Who is “A” on Pretty Little Liars? Some Hints and Clues to Get You Guessing

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March 14, 2012

“We have been very deliberate about mapping ‘A’ …there have been clues all along. There have been clues from the very beginning,” she says. “There were clues, there were comments, it’s in the dialogue, it’s in the sets, it’s in so many different pieces. It has been so much fun.”

Pretty Little Liars producer Lisa Cochran-Neilan has definitely got our attention with that one. You mean, if we went back and watched the whole series so far we’d start to see this “A” map? Who’s with me on PLL post-season finale viewing parties?

Seriously though, who is “A”? It’s been the question on every PLL-er since the Pilot episode but especially over the past season. We all have our speculations and theories, but what hints and clues so far do we actually have? Well, for one…:

  • “A” in the TV series is different from who it is in the books. Take it from Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin):

    “It was so cool. It’s not what it is in the books, to throw off the audience a bit.” 

  • Numerous members of the cast and crew have said that “A”‘s identity “makes sense”, comes “out of nowhere”, will make us want to “scream” at our TVs, and was definitely “shocking” – so shocking that Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz) laughed during the table read. Probably more of a relieved laugh, can’t imagine the big “A” reveal being too funny. Anybody you have on your list of suspects?
  • Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) tells us that we will for sure be seeing Alison in the season finale. Of course, this could be anything from a flashback to the possibility of coming across Ali’s creepy twin who so far has only been a character in the books.
  • The mystery of “A” and the mystery of “who killed Alison” may or may not be related. (Which means there could be two creepy, sinister suspects to watch out for??)
  • Don’t forget our sneak peek clues for the season 2 finale next week, “unmAsked”. In the first sneak peek here, it’s referenced that whoever it is that revealed himself or herself as “A” to the girls was eating frozen yogurt. Yummy. And…he/she wants to kill one of them. Not so yummy. Emily also uses Melissa’s name here, think that’s who the girls are talking about? Sneak peek 2 right here definitely isn’t making a good case for Melissa.
  • At one point Keegan Allen (Toby Cavanaugh) thought Toby could be “A”! As Keegan shared with The Insider:

    “I did think he was going to be ‘A,’ I did, and I still don’t know if he’s ‘A’ or not, that’s how crazy it is.” 

    I’m getting the feeling this “A” Day is going to leave us with more questions than answers….

  • It’s been confirmed that Brendan Robinson will be in the season finale as Lucas – and that Lucas will be a returning character for season 3. Does this mean Lucas might have something to do with the “A” plot after all?
  • Continuing with her season finale Alfred Hitchcock homages, showrunner Marlene King is bringing Psycho into the finale for season 2. Which means, yep you guessed it, there’s going to be a shower scene. At a “creepy motel”. Think this could give us any clues as to who might be behind “A”?

And if you’re still itching for even more spoilery speculation, Wetpaint Entertainment has racked up a pretty interesting list of top “A” suspects, based on what we’ve gathered from the last episode, “If These Dolls Could Talk”.

So. Who’s on your “A” suspect list? Discuss “A” in the comments, and if you have any “A” clues I’ve missed from the series so far, be sure to add your own in the comments!

  • Pekic_90

    I say it’s Wren! He was a shadow character and is a medical worker he knew what he was doing all along! XD

  • http://twitter.com/iDrinkSalt ? Arinola ?

    I say Paige McCullers is A!!….

  • Katiekeegann

    ITS EZRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/heyimshai aishee irfan

    In the canadian promo A was a female with dark hair. this can be melissa, paige, maya, or jenna. i think its melissa though. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/heyimshai aishee irfan

    In the canadian promo A was a female with dark hair. this can be melissa, paige, maya, or jenna. i think its melissa though. ;)

  • Guest

    Mike Montgomery,that would be a shock like they talked about.

  • melissa

    I think its going to be a guy like Wren or Noel- or a female who was a minor character in earlier seasons…I really don’t know!

  • melissa

    That’s a really good guess too because I think it has to be someone younger or a student and maybe she wanted revenge for not being popular…who knows

  • Kandice

    I believe its Hanna. One of the producers, Marlene King to be exact, tweeted a few weeks ago, think of it as the movie “Black Swan.” If I’m correct, the protagonist of “Black Swan” was this estranged, delusional, pscho chick who was experiencing things out of the norm. Illusions of someone else who ended up being her in the end. I can’t pin point on put my finger on why I think “A” is Hanna but I do know it has to be one of the girls. The staff and cast are saying that we won’t believe who “A” is. Hanna is my opinion. Feel free to respond to let me know what you think!

    Follow me on Twitter @KandiSays I follow back and I’m cool peoples. Lata guys!

  • beekeeyah

    in the first sneak preview the girls say “her” and “she” so A is a girl!

  • Dnova09

    Y is everyone not suspecting mona?? She’s my #1 suspect

  • http://twitter.com/BLACKAMM0 Amber Towner

    It could also be Aria. And I hope it’s Melissa, I never liked her. :)

  • ssgirl

    it cant be hanna because remember how she hit by A’s car while A was driving it?

  • ssgirl

    it cant be hanna because remember how she hit by A’s car while A was driving it?

  • yham

    ““A” in the TV series is different from who it is in the books.”
    That’s why.

  • team aria

    I believe that A will be Maya because she has the movative (jealousy) she is close to emily so she can go to hanna’s house and do the things to emily and snoop there for clues

  • Guest

    Melissa all the way

  • Davidsfr

    I don’t think it is that specific, they say the books and tv show are different but it could still be Mona, she is the only one who is always where she needs to be, or is at least not accounted for elsewhere at the critical times.

  • Davidsfr

    Maya was with Emily when A was stalking outside Dr. Sullivan’s office. Can’t be Maya and she didn’t even know Alison.
     

  • Davidsfr

    It’s not gonna be one of the four main characters, that is absurd.

    Remember whoever it is had to be in the school during certain critical times–the storm shutdown, the dance, the “Truth-out” sleepover. Also since A had to see well enough to be able to flood the restroom when Hanna was in the stall and Jenna just started faking blindness last episode, we can take her out. Based on evidence it has to be Mona, Lucas or Noel. I don’t buy that it can’t be Mona because the tv show and books are different–she could still be A and seems the most likely to be.

  • Davidsfr

    Also she has gotten tweets from A when she has been by herself.
     

  • Charlese Hawkins

    Even though all these guesses may be correct as to who A is, I’m still a firm believer that Allison is not dead and is at the root of all the chaos. In season 1 episode 12, in the flashback when Allison destroys Noel’s relationship, she makes a statement that she only kills when they need food…or when she’s BORED! Allison was bored, so she faked her own death with the help of all these people we are naming as suspects. It’s the perfect form of entertainment for a girl like her. 

  • Heather

    In all seriousness, I think it’s Ezra… after all, he and A both have pretty eyes ;) He is everywhere! He was the teacher, he could have easily done everything. I dunno, that’s my guess though.

  • Taikieragoolsbyy

    For some reason i think it has something to do with Maya. Bc it would make so much since how they bought Ali’s house … and she is the only one yhu wouldnt suspect. And she got picked up and Ali was in her room in the pilot and they say its been the person in the pilot .. and the only other characters besides Maya was Ali & Ezra & i highly doubt its him. Then again they could trick us and it be Aly herself… never know.

  • Honeyhoney

    Does anyone remember the time in the Doll Hospital when the little boy who could “see” things said there were TWO of them…..both with “Lots of dark hair?”  I really think it’s Melissa and the cop, or Melissa on her own which is why her character is so unliked. 

  • http://twitter.com/Camille1Dharry ??????? ? ?

    I really think that Ali might still be alive.. What with her freaky twin in the books… If A isn’t Ali, I think it’s probably Maya or Melissa. But I’m seriously stressing out for this episode!

  • Molly

    Well it’s definitely not Melissa or Wren because they were together when they found Ian, and that was when A was breaking into the car to plant the cell phone. Jenna and Garret would be way too obvious and Aria and Hanna’s mothers are trying to find out the truth. It’s not Ezra because he was with Aria while A was watching them before Hanna got hit by the car. 

  • Molly

    Well it’s definitely not Melissa or Wren because they were together when they found Ian, and that was when A was breaking into the car to plant the cell phone. Jenna and Garret would be way too obvious and Aria and Hanna’s mothers are trying to find out the truth. It’s not Ezra because he was with Aria while A was watching them before Hanna got hit by the car. 

  • Vale R

    I don’t think it’s Melissa because this would be too obvious after the last episodes when the girls suspected her… I think it’s Mona, even if it’s said that A in the series is different to A in the books. It’s suspicious that she got messages from A, she could have done that to distract everyone, get closer to the girls and find out what they already know about A.
    If it’s not Mona, it really could be Maya….
    oh, I can’t wait!

  • Vale R

    oh, and I like the theory of this creepy twin sister… she must exist, just remember the Halloween episode when Ali told that story to the boy at Hanna’s.

  • guest

    i think it has to be somone older because remember in that episode when emily was selling her house and A wiped out emilys computer? well the only reason A got into the house was because she was pretending to be interested in buying the house. and on abcfamiy.com, there was an interview with a and one of the questions asked, do you go to rosewood day? and a answered, ” I have. but part of me thinks its the twin because in one of the epi’s spencer got a note from A saying your getting colder. And in the most recent epi when spencer “dreamed” Ali, she said your getting warmer. Another secret possibly: Ali might be Mr. hastings’ daughter too?

  • http://twitter.com/VTCoffeeQueen Deana Higgs-Gordon

    Or Melissa and Vivian Darkbloom….

  • Princessrosebud10

    It might be Melissa because if you watched the episodes today you saw the video that the girls had and melissa said where is she? And she was mad. So maybe it was her.

  • haileyypanda813

    What about the detective…mason i think…no one gives him enough credit…he has always been in the background and he could easily try to make it seem like it was the girls in order to protect himself or someone else…i dont know but he seems like a possibilty…(:

  • someone

    Somehow, I also thought Hanna.. As soon as I read the cast saying that we won’t believe who “A” is, I thought it has to be one of the girls. It is either Ali, which I don’t think so as it would be as in the book, or one of the 4 girls. Hanna is my guess too. 

  • Sydr01997

    He was lying because A told him to lie to lead the girls down the wrong path

  • Sydro1997

    For all people who comment and say who they think A is, you need to back up your thoughts with cold hard proof or it will just be another, “i think A is……..because i just dont like……. ooh aria and ezra kissed” kind of thing. so its pointless

  • Gradpix2fb2

    I think it’s Aria. Now I know a lot of people think this is a ridiculous theory, but if you think for a minute of Aria as A it makes sense. I know, I know she was a “victim” of A. Read what this page says about the theory: 
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=256862377736605 It explains why and it makes soo much sense! It’s shocking, comes out of no where, and will make people wanna scream at their T.V.’s right? If it is her it’s obviously going to be awhile before it’s revealed.

  • Guest

    I have some theories that are just too unbelievable but might be true … I think Ezra is the one who killed Alison … I’m not sure if he’s A but everybody in Rosewood is somehow connected … Isn’t is strange how he came out of nowhere in the first episode… i think he had something with Alyson and she told him about the girls and thats why he was so interested in her. Alot of things about his past were revealed in the last episode and I think there’s even more coming … Him being A after all this time would be a huge shock which is just the thing the producers would want … There are also many many hints and clues about him if you look back …..

  • Simona

    I have some theories that are just too unbelievable but might be true … I think Ezra is the one who killed Alison … I’m not sure if he’s A but he is something … everybody in Rosewood is somehow connected … Isn’t it strange how he came out of nowhere in the first episode.?.. I think he had something with Alyson and she told him about the girls and thats why he was so interested in Aria when he saw her. Alot of things about his past were revealed in the last episode and I think there’s even more coming …
    There are also many many hints and clues if you look back – Him being A after all this time would be a huge shock which is just the thing the producers would want … + the producers once said that A was shown is the first episode …

  • Simona

    It can’t be one of the girls because everything happens from their perspective … we know what they do and how they are hurt … though shocking them being A would not make any sense … It has to be a main character that was shown in the first episode but isn’t one of the liars .. thats why i think its Ezra !

  • Ally

    I think ‘A’ is Ezra. Just got this weird vibe and he just seems to come out of nowhere in the first Epi. It felt like he knew aria’s back in town and he could finally make this ‘A’ character appear so as to start all the schemes and threats to the girls. Don’t you guys think he appear just in time? Furthermore, ‘A’ seems really wealthy and Ezra comes from a really wealthy family.

  • PLL-er

    how do you know? i hope its not him :P