Looking back, that theory does seem a bit naive. Thankfully, new spoilers came out today that indicate there’s a much deeper story to both Ashley and her friendship with Emily.
“We know where she says she’s from, but we don’t know if she’s lying,” actress Ashley Madekwe tells TVLine. “We don’t know how she got to the Hamptons, what she’s doing there or who she’s really working for.”
Who she’s really working for?! Could Grayson Global’s most stylish lapdog have her own revengenda? It makes sense that these two scheming girls would team up, but was their friendship planned from the start?
"You're going to find that Ashley is not a random friend for Emily," show creator Mike Kelley tells TV Guide. "There's a reason that Emily chose her to be her entrée into the Hamptons world, so she's got a few cards to play against Ashley should she choose to use them.”
We’ve already heard that Ems will get close to making Ashley a target this season. Could it be her relationship with Daniel that takes the cap off Emily’s red Sharpie? So far, those two haven’t exactly been filled with romance. But TVLine reports that their relationship gets more serious around Episode 6, “Illusion.”
“I also think that there were true feelings involved between Emily and Daniel that she has to resolve in her head,” Mike tells TV Guide. “She still has affection for him. Love on Daniel's side for Emily is going to cause a problem between Daniel and Ashley."
We’ve already been secretly rooting for Demily to reign once more (don’t tell Jack), but we have a feeling that Ash isn’t going down without a fight. And those spiky stilettos can hurt.
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