Here are a few theories on how Paige and Ali were connected (and still might be).
Paige and Alison were childhood friends. We know very little about Paige’s life before Emily (Shay Mitchell) got to know her on the swimming team. We do know that Paige’s parents were fairly homophobic, but we really don’t know what Paige’s childhood was like — meaning that Ali could have been childhood friends with Paige. Based on the story Ali told about two little murderous girls in Season 2, Episode 13: ”The First Secret,” it sounds like Ali had a pretty twisted mind even as a child. Could Ali and Paige have gotten into some major mischief together as kids?
Paige’s violent past coincided with Courtney’s. Bear with us. Most PLL fans know about the twin theory. In the PLL books, Alison grew up with a psychologically disturbed twin named Courtney. Courtney provoked Alison so much that Ali was sent to Radley Sanitarium and deemed the crazy one. Courtney went on to pose as Ali in high school, befriending the Little Liars and fooling everyone into thinking she was the real Alison. But Alison escaped, killed Courtney, and hid while everyone in Rosewood assumed Ali had been murdered.
Phew! If Paige has a “violent past,” as this spoiler indicates, then she may have brushed up against Alison in Radley in the past. We know how manipulative Ali could be, so what if Ali used Paige as her puppet? Better yet, what if Paige is the only person who knows for sure (aside from Jason [Drew Van Acker]) about Ali and Courtney’s twisted past?
Paige had a crush on Alison. We all remember how Alison used Emily’s romantic feelings for her as a manipulation tool by leading her on. What if Ali did the same thing to Paige? If we follow that thought, what if Paige reacted in a violent way to Alison’s manipulative tactics? Could Paige be Ali’s real killer, and her motive be unrequited passion?
Alison controlled Paige. Alison was always a fan of finding out people’s secrets, and using them to control her friends. They would feel like Ali was the only person they could trust, since she was the only one who really “knew” them. Paige could have easily been one of Ali’s victims. What if Ali threatened Paige? She could have told Paige to do things for her, and if Paige refused, Ali would tell everyone about Paige’s violent past, or that Paige was a lesbian. What could Ali have forced Paige into doing?
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