As the seasons have gone on, Hanna has become more and more determined to pin the title of A on random people and become so obsessed about it, that she won’t listen to any logic from any of the girls.
And it’s exhausting.
As the seasons have gone on, Hanna has become more and more determined to pin the title of A on random people and become so obsessed about it, that she won’t listen to any logic from any of the girls.
And it’s exhausting.
In “CTRL: A” (2x20), Aria’s waiting patiently for someone to meet up with her. and while she’s waiting, we can see her sipping on a cup of green tea, linking back up with her English heritage through her mother’s side of the family because Ella’s maiden name is of British heritage and tea is commonly drunk in England. A guy named Jonah finally approaches and takes notice of the book that Aria has on the table in front of her, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Aria’s asking questions as she’s curious as to what Alison was looking for while using the alias of Vivian Darkbloom, but then Jonah says “I get it. You’re Alison.” indicating that he was under the impression that Alison and Vivian are two different people.
Could the writers putting this moment in the script be another subtle clue telling us Aria is exactly like Alison?
The Lolita Theory, possible connections to Professor Fitz & Professor Montgomery
In “A Kiss Before Lying” (2x18), the girls come across a fake identification card of Alison’s with the alias of Vivian Darkbloom, who was Alison with a brunette wig. Later on in the episode at Hanna’s house, Hanna tells Spencer that she’s seen Alison with brown hair before two years ago. Considering the girls are now in early 2011, Hanna would’ve seen Alison as brunette in early 2009, long before Alison went missing in September. Spencer does a search on the Internet on Vivian Darkbloom and the girls learn that it’s an anagram for Vladimir Nabokov, the author of the book Lolita that Hanna had stolen from Alison. Now, here comes the fun part. Researching the plot of the book!
Here’s the plot...
The novel is prefaced by a fictitious foreword by John Ray Jr., an editor of psychology books. Ray states that he is presenting a memoir written by a man using the pseudonym "Humbert Humbert," who had recently died of heart disease while awaiting a murder trial in jail. The memoir begins with Humbert's birth in Paris in 1910. He spends his childhood on the French Riviera, where he falls in love with his friend Annabel Leigh. This youthful and physically unfulfilled love is interrupted by Annabel's premature death from typhus, which causes Humbert to become sexually obsessed with a specific type of girl, aged 9 to 14, whom he refers to as "nymphets." After graduation, Humbert works as an English teacher and begins editing an academic literary textbook. Before the outbreak of World War II, Humbert moves to New York. In 1947, he moves to Ramsdale, a small town in New England, where he can calmly continue working on his book. The house that he intends to live in is destroyed in a fire, and in his search for a new home, he meets the widow Charlotte Haze, who is accepting tenants. Humbert visits Charlotte's residence out of politeness and initially intends to decline her offer. However, Charlotte leads Humbert to her garden, where her 12-year-old daughter Dolores (also variably known as Dolly, Dolita, Lo, Lola, and Lolita) is sunbathing. Humbert sees in Dolores the perfect nymphet, the embodiment of his old love Annabel, and quickly decides to move in.
The impassioned Humbert constantly searches for discreet forms of fulfilling his sexual urges, usually via the smallest physical contact with Dolores. When Dolores is sent to summer camp, Humbert receives a letter from Charlotte, who confesses her love for him and gives him an ultimatum – he is to either marry her or move out immediately. Initially terrified, Humbert then begins to see the charm in the situation of being Dolores' stepfather, and so marries Charlotte for instrumental reasons. Charlotte later discovers Humbert's diary, in which she learns of his desire for her daughter and the disgust Charlotte arouses in him. Shocked and humiliated, Charlotte decides to flee with Dolores and writes letters addressed to her friends warning them of Humbert. Disbelieving Humbert's false assurance that the diary is a sketch for a future novel, Charlotte runs out of the house to send the letters but is killed by a swerving car. Humbert destroys the letters and retrieves Dolores from camp, claiming that her mother has fallen seriously ill and has been hospitalized. He then takes her to a high-end hotel that Charlotte had earlier recommended. Humbert knows he will feel guilty if he consciously rapes Dolores, and so tricks her into taking a sedative by saying it is a vitamin. As he waits for the pill to take effect, he wanders through the hotel and meets a mysterious man who seems to be aware of Humbert's plan for Dolores. Humbert excuses himself from the conversation and returns to the hotel room. There, he discovers that he had been fobbed with a milder drug, as Dolores is merely drowsy and wakes up frequently, drifting in and out of sleep. He dares not touch her that night. In the morning, Dolores reveals to Humbert that she actually has already lost her virginity, having engaged in sexual activity with an older boy at a different camp a year ago. He begins sexually abusing her. After leaving the hotel, Humbert reveals to Dolores that her mother is dead.
Humbert and Dolores travel across the country, driving all day and staying in motels. Humbert desperately tries to maintain Dolores' interest in travel and himself, and increasingly bribes her in exchange for sexual favors. They finally settle in Beardsley, a small New England town. Humbert adopts the role of Dolores' father and enrolls her in a local private school for girls. Humbert jealously and strictly controls all of Dolores' social gatherings and forbids her from dating and attending parties. It is only at the instigation of the school headmaster, who regards Humbert as a strict and conservative European parent, that he agrees to Dolores' participation in the school play, the title of which is the same as the hotel in which Humbert met the mysterious man. The day before the premiere of the performance, a serious quarrel breaks out between Dolores and Humbert, and Dolores runs out of the house. When Humbert finds her a few moments later, she tells him that she wants to leave town and continue traveling. Humbert is initially delighted, but as he travels, he becomes increasingly suspicious – he feels that he is being followed by someone Dolores is familiar with. The man following them is Clare Quilty – a friend of Charlotte and a famous playwright who wrote the play that Dolores was to participate in. In the Colorado mountains, Dolores falls ill. Humbert checks her into a local hospital, from where she is discharged one night by her "uncle." Humbert knows she has no living relatives and he immediately embarks on a frantic search to find Dolores and her abductor, but initially fails. For the next two years, Humbert barely sustains himself in a moderately functional relationship with a young alcoholic named Rita.
Deeply depressed, Humbert unexpectedly receives a letter from a 17-year-old Dolores (signing as "Dolly (Mrs. Richard F. Schiller)"), telling him that she is married, pregnant, and in desperate need of money. Humbert, armed with a pistol, tracks down Dolores' address and gives her the money, which was due as an inheritance from her mother. Humbert learns that Dolores' husband, a deaf mechanic, is not her abductor. Dolores reveals to Humbert that Quilty took her from the hospital and that she was in love with him, but she was rejected when she refused to star in one of his pornographic films. Dolores also rejects Humbert's request to leave with him. Humbert goes to the drug-addled Quilty's mansion and shoots him several times. Shortly afterward, Humbert is arrested, and in his closing thoughts, he reaffirms his love for Dolores and asks for his memoir to be withheld from public release until after her death. Dolores dies in childbirth on Christmas Day in 1952, disappointing Humbert's prediction that "Dolly Schiller will probably survive me by many years."
How could this relate back to future instances to come in Pretty Little Liars?
For one, there is a character in this book who shares a name with our pretty little villain, Charlotte. Humbert is an English professor and Dolores was desperate for money. Humbert ended up giving Dolores money. Quilty was into child pornography and rejected Dolores when she disagreed to be in one of his pornographic films. The two years time gap due to Hanna mentioning it. So, this could’ve been hinting at Alison and Ezra’s relationship, as well as Byron and Alison’s. Quilty correlates with The N.A.T Club and Ian Thomas, to be precise. Humbert started a relationship with Charlotte to become closer to Dolores, and sexually abused her. In some flashbacks, we can see Alison has been victimized by someone in her own house. Was Alison sexually abused just like Dolores was? Quilty is a friend of Charlotte’s and Jason suspected that Ian was filming the videos for someone else. Dolores’ mother passes away. So, it’s established that Humbert is Byron and Ezra combined and Dolores represents Alison.In some degree, Charlotte is Charlotte, but also a small representation of Jessica as well.
The plot of the book as a whole instead of sectioning it and picking out bits gives me strong insight that Ezra and Alison had a previous relationship, but that Ezra worked with Charlotte, but Byron is the one who had an affair with Jessica.
“Winning really brings out the nerd in you, huh?” - Holden Strauss, 2x18, “A Kiss Before Lying”
It seems Aria and Melissa have something in common. They like to play the game when they’re fairly certain they’ll win.
At Caleb’s party at Spencer’s lake house in “A Hot Piece Of -A” (2x15) while Mona and Noel are huddled up close, it seems -A rained on Noel’s pizza parade by ordering twelve pizzas with green peppers on them. While Aria and Holden are at the arcade in “A Kiss Before Lying” (2x18), Holden offers to order a large pizza to split, and he somehow remembered that green peppered pizza is Aria’s favorite.
Holden has not long been introduced to us, but he is connected to Noel in some capacity as he goes to one of Noel’s parties not too long before Maya is killed off the show. So, could Holden have known about Noel’s allergy to green peppers? Or was it Aria that phoned in the anonymous order? Could both of them be connected to the A-team? Possible members?
“I’ve been burned before.” - Aria Montgomery, 2x18
Another reference with Aria and fire in “A Kiss Before Lying” (2x18). Is it possible that Aria trapped in a fire when she was little? Perhaps in the house that looked burnt on Mockingbird Lane? In 1x03, Aria let us know by relating back to the title of that episode which was “How To Kill A Mocking Girl” that she had sixty some pages left of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and that she didn’t want it to end. In 2x13, Aria said “I can’t explain it. I just... I feel like something really bad happened here” in regards to that old abandoned house at 313 Mockingbird Lane. That sounds like a very traumatic childhood, and that’s usually how most mental illnesses start. It doesn’t help that mental illness runs in Aria’s family either.
There’s more to Aria than meets the eye, and I might be scratching the surface here, but all I do know is that Aria must have had a very traumatic childhood to be experiencing nightmares, depression, loss of time, lack of memory, mood swings, violent outbursts, mirror gazing, hallucinations, anxiety/paranoia and other possible symptoms.
Oh Aria, sweetie. If this is true, I sympathize.
During a #Sparia scene in “A Kiss Before Lying” (2x18), Spencer is really distraught about having to break up with Toby and Aria’s gone back to keeping her relationship a secret from everyone. Spencer actually believes that Ezra never showed up, and it seems that -A believes that too. Aria has actually outsmarted the villain. She’s outsmarted Mona. Can someone tell me how that happened?
Anyway, Aria’s constantly lying and even shares a kiss with Ezra. Therefore, she’s referring back to the episode title, AGAIN. Aria shows very little emotion during this #SpariaHug, and even cracks a little bit of a smile. However, when she said “I’m not as put together as I seem”, it jumped out at me as an indication of a possible mental illness. But her response of “There are just certain situations where you have to lie to your friends” also struck me as odd, and also links back up with the episode title. Can we really trust our pretty little Aria at all?
Another bold fashion statement by our pretty little Aria in “The Blonde Leading The Blind” (2x17)
The red and black stripes are symbolic of the A-team as red goes to Red Coat while the black goes to Black Veil and Black Hoodie, as well as linking back to Black Swan which involves the sensitive topic of mental illness which is caused by having to play two roles. The white swan and the black swan. Has Aria been playing these two roles since the show started?
The black and white stripes are symbolic of prison stripes. Back in 1x20, Byron and Ella indirectly admitted that they initially thought Aria had something to do with what happened to Alison, and considering Aria’s a compulsive liar, how can anyone truly trust her? Stripes look good on a guilty girl.
In “Let The Water Hold Me Down” (2x16) there was a certain #Sparia interaction that jumped out at me, more specifically, Aria’s behavior.
In this scene, Aria is sitting at a table in the outside courtyard of the school and Spencer comes to sit with her. To her dismay, the cell signal is weak, but she’s noticed that Aria has better cell service and she’s questioning how that’s possible, even after they exchange places at the table. Aria’s parents have banned her from seeing Ezra, and she’s come to the conclusion that she can use her long term friendship with Holden Strauss to her advantage. Aria’s exact wording is... “Then maybe we have fate on our side. I just wish I didn’t have to use Holden to figure that out.” and that just seems like something that Alison would do.
In this sense, Aria can be quite conniving and calculating in order to get what she wants, I guess that can also come off as selfish. Aria snatches Spencer’s phone and checks the train schedule, seeing that the next train leaves in twenty minutes before handing Spencer’s phone back, ultimately leaving Spencer in a state of confusion. It seems that Aria might secretly have some intelligence that Spencer may find as a little intimidating.
Yes, I suppose Aria does know you better than you know her. She’s a mystery, just like Alison and -A.
Scene from “A Hot Piece Of -A” (2x15)
Could Jackie be referring to Aria picking the rules of the -A game?
Scene from “Through Many Dangers, Toils, And Snares” (2x14)
After we got a close-up of the shoes and socks of the twins in “The First Secret” (2x13), I remembered how similar they were to something I had seen from the previous episode. After the girls receive their individual dolls in “Over My Dead Body” (2x12), we see that the doll with the black curly hair, blue pinstripe felt dress, red lips, and the Aria name necklace is also sporting similar shoes to the ones that we see the twins wearing in Alison’s story about the twins.
Was Aria supposed to have a more predominant connection to the story-line involving twins? Was Aria supposed to have a twin? Or was she supposed to have a sister that had a twin?
While Alison’s telling the true story of how one twin was sent to Radley Sanitarium in “The First Secret” (2x13), the camera zooms in on the mother’s horrified expression of what went down in the kitchen. I noticed the pearl necklace and also took note of the fact that Ashley Marin is the only parent aside from Byron Montgomery that we see in this episode. Do Ashley and Byron have a history that we don’t know about? Could they be the parents from Alison’s twin story?
With the screenshot of the mother and her pearl necklace above, I went to later on in the episode and noticed that in the background when Byron is looking at a photo of Aria and her older sister, that the same pearl necklace the mother was wearing has found it’s way into her bedroom and is hanging around a winged statue. Did Byron give the necklace to Aria? Or did Ashley Marin give it to her as a gift?
When we get a look inside Alison’s bedroom in “The First Secret” (2x13) we see her laying on her bed and writing in her journal. In the backdrop on her wall we can see a picture of Jason in between the same photo of Alison on both sides of it. Underneath, we see something else that’s got French writing on it...
Here it is in French... “C'est le double des rires et le double des sourires, et le double du problème si vous avez la chance d'avoir des jumeaux.”
Here’s the English translation... “It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if you’re blessed with twins.”
Sasha said in an interview at one point to stop and pause and check around her room in this episode because there’s a big secret in there. She did tell that twin story with a lot of detail as if she were actually there. It’s also been said that they weren’t giving Alison a twin, but somebody in Rosewood does have one. If they weren’t giving Alison a twin, then why did they put this in her room?
At Noel’s Halloween party in “The First Secret” (2x13), Alison and Spencer are having a conversation about Jenna on the porch of Noel’s house. Alison then turns her head in the direction of Aria and Hanna who are dancing inside, and Aria’s making the butterfly gesture with her hands. The butterfly represents resurrection, hope, change, endurance, and life. Alison has started getting -A messages in this episode and her life will continue to change for the worst. Someone wants Alison dead, but who? Back in 2008, a lot of people had motive, even the Liars themselves had a motive to want Alison dead. Alison is highly intelligent and cunning, she can outsmart Spencer Hastings. While Alison’s looking in Aria and Hanna’s direction, Alison says “you’d be surprised to know who your friends aren’t” as if she’s already questioning their loyalty, specifically Hanna’s and Aria’s.
Could Alison have been giving Spencer a cryptic hint about one or two of the Liars can’t be trusted?
In Aria’s bedroom at the Montgomery House in “The First Secret” (2x13) we see Byron sitting on Aria’s brown leather armchair and looking through a photo album. These are Lucy Hale’s real photos from when she was little and she has a sister named Maggie that is two years older than her. The photo of Lucy Hale and her older sister is the one I’ve put a circle around because it also holds a potential clue and secret of the Montgomery family. Originally, all the Liars were born in 1995 as Aria was supposed to be 15 years old when the show first aired, meaning the Liars were 13 years of age in this episode as it’s set in October of 2008. With this in mind, there would only be one character that we’ve never met in the show in present day that matches up with the age gap of Lucy Hale’s sister, and that is Bethany Young. Bethany was born in 1993 and came from (B)ryn (M)awr, Montgomery County. B.M = Byron Montgomery. Bethany was known to suffer from PERRLA, and has history with anxiety/paranoia, violent outbursts, nightmares, and often hallucinations, exactly like our pretty little Aria. They both have the artistic gene as well.
Perhaps Bethany was unhappy with how Alison was treating her family and wanted to do something about it. Therefore, she could’ve been the one that attacked Alison in that house on Mockingbird Lane.
The Liars walk past an old abandoned house in “The First Secret” (2x13) and Aria mentions that every time she walks past it that she gets the creeps. She said that she gets the feeling that something bad happened in this old house in particular. The address is 313 Mockingbird Lane. In the twin story that Alison tells, the house looks a lot like this old one. It doesn’t just look haunted and creepy, but it looks like it burned down and there’s been quite a few knife and fire references around Aria.
In Alison’s twin story, Alice and her fraternal twin fight over a blonde doll that’s wearing a blue felt dress. When we see the twins’s faces Alice has one beauty spot and blue eyes while the twin that’s stabbed has hazel eyes just like Aria and two beauty marks. The parents had no choice but to send Alice away to a home for the criminally insane and that was where she remained until she broke out on October 26th, 2008. The person went to the last place they remember living in, which can be explained easily as we see a yellow car from Radley Sanitarium parked out front. We know that Bethany Young, Cece Drake, and Mary Drake have lots of ties to the place, but only Cece and Bethany have ties to knives.
I put the twin with hazel eyes next to Aria for a better comparison and you can clearly see the resemblance. The nose, the eyes, the face shape, and the shape of their lips. It’s practically identical. Aria may or may not have a twin, but she definitely has certain ties to Radley Sanitarium, especially since Eddie Lamb recognized her, knew her, didn’t trust her, and felt like they had met before, which was never addressed again.
In “The First Secret” (2x13), we are introduced to a setting in Alison’s true story. Firstly, the outside of the house the twins live in, resembles the abandoned house on Mockingbird Lane quite a bit. Secondly, when we get a glimpse of the kitchen, we can see two blonde twins with curly bobs wearing white dresses with cute little blue bows, black shoes, and cute little white ruffle socks. The twins are playing with dolls, which we know that Aria has an obsession with, same with Cece, Mona, and Alison. Aria’s love of dolls and puppets is established in the very first episode of the show. The stove we see in the kitchen of the twins’ house with the yellow pot on one of the elements is identical to the stove that we see in the Montgomery family home in “The Jenna Thing” (1x02) and it has a yellow teapot on one of the elements. Another thing that’s similar is the positioning of Aria and Byron at the dining room table. We see them from a side view, just like the twins, and their facial features are oddly similar to the twins as well.
There’s more to the Montgomery family than meets the eye. They definitely have skeletons hiding in the closet.
The Liars are all glammed up and ready for Tom Marin’s wedding in “Over My Dead Body” (2x12) and we see Aria sitting with Spencer. When Spencer turns around, Aria grabs out her phone and starts typing a text to someone, and we don’t see what she’s typing. A few moments later, we see Hanna standing with Caleb and Kate approaching them. Hanna’s phone starts ringing in her purse and Caleb excuses her from the conversation. Once Hanna had retrieved her phone from her purse, we can see that she’s gotten a text from -A. Here’s the fun thing about this text message in particular. It’s a pretty big clue. If you take the word air and then the -A, you get air-a. If you flip air-a around and remove the hyphen that separates the last -A you get a certain liArs name... ARIA! While Aria was at the police station, she made a phone call to someone and said “I made a terrible mistake and I need you.”
What was the “terrible mistake” you made, Aria? Could it have something to do with Dr. Sullivan going missing?