Parallels between The Montgomery Family, and the TWINS we are first introduced to in “The First Secret” (2x13)
The little twins are seen playing with dolls in the kitchen while their parents are out. When the twins start to fight we see a close up of the “Evil Twins” feet as she gets up from the table. She is wearing black shoes with cute little white ruffled socks, just like we see Aria wear to the theatre in (5x11)
We then see the “Evil Twins” reflection in the knife she is about to pull out of the kitchen drawer. In another episode we see Aria peering into the shared of broken glass from a mirror in which she takes a shard of glass to use for “protection” in case she needs it.
Next in the TWIN scene we see the parents come home to see the horror that had taken place. We see the camera close in on the fathers face. He was wearing a Fedora Hat. The parents were just coming home, perhaps from a special occasion or date? In (5x11) we see Byron wearing his special Fedora hat that he wears for special occasions.
When the twins are first seen sitting at the kitchen table, behind them is a white stove. It looks just like the stove we see in Aria’s kitchen at home. It is a unique style and appears to be vintage. Maybe it’s been in the family for a long time?
Could these be clues that Aria and/or her father have a connection to the potential storyline involving the twins?
In Season 4, Episode 21 “Free Fall” Aria finds out Ezra’s secret. She found the manuscript to Ezra’s book. She ends up in the infamous confrontation with Ezra on the Ski Lift. Aria appears to be outraged when she finds out that Ezra has been writing a book. Ezra tells Aria that he will burn the book to which she replies “Burn it! Burn it! Are you kidding me? I am going to read this thing cover to cover!” The pages of the manuscript end up falling to the ground, which we see were later retrieved by -A.
In the next episode: Season 4, Episode 22 “She’s Come Undone” we see Aria burning Ezra’s notes and research… wait? Burning his research? The research that could hold a clue to who -A really is? If Aria didn’t intend to burn the book and read it cover to cover, wouldn’t she be just as curious about all this research of his? Looks like Aria just might be burning evidence here.
Then Aria finds a letter indicating that Ezra had plans to publish the book! She calls the Book Publisher giving the fake name of “Victoria Blackwell” which I thought was a little interesting. It has a familiar ring to it, like Vivian Darkbloom.
Anyways, when she finds out Ezra is in a meeting with the publisher, she looses it and makes her way over to the Principles house when Hanna see’s her and stops her on the sidewalk in front of his house. Aria tells Hanna about Ezra going forward with the book. She is angry he didn’t destroy the book like he promised and is about to go expose their relationship to the Principle. Aria yells at Hanna, “I’m not going to be the only one who suffers here?”
Wait a minute… IF Ezra were to publish that book wouldn’t your friends suffer too? Unless, maybe you were looking mighty guilty in those pages.
Hanna doesn’t seem to pick up on this, and goes on to convince Aria that it wouldn’t be in her best interest to expose her relationship with Ezra to the principle. Hanna offers stay with her and make sure she is okay, and Aria pretty much loses it on her saying she wants to be alone.
She goes home, and packs a bag to leave Rosewood. Emily tries to talk with her but she rages on her too asking for space and leaves.
At the end of the episode we see -A with the manuscript that Aria dropped. -A is reading through some of the pages before ultimately burning them.
Excerpts from one of the pages:
She was heaven in hell. A chilling inferno. Deliciously wicked, when standing with saints. Hopelessly innocent yet laughing with sin…As loveable as they come and as cruel as the world’s ever known. (NOTE: Loveable vs. Cruel)
Perhaps Aria knows best. (NOTE: What does she know?) She was the first to reveal herself to me. Or perhaps I was the one to reveal myself to her. The setting ironic as the meeting itself, but there she sat. In the same stool as her friend a year after her disappearance. She hadn’t a clue (“Clue” is circled with a NOTE: Not a clue- when there are so many clues available to ponder…) as she sat there unmoved pretending to be someone else… beyond her years. Something I can’t help but think she’s learned from Alison. (NOTE: Who taught Alison?)
Hmm… Ezra is going on about Alison concluding that she was “As loveable as they come and as cruel as the world had ever known. ” Then he immediately goes on to say “Perhaps Aria knows best” Another big…Hmm…
So does Ezra believe that Aria knows better than anybody how “cruel” Alison really was? Could there be a potential motive there for Aria to want to hurt Alison or could it be a clue that Aria REALLY KNEW Alison, and maybe was involved in something with her? Or does Aria know best meaning that she is JUST like Alison in the way they she is loveable AND cruel. Ezra was attracted to Alison for all of her mysterious ways. Perhaps, he was attracted to Aria because they are similar in that way.
Ezra’s notes say about Aria, “What does she know?” Does Ezra believe that Aria is hiding a secret? Ezra goes on to talk about how he first met Aria. One year after Alison’s disappearance they “meet” in a bar, we all know that. But, what is strange here is that Ezra’s book reveals that Aria was sitting in the exact same stool that Alison had just a year before, “pretending to be someone else…beyond her years. Something I can’t help but think she learned from Alison.” Ezra says she sat in the stool and “hadn’t a clue” but then has the word “clue” circled with the FULL note: “Not a clue- when there are so many clues available to ponder-to dissect. An enormous puzzle to sort and fit together, piece by piece.Are there more than one puzzle? –Or do they all connect? Collect the pieces.” It appears Ezra might be questioning whether or not she had a clue, or if maybe she did. Again, WHAT DOES ARIA KNOW?
-A is seen burning the pages just like Aria was seen burning the pages of Ezra’s research. Aria DID know where the pages were. Aria DID leave Rosewood that night and could have possibly made a stop along the way? Or did someone else destroy the manuscript to help protect her secret? Aria did tell the liars that Ezra had a theory…“He thinks that one of us did it.” But, she never says who he suspects specifically, and this topic has not since been brought up again.
IF Ezra did suspect Aria, and Aria found out… that would explain why she wanted to hurt him in any way she could even if it meant sending him to prison by exposing their relationship to the principle. She wanted him to suffer with her, until Hanna talked her out of it, or until she realized she could find another way to solve her little problem. Ezra ultimately proved his love to Aria, that he was willing to do anything to protect her perhaps regardless of her secrets… which would probably make her love him even more. “Sometimes the villains win.”
Could Aria be the one of the pieces needed to solve this BIG mystery of a puzzle?
In (3x08) “Stolen Kisses” we see -A in the ending scene. What I noticed this time was the tip -A left. The camera zooms in on it, but I never really paid much attention to this tiny little detail before. It …is a $50 dollar bill, that is folded perfectly, so you can see the words “WE TRUST” This may or may not be BIG -A, it could just be a member of the A-Team on their way to do some dirty work… But, could it be a clue that Big -A is someone WE TRUST? On the show, we are made to pretty much not trust anyone except the liars because they are the “victims” and maybe a couple other people…like Caleb. He’s totally trustworthy in my opinion. Now, of course most of us “Aria is -A” enthusiasts don’t completely trust Aria. Because we have been wAtching her every move! But, she is not an obvious suspect on the show, we are supposed to trust her. Also, all the other liars trust her completely! If you think of all the characters on the show, how many can you say you actually trust and do not think is -A? A vast MAJORITY of viewers would have Aria on that very short list of people. Either way, I think this could be a clue that -A is someone… WE TRUST. Could it be our sweet, compassionate little Aria?
Here she turns to ask for Hanna’s approval on the banner. Interesting how her hand sits right underneath the singular “A” in “Dance-A-Thon” and then when she lifts her hand, her hand casts a shadow over the letter “A.” Could this be a little clue that points to ARIA?
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?