own and clearly she knew a some secrets about the liars post-Alison’s disappearance.
Well, MissAPheonix a fellow PLL fan sent me a message to re-watch this scene because she thought it may hold a potential clue about Aria.
First, I think it’s fair to say that CeCe Drake KNEW exactly who the liars were before she met them. This whole run-in was a set-up, I’m sure. What’s interesting is how CeCe seems to direct a LOT of eye contact towards Aria during the conversation. When CeCe says “She talked about you, she talked about ALL of you.” She looked at Aria as she put emphasis on the word “ALL” possibly hinting that she also knows a big secret about Aria. CeCe talks about the “intense” time that she spent with Ali, and asks if Alison ever mentioned her. All the liars say, NO. CeCe replies “Well, it was intense for me.” and again looks back at Aria. Then CeCe says about Alison that “She was going through such a rough time, like a broken doll.” She looks right at Aria as she is saying it. Could CeCe be implying that Aria could have been in part responsible? Aria looks uncomfortable and then returns a semi-threatening stare. Before CeCe leaves, she acts as if she thought Aria was Hanna when she invites her to come shopping at her store, and makes a comment related to shop-lifting. I don’t buy it for a second that CeCe made the mistake of thinking Aria was Hanna. I think she knew exactly who each girl was, and I think she was just messing with Aria’s head.
Also, Aria is the only liar that we KNOW Cece has personally manipulated in (3x19)… when she asked Aria to help her out by taking photos for her stores website. She leaves Aria and Wes alone to go get food but doesn’t come back and lies telling Aria her car got towed. We still don’t know exactly why CeCe did this? But CeCe’s interest in Aria sure is suspicious. In (4x10) Aria went to meet CeCe’s former roommate and according to her CeCe referred to the girls as “She-Devils” Why would CeCe think about them that way unless she had a real reason too? This isn’t just about Alison getting her kicked out of college and we know she has helped Alison. But still interesting that Aria is the one who was told what CeCe really thought.
In (4x12) We also seen a pretty epic fight scene between CeCe and Aria. Even Alison said in (5x01) that she had CeCe wear the Red Coat in (4x12) to distract “A” while she saved Emily. Well, Aria definitely seemed distracted by CeCe during that fight. Something suspicious certainly seems to be going on between these ladies. Does CeCe suspect Aria to be involved in something so big she would be willing to risk everything to exact revenge for someone she cares about?
Season 5, Episode 12 “Taking This One to The Grave”
Detective Holbrook makes a visit to Radley, where Aria is volunteering and involved in helping create a distraction for Mona and Spencer to sneak into the record room at Radley.
To distract the nurse Aria knocks over a jar of red paint, which spills onto the floor. As she is cleaning it up, it definitely looks like blood splattered all over the floor. This scene was definitely a bit foreshadowing considering the bloody crime scene left behind after Mona’s murder. While cleaning up the splattered red paint, Aria tells the nurse “This was totally all my fault” and later we know -A sent a text to the liars that said “It’s all your fault.” Could this have been a clue that Aria was somehow been involved in Mona’s murder? I know she couldn’t have killed Mona, but maybe she knew it was coming.
Detective Holbrook enters the Art Room to see Aria cleaning up what looks like a bloody crime scene, and so eerily he says, “You’ve made quite the mess of things.”
Detective Holbrook then goes on to question Aria:
Detective Holbrook: I didn’t know you worked here Aria?
Aria: It’s not a job. I volunteer.
Detective Holbrook: Ah, that’s admirable.
Aria: Ok, I should probably get back to the patients they might need more supplies.
Detective Holbrook: Of course, I’m just curious when did it all start?
Detective Holbrook: The lies, the cover-ups, the murders…
your volunteer program?
First, it’s important to mention that Aria was HALLUCINATING when Detective Holbrook said "The lies. The cover-ups. The Murders."
When he asked her “When did this all start? She was basically imagining what he was saying…Aria must a VERY guilty conscious to be imaging such things to the point of hallucinating. I think it is important to note that Aria is the only person we know of to have hallucinations on several occasions. Yeah, Spencer had one in “Shadow Play” that was drug induced. But, Aria has had them so many times when she has been completely sober.
In reality, Detective Holbrook was actually asking her when she started volunteering at Radley?
He also asks if Aria has an interest in the Mental Health profession?
I couldn’t help but laugh and think about Aria’s own potential “Mental Health” issues. We all know the theories and compelling evidence that supports the idea that Aria does have some kind of Mental illness. After all it does run in her family.
So, here Aria is again hallucinating. I mean, at least this time it wasn’t a dead body coming to life at their own funeral but still it’s more proof that she does suffer from hallucinations, and she is also no stranger to nightmares, and panic attacks. All of which seem to suggest Aria is a little “Mental.”
Aria probably feels right at home at Radley. I know that Aria never answered Detective Holbrook’s questions and whether or not she started the volunteer program before or after the police identified Bethany Young’s body. As far as we know, it was AFTER…
But, I still can’t help but remember Eddie Lamb recalling Aria volunteering once BEFORE too.
I am still thinking this wasn’t Aria first REAL trip to the Sanitarium.
Season 5, Episode 11 “No One Here Can Love or Understand Me”
Lt. Tanner visits the Montgomery house to speak with Byron. She has pretty much made it apparent from the beginning that she is suspicious of the liars. But, now she is ready to let them know that.
Here is a part of the conversation between Lt. Tanner and Byron:
Lt. Tanner: “I’ll tell you something about homicide investigations. They tend to get less complicated as you work them, not more. If they start getting more complicated, you can be sure that someone is doing that on purpose. Someone smart. And there are so many smart people involved in this case it makes my job very interesting.”
Byron: “Well, I’m only interested in where your job effects my daughter.”
Lt. Tanner: “You want to know if the police are interested in Aria, we are. She may or may not be involved in a homicide, but I am certain she is part of the complications.”
So, she claims she is certain that Aria is part of the complications? Okay so, we know that Aria and the rest of the liars are obviously withholding information from the police, which would make a cops job more complicated. But, who is really making things complicated for the police… A or the A-Team. The are the ones pulling the strings and manipulating the liars. And they are probably the smartest people involved in the case complicating things. And maybe Aria is one of those very smart people making sure the cops don’t get to the bottom of what is reAlly going on in Rosewood.
Also, I find it interesting that they only showed her visit the Montgomery House specifically when she could have questioned any of the liars or their families. But, maybe it’s because Aria is the most suspicious to Lt. Tanner. Now, that we know they have some reason to suspect Aria in a homicide, that would be a good place to start but she was MORE certain that Aria was one of the smart people making her job more complicated. And what homicide is she referring to? Shana or Bethany young because Hanna and Aria were definitely under the impression that Lt. Tanner implied they had something to do with her death? Now, it seems that Aria or the other liars couldn’t have anything to do with Bethany Young’s death due to Melissa recent confession…BUT, it’s becoming more and more clear that what happened “That Night” with Bethany was a set up. If any one of the liars or even Aria specifically had anything to do with the plotting or planning, that would mean that one of them was in fact involved with the homicide of Bethany Young
To make things even creepier, Byron asks WHO came forward to the police and of course Lt. Tanner isn’t ever going to give that kind of information up. That could potentially put the person who came forward in danger. Seriously, Lt. Tanner just told Byron she thinks his daughter may be involved in a homicide.
Lt. Tanners sudden and intense interest in Aria makes me wonder if there is more she is hiding from the police than we know.
Season 5, Episode 11 “No One Here Can Love or Understand Me”
Hanna had a bad thought… "-A doesn’t want to tell us the truth about Ali because they like to see us suffer, but who besides -A wants to keep us quiet?" To which Aria immediately implicates Mona… and Hanna says NO, then Emily suggests Alison which seems to parallel with Emily’s thought. BUT, who else would want the liars to keep quiet… Uh ARIA! She was definitely not thrilled about Spencer’s plan B, and was basically pushed into it because everyone else was set on doing it. As they were about to walk to the police station and right before the TV screens came on with the message from “-A,” Aria was looking very hesitant to start walking towards the police station, the BAM there is the message that threw Plan B out the window. Now, this could be the work of Alison… but, we can’t forget that Aria is another person that would want to keep the liars quiet. Hanna said “who else besides -A” thinking maybe it could be two different people, but it very well could be -A that wants to keep the liars quiet. If they tell the truth, that would mean gAme over! Aria may not have been involved in this particular scAndal, but I wouldn’t rule her out as a suspect. :)