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Is Pretty Little Liars’ Alison Good or Evil?

On the Pretty Little Liars Season 2 finale (Season 2, Episode 25: “UnmAsked”), we know that we’ll be seeing Alison (Sasha Pieterse). Usually, we’d be prepared for this, but recent clues and scenes featuring the Queen Bee have made us wonder: Is Ali good or evil?

Signs that Ali is Evil:

Her reputation, as they say, precedes her. At Rosewood High, most of the students thought of her as the mean girl archetype: gorgeous, confident, popular, and a total bitch. The way she treated Jenna (Tammin Sursok) when she first showed up as the new girl is a prime example of how she plotted to take potential rivals down.

She was mean to the unpopular kids, too. Lucas (Brendan Robinson) and Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish) bore the brunt of Ali’s tear-down tactics, as we saw in Season 2, Episode 13:”The First Secret”. If you weren’t cool in her book, she would torture you and spread incredibly vicious rumors.

She could be mean to her own friends. She often mocked Hanna (Ashley Benson) back when Hanna had weight issues. And she almost seemed to enjoy catching Aria’s (Lucy Hale) dad hooking up with a student. She used Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) love for her to manipulate her, keeping her in captivity with her secret.

Ali was a boyfriend-stealer. Fixated on Ian Thomas (Ryan Merriman), who was Melissa Hastings (Torrey DeVitto) boyfriend-turned-fiance, Ali didn’t seem to care who she hurt by secretly hooking up with someone who was very much taken.

Her pranks were mean-spirited. Attempting to threaten Jenna with a stink bomb, the dirty trick wound up being a tragic mistake, causing Jenna’s blindness. And her stunt on Halloween, in which she claimed there was someone stalking her in an abandoned house, wound up frightening the Little Liars instead of making them laugh.

She kept big secrets. Not only did Ali keep her friends’ deepest, darkest secrets to herself — she hid her affair with Ian from her friends and everyone else. She convinced the girls to keep “The Jenna Thing” a secret, and she knew that Jason (Drew Van Acker) was related to Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Melissa (Torrey DeVitto), but didn’t tell anyone.

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Signs that Ali is Good:

Sometimes, Ali’s intentions were good when it came to the Little Liars. Even though she instructed Hanna to purge her food (Season 1, Episode 13: “Know Your Frenemies”) to lose weight, it seemed like she just wanted Hanna to lose weight so she could go after the guys she liked (like Sean [Chuck Hittinger], who Alison helped set up with Hanna), and feel better. She never judged Emily for being gay, she encouraged Aria to tell Ella (Holly Marie Combs) what she saw in Byron’s (Chad Lowe) car, and she wanted Spencer to loosen up and stop driving herself crazy with pressure.

Ali was being threatened by “A” too. In “The First Secret,” Ali gets scared and flustered she receives a text from someone while in the costume store. Later in the episode, she gets a package with a voodoo doll and a note, saying “Now it’s my turn to torture you.” At the end of the episode, she received a text from “A” saying, “Dying to find out who I am? You will.”

She protects the Liars. Sasha Pieterse recently said in an interview with Bullet Magazine that Alison will try to protect the Little Liars. Also, in some Season 2 hallucinations, Ali seems to be helping the girls. In Season 2, Episode 12: "Over My Dead Body," Emily thinks she sees Ali after someone (maybe Alison?) saves her from dying in the barn.

She stands up for Spencer. In Season 2, Episode 24: “If These Dolls Could Talk,” Alison tells Spencer that she “deserves a better sister” than Melissa. That is definitely true.

What do you think? Is Ali on the Little Liars’ side, and has she been all along? Or is Ali just a master manipulator who’s hiding something big from everyone?

Find out who “A” is on the Pretty Little Liars Season 2 finale on Monday at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC Family.

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03.15.2012 / 11:42 PM EDT by Molly Friedman
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