This is such a random post to have on my blog, but this theory I came up with is almost perfect. I love it and just wanted to share it with everyone who loves this show.
Some people have seemed to like my theory so I’m posting it in full here. If any of you have any ideas on how some of this ties together even better, please let me know!
I think a lot of things have been going on here, but I think the biggest thing that has been meant to throw us off is Bethany. Where did she come from? Obviously she isn’t just some random person. Her character is important, and vital, to the story. Someone today posted a theory that Toby and Bethany are twins and that Aria is their sister. I went off of that theory and sort of formed my own.
Let’s say that Bethany and Toby are twins. Maybe at a young age Bethany showed signs of a mental illness, and maybe she was a danger to herself or others. Mrs. Cavanaugh sends her to Radley and Bethany spends most of her life there. Mrs. D is on the board at Radley, which I will get to in a minute.
Mrs. Cavanaugh obviously had some health issues, too, which could be where Bethany got hers. The four Liars, including Ali, treated Toby very terribly, and Mrs. Cavanaugh, with the pressure of her son being bullied and her daughter in Radley, went crazy and goes to Radley. There she reconnects with Bethany and they both begin to plot ways to get back at Ali and there girls. THEY form the A-Team.
Of course, they can’t do it alone because they’re both in the crazy house, so they find a way to get in touch with Mona and Aria. They get Mona and Aria to join the A-Team (Mona because she was bullied, and Aria because she’s Mrs. Cavanaugh’s daughter and Bethany’s half sister and they need someone on the inside). They knew they can’t go into this full force so they start with Ali and Mona sends the texts while Mrs. Cavanaugh and Bethany tell her what to do. Aria just sits back and waits.
Then Bethany gets out of the hospital one night because she was invited by Ali–now’s her chance to set things in full force. She goes to the DiLaurentis house, where Mrs. D is on the phone saying, “Please someone.” Mrs. D notices it’s Bethany because she works on the board for Radley.
Bethany tries to kill Ali. This leads to Mrs. D. saying “What have you done?” over and over as she buries Alison alive. Bethany knows that Ali’s not alive and knows she’ll get out soon and knows Ali will go on the run, so Bethany kills Sara Harvey to take Ali’s place in the grave. After Ali is pulled out of the grave by Grunwald, Mona does what’s next on the A-Team’s plan: Get Ali out of town. As we know, Mona then helps Ali escape.
I don’t know when exactly they said Mrs. Cavanaugh supposedly died, and so I’m throwing this in here at kind of a random time. While all this is happening, whether she died before or after all this, Bethany starts making the drawings as a diversion to make everyone think Mrs. Cavanaugh’s dead. They get Wren, who was working at the hospital, to join the A-Team and help with the cover up. This could explain why Radley paid Toby so quickly to get him off their backs. And Mrs. Cavanaugh could be at Radley this whole time.
Now let’s get more present day. Everything is normal for a year while the A-Team builds up this elaborate scheme. Aria goes to Iceland for a year, and when she comes back, because she’s on the A-Team, the plan goes into action. The texts begin and the girls start getting tormented.
But then let’s say a twist happens that the A-Team doesn’t really expect. The girls became friends with Toby and Spencer even starts dating him. Maybe at this point Mrs. Cavanagh became Red Coat. She no longer wants part in the A-Team, so she helped the girls from the fire (because as I recall, all the girls were pulled from the fire except Hanna. Can’t find an explanation for that yet.) Mrs. Cavanaugh and Bethany are no longer working together, because Bethany’s motive is jealousy. She’s jealous of the girl’s lives, especially Ali. That’s why she starts using the Ali masks to wear, because Ali made the masks to GIVE to Bethany because all Bethany wanted was to be like them.
So Mrs. Cavanaugh leaves the A-Team to become The Black Widow. She goes to the funeral (I think it was Wilden’s) as a sign to the girls. She’s also been called The Veiled Griever, and she could be grieving what happened to Bethany and what a dark turn she took the A-team. Now The Black Widow (Mrs. Cavanaugh) is trying to let the girls know she’s alive but she can’t just walk out in broad daylight because she’s supposed to be dead.
You may ask, “But Marlene said The Black Widow is endgame, so she has to be A, right?” Wrong. We’re finding out who A is in season 6 and it’s possible that the girls kill Bethany when they discover that she’s A. This will lead to Mrs. Cavanaugh’s rage, making her the “PLL endgame.”
Again, this is just a theory, but I think it’s a pretty good one–probably the best I’ve ever come up with. Let me know what you think in the comments below.