Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.
A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!
(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)
**originally published January 21, 2015. Republished March 9, 2021. Yes, a Tuesday, in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**
When I started this blog, my plan was not to write about who could be “A,” but instead who probably isn’t “A.” After tonight’s episode, a theory came to me that I can’t shake and I want to write about it, so I am! I read earlier (unfortunately I can’t remember where) that Marlene King allegedly tweeting something like “You’ll feel sorry for “A” when you find out who he/she is.” (Was this about Mona? CeCe/Charles? Alex? Because yes, I felt bad for Mona, even a little for CeCe, but definitely not for Alex.) While watching tonight’s episode, I thought of an interesting, often visited, theory. Jason is “A.” (Obviously, I was wrong.)
In an interview, Marlene said only one fan has ever figured out who “A” is. In another interview, she clarified that it wasn’t so much “who” the fan suspected that was unusual, but the “how and why.” (I don’t see how this was possible. Not because the fan figured it out, but because there were too many loose ends and plot holes for Marlene to have had any kind of a plan for who A was. That is, unless she was specifically talking about Cece’s A and not the ultimate A.) So, who’s to say it’s not Jason? He’s had major connections to four of the five liars and has been scarce in some episodes and fully there in other episodes. To me, it makes sense that he very likely could be “A.” In this post, I’ll list as many facts about him as I can think of that make me suspect him.
The last thing we knew, Jason claimed that he could not remember any relevant details about the night Alison disappeared and Bethany was killed. After the incident, as he told Aria, he woke up to a note saying, “I know what you did.” One would suspect that Jason didn’t do anything, but that “A” planted the note so he would feel guilty. How do we know the real work of “A” wasn’t that Jason was showing Aria the note so he could throw the suspicion off of himself? He also didn’t show up at Alison’s funeral. He may or may not have a good reason for that, but odds are whatever his reason may be, it’s not a good one. His sister had been allegedly murdered and he couldn’t even show up. Why? Was he the one who killed her? Or, did he know that she wasn’t dead? Either way, it would take some inside scoops to know that information.
He has close connections with four of the five Liars. First, he’s Alison’s brother. He always seems to take second place in the eyes of his parents compared to her. He always seems to speak of her in a jealous tone. Second, he is Spencer’s half-brother. Third, he continues to seem to have a thing for Aria. He even kissed her in season two. If Jason were “A,” it would explain why the worst thing that generally happens to her is constant attacks on her relationship with Ezra. She did choose him over Jason. Fourth, Jason now has connections with Hanna through her mother.
The N.A.T. Club: Jason DiLaurentis was one of the founding members of the N.A.T. Club. This club was created for the sole purpose of watching and filming unsuspecting girls for entertainment. (Did we ever get answers about the NAT Club? I’m pretty sure that was one of the many loose ends never tied up. There was always something that didn’t add up about that club.) “A” is known for filming and photographing everyone in Rosewood, especially the Liars. If he is “A,” it would give more explanation for the pictures Spencer and Emily found in Jason’s tool shed of Aria sleeping. And, speaking of the N.A.T. club, he is the only founding member who is still alive. Coincidence or convenience? You decide.
Evidence? Most of the “evidence” anyone in Rosewood has found has allegedly pointed at Alison and Spencer. Bethany, Jessica DiLaurentis’ possible other secret children, is dead. If that is true, then one of Jason’s sisters (who also got more attention from Jessica than he did) is dead. Another is in jail, and the other one is constantly framed for people’s deaths. Is that why Jason was an alcoholic drug addict in high school? Did he know about Spencer and Bethany and just want to forget about it instead of confronting anyone? Or did he graduate and become A, taunting Alison, murdering Bethany, and stalking Spencer?
Motive: Alison and Bethany got more attention from his mother than he did. So he got jealous and decided to get rid of them if he could. They were both there “that night,” they were wearing the same clothes, and they were both buried in his biological father’s backyard. Spencer receives more attention from their biological father than he ever has. It would make sense that Melissa would be stalked too. Except Melissa was dating an NAT member and she was with Ali and the other two NAT members “that night.” That could have been his way of giving her an easy way out. Or he knew she hated Alison as much as he did.
Since the days when she wore pink highlights, Aria has always been a subject of his attention. He respected her and admired her for living outside of the box. He presumably thought she was beautiful. He kissed her. He allegedly took pictures of her while she was sleeping. She seems to get less of the brunt than any of the other girls do. Could this be because he is trying to spare her?
Hanna replaced Alison as the “it girl” in school after she disappeared, maybe Jason didn’t like that? After all, Alison was his sister, even if he possibly tried to kill her. Finally, Emily also seems to get fewer attacks from “A,” than Alison, Spencer, and Hanna. Could it be because “A,” aka Jason, doesn’t have anything against her accept the fact that she is close friends with Alison and Spencer?
My theory is likely faulty, but I didn’t do any research as I have for my previous posts. Even if it’s not the right theory, it’s a pretty interesting one. Anyway, tell me what you think! Could I be right or am I wrong? You decide!
P.S. I just remembered that Emily and Jason were connected for a little while in season (I think) 3!
**2021 thoughts & opinions** Okay, but why wasn’t Jason A? What was his story anyway? I don’t even remember. He was super sketchy. And, I totally would’ve supported a reveal that pinned it all on Jason! I would’ve felt bad for him. I would’ve been impressed. And I wouldn’t have regretted putting so much time into the show.
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